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Activities, awards, and other outputs

  • HiSS Workshop 2021: From smart to intelligent cities: A human-social choice? Smart cities of a digitalized society are envisioned as cyber-physical-human systems of sustainable economic growth that enhance human well-being. The grand challenge for designing and developing smart cities is to achieve mutually beneficial interactions between cyber and human systems where machines learn from humans, and humans learn from machines. Theories of human behaviour are traditionally context-dependent and specialized in economics, education, games, social interactions, management, etc. Smart cities, as cyber-physical-human systems, set a new context for modelling and understanding human-social behaviour at different levels – from neuro-cognition of individual choices to collective decisions and emergence in social networks at multiple time scales.
  • A Workshop was held in September 2021 with three online sessions:
    • Session 1: 6/9 Interactional Intelligence with speakers Assoc. Prof. Sarah Williams, MIT, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Marcel Schweiker, University Hospital RWTH Aachen, Dr. Umberto
      Fugiglando, MIT.
    • Session 2: 13/9 Reflective Intelligence with speakers Prof. Katina Michael, Arizona State University, Assoc. Prof. Esteban Moro, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and MIT, Prof. Angelia Nedich, Arizona State University,
    • Session 3: 20/9 Neuro-cognition Prof. Jerome Busemeyer, Univ of Indiana, Prof. Alan Safney, Radboud University, Prof. Scott Huettel, Duke University


A general objective of the project is to link dominant mechanisms of decision-making and choice between the micro, meso and macro scales that are most relevant for advancing the sustainability agenda in smart cities. The specific objectives are related to theoretical and experimental studies of different aspects of decision-making at micro, meso and macro scales that help answer the following questions:

  • Which human choice/decision models are suitable for understanding decision processes, policy making, etc., in the sustainable smart city context
  • What aspects of human choices and decisions in the present context can be related to and explained by neuro-cognitive processes?
  • How do social network interactions (e.g. collaboration and competition) affect human choices from smart homes to smart cities?