Participate in developing a solution using cutting edge technology that will help cities to handle today’s and future climate change challenges.

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What is the project about?

In this project you are welcome to participate in developing a solution using cutting edge technology that will help cities to handle today’s and future climate change challenges. The developed solution will be an engine for change that will guide and help both cities and citizens to choose greener transport methods and inform about the impact these choices have, both for each individual and society as a whole.

More about the project and goals

The students in this project will work together with an Nordic innovation mobility project: MIM (measure inform mobilise). The MIM-project is developing a unique solution using cutting edge technology that will help cities to handle today’s and future climate change challenges. In the pilot city of Östersund, around 70% of emissions come from transport and travel, so helping the city and its citizens to reduce their carbon footprints by making sustainable mobility choices. The city of Östersund has ambitious goals with regards to reducing emissions and providing better transport systems to provide for less traffic congestion, better air quality and healthier citizens.

The solution consists of two modules:

- The UserApp provides the citizens with transport alternatives and rewards users when making green transport choices. It also provides relevant information about the users’ journeys, such as road conditions or congestions, and allows them to see the environmental and health impact of their travel behaviour.

- The CityService provides exact and detailed mobility behaviour information that city planners and other stakeholders can use to make informed decisions when planning new bus routes, new roads, bike lanes, etc. It also gives them tools to accurately measure the environmental impact of changes done to the city's infrastructure and to incentivise citizens by using geofenced rewards.

 

The summer university is carried out as a hackathon for the MIM-project. In the spring of 2021, before the Summer University, the app has been developed and tested in a pilot study. The student project will look at the developed app e.g. how does it work? (including testing the app themselves) What needs to be improved? Design? User friendliness? Features? Data collections? The students will also evaluate the results from the pilot. The results of the hackathon will advise the full scale implementation in the city of Östersund that will take place in the autumn of 2021.

Study areas


This project targets a number of different study areas. While each study area contributes with an individual expertise to the project outcome, interaction between the study areas is required in order to achieve a successful project result. Students are welcome from all disciplines – the project need students from: IT, engineering, environmental/ecology, design, social/behavioural science, economics  and spacial/geographical/planning.

Contact
Anna Longueville, Mid Sweden University
Email: anna.longueville@miun.se