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Future European cities in 2030 perspective
Interdisciplinary design classes for students from ENHANCE Alliance

In an era of intense development of ICT technologies - Internet of Things sensors, mobile applications using geolocalisation, BIG Data and artificial intelligence – there is the question about the purpose of implementing these solutions in cities wishing to become 'smart'.

Will the Smart City become a modern-day Panopticon - a dark spectre tracking the movements of its inhabitants and, through AI-controlled optimisation systems, imposing its will on them?

Or will the smart city become a New Hope city, a city co-created by its inhabitants, where modern technology enables the development of an open information society and promotes social participation?


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  • Participation in the workshop is free of charge
  • Each University selects one interdisciplinary team consisting of three people - the selected participants complete the registration form
  • Duration: approximately 3 months
  • ECTS points: 4
  • Project activities conducted in a hybrid format:
    - Students' individual work 
    - 2 online workshops
    - 1 onsite workshop at Warsaw University of Technology concluded with an exhibition
  • Participants: 4 students (from different fields of study) from each of the universities in the ENHANCE Alliance as well as Lviv Polytechnic National University and the National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”.
  • The workshops and the entire program will be conducted using innovative forms of learning (including Design Thinking and Project-Based Learning methodologies).
  • 12 000 EUR - the total value for the prototype's budget
  • 3 000 EUR - the total value of the prizes for the best student teams
  • Co-organized with Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Rhine-Westphalia Technical University of Aachen (RWTH), under the Blended Intensive Programme (Erasmus+)
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⦁ Level of study: M.Sc. or PhD
⦁ Desire to work in a multi-disciplinary community
⦁ Be open to use innovative methods and data sources (open minded teams)
⦁ Be receptive to more than one potential solution
⦁ Good communication skills
⦁ Being able to give constructive and positive feedback
⦁ Willingness to share expertise
⦁ Time availability, including the ability to come to Warsaw in May 

Interdisciplinary teams with diverse skills/competences, for example:

⦁ Architecture and design
⦁ Computer science and information technology
⦁ Sustainability and green solutions
⦁ Business


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Katarzyna Bargiel
Katarzyna Bargiel

Designer, graduate of the Academy Fine Arts in Katowice. Currently an assistant in the Department of Cartography at the Faculty of Geodesy and Cartography of Warsaw University of Technology. She was a member of the Rector's Team for Innovative Forms of Education (2016 – 2021, leader 2021-2022). Leads and co-leads several interdisciplinary, international educational programs: CBI A3 focused around using design innovation to develop outcomes that connect CERN technology with societal needs in a tangible way (in cooperation with IdeaSquare CERN and Swinburne University), PdP (in cooperation with Aalto University) and SUGAR ME310 which link engineers, designers and business. She conducts trainings and workshops on the use of tools in the design process. She led UE Knowledge Alliance Project: Universities of the Future (588409-EPP-1-2017-1-PT-EPPKA2-KA). Co-organized and conducted the Design Thinking Week (2015 and 2017) and Katowice Service Jam (2015 and 2016). Her research is mainly in sharing information through design tools, gamification and supporting innovation through design tools.

Martin Bangratz
Martin Bangratz

Martin works as a research and teaching associate at the Chair of Planning Theory and Urban Development at RWTH Aachen University. He holds a Master of Science in Sustainable Urbanism from the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, as well as a Masters degree in International Economics and Business Studies from the University of Innsbruck. In his ongoing doctoral studies, he investigates how grassroots initiatives use and develop civic technology to co-create cities. Other interests and thematic foci include social justice, sustainability, and GIS.

Robin A. Chang
Robin A. Chang

Dr. Robin A. Chang is a PhD research and Lecturer based at the Chair of Planning Theory and Urban Development within the Faculty of Architecture of RWTH Aachen University. Prior to her roles in Aachen, she was based at the Department of European Planning Cultures at the School of Spatial Planning in Dortmund. The intellectual work she has developed at these two institutions builds upon her experience and training as a Natural Resource Planner from British Columbia in Canada. Her work has substantively addressed processes relevant to temporary uses in European contexts of urban regeneration. Theoretically, this draws on frameworks from Sociological and Geographical studies of Time and Temporality as well as Complexity Sciences. Her empirical work pursues set-theoretical approaches through Fuzzy-Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA) to understand how social processes shape the built and lived environment. New areas of interest include the sustainable (or circular) development of urban and industrial lands, Futures Literacy, as well the development of Temporality-framed public engagement methods and processes.

Robert Olszewski
Robert Olszewski

Robert Olszewski deals with the modeling of spatial information, extraction and acquisition of spatial information using artificial intelligence methods, as well as the subject of smart city, cartographic generalization, geostatistics, gamification and social geoparticipation. The results of many years of his scientific work have been published in several monographs and more than one hundred articles. Since 2011 a Professor at the Department of Geodesy and Cartography Warsaw University of Technology, since 2015 Head of the Chair of Cartography. A graduate of the TOP 500 Innovators program, a participant of training in commercialization of research at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. Member of the Rector's team of innovative forms of education - INFOX, conducts interdisciplinary project classes for students of Warsaw University of Technology using Design Thinking methodology. He works with business and government and self-government in the implementation of R&D projects and commercialization of interdisciplinary research in the field of geoinformation, computational intelligence, spatial data services, social geoparticipation, gamification, smart city, and spatial data mining.

Javier Orozco Messana
Javier Orozco Messana

Born in Valencia (Spain) in September 1962 he has worked both for Industry and at the University. Always focused on R+D and education responsibilities he has been senior manager for many years with an applied science focus. See a full description at Currently he is acting as Policy Officer at the European Comission (DG CNECT, unit C3) and his research interests are focused on Materials for Energy and Building Sustainability.

Yu Wang

Anna Rolewicz-Kalińska

An expert in the field of sustainability, circular economy and waste management in particular. Since 2010, a researcher and lecturer at the Faculty of Building Installations, Hydrotechnics and Environmental Engineering of the Warsaw University of Technology. For over 15 years he has been dealing with issues related to waste management, and in the last years of the circular economy. In recent years, he has been involved in research in the field of sustainable urban development, including issues related to climate change. Participant of national and international research projects and technical studies in the field of sustainable industrial activity. For many years, she has been training business entities in the practical aspects of waste management and circular economy.

Yu Wang
Yu Wang 

Yu Wang is senior researcher at department of Architecture and Planning, NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology. His research is focusing on the fast urbanization and its impacts on urban inhabitants, heritage conservation and urban resilience. He also holds a part-time position at rector’s office for NTNU-China cooperation. Since 2021, he has been appointed as deputy head of the department for research.

Agieszka Wendland
Agnieszka Wendland

Agnieszka Wendland, PhD, is Assistant Professor at WUT. Her area of research concerns among others spatial planning, urban regeneration, spatial analysis with the use of GIS tools, spatial data mining, social geoparticipation and design thinking. Her scientific output is mainly concerned with issues related to the use of geo-information in the formation and urban development of smart cities, as well as exploratory spatial data analysis and numerical simulation methods using spatial information. She is an author of 56 scientific papers, contributed to many research and development projects, including international (Horizon 2020, Digital Europe, Erasmus+).


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20th February - the recruitment deadline

Course type: hybrid mode with on-site in Warsaw and online via MS Teams
Course level: M.Sc. and PhD
Total length: 110 h
ECTS: 4 credit points
Organizing unit: Warsaw University of Technology
Cooperation with: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Rhine-Westphalia Technical University of Aachen (RWTH), under the Blended Intensive Programme (Erasmus+).

After course students will:

 - understand the importance and complexity of smart city phenomena
 - be familiar with basic ideas and theoretical concepts regarding smart city phenomena
 - have knowledge on recent technology solutions applied in smart cities
 - understand and be sensitive to citizen-led needs in smart cities
 - recognize the potential of technology trends in development of smart cities
- recognize the role of Sustainability Development Goals in smart cities

The learning activities are organized as follows:
Recruitment until 20th Feb.

► Introductory lectures and keynote speakers (6 hours)

When: 1 March. 2023
Where: online, MS Teams
Learning activities: Lectures (4h) + workshops (2h)
Scope: Introduction to the topic, introduction to the methodology of work and discussion of tasks, workshop on team building

► Self-work with tasks (approx. 10 hours)

When: 2-15 march. 2023
Where: by oneself, handbook included
Learning activities: internal work in teams, self-work, the possibility of online consultations with WUT team
Scope: Basic knowledge building, problem space exploration and understanding the local context

► First online workshop (16 hours)
When: 16-17 Mar. 2023
Where: online, MS Teams
Learning activities: Lectures (2h) + workshops (14h)
Scope: Global ideation sessions

► Self-work with tasks (approx. 10 hours)

When: 20 Mar.-12 Apr. 2023
Where: by oneself, handbook included
Learning activities: internal work in teams, self-work, the possibility of online consultations with WUT team
Scope: Evaluating ideas – prototyping, testing & analyzing

► Second online learning (8 hours)
When: 13 Apr. 2023
Where: online, MS Teams
Learning activities: Lectures (2h) + workshops (6h)
Scope: Global feedback sessions (mentors support)

► self-work with tasks (approx. 20 hours)

When: 14 Apr. -14 May 2023
Where: by oneself, handbook included
Learning activities: internal work in teams, self-work, the possibility of online consultations with WUT team
Scope: Developing final solution, creating action plan for delivery

►Third workshop - onsite learning (40 hours)

When: 15-19 May 2023
Where: WUT campus
Learning activities: Lectures (2h) + workshops (38h)
Scope: Preparations for the competition and exhibition


When: 19-26 May 2023
Where: WUT campus



The main outcome of the workshops is to design a mobile, interactive exhibition in the field of smart sustainable cities. All planned activities undertaken by the universities in the ENHANCE Alliance meet the ENHANCE Alliance challenge of creating the cities of the future. In these cities economic and social prosperity is built and the rights of the inhabitants are respected. At the same time development and urban planning are economically justified and shaped on the basis of sustainable development and ecological solutions. 


1. Each University selects one interdisciplinary team consisting of four people
2. Selected participants complete the registration form below

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Team-building deadline 20th February 2023

Anna Smulska
Warsaw University of Technology

Warsaw University of Technology / Center for International Cooperation

pl. Politechniki 1 room. 234
00-661 Warsaw, Poland

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