• End of Registration
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  • Classes Start
  • jun 24 2019
  • Classes End
  • jun 23 2020
  • Estimated Effort
  • 2-3 h/week
  • Language
  • English
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About this course

The course is a high level introduction to the constituents of the smart cities’ digital infrastructures, from the network up to the software layers. The proposed survey highlights the technical aspects to be taken into account to create practical services and to develop smarter cities involving citizen participation. In particular, it will impart information on privacy and interoperability aspects.

The course allows you to:
  • understand what is a smart city and the digital technologies supporting it
  • identify the required skills to design, develop and deploy innovative services toward smarter cities
  • picture new digital services for the urban environment while capturing the technologies they rely on
  • apprehend the costs and impediments (both technological and societal) that may occur to deploy a new digital service in the city
  • investigate public participation in the development of smart cities and the technological and societal challenges that emerge from it.

Please NOTE that this course is the english version of "Défis technologiques des villes intelligentes participatives" course, initially published and run on FUN-MOOC in 2016 and 2017. The research field and the technologies presented have evolved since then, but the proposed overview remains useful. For some concepts, updated additional resources are proposed.

Targeted audience

The course is designed for engineers or project leaders working for a company developing or willing to develop smart city projects involving citizen participation. It also addresses the challenges of professionals of a city government or a public institution who implement a smart city project which involves the deployment of digital technologies in the urban environment.


An interest in digital science and technology and a good computer science culture are required to understand the technical concepts addressed.

Course Syllabus

Module 1 :

Introduction: a perspective on smarter cities

Module 2 :

Network infrastructures for participatory urban systems

Module 3 :

Software infrastructures for participatory urban systems

Module 4 :

Cloud-based urban data management

Module 5 :

Privacy-preserving urban systems


Nicolas Anciaux


Nicolas Anciaux is a research scientist at Inria, Paris. Nicolas is a specialist in database technology and in particular in solutions related to data privacy.


Stephane Grumbach


Stéphane Grumbach is a research scientist at Inria, Lyon. Stéphane is a specialist in the ecosystems of intermediation platforms.


Valerie Issarny


Valérie Issarny is a research scientist at Inria, Paris. Valérie is a specialist in software-intensive distributed systems, and more especially in wireless devices.


Nathalie Mitton

Nathalie MITTON

Nathalie Mitton is a research scientist at Inria, Lille. Nathalie is a specialist in wireless networks.

Christine Morin

Christine MORIN

Christine Morin is a research scientist at Inria, Rennes. Christine is a specialist in cloud computing.


Animesh Pathak

Animesh PATHAK

Animesh Pathak was a research scientist at Inria, Paris till 2015 ; he is now Head of Engineering at myKaarma.


Herve Rivano


Hervé Rivano is a Professor at INSA, Lyon and research scientist at Inria, Lyon. Hervé is a specialist in wireless networks for digital cities.


Course organisation

The course is organized in 5 modules.

Each module consists of 5 to 8 sequences, each containing a video of about 6 minutes, quizzes as well as course materials and additional activities or resources.

Video subtitles are provided in three languages: English, French and German.

In this session, which is open for a period of one year, all the contents are available at the opening of the course. You can follow the course at your own pace!

Every 2 months, a statement of completion will be issued to participants who have obtained the minimum score required for all quizzes.

Social networks

Twitter : @InriaLearnLab #MoocSmartCity

Conditions of use

Conditions of use of the course material

The course materials are, except otherwise mentioned, provided under Creative Commons License BY-NC-ND: the name of the author should always be mentioned ; the user can exploit the work except in a commercial context and he/she cannot make changes to the original work.

Conditions of use of the content produced by participants

The content produced by paticipants are, except otherwise mentioned, under Creative Commons License BY-NC: the name of the author should always be mentioned ; the user can exploit the work except in a commercial context.

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This course was realized by Inria with the support of EIT Digital.

Picture credits:
Video thumbnail: ©Inria
Teachers' pictures : ©Inria - Guillaume Laidet