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Venture Smarter with The University of Cincinnati Office of Research
The Office of Research is accelerating research at University of Cincinnati and economic growth in the region by connecting industry, government, and community leaders with UC thought leaders and innovators.
Key research strengths
- SMART CITIES
- URBAN FUTURES
- DIGITAL HUMANITIES
Video clips featuring UC Experts
At the Second Annual Smart Cincy Summit leaders from government, academia, and the private sector discussed how advanced transportation technologies and capabilities and guiding planning decisions to better connect people to jobs, healthcare, education, and leisure while leaning on the cutting edge of smart mobility.
At the Second Annual Smart Cincy Summit, Venture Smarter curated a panel of experts and practitioners to explore how a foundational layer of connectivity and data-driven planning can drive smart city success stories.
At the Second Annual Smart Cincy Summit government, academic, and business leaders discussed the future of mobility, and what they are doing to research and develop these new solutions that will bring about immense change in the way people and freight moves from place to place.
At the 2017 Smart Regions Conference, The University of Cincinnati's Vice President of Research, Patrick Limbach, discussed the role the University plays in building a smarter Greater Cincinnati region by empowering and improving experiences for students, researchers, and community members. View the Smart Regions Conference Event Recap, Smart Regions Annual Report, and upcoming events at smartregions.org.
At the 2017 Smart Regions Conference, global leaders in cyber security technology and policy explored threats, opportunities, and vulnerabilities as we build smart cities and regions. Greg Akers (Cisco Security and Trust Organization), Richard Harknett (University of Cincinnati), Chris Huntington (Nexigen), Mark Schnitter (Centric), James Walden (Northern Kentucky University) and Mitchell Kominsky (Venture Smarter). View the Smart Regions Conference Event Recap, Smart Regions Annual Report, and upcoming events at smartregions.org.
Uc in smart cities
There are not yet hundreds and thousands of use cases to prove best-practices in smart cities. As we continue integrating new tech and policies into our government systems and infrastructure, we MUST prioritize an integrated and applied research agenda in order to make smart cities scientific.
For governments and technologists, partnerships with academic and research institutions are particularly important as there are not yet hundreds or thousands of use cases that define and prove the concepts behind smart cities or regions.
The panel session on autonomous transportation systems at the Ohio Conference on Freight - aptly labeled "Rise of the Robots" - considered current and expected impacts of technology on “human” employment and future workforce needs.
This past week Venture Smarter was joined by representatives from Drive Ohio, the University of Cincinnati (UC), the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), and the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) for the Ohio Conference on Freight hosted by the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI).
The University of Cincinnati is partnering with community, government, and industry leaders to build Innovation Districts and foster a thriving 21st century ecosystem centered around smart and sustainable mobility solutions in greater Cincinnati.
A coalition of public and private partners in the Cincinnati region are working to create a scalable model for developing smart campuses and hope to expand regional smart educational networks nationwide.
This project seeks to construct a sustainable, fast, green, affordable and flexible mobility system that serves the needs of people and businesses, including fast and inexpensive employment accessibility across the region, giving both residents and businesses the transportation access they need to succeed.
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and its research and development partners today selected 13 U.S. and international companies to develop smart cities technologies to assist public safety.
As research and testing of autonomous vehicles and smart mobility programs in the state ramp up, we could see driverless vehicles on the streets of Cincinnati, in coordination with the ongoing Smart Cincy initiative.
At the Second Annual Smart Cincy Summit 68 speakers and presenters across sectors and agencies shined a bright light on their success stories, challenges, and opportunities to collaborate to accelerate the development of smart city efforts across Cincinnati and the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Region.
In 2017, the inaugural Smart Cities Summit focused on starting the conversation between stakeholders and decision makers from around the region to identify goals that will transform the Cincinnati region into a Smart City. On Thursday, April 26, at Union Hall in Over-the-Rhine, the Summit returns to highlight the progress made in the last year and to keep the momentum going.
Smart city techies will arrive in Cincinnati this week to learn about smart mobility and infrastructure projects taking hold across the greater Cincinnati-Kentucky-Indiana region. The second annual Smart Cincy Summit opens Thursday, April 26 in Cincinnati, and is set to attract about 250 state and local leaders.
The University of Cincinnati President Neville Pinto and Cincinnati Bell CEO Leigh Fox recently signed a 10-year partnership agreement that includes a corporate innovation center within UC’s new 1819 Innovation Hub, and a direct link between UC students and Cincinnati Bell’s technical talent.
Venture Smarter, The City of Cincinnati, and Cintrifuse are presenting the second Smart Cincy Summit on April 26, 2018 at Union Hall focusing on the Internet of Transportation. “Last year’s summit was a catalyzing event about what we wanted to do in the region,” said Venture Smarter founder Zack Huhn. “This year we’re shining a light on some projects that are actually in the works.”
UC engineering professor Jiaqi Ma envisions smart cars navigating traffic in synchronicity with the road and each other. Autonomous technology is likely to be deployed in stages, which means driverless cars will share the road with human drivers.
Recently, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus have all been ramping up efforts around smart technology and policy planning and development. At the state level, leaders have recently formed Drive Ohio, and have been actively investing in growing tech-based and tech-enabled economies.
A local group paving the way for self-driving vehicles in Greater Cincinnati hopes to spark a transportation revolution with a driverless shuttle pilot program early next year. Smart Cincy is a public-private partnership pushing for a "connected vehicle infrastructure" in Greater Cincinnati that is negotiating with the school and the airport to launch autonomous shuttles on their campuses early next year, Huhn said.
On Monday, December 4th, Cincinnati leaders meet with Ohio Department of Transportation, Jobs-Ohio, and The Governor’s Office to discuss deploying autonomous vehicle test locations in Cincinnati and making the region smarter using IoT and connected technologies.
Leaders in the cybersecurity space discuss challenges and opportunities in smart cities and connected communities.
The University of Cincinnati will be well represented in the Oct. 25 Midwest IoT Showcase and SmartRegions Conference at BB&T Arena in Northern Kentucky. Themes of the event include the future of mobility and smart transportation, cybersecurity, energy and medical tech as well as homelessness, child poverty and the heroin epidemic.
Joining us to discuss the Regional Smart Cities Initiative and Smart Cincy Summit are Director of the Kentucky Innovation Network, Casey Barach; University of Cincinnati Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Associate Professor, Dr. Jonathan Corey; and Venture Smarter President and Director of the Regional Smart Cities Initiative, Zack Huhn.
Cincinnati took its first steps on Tuesday toward bringing affordable, quick Wi-Fi to the metropolitan area. Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld and City Manager Harry Black gave a presentation about the proposal to the Cincinnati City Council’s Education and Entrepreneurship Committee. “The mission is to create useful, cost effective solutions that bridge the digital divide and open doors to future innovations benefiting residents and businesses,” Black said.