- Economic Development and Smart Cities
- Global Cities and Urban Society
- Regional Economic Development
- Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
- Urban Economics
Working Paper – March 2017
The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) in collaboration with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) recently released eight white papers describing a collective research agenda for intelligent infrastructure. These papers draw from a large network of expertise including CCC Council members, former CCC Council members, CRA Board members, and other members of the academic and industry communities for a total of 40 different authors from 27 different institutions.
We will be blogging about each paper over the next few weeks. Today, we start with the overview paper: A National Research Agenda for Intelligent Infrastructure.
Our infrastructure touches the day-to-day life of each of our fellow citizens, and its health is crucial to the overall competitiveness and prosperity of our country. Unfortunately, the current state of U.S. infrastructure is not good. The American Society of Civil Engineers’ latest report on America’s infrastructure ranked it at a D+, stating that it is in need of $3.9 trillion in new investments. This dire situation constrains the growth of our economy, threatens our quality of life, and puts our global leadership at risk.
Intelligent infrastructure is the deep embedding of sensing, computing, and communications capabilities into traditional urban and rural physical infrastructures such as roads, buildings, and bridges to increase efficiency, resiliency, and safety. It provides capabilities that are:
Across disciplines ranging from engineering to computer science to public policy, intelligent infrastructure is increasingly seen as a solution to the long-standing problems that face local governments attempting to respond to both long term and short term threats to resilience: 1) strained resources spread across ever growing urban populations, 2) aging infrastructures and public services systems, 3) competitiveness in the global economy, and 4) acute human and environmental stressors due to rapid growth and change in regional areas.
How to design and deploy intelligent infrastructure to efficiently and effectively support our communities is one of the central questions going forward for the US. In this series of white papers, we looked at the potential of intelligent infrastructure across many domains including transportation, city services, energy, public safety and disaster response. We also examine the needs of rural communities for intelligent infrastructure and overarching safety and security challenges.
For citation use: Mynatt E., Clark J., Hager G., Lopresti D., Morrisett G., Narhstedt K., Pappas G., Patel S., Rexford J., Wright H., & Zorn B. (2017) A National Research Agenda for Intelligent Infrastructure. http://cra.org/ccc/resources/ccc-led-whitepapers/
Journal Article – December 2016
Turok, Ivan, David Bailey, Jennifer Clark, Jun Du, Ugo Fratesi, Michael Fritsch, John Harrison, Tom Kemeny,
Dieter Kogler, Arnoud Lagendijk, Tomasz Mickiewicz, Ernest Miguelez, Stefano Usai, Fiona Wishlade (2017)
Editorial: Global Reversal, Regional Revival? Regional Studies. 50th Anniversary Special Issue. Vol. 51. Pp. 1-8
Other Publication – August 2016Economic Geography. Publisher's Site. ISSN 1944-8287. DOI 10.1080/00130095.2016.1205945.
Other Publication – May 2016In the US, the idea of “smart cities” is coming to dominate federal government involvement in, and funding for, urban places. But the smart cities approach, which focuses on using digital applications to promote efficiency, competitiveness, and citizen participation in governance, raises questions about technocentrism in the reproduction of inequality and socio-spatial fragmentation.Metropolitics. Publisher's Site.
Chapter – 2016New (Industrial) Revolution and the City. Punctum Books.