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The profile area Smart Cities and Communities at Halmstad University takes on the challenge of developing a smart and sustainable living environment for people.
Smart Cities and Communities aims to support a wide collaboration at the University within research and education as well as between research specialisations where the University meets challenges together with relevant actors, for example industry, city councils and regions.
The profile area is interdisciplinary and built on existing strong research environments, with special attention to innovative and sustainable solutions for the industry and the region, to be able to meet challenges for the development of towns and communities. The main point of the profile area is small and medium sized towns and communities.
The profile area Smart Cities and Communities creates sustainability through the use of information and communication technology. Sustainable in this regard is understood as sustainable from three perspectives; economically sustainable, socially sustainable and environmentally sustainable. This means that all activities within the profile area need to be linked to one or more of the UN's 17 sustainable development goals.
Focus within Smart Cities and Communities is primarily on Smart Mobility and Smart Energy. Examples of activities also exist within the sub-areas Smart Education, Smart Buildings and Smart Health, the latter also being part of the University's other profile area, Health Innovation.
Smart Cities and Communities is one of the two University profile areas, and the latest one to be established. The other is Health Innovation.
Magnus Jonsson is a Professor of Real-Time Computer Systems at Halmstad University. He is in charge of the profile area Smart Cities and Communities as of 2018.
Kristian Widén is an Associate Professor at Halmstad University.