Metropolitan Data

Title of the Course: Metropolitan Data

Duration: Second semester (First year)

Total hours: 76 hours

Author/lecturer: Philipp Kats, Ekaterina Serova

Invited speakers: Daniyar Usupov, Alexander Natekin, Eduard Himan.

General description

In the past decades we saw multiple disciplines, - for instance, such as sociology and linguistics, - changing significantly under influence and with help of fast developing computer sciences. Today, when technology finally conquered our big cities offering new possibilities and presenting new challenges, it is the turn of urban planning, management, and design to be rethought through new technologies. There is, indeed, a great potential for such an urban technological revolution, as the whole institution of urban management and governance is based on data-driven decisions and data collection, classification and analysis benefit immensely from the advantages contemporary technology brings. It is all the more important that all kinds of urban professionals understand fundamental technological concepts and learn how to deal with their potentials limitations and bottlenecks on the daily basis.

This course provides basic knowledge on information technologies, techniques, and practicalities of contemporary urban informatics to students with no specific technical background, while helping use informatics to solve complex city problems. It is a case-based course which requires only general analytical skills and the ability to think critically. ?????



The main formats of the course are lectures, practical seminars and group discussions, group and individual research projects, short essay.


Lectures will cover key topics with the focus on related research projects and real-world examples. Several guest speakers, professionals and technology experts, will be invited to give a talk.


Practical seminars will help articulate topics introduced in lectures and create discussions about relevant academical papers and publications.