Integrating Human Needs into the Foundations of Smart Cities – the INCOSE-TUS Approach

Presented By: Jennifer Russell

Cities provide opportunities for people to gather, share resources, and satisfy their fundamental needs. Smart cities use technology to provide services. Sometimes, complex technological solutions focus on the capability of the technology and become disconnected from fulfilling human needs. Yet closely integrating human needs with technological solutions leads to increased complexity. The INCOSE-TUS Framework is a robust, tailorable, and systematic way to view and evaluate a smart city as an integrated complex social system. At the heart of the Framework are nine fundamental human needs as defined by Max Neef (1986). The framework connects human needs to functions of city services and technology. To demonstrate the use of the INCOSE-TUS approach, two partner cities have applied the approach: Darkhan, Mongolia to update policy and San Diego, USA to address homelessness.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Consider a top-down approach to integrating human needs into smart city planning.
  2. Learn the INCOSE definition of a Smart City and proposed supporting metrics.
  3. Learn how Model-Based Systems Engineering can support interface management between municipal departments and services.

Tuesday, August 6, 2024 at 11:00 AM ET Register Now!


Who Should Attend?

  • Smart city planners and practitioners
  • Municipal employees
  • Urban planners
  • Systems engineers

About the Speaker

jenniferJennifer Russell ISE, CSEP is the Smart Cities Initiative Chair for INCOSE. Over the past 25 years, she honed her West Point leadership motto of being a "Leader of Character." From strategic planning to tactical logistics, Jennifer has invested in public service and infrastructure. The domains of her experience are a testament to the portability of her skill set and include water systems, software systems, highspeed rail, transit systems, highway systems, and multi-modal connectivity. Jennifer holds a B.S. in Engineering Psychology from the United States Military Academy and an M.S. (2003) and Engineer Degree (2007) in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California.