Fundamentals of Smart Cities: Planning, Design and Management

Venue: UCAM campus (Murcia) and UCAM football facilities
Language English
Price 3.905€
Duration 3 weeks, 60 contact hours
Places 1st and 2nd weeks: Campus de los Jerónimos UCAM – Guadalupe, Murcia / 3rd week: Madrid and Rivas Vaciamadrid


  • Get a global vision of the Smart City concept.
  • Know the different technologies and standards used by the most representative smart cities nowadays.
  • Get useful practice and knowledge about sensor management and intelligence.
  • Understand the relationship of energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable urbanism with smart city.
  • Get depth knowledge and real practice in Rivas Vaciamadrid, two times nominated for the World Smart City Awards.
  • Get in contact with some representatives of the international and Spanish Smart City industry and entrepreneurs.

Business Partners:

Huawei, Telefónica, CITIZEM, Ayuntamiento de Rivas, Ayuntamiento de Murcia, Ayuntamiento de Alcantarilla, ALEM, Intelkia, HIDROGEA, COGITT.

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  • Week 1: Fundamentals of Smart Cities (UCAM – Murcia)
    • Session 1: (Various)
      • 9:30-9:45h Course Opening
      • 10:00-11:00h Introduction to Smart Cities (Dr. Rafael Melendreras)
      • 11:00-11:30h Break
      • 11:30-13:00h Energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable urbanism (Dr. Pedro A. Díaz)
      • 13:00-13:30h Visit to UCAM Labs (Dr. Rafael Melendreras)
  • Session 2: Smart City Architecture
    • 9:30-11:30h Smart City Networks: Fixed, Mobile and Wireless Networks (COTA Telecom)
    • 11:30-12:00h Break
    • 12:00-13:30h Smart City Sensors (Eng. Juan Celdrán)
      • Smart sensors
      • The smart citizen as sensor
  • Session 3: (Eng. Miriam Mendoza and Eng. Iván Leandro)
    • 9:30-13:30h Laboratory Practice: Smart Parking Development with Open Hardware and Software
  • Session 4: (Various)
    • 9:30-11:30h Smart City Platforms and Operating Systems (Dr. Juan Miguel Navarro)
    • 11:30-12:00h Break
    • 12:00-13:30h The interest of Open Data for the Smart City (Eng. Ignacio Ballesta)
  • Session 5: Networking
    • 9:30-13:30h Meeting with CITIZEM (Region of Murcia Smart City Cluster).
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  •  Week 2: Smart City (UCAM- Murcia) 
    • Session 1:  (Various)
      • 9:30-11:00h Internet of Things and Smart Cities (Dr. Juan Miguel Navarro)
      • 11:00-11:30h Break
      • 11:30-13:30h Security at the Smart City (CNIPJ)
  • Session 2: (Eng. Miguel David Botía and Dr. Juan Miguel Navarro)
    • 9:30-13:30h Laboratory Practice: IoT applications.
  • Session 3: (Dr. Andrés Muñoz)
    • 9:30-11:15h Big Data Fundamentals
    • 11:15-11:45h Break
    • 11:45-13:30h Big Data: Successful Cases and Challenges
  • Session 4: (Various)
    • 9:30-11:30h MiMurcia: Murcia SmartCity (Mr. José Martínez Márquez)
    • 11:30-12:00h Break
    • 12:00-13:30h Intelligent and Sustainable Mobility (Eng. Jaime Ruiz)
  • Session 5:
    • 9:30-11:00h Company Visit II
    • 11:00-12:00h Break - Transfer
    • 12:00-13:30h Company  Visit III: Smart Info. Alcantarilla Municipality.
  • Week 3: Real Lab & Case Study: Rivas Smart City - Madrid
    • Session 1: (Dr. José Javier Medina)
      • 9:30-10:30h Projects of Infrastructures and Services in the Smart Cities. Public-Private collaboration.
      • 10:30-11:30h The role of engineering associations and professionals in the Smart Cities designs. The technical project structure & contents
      • 11:30-11:45h Break
      • 11:45-12:45h Indicators, dashboards and Normative.
      • 12:45-13:30h Trends and Professional Profiles in Smart Cities
  • Session 2: (Eng. Carlos Ventura)
    • 9:30h Welcome Act
    • 9:45-11:00h Rivas Smart City: Presentation
    • 11:00-11:30h Break
    • 11:30-12:30h Rivas Smart City: Services
    • 12:30-13:30h Rivas Smart City: Platform
  • Session 3: (Various)
    • 9:30-12:30h Smart City Infrastructures Visit (Eng. Carlos Ventura)
    • 12:30-13:00h Break
    • 13:00-13:30h Course Conclusions (Dr. José Javier Medina)
  • Session 4: (Eng. Pedro Alamo)
    • Company Visit III: Huawei Labs
  •  Session 5: (Prof. Dr. José Javier Medina)
    • Company Visit IV: Telefónica (Eng. Enrique de Miguel Ambite)

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Teaching staff:

Dr. Rafael Melendreras

Vice-Dean of the degree of Telecommunications Systems Engineering. He received the M.S. degree in Telecommunications Engineering (2000) at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain and his Ph.D. at the Catholic University of Murcia (UCAM), Spain, in the area of Digital Television (2012). Founder of the Energetic Efficiency Demonstrator at UCAM, his area of research are Remote Sensing and Telecommunication Systems. In 2014 he designed a Smart City Master Title together with RECI and Rivas Municipality. Rafael is also responsible of UCAM Eco Racing Team, the student ultra efficient prototype vehicle team of the university.

Dr. José Javier Medina

Telecommunications technical Engineer - Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain (1980).

PhD in Political Sciences and Sociology & Graduated on Sociologics Industrial speciality by Pontifical University of Salamanca, Spain (1992). Master ESEM-Commercial Management and Marketing (1985). Eur. Ing by FEANI in París, France.

Official positions: CEO of the “Asociación Española de Graduados e Ingenieros de Telecomunicación”. President of the Spanish National Committee of Feani. President of the Ignite. Professional background at the private sector: 25 years as manager and engineer at > 10 multinational groups as: Mapfre, Izasa, Danfoss, BT España, Alcatel, Ingelsa-Electrolux-Siemens, Esser, Thyssen, Fagor. At the present: Teacher in Telecommunications University Schools at Graduate programs in Universidad Europea de Madrid and Master postgraduates in UCLM and UCAM. Coordinator in AMETIC Group Definition and Digital Indicators Communities for standardization, evaluation and training for new professional Engineering Profiles in Digital Economy and Smart Cities.

Dr. Andrés Muñoz (UCAM)

Senior lecturer in the Technical School at the Catholic University of Murcia (UCAM), Spain. He obtained his PhD in Computer Science in 2011 at the University of Murcia. He has published more than 40 scientific papers in international journals and conferences. He participates as editor in the Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments and he has been pointed General Chair of the International Conference on Intelligent Environments 2017.

Dr. Juan Miguel Navarro (UCAM)

He received the telecommunications engineer degree, the M.S. degree in telecommunication technologies, from the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Spain, in 2006 and 2008, respectively and the Ph.D. degree in telecommunications from the Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain (2012). Since 2006, he has been an Assistant Professor at the Polytechnic Science Department, Universidad Católica de  Murcia (UCAM), Spain.

His interests include wireless sensor networks, internet of things, smart cities, room acoustics simulation, 3D spatial audio. In 2009, he was an invited researcher at Acoustic Technology, Technical University of Denmark, in 2012 at the Department of Media Technology, Aalto University of Finland, and in 2017 at Building Performance Department, Technical University of Eindhoven. His research is focused on signal processing algorithms for audio and acoustics within the topic of Smart Cities and IoT, where he has published more than 30 technical papers in international journals and conferences.

Eng. Carlos Ventura (Rivas Vaciamadrid Municipality)

After receiving his degree in telecommunication engineering he joined in 2000 the Rivas Vaciamadrid City Council where he found the New Technologies Department. Currently, he is the Head of the Telecommunications Department in the Area of ​​Technological Innovation and Entrepreneur Projects.

CIO of the Rivas Smart City Project of the Rivas Vaciamadrid Town Hall, he was the President of SC1 Infrastructure of the CTN178 Committee for the Standardization of Smart Cities in Spain. Also, he is coordinator and founding partner of the Spanish Network of Smart Cities RECI in the working groups of Environment and Infrastructure and Energy.

Other main teaching profiles in the course:

Eng. Enrique de Miguel. Technological consultant at Telefónica.

Eng. Pedro Álamo, Key Account Manager of Public Administrations. Huawei Technologies.

Eng. Juan Celdrán. CEO at Syscomed. Vicepresident of TIMUR and CENTIC.

Mr. José Martínez. Chief Technology officer Murcia City Council.

Eng. Ignacio Ballesta. Responsible for Open Data strategy at Murcia Regional Government.

Eng. Jaime Ruiz.  Technical Coordinator at Murcia Municipality Energy Agency.

Eng. Miguel Miñano. Technical Coordinator of Murcia Smart City Cluster (CITIZEM).

Eng. Antonio Navarro, CEO at COTA Telecom.

Eng. José Antonio López. Technology Councilor at Alcantarilla Municipality. Dean of COGITTRM.

Eng. Miriam Mendoza. Researcher and Assistant Proffesor at Telecommunication Faculty UCAM.

Eng. Iván Leandro. SECOM Lightning.

Eng. Miguel David Botía. UCAM PhD student and Engineering Department at Intelkia.