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2011 - Urban

Urban Infrastructure Systems: Intelligent Governance

In collaboration with the Dubai School of Government
June 19-20 2011, Dubai, UAE.

With the urban population expected to reach 69% in 2050 and the number of megacities expected to increase to 29 by 2025, proper and optimized governance of large urban systems is becoming critical.

This phenomenon and urge of intelligent governance of cities, peculiar to both developed and emerging countries, has to develop in an environment where efficiency and sustainability are a growing concern. Smart cities will need to rely on new and unprecedented ways to govern urban systems by embedding intelligence in various infrastructures along with ubiquitous communication technologies among users and citizens.

The short course offered by EPFL will therefore address the question of how complex urban systems should be optimally governed thanks to increasingly embedded intelligence into urban infrastructures. Participants will be introduced to the challenges of governance and planning of urban infrastructure systems such as energy, water and transportation systems.

They will learn about the importance and the roles of information and communication technologies in such urban governance and planning. The short course uniquely combines four different approaches, namely a policy and planning approach, a public management approach, an infrastructure development approach and an IT infrastructure approach so as to promote the sustainability of cities thank to the ICTs. The case of Dubai will serve as a practical backdrop of the course.

Topics covered

Introduction to the governance of urban systems

e-Governance of urban systems

Embedded intelligence in infrastructures

Intelligent urban transport systems

Intelligent water systems

Intelligent tools for planning and governing complex systems

Challenges for intelligent urban planning and governance

Urban Governance and Decentralization


Prof. Matthias Finger,
Director of EPFL Middle East Executive Education and Head of EPFL’s Chair of Management of Network Industries: http://mir.epfl.ch

Dr. Nikolaos Geroliminis,
Assistant Professor at EPFL’s Urban Transport Systems Laboratory: http://luts.epfl.ch

Dr. Ali Mostashari,
Associate Professor and Director of Infrastructure Systems Program at Steven’s University: http://www.socio-technical.org

Dr. Muhammad Kadhim,
Representative to Egypt and Senior Human Settlements Officer, Arab States, UN Habitat.

Dr. Adegboyega Ojo,
Academic Program Officer at United Nations University, International Institute for Software Technology.

Mr. Mohammed Ali Mahfouz,
PhD candidate at EPFL and Enterprise Architect at Microsoft Switzerland


The course is mainly designed for professionals managing urban systems, but also for managers from the supplying industry and from the public utilities. It is open to academics interested in the management and governance of urban infrastructures and urban systems more generally. Participants will receive a Certificate of attendance jointly presented by EPFL Middle East & Dubai School of Government.

Tuition Fee

AED 3500 ¦ Lunches and coffee breaks included.

Application Form

Click here  to register online or download the Registration Form.

Please send your completed registration to


Professor Matthias Finger

Director of EPFL Middle East Executive Education

& Head of EPFL’s Chair of Management of Network Industries


By email: matthias.finger@epfl.ch

By Phone: UAE +971 7 206 9604         Switzerland +41 21 6930001

By Fax: +971 7 243 4365

By Mail: EPFL Middle East, P O Box 35249 Ras Al Khaimah UAE