The Center for Spatial Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara organized and hosted a specialist meeting about the smart campus. The meeting brought together academic and industry representatives with interest in conceiving, designing, and building a smart campus. It combined “thinking big” (asking what will make campuses smarter in the future) with “acting small” (focusing on specific organizational and technological measures and their evaluation).
Advancing the Spatially Enabled Smart Campus
December 11–12, 2013
Participants addressed three general categories of questions:
I. General Perspectives on Smart Campuses:
- What services should a smart campus provide?
- How do smart campuses contribute to sustainability?
- Are there best-practice examples of smart campuses?
II. Geospatial and Technological Pre-requisites for Smart Campus Implementations:
- What sensor and other networks are needed to enable smart campus services?
- How are mobile information and communication technologies (ICT) best integrated into the implementation of the smart campus?
- What are the design features of a dashboard for organizing and displaying the availability and results of smart campus implementations?
- How might volunteered geographic information (VGI) inform the design and evaluation of smart campus services?
- How can geospatially enabled ICT/VGI contribute an understanding of diurnal and seasonal demographics of campus buildings and spaces?
III. Integrating Smart Campuses into the Intellectual Mission of Educational Institutions
- How do smart campus implementations contribute to intellectual development of educational institutions?
- How might smart campus databases and resources contribute to teaching and research opportunities for students/faculty?
- What strategies are most successful for engaging students in the implementation and assessment of smart campuses?
- How are the possibilities and accomplishments of smart campuses transferred to broader communities (cities, states, nations, industries, etc.)?
About 35 experts and graduate students convened to share and develop visions, insights, and best practices for future smart campuses. Plenary presentations and intense exchanges in small breakout discussion groups offered opportunities to develop:
- alternative and complementary scenarios for a “Smart Campus 2025”;
- research agendas in several areas (technology, institutional, and social aspects); and
- a repository of ongoing smart-campus projects, highlighting best practices.
The meeting will achieve long-term impact by:
- publishing on research that enables smart campuses;
- exchanging best practices in a globalized Linked Universities network (http://linkeduniversities.org/); and
- formulating the case for space to university administrators, highlighting sustainability, knowledge sharing, student involvement, safety, and other perspectives.
Location, Dates, and Organizers
- Upham Hotel
- 1404 De La Vina St.
- Santa Barbara
- California 93101
Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12
Donald Janelle, Werner Kuhn, Mo Lovegreen (Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara) Michael Gould (Esri)