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22 Jul 2016
In one apocalyptic moment on the afternoon of March 11, 2011, the Great Tōhoku Earthquake sent a giant tsunami wave sweeping over the city of Sendai, a peaceful metropolis of one million people in Northern Japan. The waves swept away vehicles, causing buildings to collapse and severing roads and highways. Debris swamped the city’s airport. The extent of the damage surprised even the most sophisticated of observers. To date, it has been difficult to nearly impossible to measure tsunamis or model defenses against it.
12 Jul 2016
Between 19 and 21 July, ERC grantees join geographers and urban planners in France to discuss and showcase smart ideas for making the cities of the future livable. On 19 of July, Science Squared and Ecsite will kick-off a series of public dialogues at Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie in Paris. The event is part of an ERC=Science² campaign The Human City , and features the quest of European ...
17 Jun 2016
With funding from the European Research Council, Professor Rob Kitchin of Ireland’s National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis is finding out how to leverage Big Data to improve city life.
16 Jun 2016
The traffic jam was enormous. As French winter holidaymakers headed to the Alps in February, 1980, cars strangled the city of Lyon with one of the world’s longest recorded traffic jams - a full 175 kilometres.
15 Jun 2016
Automobile air pollution is a well-recognised source of illness in urban environments. In response, smart cities monitor and move to reduce it.
2 Jun 2016
With resources and services stretched to their limits, future cities must be smarter. Cambridge professors Doug Crawford-Brown, Robert Mair and Koen Steemers describe the innovations in technology and governance needed to keep the megacity functional There is a clear line of sight on the broad features of the cities of the future. They will be large, with significantly more than half of the world ...
Jennifer Gabrys
12 Feb 2016
Smartphone sensors are opening up new possibilities for citizen science and citizen oversight. The ERC project ‘Citizen Sensing’ is marshalling this important resource
Mette Sørensen
11 Feb 2016
ERC-funded research is uncovering unknown health hazards of noise. Mette Sørensen, senior researcher in the Department of Environment and Cancer at the Danish Cancer Society, says scientists have not been thorough in investigating the effect of traffic noise on other types of diseases.
Rob Kitchin
10 Feb 2016
Time to get wise on data security in cities and appoint ethics committees and emergency cybersecurity teams, says new report
10 Feb 2016
Grant will fund development of repository and curation of ERC research published in books

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