Diploma in Innovation for Smart City Projects


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Edition: First
Hours: 375.00
Language: English
Start date: 31/01/2018
End date: 07/09/2018
Credits: 15.00 ECTS
Number of places: 30
Code: 17PQF3007
Open enrollment

Price: 2.990,00€
Timetable: Wednesday and Thursday from 18:00 to 21:00, Friday from 17:00 to 21:00 and Saturday from 9:00 to 14:00
Venue: Polytechnic School of the University of Girona and Science and Technology Park of the University of Girona.

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This diploma only includes the city project and the prior preparation workshop week. It’s designed for professionals with the aim of broadening their experience in different cities around the world.


To train professionals to lead cross-disciplinary teams for Smart City projects anywhere in the world.

To offer university graduates specific training in information technologies, city planning and socioeconomics in order to deal with present-day challenges in modern cities.

Diploma in Innovation for Smart City Projects it's part of the Master's degree in Smart Cities. During the master’s degree the students complete an on-site practicum in different cities around the world where they develop real smart city projects working alongside city public authorities. Students who complete the programme will be qualified to work in the new and promising profession of smart urban technologist, an advantageous position from which to enter the incipient market for smart city solutions and consulting, as well as to deepen their knowledge in research careers.


Anyone interested in Smart Cities. We understand that the Smart City concept is broad, ranging from more tech-oriented profiles to more social or economic ones.


There is no specific requirement for candidates


Briefing > september 21 at 18 pm in the classroom 4-5, Building Giroemprèn (Science and Technology Park University of Girona).


City project

The city project is a supervised practicum integrated in the structure of the master’s degree. It’s completed in the second half of the programme. The city project consists of a training activity in which students apply the knowledge acquired in the first five unit blocks in order to find solutions to the real needs of real cities. The practical part of the city project lasts three months. Supervised by their degree tutors and tutors of their chosen cities, students work both on-site and online with their projects (two visits to the city during the three-month period: one at the kick-off and one halfway through the period). To complete the project, students must submit a project report and make an oral presentation of the results obtained.

Results workshop

In this week-long workshop the students present their city projects and master's degree final projects. The presentation of the city projects is carried out in open format and representatives of the cities, other public authorities, companies, students and lecturers are invited to attend. It is a promotional event both for our students and for our studio. The master's degree final projects are presented in the second half of the week in a private and more academic format.

Modular structure

This course is part of a program that includes the ability to enroll independently following qualifications:

Master in Smart Cities

Specialist Diploma in Smart Urban Technologies

Diploma in Innovation for Smart City Projects



Dr Josep Lluís de la Rosa. Has been a full professor at the University of Girona (UdG) Spain since 2010 and previously at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), New York, USA (2008-2010). Director of the EASY  Research Centre and of the Master’s Degree in Smart Cities of the UdG. He holds an MBA from the UdG and a PhD in Computer Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). De la Rosa is an expert in intelligent agents, social networks, virtual currencies and digital preservation and their application to the market. He has contributed more than 200 international publications and has supervised more than 20 PhD theses. He’s a researcher with entrepreneurial vision who has created several spin-off companies, starting with the world’s first robotic soccer team as far back as 1996. His research into complementary and virtual currencies started in 2006 and he soon became fascinated by the disruption of the Blockchain and SmartContracts technologies and their advantages. Since then, he has been working on this theme in order to design new types of money suitable for the Internet in particular, as well as in many other applications.


Dr Andres El-Fakdi. Is an assistant lecturer and researcher in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automation of the University of Girona. He’s the Laboratory director and promoter of the EASY Centre research group. He’s also a member of the coordination team of the Master’s Degree in Smart Cities of the University of Girona. He holds a Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Girona and a PhD in computer science from the same university. His research interests are focused on contributing to the development of machine learning techniques for Decision Support Systems (DSS) in order to increase productivity and effectiveness in complex scenarios. His PhD research focused on the study and development of machine learning techniques and its application to robotics. This research successfully concluded with the use of learning algorithms to overcome non- programmed changes in the environmental conditions that lead an autonomous robot to fulfil a particular task. Meanwhile, his post-doctoral research focuses on the study of Big/Open Data applications and on the design and development of similar machine learning solutions for knowledge discovery.

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