Bar-Ilan Centre for  Smart Cities is an ecosystem for smart city development. Scientists, entrepreneurs, citizens, city officials and solution providers work together to better understand the city’s needs and find appropriate solutions. The university campus acts as a living lab, where researchers and solution providers can test their ideas and solutions and get feedback from the end users; i.e., citizens. Cooperation between scientists and solution providers improves the solutions and helps in creating a new knowledge by both scientists and vendors.

 

The university campus which is a “mini city” faces many of the problems of a regular city, such as transportation, networks, energy, security, etc. and is thus an excellent beta site for testing all kinds of solutions.

Smart Cities is a global trend, yet there's no one formula for improving urban life. Every city has its own challenges and unique needs.  City governments and policymakers have a plethora of tools that they can choose from to begin the process, but they don't always have the expertise to evaluate and integrate the options, and navigate the labyrinth of technology vendors, big data enterprises, engineering wonders.  Does the city want to create a digital city, intelligent city, ubiquitous city; or a creative city, a learning city, a humane city? 

 

In order to address these challenges, Israel's Bar-Ilan University established a Smart Cities Impact Center in 2016.  The Center is an ecosystem for smart city development which brings together under one roof the university's academic experts in diverse areas (e.g., business administration, geography, sociology, engineering, computer science, cyber security) with entrepreneurs, citizens, local government, city planners, technology providers, startups and social innovators. Together they are working to turn our neighboring cities into smart urban environments that meet their own specific needs. 

Bar-Ilan Center for Smart Cities team

Prof. Oren Perez

Prof. Oren Perez

Faculty of Law

Dr. Eyal Yaniv

School of Business

Prof. Itamar Lensky

Department of Geography

and Environment

Prof. Reuven Cohen

Department of Mathematics

Prof. Roy Gelbard

School of Business

Prof. Sol Efroni

Faculty of Life Sciences

Dr. Orit Rotem

Department of Geography

and Environment

Dr. Anat Tchetchik

Department of Geography

and Environment

Dr. Yuval Hadas

Department of management

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