SUMMER SCHOOL 2021 | EPF Ecole d'ingénieurs




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During the 2021 edition of the EPF Sustainable Smart Cities Summer School, the students will study how nature, people, technology, AI, and governance interrelate and can be best engaged in planning and developing sustainable smart cities.

Understanding how the ecosystems – natural, human, urban, media, and economical work together and impact each other is the first step toward innovatively address the challenging aspects of smart city planning. Thus, the implementation of new technologies can be optimized, and the hot spots are identified and addressed through innovation and new directions of research. 

Ideally, in sustainable smart cities, all the conceptual pillars of sustainability constitute a framework for the smart city's technological components.  

In reality, the planning process, application of technologies, and artificial intelligence are complex and challenged at the interface of the ecosystems, existing conditions, and infrastructure.

Which are these challenges, and how these ecosystems coexist, impact each other, and finally, the success of the project, constitutes the topic of the 2021 Smart Cities Summer School edition.



•    Multicultural experience through case studies 

•    Research laboratory visits and interviews with researchers

•    Networking opportunities

•    Short virtual cultural visits and field trips along with initiation in French language will complement the program

Through a transversal approach, this multidisciplinary summer school will provide participants with an in-depth understanding of how sustainability pillars may be applied in smart cities and how AI, IoT, and technology may be wisely and effectively used for healthy smart cities.

The program offers opportunities for:

•    in-depth understanding of sustainability practices applied and developed for smart cities;

•    learning about the latest advancements in technologies, biotechnologies, and AI for sustainable smart cities in France and internationally;

•    new research projects;

•    networking and virtual laboratory visits;

•    professional orientation and development.



Designed as a comprehensive two-week training program, the summer school encompasses two modules that can be completed independently or together.


Architecture, Urban Planning, Computer Sciences, Engineering, or any related fields 


•    students BA/MA level 

•    Ph.D. students 

•    young researchers and professionals 

who want to improve and find new opportunities in their work and research comprehensive understanding of the sustainability practices in smart cities.



The following subjects will be covered:

•    Biotechnology in smart cities' interactions

•    Sustainability in smart cities as related to disease prevention and longevity.

•    Natural and urban ecosystems, biophilic practices and the technologies in smart cities

•    Applicability of mathematics and physics of nature in smart cities urban planning

•    Designing out waste and pollution

•    Technologies and AI applications in the context of city lifecycle and in conjunction with ecological, sociological and economic projects

•    The relation between technology, media, and society 

•    The impact of technology on culture and human behavior.

•    The concept of ecological economy, circular economy, and how it is applied in the smart cities



Students can participate in one or both modules:

MODULE I : July 5th to July 9th, 2021

AI and Engineering applied to Natural and Urban Ecosystems in Smart Cities.

The first module will discuss the sustainability approaches at the intersection of the natural and urban ecosystems and the city life cycle. The students will learn how natural conditions and bio-inspired technologies and design concepts can be used and may contribute to the smart city infrastructure and planning. 

MODULE  II:  July 12th to July 17th, 2021 

AI and Engineering applied to Media, Society, and Economy in Smart Cities.

The second module will address the economic and human factors as part of sustainable development of the smart cities.  During this week, the students will learn how circular economy and economic ecology relate to the social ecosystem, culture and  society stewardship in sustainable smart cities.

Each module includes:

•    20 hours of lectures Lectures, panel discussions, interviews, short movies, and presentations 

•    10 hours of panel discussions, interviews, short movies, virtual research laboratories visits, 

•    Short virtual cultural visits and field trips along with initiation in French language will complement the program

•    Quizzes

•    Final evaluation 

Each module corresponds to 2.5 academic credits*


- the ratio between lessons and the other platforms may slightly vary

- program content may be subject to change or cancellation based upon low enrolment 

- the academic credits are subject to be used according to the terms of each educational institution




The program fee is:

200 EU/ week


350 EU/two weeks



May 31st, 2021



EPF - Graduate School of Engineering 

3 bis rue Lakanal 92330 Sceaux - France