Tallinn University of Technology

At her inauguration lecture on Wednesday, 24 September, the Future City Professor at TalTech, Jenni Partanen, sees Tallinn and Ülemiste City as a breeding ground for testing smart city solutions and setting an example on the international arena as well.

In five years and in collaboration with researchers, students, companies and the city of Tallinn, Jenni Partanen will develop solutions that would help improve the urban development plan, transport and services in Tallinn and in particular, in Ülemiste City. “Cities are integral systems that involve social, economic, cultural, architectural and other aspects. None of these elements can be viewed individually, they are all closely related to each other. We are also seeing increasingly more digital technologies in urban space, with great potential to solve problems in cities and even improve the quality of life for the people,” Partanen said.

“Ülemiste City is like a city within a city, where scientific solutions can be tested out. What we are hoping to achieve is that in five years, the solutions developed at Ülemiste City can be exported internationally as well,” Partanen was hopeful. She explained that the largest part of the development of these solutions involves data collection and analysis, about the mobility of people, for example, or the use of services, the energy efficiency of buildings, etc.

Jenni Partanen talked more about her research work carried out to date, and the research she is planning to do, at her inauguration lecture on 24 September. A video recording of the lecture will be made available.

Along with Jenni Partanen, Professors Kimmo Lylykangas and Jaan Kuusemets of the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture of TalTech also delivered their inauguration lectures on 24 September.

The Future City professorship was born out of the cooperation between TalTech, AS Mainor, AS Technopolis Ülemiste, AS Mainor Ülemiste, the city of Tallinn, AS Ericsson and AS Telia. The work of the professorship will be carried out according to the action plan which by the end of 2022 already, expects the first models and solutions to be actually applicable in urban environment.

Additional information
Jenni Partanen's profile in the Estonian Research Information System.