2023 Annual Report
Established in 2020, UBC Smart City is an accredited engineering design team at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Our team comprises a diverse group of multidisciplinary students dedicated to developing innovative IoT products, conducting research, and participating in global competitions aimed at advancing smart city technologies.
Better transportation systems create connections to people, places, and opportunities, while tackling the big challenges our cities are facing: climate change, housing affordability, inequity, and public health. However, transportation has long been a “wicked” challenge for cities, where promising solutions bring unavoidable tradeoffs or hidden long-term consequences.
The UBC Smart City transportation focus team aims to develop transportation solutions that generate clear public benefits, at a minimal cost. To this end, we competed in TransLink’s 2020 Open Call for Innovation and the 2021 ASCE Blue Sky Innovation contest, where we advanced to the national competition. We also created a street space reallocation dashboard to illustrate key tradeoffs involved in shifting road space between transport modes.
If you’re interested in creating innovative solutions to our cities’ big problems, while helping Metro Vancouver achieve its climate change, transportation, and land use objectives, we would love to have you onboard.
The energy focus team will aim to design systems to meet the energy needs of the population while being robust, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly. The start to end life cycles of energy systems will be analyzed for new innovations and optimizations to accommodate increasing populations while limited by finite natural resources. Some potential areas of research include smart buildings, heat recycling, infrastructure repurposing, and renewables. To ensure companies and citizens are incentivized to adopt new solutions, concepts such as metering, demand pricing, and transition plans will be investigated to ensure the grid functions effectively and in the interest of all stakeholders.
Potential competitions for the energy team include Generate, a clean energy conference in BC. If you have a passion for smart energy systems, the energy team is for you.