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Inria-Industry Meetings

23/06/2010

New technologies for sustainable urban living

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This meeting was held by Inria on 23 June 2010 at the HEC school in Jouy-en-Josas, in partnership with Oséo and the competitiveness clusters associated with the ICT and Sustainable Urban Living inter-cluster cooperation platform, Advancity, System@TIC and Cap Digital, on the theme of "Computational sciences for sustainable urban living".

The day provided an opportunity for industrial operators to engage in dialogue directly with researchers. As well as presenting the Institute's latest work, the forum provided a real opportunity for industrial operators to identify new technologies which, in the future, will lie at the heart of their production activities, and for researchers to get a better understanding of the stakes of the market and the needs of industry.

The following 4 subjects were approached during presentations or demonstrations:

  • Subject 1: Intelligent transport systems for mobile citizens
  • Subject 2: Efficient energy management: from the home to networks
  • Subject 3: Inhabitant participation in city life : new tools for new uses
  • Subject 4: City modelling

 
Sustainable development gives rise to significant and complex challenges for researchers: sustainable urban living will require a new way of getting about, managing resources and producing, analysing and sharing information. The integration of vehicles in an "intelligent" transport system, with communication between vehicles and with the infrastructure, will make it possible to improve safety and security, enhance efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of transport systems; such are the advantages that innovative use of services, networks and sensors can bring to society.

Energy efficiency is also a core priority and will allow towns to make progress. Profound changes are underway in lifestyles and working habits. A sustainable development approach leads to the emergence of tools that are more capable of offering multi-scale analysis, description and representation capabilities and exploiting the simulation or forecasting capacities of models, such as the scientific analysis of environmental pollution.

In addition to presenting the institute's latest work, the meeting is also a real opportunity for industrial operators to identify new technologies which, in the future, will lie at the heart of their production activities, and for researchers to better understand the stakes of the market and the needs of industry.

Among the demonstrations on the programme are: indoor/outdoor guiding of visually impaired people on secure computerised pedestrian walkways, real-time traffic analysis and presentation of software for simulating human activities.

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