Campus & Community

Stevens to Pilot Smart City Tech in Hoboken Through IGLUS Initative

Hoboken, NJ 2007 marked the first time in history that the majority of the world’s population lived in cities, and by 2050, that number will grow to 70 percent. Given advancements in information technology and embedded intelligence, city governments have an unprecedented opportunity to rethink urban governance to provide customized service delivery to the megacities of the future.

The Intelligent Governance of Large Urban Systems (IGLUS) initiative at Stevens Institute of Technology is engaging in a pilot field project to implement smart city technologies for Hoboken, NJ. Led by Dr. Ali Mostashari, Dr. Mo Mansouri, Dr. Jon Wade, Dr. Babak Heydari, Dr. Rob Cloutier and Dr. German Creamer of Stevens, in collaboration with Dr. Matthias Finger at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, the IGLUS project seeks to leverage information technology advances and smart devices to evolve cities into learning and adaptive urban system of systems that can cater to the changing needs and conditions of the urban environment.

For its "Smart City: Hoboken" project, IGLUS intends to coordinate the implementation of advanced sensor networks and intelligent infrastructure architectures with the City of Hoboken. The goal is to allow smarter living by residents and allow decision-makers and service providers to make better operational and strategic decisions based on real-time information and archival knowledge.

The research group will collaborate with industry partners in embedding intelligence into the infrastructure and services provided to residents, as well as establish a joint data center with the Hoboken government which will be located on the Stevens campus.

The goal of this case study is to develop the fundamental architecture and processes for intelligent urban governance, which can be applied to other cities in the future. An initial mockup of the Smartphone App for Smart City: Hoboken is accessible at the project website.

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Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers accredited baccalaureate, masters, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts.  Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,350 undergraduate, 3,600 graduate students and almost 450 faculty members. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world.  Additional information may be obtained at and