Waterfront development boosted by big data analytics - new ways into policy-making

The new EU-funded research aims to shift the paradigm of intuition based policy making to policy making based on scientific evidence enabled by Big Data. The policy making context in the CUTLER project relates to the coastal urban development. The consortium, consisting of the University of Oulu and 14 other partners, held its kick-off meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece, on 11-12 January 2018.

Pursuing to its weighty goal, CUTLER (Coastal Urban developmenT through the LEnses of Resiliency) will generate and provide evidence-based solutions for decision making on pressing policy challenges. The project focuses on the sensing infrastructures that already exist in cities and are able to provide open data, statistical information, sensor reading and user contributed content, followed by the application of big data analytics to measure the environmental, economic and societal impact, surrounding the water element in the urban setting.

The evidence generated from the analysis will be used to support policy makers in decision making, by providing them with information, advice, monitoring, evaluation and revising of their own policies.

Through these decisions, effective evidence-driven policies will be implemented in four major pilot cities

  1. the economic and urban development of Thermaikos Bay in Thessaloniki
  2. the transformation of Düden Brook in Antalya (Turkey) into a recreation and park area
  3. the development of a Storm Water Plan in the city of Antwerp (Belgium); and
  4. the development of a Country Development Plan, in River Lee territory, City of Cork (Ireland).

By continuously going through the cycle of sensing, analytics, decision making, policy development and evaluation, improved solutions for policy-makers can be found, reinforcing urban resilience, by attaining the well-being of the citizens, economy and natural resources.

The unit responsible for the project at the University of Oulu is the Center for Ubiquitous Computing with Professor Jukka Riekki as the Principal Investigator of the project.

CUTLER is financed by the Horizon 2020 EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, under the Societal Challenges Pilar, and in response to call Co-Creation-06-2017: Policy-development in the age of big data: data-driven policy-making, policy-modelling and policy-implementation.

The consortium is composed by 15 partners, amongst academic (CERTH, University of Koblenz Landau, KU Leuven, Democritus University of Thrace, iMEC, University of Oulu), and non-academic partners, including SMEs (DRAXIS S.A, EuroSoc # DIGITAL, SAMPAS, Dell EMC, BLP,) and Municipalities (Municipality of Thessaloniki, Municipality of Antalya, Municipality of Antwerp, Cork County Council).

The project will last 36 months, starting from January 2018 and is lead by the Center for Technology Hellas (CERTH).


Photo: Port of Oulu

Last updated: 15.1.2018