FinEst Centre for Smart Cities news



FinEst Centre participates in a new Horizon Europe project „EDIAQI“

The FinEst Centre, in collaboration with key researchers from TalTech, has received follow-up funding for the DigiAudit pilot. The new Horizon Europe project starts in Fall 2022 and lasts for four years, coordinated by Lisbon Council. The entire budget for this project is around 8 million euros and it involves partners from at least 10 European countries, including two partners from Estonia (TalTech and Thinnect). 



FinEst Centre’s affiliated researcher won ERC grant!

Participation in the FinEst Twins gave Charalambous Themistoklis inspiration to apply for the prestigious European Research Council’s (ERC) grant successfully. ERC is one of the most competitive and attractive grants for researchers in Europe. Charalambous Themistoklis is a part of the FinEst Twins project as a Visiting Professor at Aalto University.



FinEst Centre for Smart Cities is presenting in the European Week of Regions and Cities 2022 – registration is open!

FinEst Centre for Smart Cities workshop „Smart Cities and Regions - Facilitating Pilots“ is live on 12. October from 16:30 – 18:00 (Brussels time)!

This workshop is focusing on how to facilitate cross-border Research and Innovation Pilots in European municipalities. In this session, we aim to provide hands-on tools and methods on how local governments can transform themselves into living labs open to experimentation with novel technologies. The pilots themselves can be small and agile with very limited resources or then can be scaled up to large scale and research-intensive ones.



NetZeroCities will launch a Call for Pilot Cities

The NZC Pilot Cities Programme will identify and support European cities to test and implement innovative approaches to rapid decarbonisation over a two-year pilot programme, working across thematic areas and functional silos in support of systemic transformation. The selection of pilots will seek to address all urban systems contributing to climate-neutrality, including mobility, energy systems and the built environment, material and resource flows, natural areas, cultural/social/financial/institutional systems, and accessible public spaces. Any one pilot might target all, or a combination of, these urban systems, depending on their context and the scale of the proposed pilot.

Join the information sessions and stay tuned to learn more about the NZC Pilot Cities Programme. More information HERE!



Research article "Language of Driving for Autonomous Vehicles" is now published!

We are proud to announce that article "Language of Driving for Autonomous Vehicles" by FinEst Centre for Smart Cities researchers Krister Kalda, Ralf-Martin Soe, Raivo Sell, Mauro Bellone together with Simone-Luca Pizzagalli is available now.

Driver-to-driver communication channels as much as car-to-driver human–machine interfaces are well established and part of any driver's experience. The situation is different when users cope with driver-less and #autonomousvehicles sharing the same urban domain. Our #research focuses on the new challenges of connected driver-less vehicles, investigating an emerging topic, namely the language of driving between these machines and humans participating in traffic scenarios.



You can now get Estonian weather data from FinEst Centre's homepage!

To gather the data we are using Urban Open Platform which fetches weather data from two different sources Road weather data and Estonian weather stations hourly. Data is exported monthly into two different files, one for Datex (Road weather data) and another for weather stations. Information can be downloaded from FinEst Centre’s weather data page. We also present the data using Power bi.

FinEst Centre started to collect the data as a use case.

You can find the weather data HERE!



FinEst Centre for Smart Cities signed MOU with Externado de Colombia University

On 13.09.2022 Externado de Colombia University (UEC), represented by Dr. Hernando Parra Nieto, in his capacity as Rector, and FinEst Centre for Smart Cities represented by Dr. Ralf-Martin Soe as Founding Director signed Memorandum of Understanding.
Externado de Colombia University is a leader in the development of postgraduate courses in smart and sustainable cities in Colombia and Latin America.
FinEst Centre and UEC intend to discuss and explore the development of potential joint collaborations between themselves in the areas of research, education and training related to smart and sustainable cities.



Short introduction video to Well-being Score project

Urban Planning Well-being Score for Good Quality Living Environment pilot project aims to bridge the gap between urban planners and urban residents developing a well-being score. This is an innovative method and tool integrating quantitative physiological and subjective psychological indicators for assessing environments that are not only safe and convenient, but also interesting or pleasant or vice versa to define environments that are unsafe, stressful, overstimulating, or unattractive.



Henry Patzig: "I am responsible for my planet!"

During the past 4 months I was participating in "Innovatsiooniprogramm" with a voluntary task group whose purpose was to develop solutions that would help Estonia’s local authorities navigate and adopt the complex changes that are brought on by the Green Transition. As the topic is very vague and loaded with many strong opinions from both sides, it was important for us to understand the base line of knowledge level and activities already under way in Estonia. For that reason, we did about 40 interviews with representatives from different stakeholder groups in Estonia. From the discussions wide range of problems emerged.

READ MORE about what problems appeared and different activities what could be done to solve them.



How do you do, RESTO?

REnovation Strategy TOol (RESTO) pilot of the FinEst Centre, TalTech Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, and Institute of Software Science aims to develop an innovative digital platform for municipal decision-makers and real estate owners that would allow them to define, generate, simulate and quantitatively analyse full-renovation scenarios adapted to specific districts and buildings in order to make sensible investment decisions. The Pilot is carried out together with Võru city government in a district in their town centre.



FinEst Centre participated in SmartCO Summit on Smart Cities in Latin America

As a Cap4City project partner, FinEst Centre for Smart Cities participated on the first SmartCo Summit on smart cities in Bogota, Colombia, with introducing our concept to hundreds of participants. Thanks to this, several Research and Innovation partnerships were initiated with followup also planned with the mega-city of Bogota. 



Cities as a Test Bed for Climate Neutrality: €32 million in Support for EU Cities Mission Pilot Cities

NetZeroCities is launching a groundbreaking programme that tests new approaches to reaching climate neutrality goals across cities in Europe. This Pilot Cities Programme is part of the EU Mission for 100 climate-neutral and smart cities (“EU Cities Mission”), providing €32 million in grants and hands-on support to cities. The call opens on September 5 and invites applications from all cities that are committing to the objectives of the EU Cities Mission and are located in EU Member States and Associated Countries.



Short introduction video to RESTO project

REnovation Strategy TOol (RESTO) pilot aims to develop an innovative digital platform for municipal decision-makers that would allow them to optimize required investments into their building stock.



Let’s Go! Climate Neutral & Smart Cities Mission Kick Off Event

On 13 June, NetZeroCities and the European Commission hosted the Let’s Go! Climate Neutral and Smart Cities Mission Kick-off, an event that brought together the 112 cities selected to participate in the Mission for 100 climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030, the European Commission ‘Climate Neutral and Smart Cities’ Mission team and the NetZeroCities consortium with the aim of facilitating contacts and experience sharing between cities, and introducing them to the services provided by NetZeroCities, the Mission Platform.



FinEst Centre's pilot: Well-being score for the better urban living environment

How do urban residents feel at the main square of a city, in the courtyard of the residential district or in the park? Which places evolve positive emotions and provide mental restoration, and which, on the contrary, stress people out? Find it out with a Well-Being Score (WBS) - a tool, which helps you to identify positively and negatively perceived locations in the city based on the “objective” spatial data, as well as physiological and psychological reactions of the inhabitants to the certain locations.