Smart Cities

Smart Cities
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Smart Cities infographicCCS’s newest focus area is designed to create services and training involving Smart Cities concepts.

A ‘smart’ city is one that uses digital technologies to address and manage:

  • Well Being (Healthcare)/Quality of Life/Ageing
  • Operating Costs (Infrastructure)
  • Resource Allocation and Consumption
  • Citizen Participation and Governance
  • Education
  • Transportation and Development
  • Information and Communication Technologies Growth and Access
  • Natural Resources and Climate Change (Energy Governance)
  • Human and Social Capital
  • Public Safety

Central to the concept of the smart city is a connected population. And while there is “no absolute definition of a smart city, no end point, [it is] rather a process, or series of steps, by which cities become more ‘liveable’ and resilient and, hence, able to respond quicker to new challenges,” more and more people are becoming involved in the smart cities concept. (Source:  bis 13 Smart Cities Background Paper)  For the already connected, the LAN party has evolved into the hackathon. Civic hackathons are being held to ” find solutions to problems facing our communities and play an important part in the effort to open government data for use by citizens, activists, and journalists.”[3] This ramped-up level of engagement has been facilitated by social media, particularly twitter, which may be the closest form of direct democracy we have. As we grow into management of our cities and our lives by machines, when the management of every mundane necessity is taken out of our hands, what remains will, hopefully, be for the good of us all.

Like what you hear? Anyone can participate. Two events have already been held in 2015, and Code For Miami meets weekly.

Taking things to the next level, here is our Smart Cities Program Director (also Dean and Professor, UM School of Architecture) Rodolphe el-Khoury’s TED Talk on “Designing for the internet of things” giving us a fascinating glimpse at what living this way might be like through the literal building of smart things (like blankets), walls, homes, buildings, and cities.




Program Director

Rodolphe el-Khoury, Center for Computational Science

Rodolphe el-Khoury, PhD





Phone: 786.223.0145
Office: TBA

Rodrigo Arboleda is a senior executive with 50 years of experience in the fields of Architecture, International Business Development, Education and Technology, and Civic and Philanthropic endeavors. In addition to his expertise in international business development, his current areas of endeavor are related to advocating global digital learning ideas, especially as they apply to developing nations. He concentrates on the impact on education of cheap mobile devices and promotion of free internet.

Abid Cure



Phone: 305.284.2306
Office: Room 340A, LaGorce Building 35, School of Architecture

Adib Cure serves as an Assistant Professor in Practice at the UM School of Architecture. He also co-founded his own practice called CURE & PENABAD Architecture and Urban Design with partner Carie Penabad.

His research on Latin American urbanism and architecture, most notably the mapping of informal cities throughout the Global South, has been presented at a variety of national and international conferences including the American Institute of Architects National Convention. His research concentrates on the role of light and acoustics in contemporary architecture.

A. Michael Froomkin, University of Miami Center for Computational Science member

Phone: 305.284.4285
Office: Room G382, Law Library

Christopher Mader, Program Director, Software Engineering Program, University of Miami Center for Computational Science

Phone: 305.243.1607
Office: Room 600L, Gables One Tower

Christopher C. Mader joined the University of Miami Center for Computational Science in 2007 as Director of the Software Engineering core. Mr. Mader has been developing software systems for scientific applications, and leading development teams for over 15 years at a number of research organizations including: Stanford University, The Institute for Genomic Research (now J. Craig Venter Institute), and The Scripps Research Institute, as well as a variety of commercial organizations. His interests include the development of service-oriented architectures and text mining.


Louis Herns Marcelin, University of Miami Center for Computational Science Member


Phone: 305.284.2110 | 305.184.8493
Office: Department of Anthropology, Room 103G Merrick

Karen Rose Mathews University of Miami Center for Computational Science Member



Phone: 305.284.4246
Office: Room 301D, Merrick Building

Antonio Nanni University of Miami Center for Computational Science, Allocation Committee Member

Office: McArthur Engineering Building, #EB325
Phone: 305.284.3391

Ju Hong Park, University of Miami Center for Computational Science Member


Phone: 305.284.5087
Office: 1223 Dickinson Drive

Carie Penabad


Phone: 305.284.2999
Office: Room 330A Architecture, Building 48

Landolf Rhode Barbarigos, PhD, University of Miami Center for Computational Science Member



Phone: 305.284.3490
Office: McArthur Engineering Bldg., Room 307

Dilip Sakar, Center for Computational Science member


Phone: 305.284.2256
Office: Ungar Building, Room 437

Wanga Zuo, PhD, University of Miami Center for Computational Science Member

Phone: 305.284.5993
Office: McArthur Engineering Building, Room 320

Joel Zysman, Program Director, Advanced Computing, University of Miami Center for Computational Science



Phone: 305.243.1639
Office: Room 600F, Gables One Tower

Joel Zysman is the Director of Advanced Computing for the University of Miami’s Center for Computational Science. Mr.  Zysman has been an active member of the advanced computing community for over 15 years. He has held positions in research centers at The Scripps Research Institute (Florida) and in Industry at Merck Research Labs, Silicon Graphics Inc., and Cray Research Inc.

Joel Zysman, Center for Computational Science

He has published numerous articles on IO subsystems as well as advanced computing applications in research. He has more than 15 years’ experience in advanced computing systems and application design and implementation and specializes in storage design, data management and movement, and distributed computing in bioinformatics and life sciences. Mr. Zysman has a particular interest in bringing advanced computing technologies to non-traditional user communities and has started a joint research program with the Frost School of Music in Computational Musicology and Music Engineering.





See full-size INFOGRAPHIC “The Need For Smarter Cities” part of “Anatomy of a Smart City” at Postscapes: Tracking the Internet of Things

Masthead image from Shutterstock #36645763

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