Third Consortium Meeting in Salzburg
As an independent research institute in Salzburg, Austria, Salzburg Research offers know-how and sustainable solutions for complex digital and technological challenges. With a focus on the field of motion data intelligence, Salzburg Research makes the movement of things and people measurable, links them reliably, develops algorithms for meaningful analyses and thus increases added value and efficiency. In the department of “Innovation and Value Creation”, the focus is on data-driven innovations that are changing the economy and society.
In DyMoN, Salzburg Research is responsible for the project coordination of the project. Furthermore, Salzburg Research is designing effective digital nudging methods and is responsible for the collection of user needs, both central for DyMoN project. In the nudging repository, Salzburg Research uses its knowledge about psychology and behaviour change theory and develops a digital, data-based approach in close collaboration with the partners in DyMoN. For collecting user needs, Salzburg Research can rely on expertise in the design, organization and analyses of focus groups and interviews, to take into account stakeholders’ opinions, wishes and ideas for creating the nudging repository in a bottom-up approach rather than from a paternalistic top-down view.
The Department of Geoinformatics at the University of Salzburg is an interdisciplinary centre of competence for Geoinformatics and Earth Observation. The overarching vision and common denominator of the research carried out at Z_GIS is to reach a better understanding of social and natural phenomena in their spatial manifestations. To reach this goal, we cover the full chain from data collection to analysis and application in a dynamic manner as capturing devices and analysis techniques mutually generate new development needs. The analysis component involves the development of new methods, the improvement of technology and data infrastructure, and the application of GIS. Members of the Mobility Lab at Z_GIS carry out first-class research at the interface between geoinformatics and mobility research. Geospatial, methodological innovations in the field of data modelling, network analysis, and the modelling of interrelationships between moving objects and their environment are transferred into a number of mobility-related domains through cross-disciplinary collaborations. We continue to use and develop concepts and methods of geoinformatics in order to contribute to a better understanding of the diverse connections and dependencies between mobility and spatial conditions.
Trafficon (located in Germany and Austria) can draw on a wealth of experience in the design, implementation and operation of digital mobility solutions as well as in planning dynamic traffic management strategies. In DyMoN, Trafficon is responsible for the technical implementation of the nudging repository in the form of an application programming interface (API) used by the different clients: the citizen app and the smart city dashboard. Trafficon is also responsible for the design and technical implementation of the Smart City Dashboard. Based on a prototyping approach, user needs are identified together with traffic and mobility experts from different cities in the German-speaking area to ensure an implementation directed at domain-specific needs. The nudging repository, app and dashboard is tested and evaluated in a field test in the city of Salzburg.
Based in Sweden, Ecollective is a transnational think tank to solve the sustainability challenges of today for a better future. We perform transdisciplinary action research by working with diverse stakeholders and real-world issues. Our team consists of researchers and facilitators from multidisciplinary backgrounds, including psychology, strategic sustainable development and innovation science. Drawing from quantitative and qualitative data with a mixed methods approach, we employ emergent research methods to gain new insights on sustainability issues. Together with the participants in the think tanks and the international panel of young innovators, we co-create prototypes of sustainable futures and empower participants to collectively lead the change. Within the DyMoN project, Ecollective focuses on researching and validating user needs for the future of traffic in cities, through its extensive network and numerous international events.
Sustainability InnoCenter is a non-profit organization based in Uppsala, Sweden, that acts as a community platform for young entrepreneurs, professionals, ‘innovative thinkers’ and academics, with the aim to work with innovative projects and ideas that are based on the United Nations Sustainability Goals. The Sustainability InnoCenter participates in the DyMoN project through applied qualitative research as well as with its experience in dissemination. The team will work on user needs of city representatives (through structured interviews) and will organize and design a transnational hackathon. The Sustainability InnoCenter also has the lead of the dissemination work package, a vital aspect of the DyMoN project.
At Uppsala University in Sweden, the Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering is divided into three divisions: Quality Science, Industrial Engineering and Management and Civil Engineering and Built Environment. The division of Civil Engineering and Built Environment is represented in the DyMoN project by Mahmoud Shepero and Joakim Munkhammar. The division conducts research in the fields of civil engineering, energy in buildings and the built environment. The team working on DyMoN has experience in traffic models, especially the movement of electric vehicles in cities, electric vehicle charging and the impact on the electricity grid and estimating the mobility of cars in cities. They have also worked on mathematical modelling of power systems, such as Markov-based models. In DyMoN, these models are extended to simulate the movement of people using different modes of transport.
The consortium is supported by the associate partner Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC):
Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) is a global network of more than 150 cities in 31 countries that was created in March 2015. It aims to build a common market of principles, data, standards and services, so that smart cities exchange digital solutions in a sustainable way, thus working for social innovation. OASC is promoting the use of open and minimal mechanisms to achieve digital interoperability (MIMs). Unlike any other city network, OASC and its member cities are driven by experimentation and implementation. To achieve its goals, the OASC works directly with municipalities in working groups (WG), with the support of the OASC Technology Council (TC), the OASC Council of Cities (CoC) and in conjunction with the OASC Strategic Partnerships (SPs). The various internal groups and the annual Smart Cities and Connected Communities Conference provide a venue for city officials and a variety of stakeholders to exchange and learn from each other.
Our slogan: If cities face similar challenges, why not overcome and solve them together?