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About DITCOM

 

The Centre for Digital Transformation in Cities and Communities (DITCOM) is working with research and innovation projects and partnerships that address the digitalisation that is increasingly shaping our cities and communities. Located at Aarhus University’s IT campus, the centre has a human-centric approach to digitalisation and technology applications. The centre is based on a multiple helix model and has a strong cross-disciplinary and international profile.

DITCOM collaborates with numerous stakeholders in Europe and beyond and coordinate several large, European research and innovation projects, such as Next Generation Internet of Things (NGIoT), developing the roadmap for IoT in Europe for the period of 2020-2027, and currently leads ecosystem building and communications in the Interreg project, SCORE (Smart Cities + Open Data Re-use). DITCOM is also a founding member and chair of the global smart city network Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC). DITCOM is also involved in a number of urban-rural projects, focusing on co-developing and rolling out a digital service for people living in communities of all sizes, delivering value on the triple baseline of social, environmental and economic aspects.

Partners

We work closely together with both local and global partners and we are always on the lookout for new people, who can become part of our ever-expanding network.

To get to know our existing network, you can read more here

If you don't need more convincing of the fact that we are cool, send us an email and let's explore the possibilities together. 

Activities

In the name of human-centric IoT research & innovation, development, and deployment,  DITCOM is engaged in many different projects and activities, working towards understanding and facilitating the ongoing digital transformation in cities and communities, working with them and for them.

We coordinated SynchroniCity, one of the IoT European Large-Scale Pilots, opening a global market, where cities and businesses develop IoT- and AI-enabled services that ended with great success in 2020.

Currently, we are coordinating Next Generation Internet of Things (NGIoT), building a roadmap for the next generation internet, and leading communications in Smart Cities and Open Date Re-use (SCORE). Fostering our trusty network, through research, innovation, and implementation activities, is a high priority of our team, and with our projects, come many opportunities to engage in and organise events, to offer masterclasses and talks and to lead and contribute to research activities.

  • Research
  • Innovation
  • Implementation

Research

The Centre for Digital Transformation in Cities and Communities conducts research on the complex field of smart cities and communities, where humans and digital technologies come together. Our take on the topic of digital transformation in cities and communities is human-centric, highlighting the importance of ethics, trust, security, and above all, co-creation.

With the increasing urbanisation come challenges such as overburdened infrastructure, increased energy consumption, air pollution, etc. An endless list of challenges that digital technologies can help overcome. We, at the Centre for Digital Transformation in Cities and Communities, strive to enrich our understanding of how the development and deployment of new technologies in urban and rural settings and communities can contribute to creating sustainable societies. Our research revolves around the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG 11 “Sustainable Cities and Communities” and SDG 13 “Climate Action”.

Creating smart and sustainable cities and communities is an important step to fight climate change and build a better future, but more knowledge is needed to achieve this. Our research on the digital landscape is diverse but is primarily organised around four different themes: Smart Cities & Communities, Internet of Things (IoT), Living Labs and Standards.