The provost has awarded the NCSG a grant to launch a two-year initiative to develop an institutional framework for research, education, and engagement in smart cities and urban analytics at the University of Maryland. The NCSG is joined by the the iSchool in leading this effort. This initiative will use the Baltimore Avenue Corridor as a smart cities lab and will focus on applying smart cities technologies to the critical needs and opportunities facing the Baltimore Avenue Corridor, including Public Safety and Health, Smart Mobility, Environmental Sustainability, and Economic Innovation.
In addition, we will identify research opportunities around the planning, installation, and use of the smart cities technology. The smart cities technology and associated research will be interdisciplinary and trans-sectoral, engaging multiple campus units and governmental, civic, and private sector organizations. The deliverables of the project will focus on Research Capacity Building, Curriculum Development, and Public Engagement.