Texas Research Alliance has partnered with the Dallas Innovation Alliance and the City of Dallas to be a part of the MetroLab Network and Smart City Initiative.
The role of TRA is to highlight research done at area universities that can inform city innovations that focus on transforming Dallas into a Smart City.
Smart City Workshop
The University of Texas at Arlington and the Cities of Fort Worth and Arlington came together for a one day workshop to go over Smart City initiatives and how the university and cities could collaborate to implement new innovations that are typical of Smart Cities. Dr. Geoffrey Orsak was asked to present an overview of the Smart City movement and examples of collaborative projects to the workshop that included university researchers and administrators, and city managers and planners. TRA Smart City Presentation
Smart City Transportation System
Professors Nicholas Gans and Ryn Zalila-Wenkstern lead a collaborative projects to lay the ground work for systems that will increase the quality and efficiency of travel times by implementing adaptive algorithms in traffic control systems. The multidisciplinary team simulated the West End section of downtown Dallas, TX and tested methods to optimize traffic flow. Check out the detailed research report here: Smart City Transportation System Report