Smart Cities: Building Blocks of a Smart World

Smart Cities

Eighty percent of the world’s population lives in cities. Many of these urban centers are reliant on aging infrastructures and plagued by increasing operating costs and energy consumption as well as inefficient municipal services. Over the past decade, the massive amounts of real-time data available from mobile phones, vehicles, sensors, scanners, GPS and other devices have generated a major opportunity to enhance city residents' lives. Yet the task of analyzing these figures and using them to improve urban services, policies and operations is gargantuan and requires an integrative approach.


Boasting experts in Big Data (data science), urban studies, environmental sciences, public policy, engineering, and more, Tel Aviv University is ideally positioned to meet this challenge. In this context, it seeks to establish a Center for Smart Cities, an interdisciplinary initiative that will bring together dozens of scientists to study smart cities from a range of theoretical and applied perspectives including analytics, supply chains, transportation and privacy. The goal will be to determine how to apply data, technology and other resources toward improving urban infrastructures and services such as transportation and healthcare.


Support for research in the smart cities field will appeal to donors who believe that technology can promote economic growth and improve quality of life on the local level - as the starting point for universal change.


Naming Opportunities – Smart Cities

  • Center for Smart Cities
  • Smart Cities Collaborative Initiative with Bay Area FUNDED
  • Shmeltzer Institute for Smart Transportation FUNDED
  • Smart Cities Research Fund
  • Visiting Scientists Fund

To support or receive more information about one of these projects, please contact your local TAU Friends Association or TAU’s Development and Public Affairs Division at +972-3-640-8249 or



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