Seminar Human Smart Cities

This is a hybrid teaching unit, it will partially be held online, partially in class.

The idea of this seminar is to give students insights into actual smart city challenges. Thereby, our focus is on human-centered design of new city services and technologies (i.e., business models). At the kick-off session, various representatives from Swiss network industries (i.e., Post, SBB and Swisscom) will give an introduction into their topic(s).


Code 53804
Type Seminar
Site Fribourg
Track(s) T5 – Information Systems and Decision Support
T6 – Data Science
Semester A2020


Learning Outcomes

This seminar offers students the possibility to work on interesting topics in the area of human-centered smart cities; it is open for all students in the BeNeFri cooperation. Thereby, the students will be required to get a deep understanding of the topic of their choice, present their proposals at the mid-term (i.e., 20% of the grade) and final presentations (i.e., 30% of the grade) and write a final paper (i.e., 50% of the grade). The students will be split into groups of two students each group; however, individual projects are also possible. Each group (or likewise single student) will receive a clear assignment, which is feasible within the semester time.

Lecturer(s) Edy Portmann
Language english
Course Page

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Schedules and Rooms

Period On Appointment
Location UniFR, PER21 / online


Evaluation type continuous evaluation

Additional information


First Lecture
The first lecture will take place on Friday, 18.09.2020 at 15:15 in UniFR, PER21, room C230.

– Kick-off session: Friday September 18, 15:15 – 17:15, PER21 C230
– Mid-term presentation: Monday October 12, from 14:00
– Final presentation: Monday December 14, from 14:00