Intelligence for Cities (I4C)

Intelligence for Cities (I4C) is a joint project between the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, the Freiburg-based Fraunhofer Institutes ISE and IPM and the Sustainability Centre Freiburg. I4C is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) through the funding initiative "KI Leuchttürme".

Urban areas are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.  Extreme weather events are generally expected to increase in our latitudes and the protection of urban populations and local economies to the changing climate present cities with an enormous challenge. 

The goal of I4C is to develop a 3D-model of urban space including meteorological variables through a process chain from data collection, analysis and environmental forecasting to concrete measures. Artificial Intelligence (AI) could make a significant contribution to achieve this goal via precise predictions and forecasting to help cities to adapt to a changing climate. 

The project aims to provide an AI-toolbox under open-source-license as a starting point for future research endeavors and to support local city planning. The Chair of Machine Learning is involved in the project by developing and optimizing modules for the prediction of future climate development using AI.

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(Images and predictions: Osama Makansi, Thomas Brox)