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SOMERS — In the fall 2019 semester, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside is set to reprise its weekly lecture series on smart cities.

Foxconn’s move into southeastern Wisconsin has introduced the region to smart factories, or factories that rely on cloud computing, the Internet of Things and big data to optimize production.

Smart factories utilize smart cities technology. A smart city uses information and communication technologies to increase operational efficiency, share information with the public and improve both the quality of government services and citizen welfare.

Earlier this year, the City of Racine was one of five recipients of the Smart Cities Readiness Challenge Award; The winning cities demonstrated vision, collaboration and innovation in their plan for urban development, efficiency and equity.

The smart cities series, open to the community, offers various perspectives on smart cities, ranging from technological investigations such as the digitization of the electric grid and the internet of things, to social and ethical implications of connectivity such as loss of privacy, security concerns and environmental challenges.

The series will kick off on Sept. 11, with a discussion of “What’s So Smart About Cities?” led by Christopher Hudspeth, director of the Center for Professional Studies and associate professor of philosophy.

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“I’m thrilled about the second season of the Smart Cities Brown Bags,” said Hudspeth, instructor of the course Introduction to Smart Cities, which includes the lecture series. “I’m fascinated to hear from our new speakers and to catch up with some of the folks from last year. There are a lot of really interesting things happening locally and I look forward to how we can connect with the community.”

Also in fall 2019, UW-Parkside kicks off an online graduate certificate in Smart Cities Policy and Civic Partnerships. Students will earn a graduate certificate emphasizing smart city policy making, the first of its kind in the United States.

With smart cities projected to more than double from 2018 to 2025, and smart city spending expected to increase to over $34 billion in 2020, effective city managers will need to manage the decision making and policy requirements of urban innovation.

For more information on the smart cities policy certificate, go to https://www.uwp.edu/learn/programs/smartcitygradcert.cfm.

The lecture series will be Wednesdays at noon beginning on Sept. 11 and continuing every Wednesday until Nov. 28. It is free and open to the public. For more information, go to www.uwp.edu/smartcities.

Hudspeth also spoke about the online graduate certificate program on Parkside Today with host John Mielke. The episode is available at https://www.uwp.edu/explore/news/parksidetoday/parkside-today-chris-hudspeth.cfm. The episode originally aired on July 23, on WIPZ 101.5 FM.

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