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 are engaged in planning and developing sustainable smart cities.
Understanding how different ecosystems – natural, human, urban, media, and economic - work together and impact each other is the first step towards innovatively address the challenging aspects in 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, during the planning process the application of technologies, and artificial intelligence for creating sustainable smart cities are challenged at the interface of the ecosystems, pre-existing conditions, and infrastructure.

What these challenges are, how these ecosystems coexist and impact each other, and how all these elements finally determine the success of the project, constitutes the topic of the Smart Cities Summer School 2021 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 through a comprehensive understanding of the sustainability practices in smart cities.


The following subjects will be covered:

•    Biotechnology in smart cities' interactions
•    Sustainability in smart cities in relation 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

Articifial Intelligence and Engineering applied to Natural and Urban Ecosystems in Smart Cities.

The first module will discuss the sustainability approaches where the natural, urban ecosystems and the city life cycle overlap. 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 

Artificial Intelligence 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, 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, 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 live lessons and other platforms may vary slightly
- program content may be subject to change or cancellation if enrolment numbers are insufficient
- the academic credits are subject to the terms and conditions of each educational institution



The program fee is:

200 EU/ week


350 EU/two weeks


Registration extended on July 1st, 2021


EPF - Graduate School of Engineering 

3 bis rue Lakanal 92330 Sceaux - France 



Fostering the French - Indian cooperation
Organized by  EPF Graduate School of Engineering

We thank you to all the participants for making this event possible and for their inspiring contribution to how the future cities must be. It was not easy to make a choice!

We are happy to announce that the  EPF students finalized the voting the last weekend.

The winners are awarded the participation in EPF summer programs as follows:
First and Second Prize: Free participation in the Sustainable Smart Cities Summer School
Third prize: Free participation in the International Virtual Tech Camp

It is our pleasure to congratulate and present the winners!
They will now join the inspiring Tech Camp and Summer School adventure!
We are waiting for you to join our summer programs and meet the winners online!

First Prize:  107 Votes
Mr. Shivendra Pratap SINGH
Chandigarh University

Second Prize: 92 Votes
Ms. Amena ALI
Graphic Era Deemed to be University, Dehradun


Third Prize: 56 Votes
Mr. Shivam SHARMA
Chandigarh University