KTH Smart Sustainable Cities is a new KTH-wide initiative aiming to bundle resources, activities and competence at the intersection of technology, sustainability studies and urban planning. The initiative comes from the KTH Energy Platform and the Centre for Sustainable Communications. Financing is provided by the KTH ICT Platform, the KTH Energy Platform and KTH-Sustainability.
The primary goal of KTH Smart Sustainable Cities is to create a contact point at KTH for this rapidly growing field of research. A steering group with research leaders from five different KTH-schools is assigned to promote research within the field at KTH and facilitate cooperation and networking with external partners.
One of the initiative’s first activities was to submit a proposal for developing a “Strategic Innovation Agenda”. The proposal was supported by ABB, City of Stockholm, Ericsson, Fortum, IBM, Intel, International Telecommunication Union (Focus Group on Smart Sustainable Cities), Svenska kraftnät (Swedish National Grid), Swedish ICT (Interactive Institute and SICS), Trafikverket (Swedish Transport Administration) and TeliaSonera.
The initiative has also started a “PhD Think Tank” – a network of PhD-students and postdocs from KTH research groups working on smart sustainable cities. The think tank creates a forum for fresh ideas, informal meetings and exchanges of experiences. The PhD Think Tank will take part in all of the initiative’s activities.
KTH Smart Sustainable Cities was launched in June 2013.