COOCK Open City Workshop: Learnings from international and local smart city initiatives

27 April 2021 @ 10:00 12:00 CEST

An open city allows urban challenges to be tackled using data. On the one hand, data must be shared in a uniform and scalable manner so that it forms the foundation for building specific views for a particular domain. On the other hand, the data (especially in the case of sensors as a data source) must be of sufficiently high quality so that true visualization models can be built. All these aspects are dealt with in a bottom-up, three-part COOCK workshop.

This workshop (part three) is built up as follows:
• We start with an overview of state-of-the-art data platforms and which interoperability principles are followed.
• Next, the learnings of rolling out a network of air quality sensors in the Smart Zone in Antwerp will be explained.
• Finally, the processes, tooling and used semantic standards of the City of Things projects Databroker, MoDi and ANPR are explained.

The contact person for this workshop is Katelijne Vervaet (imec).


10.00 – 10.05 Intro by IMEC-EDIT, Stefan Lefever
10.05 – 10.45 How is the international ecosystem evolving? by IMEC-EDIT, Stefan Lefever
10.45 – 11.05 Learnings from the Antwerp smart zone by IMEC-NL, Valerio Panzica La Manna
11.05 – 11.30 Learnings from VLAIO City Of Things support (Databroker, MoDi and ANPR) by IMEC-IDLab Ghent, Brecht Van de Vyvere
11:30 – 11:45 Wrap-up and Q&A

Free Registration required


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COOCK Workshop: IoT & Air Quality in Cities: Air Quality Modeling

23 March 2021 @ 10:00 12:00 CET

Over the past years, interest in air quality has increased resulting in many smart city solutions. This workshop will present an overview of air quality modelling for smart city applications, including refining air pollution maps by incorporating data from emerging sensor networks. Besides improving the real-time information, models can be applied to predict future air quality, predict scenarios, and determine sources of air pollution, linking to smart ventilation in smart buildings.

The contact person for this workshop is Stijn Vranckx (VITO).


10.00 – 10.15 Introduction: Air Quality Modelling and Smart city applications
10.15 – 11.00 Improved air quality information through coupling of sensors and models
11.00 – 11.20 Modelling the indoor & outdoor environment of smart buildings
11.20 – 11.40 Identification of air pollution sources and screening of air quality solutions
11.40 – 12.00 Q&A

Speakers: Stijn Vranckx and Jorge Sousa (VITO), Jelle Hofman (IMEC-NL)

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COOCK Open City Workshop: Open City and Its Citizens

9 February 2021 @ 13:00 15:00 CET

This webinar is organized in the context of the Coock ‘Open City’ Project and deals with the topic of involving citizens in an open city. Not only can citizens provide local governments with necessary data to tackle certain challenges through citizen science projects, the government from its side can open up its data for re-use to develop certain solutions by its citizens. This raises certain questions: How can citizens be engaged in citizen science projects? How can collected data be made available towards citizens and companies? How can data then be re-used by citizens and companies? During this webinar we will answer these questions.


13:00 – 13:15 Intro by imec-SMIT, Koen Borghys

13:15 – 13:50 How to engage citizens: communication strategies for citizen science, by​ imec-SMIT, Carina Veeckman​ 

14:50 – 14:25 What is Open Data? by imec-SMIT, Koen Borghys

14:25 – 14:45 What are the OSLO principles? by imec-IDLab, Brecht Van de Vyvere​ ​

14:45 – 15:00 Wrap-up




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COOCK Open City Workshop: Connecting, Storing, and Publishing Sensor Data

2 February 2021 @ 09:00 11:00 CET

An open city allows urban challenges to be tackled using data. On the one hand, data must be shared in a uniform and scalable manner so that it forms the foundation for building specific views for a particular domain. On the other hand, the data (especially in the case of sensors as a data source) must be of sufficiently high quality so that true visualization models can be built. All these aspects are dealt with in a bottom-up, three-part COOCK workshop. 

This workshop (part one) is organized as follows: ​ 

  • We will start with a practical look at connecting sensors in the smart city. ​ 
  • We will continue with the different levels of interoperability to store and unlock this data and how this works concretely within the infrastructure of IDLab (Internet and Data science Lab). ​ 
  • Finally, research results will be shared about publishing real-time data as open data. ​ 


10:00 – 10:05 
Intro by imec-EDIT, Stefan Lefever 

10:05 – 10:35 
How to connect sensors today? by imec-IDLab, Johan Bergs 

10:35 – 10:55 
Minimum Interoperability Mechanisms and more by imec-EDIT, Stefan Lefever 

11:05 – 11:20 
General introduction to NGSI & available tools by IDLab Gent / imec-EDIT, Philip Leroux 

11:20 – 11:30 
Open Data Learnings from Imec CityOfThings project Observer by IDLab Gent, Brecht Van de Vyvere 

11:30 – 11:40 
Wrap-up and Q&A (10min)​ 

*Questions and issues with this workshop can be addressed to Bart Braem of the imec.



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Coock Open City First Workshop: Smart towards a high-quality living environment, a pioneering role for Flanders

12 January 2021 @ 13:00 17:00 CET

Learn more about the newly launched Coock Open City project during this first workshop!

“Open city – Knowledge transfer with regard to unlocking standards and best practices for one open ‘datafied’ society within the domain of environmental factors (air quality, sound, water, light, electromagnetic radiation, etc.) as the basis for innovation value models.”

The aim of the series of workshops is to unite knowledge institutions, policymakers and companies in order to make Flanders a model region in the field of smart monitoring and management of the living environment. A healthy living environment is perceived as pleasant, invites healthy behavior and causes the lowest possible pressure on health. Within the Coock project, the emphasis is on sound, air and electromagnetic radiation. In addition to monitoring the situation and impact on residents and users, a smart policy also requires a link with the pressure on this living environment. Traffic is important, for example, but it is certainly not the only driving force.

Topics of this first workshop in the series:

• From data to knowledge and prediction: ex. trend analysis; interpolation between measurements
• Data quality of living environment: ex. how to deal with a diversity of data; exchange of information between initiatives
• New sensors in a smart city context and their integration: ex. personal exposure monitoring

Agenda (4h online event):

• Ongoing policy initiatives (introduced by government agencies)
• Introduction of topics Noise, Electromagnetic, Air quality – followed by workshop with stakeholders
• Introduction to data collection, modeling, knowledge extraction – followed by workshop with stakeholders

Contributions from:
Karen Van Campenhout/Hans Reynders (Environment Department), Christophe Stroobants (VMM), Dick Botteldooren/Luc Dekoninck (UGent), Wout Joseph/David
Plets (imec), Martine Van Poppel (vito), Valerio Panzica La Manna (imec)

The workshop is free of charge. Are you unable to attend the webinar live? Register anyway, we will send the recording of the webinar to all registered participants.

*Questions and issues with this workshop can be addressed to Dick Botteldooren of the University of Ghent.




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Webinar Flexible Electronics

10 December 2020 @ 10:30 12:30 CET

Webinar Flexible Electronics

Flexlines will be organising a last webinar on December 10. At this Closing Event the Flexlines team will be glad to give you an overview of the highlights of the project. Every project partner will present the milestones that have been reached the passed 3 years.

The Flexlines consortium has developed a pilot line and ‘one-stop-shop’ for the realisation of flexible electronics prototypes. Our team will also put a light on the improvement of TFT performance, on thermoforming and injection moulding, on design issues,…

Flexlines is a consortium of research and academic partners and a cluster organization. We want to develop and coordinate the individual links in the Flexible Electronics value chain: processes and infrastructure for design and production. The aim of our project is to build a state-of-the-art but stable pilot line and then set up a one-stop-shop for the realization of Flexible Electronics prototypes

Flexlines unites different players providing access to new Flexible Electronics technologies through one-stop-shop concepts in order to accelerate the design, development, and uptake of advanced applications in Flexible & Wearable Electronics. 




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Smart City Workshops

25 June 2020 @ 13:00 15:00 UTC

We hereby enthusiastically invite you to participate in the SmartCities.Vlaanderen workshops we coordinate with partners CityLabWatt Factory, and The Beacon, coordinated by Programme Manager Mark De Colvenaer.

The workshop on 25 June will include the following speakers:
– Peter D’hoore, The Retail Factory: “Monitoring and analyzing footfall in cities”
– Sylvianne Van Butsele, Executive Director for The Design Sciences Hub at University of Antwerp: “Future Urban Health”

The aim of these workshops is to find concrete business cases that can be worked out step by step into specific outputs by a group of organizations. This is precisely what we at DSP Valley mean by “collaborative business development.” This workshop series will, as such, be supported by a global roadmap for the “Open Smart Region” of the future.

Connect members of DSP Valley, SmartCities.Vlaanderen, City Lab, and The Beacon may attend for free. Non-members (or DSP Valley members lower than Connect level) will be charged a fee.

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