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Rotterdam’s smart city consortium welcomes RSM students’ thesis research

A City of Rotterdam consortium is using research from master students about to graduate from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) in its ‘smart city’ project. Students who have completed the MSc Business Information Management were invited to present their theses to the RUGGEDISED project team, which is working to model urban areas such as Hart van Zuid in Rotterdam.



Each presentation was judged on its managerial implications and impact by representatives of the City of Rotterdam as well as RSM faculty members, coaches and others involved in the project including KPN, DWA, RET and Eneco. The theses will be considered within the Europe-wide RUGGEDISED project that is shared with two other cities; Umeå and Glasgow and will run for five years. The consortium is using ICT to integrate energy provision and e-mobility, and to create sustainable urban spaces.

  • Guillermo Beuchat researched Preparing for a zero-emission fleet at RET (the Rotterdam public transport operator). Virgil Grot, RET’s senior advisor for business development and sustainability commented: “We need to enhance this process. This thesis helps us to get a better picture of all parameters and constraints needed for a sustainable infrastructure.”
  • Fenna Levenbach, now a graduate intern at the Rotterdam city council, presented Disclosing data in Exchange for smart city services. Frank Vieveen from the city of Rotterdam’s development department said: “This study proves our gut feeling. Energy data can be shared if we provide incentives. It is becoming less about principles. This is a signal that we need to think about how, why and when we communicate about retrieving data of energy consumption of households.”
  • Research by Johannes Andriessen, The Scaling of Smart City pilots: An identification of factors hampering a wider adoption of Smart City solutions,​​ was made by his coach, RSM Assistant Professor of Management of Innovation, Koen Dittrich. Gaby Abdalla, DWA’s programme manager for business development and innovation commented: “In order to scale up from the pilot phase, we need strong demand-driven platforms and technology taking social aspects into account.”
  • ​​Damiën Horsten and Jan Mariniak presented Predicting energy use in office buildings and showed the benchmarking model to help track the energy users in a building. It runs in the background of the building’s systems to show the how actual consumption compares to predicted consumption, monitoring energy peaks and eventually reducing them.
  • Merle Stadhouders’s research, Smart city - innovation ecosystems and governance models was presented on her behalf by her coach, RSM Assistant Professor of Business Information Management Tobias Brandt. It analyses what should be systemised first and identifies the need for a competing framework for ecosystems for smart cities. It indicates that cultural dimensions and the urban complexity should be taken into account, and governance defined.
  • A presentation of research by Daniel Rustenberg, now a graduate intern at the City of Rotterdam, about how architecture and governance of an API platform strategy affects the performance of a (digital city) platform was made on his behalf by his coach, Prof. Eric van Heck.

Those students presenting their research to the RUGGEDISED consortium will formally graduate on Saturday 30 September at a grand ceremony in Rotterdam’s De Doelen.


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