Modern urban areas are smart environments equipped with interconnected sensors and devices that allow for the efficient and the effective use of the available resources. City officials can exploit smart city technologies to observe the behavior of the communities and monitor infrastructures, with the objective of increasing the quality and reducing the cost of the services provided to citizens.

The “Smart City Looks Like…” summer school will provide a comprehensive view of the technologies, concerns and assets relevant to the design of smart cities. Students will explore interdisciplinary approaches while working in interdisciplinary and intercultural groups of students and lecturers in order to analyze what smart city looks like: cities aiming to become more energy efficient, clean and green, while addressing Citizen engagement, governance and critical needs.

The GSSI – Gran Sasso Science Institute is an international PhD school and a center for research and higher education in the areas of Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science and Social Sciences. As a project supported by the OECD, the GSSI has been instituted as a new Italian graduate school of advanced studies in 2016, representing an opportunity for L’Aquila after the earthquake. In this phase of rebuilding, the city is setting new horizons and goals: becoming a Smart CIty is a chance for every urban center that wants to look up to the future.

Contents Covered

Moving beyond connected infrastructure and Smarter things, the smart cities of tomorrow engage Governments, citizens, visitors, and businesses In an connected ecosystem. The goal? Better city services and a higher quality Of life. Smart city enhances citizens’ experience And supports the productive, accessible, livable Cities that attract talents, encourage innovation And create jobs and economic prosperity. The “smart city looks like…” Summer school will Provide a comprehensive view of the technologies, Concerns and assets relevant to the design of Smart cities.

Students will explore interdisciplinary approaches While working in interdisciplinary and intercultural Groups of students and lecturers in order to Analyze what smart city looks like: cities aiming to Become more energy efficient, clean and green, While addressing citizen engagement, governance And critical needs

Organizing Commitee

prof. Leonardo Mariani, University of Milano Bicocca

prof. Ludovico Iovino, Gran Sasso Science Institute


L’Aquila (ITA)

Application deadline

1st May, 2018


Summer School activities will take place in Gran Sasso Science Institute—Viale Francesco Crispi, 7, 67100 L’Aquila AQ. A list of structures will be available on the Summer School Web-site and shared with selected students. GSSI will provide free accommodation to a limited number of Summer School participants. The offered free accommodation for the selected students might be arranged in double, triple or quad rooms considering the gender of the applicants.

The hotel for the students accomodation is Hotel Castello, located 15mins walking distance from the venue of the summer school.

Selection criteria and the list of selected students will be provided during the enrollment process.

Target Audience

PhD Students, MSc students, Researchers at the early stage of their career

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GSSI is located in the heart of L’Aquila historic city centre. L’Aquila is a city in the centre of Italy, at about 110 Km (68 miles) to the east of Rome and about 100 Km (62 miles) to the west of Pescara.

How to reach the GSSI

L’Aquila can be easily reached from both the main airports of Rome (i.e. Fiumicino and Ciampino). In particular, an express coach service, directly connecting both Fiumicino and Ciampino Airports to L’Aquila, is available, operated by Gaspari. The trip takes about 1h45m from Fiumicino and 1h15m from Ciampino. For any detail about fares and schedules, please visit their website
When in L’Aquila, Gaspari buses stop at Hotel Amiternum. From there you can take any bus going towards the city center and get off at Collemaggio Terminal Bus. Also taxi cabs are typically available at Hotel Amiternum. Otherwise, you can call the radio-taxi company (phone: +39 0862 25165, web:

You can check the website of Trenitalia railway company ( where you can find trains to Rome Tiburtina. The “Freccialink service” provides combinations of trains to Rome and Freccialink buses to L’Aquila. The meeting point for Freccialink buses in Rome is just in front of the exit of Tiburtina train station and the service specifically waits for passengers whose destination is L’Aquila.
In L’Aquila, the stop is in front of the train station, about 2 km from GSSI (you can reach GSSI by bus or taxi, see above). There are also daily buses running from Rome Tiburtina railway station to L’Aquila (bus parking lot is in front of the station’s main entrance). TUA/ARPA buses final stop in L’Aquila is the bus terminal, located in the “Collemaggio” Park. From there, GSSI is at walking distance (around 500 mt). Gaspari buses also connect Rome Tiburtina with L’Aquila (for more information see airplane instructions above).

Drivers can take highway A24 from Rome and then exit “L’Aquila Ovest”. Follow the road signs to the city center and, in particular, those with the GSSI logo.

What is included

Lunch Tickets 22-27 July (28 July Lunch not included)

1 Coffee Break per day

1 Ticket per Social Dinner

1 Bus Ticket for Visit

Attendance Certificate (on request)