Well behaved cities – what all cities have in common

By: Dyrol Lumbard, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford How are people, infrastructure and economic activity organised and interrelated? It is an intractable problem with ever-changing infinite factors of history, geography, economy and culture. But a paper by Oxford Mathematician Hyejin Youn and colleagues suggests “a mathematical function common to all cities.” Think of the city as an ecosystem, types … Continue reading “Well behaved cities – what all cities have in common”

Are big-city transportation systems too complex for human minds?

By: Dyrol Lumbard, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford Many of us know the feeling of standing in front of a subway map in a strange city, baffled by the multi-coloured web staring back at us and seemingly unable to plot a route from point A to point B. Now, a team of physicists and mathematicians … Continue reading “Are big-city transportation systems too complex for human minds?”

Creating a Smart Parking system in Oxford using Nominet’s IoT Tools

By: Adam Leach, Nominet As mentioned in a previous blog post, we have been working on a new application – smart parking – to test our IoT Tools. Using Nwave’s car parking sensors (which use the Weightless-N wireless protocol that Nominet contributed to), and our IoT Tools we have been able to quickly build a … Continue reading “Creating a Smart Parking system in Oxford using Nominet’s IoT Tools”

Smart cities and collaborative mapping tools

By: Jonathan Bright, Oxford Internet Institute The UrbanData2Decide project has partly been about getting to know local government administrators and understanding more about the types of data related challenges they face when policymaking. One common refrain is that there simply isn’t enough information, and what there is goes out of date quite quickly. Hence decisions … Continue reading “Smart cities and collaborative mapping tools”