Smart Cities and Artificial Intelligence

Smart Cities and Artificial Intelligence

Convergent Systems for Planning, Design, and Operations

1st Edition - May 5, 2020

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  • Authors: Christopher Grant Kirwan, Fu Zhiyong
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128170243
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128170250

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Smart Cities and Artificial Intelligence offers a comprehensive view of how cities are evolving as smart ecosystems through the convergence of technologies incorporating machine learning and neural network capabilities, geospatial intelligence, data analytics and visualization, sensors, and smart connected objects. These recent advances in AI move us closer to developing urban operating systems that simulate human, machine, and environmental patterns from transportation infrastructure to communication networks. Exploring cities as real-time, living, dynamic systems, and providing tools and formats including generative design and living lab models that support cities to become self-regulating, this book provides readers with a conceptual and practical knowledge base to grasp and apply the key principles required in the planning, design, and operations of smart cities. Smart Cities and Artificial Intelligence brings a multidisciplinary, integrated approach, examining how the digital and physical worlds are converging, and how a new combination of human and machine intelligence is transforming the experience of the urban environment. It presents a fresh holistic understanding of smart cities through an interconnected stream of theory, planning and design methodologies, system architecture, and the application of smart city functions, with the ultimate purpose of making cities more liveable, sustainable, and self-sufficient.

Key Features

  • Explores concepts in smart city design and development and the transformation of cities through the convergence of human, machine, and natural systems enabled by Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Includes numerous diagrams to illustrate and explain complex smart city systems and solutions
  • Features diverse smart city examples and initiatives from around the globe


Smart City researchers, graduate students, and practitioners in urban planning, architecture, engineering, economics, government, transport,  environmental science, energy, and computer science

Table of Contents

  • Section 1: APPROACH (Research, Theory, Strategies and Planning)
    1. Evolution of Cities/Technologies
    2. City as Living Organism
    3. Strategies, Planning, and Design

    Section 2: ARCHITECTURE (Structure, Typologies and Design)
    4. City Operating Systems
    5. Connectivity
    6. Interface

    Part 3: APPLICATIONS (Operations and Management)
    7. Smart City Scenarios
    8. Smart City Functions
    9. Smart City Business Models
    10. Conclusions

Product details

  • No. of pages: 284
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2020
  • Published: May 5, 2020
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128170243
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128170250

About the Authors

Christopher Grant Kirwan

Christopher Grant Kirwan is a multidisciplinary professional and educator with more than 30 years’ experience spanning the fields of urban planning, architecture, new media, and branding. Living and working in international hubs of innovation—Milan, New York, Dubai, Beijing, Bangkok, Rio de Janeiro, and London—he has been involved in all phases of project implementation including the research, planning, design, and business of technology integration, urban development, and smart cities. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Henley Business School Informatics Research Centre, University of Reading, United Kingdom, and has previously taught at Parsons School of Design, Harvard GSD, and Tsinghua University where he co-founded the Design Beijing Lab with Dr. Zhiyong Fu.

Affiliations and Expertise

Faculty Henley Business School Informatics Research Centre, University of Reading, UK

Fu Zhiyong

Zhiyong Fu has more than 20 year of teaching and research experience in the fields of information design, interaction design, service design, and social innovation related to human–computer interface and smart cities. Dedicated to educational program development and cross-institutional collaboration, he has established workshops, innovation labs, and special joint research projects around the world. He is currently an Associate Dean of China-Italy Design Innovation Hub at Tsinghua University, Vice Director of China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education Research Center and serves as the Secretary-General for China Information and Interaction Design Committee (IIDC) and Vice President of the International Chinese Association of Human Computer Interaction (ICACHI).

Affiliations and Expertise

Urban Innovation Center, Tsinghua University, China

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