Smart Cities

Smart Cities

Instructor: Dr. John Fillo
Open enrollment: Start the course any time and submit the final exam before Dec. 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
Delivery: Self-paced online, self assessment quizzes (not graded) multiple choice final exam (graded).
Credentials: A course completion certificate is available to students who successfully complete the course by passing the final exam.
Who can take this course: This course is open to all engineers, professionals and students.

Course Fees:
$35 Binghamton University Students and other SUNY school students
$50 Binghamton University faculty/staff and other SUNY school faculty/staff
$75 Standard/Industry



What are the factors driving the interest in smart cities? They have to do with major technological, economic and environmental changes taking place worldwide, although not uniformly.

With regards to climate change, emphasis is placed on sustainability. We see economic restructuring, one aspect of which is the move to online retail and entertainment. We have aging populations, yet the young require attention and services. Pressures are being placed on public finances with aging cities. There is major urban population growth.

To address the issues, various urbanization models have been developed, quite often identified as "smart city" models meant to use the most cost-effective, long-term approach to meeting city needs while maintaining the lowest environmental impact.
The keys to smart city models have to do with electronic data collection sensors that collect information from citizens, devices, homes, industries and city infrastructure. 

The course will cover a historical picture of cities in the United States subject to rapid urban growth in the 19th century, leading to the 20th century city growth. In the 21st century, worldwide growth has led to urbanization models such as smart city models.


  • Cities in the united states
  • The civil war and beyond
  • The 20th century and cities
  • Gateway to the future
  • The rise of cities in the 21st century
  • The changing U.S. urban landscape
  • Smart cities
  • Examples of the smart city concept


John Fillo is a Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science professor emeritus in mechanical engineering.

He graduated with a PhD in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University and taught at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst and the University of Texas - EI Paso. He later worked at the Brookhaven National Laboratory for 10 years in the area of fusion energy research.

After leaving Brookhaven, Dr. Fillo became the founding chairman of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in the Watson School. This was followed by appointments as the associate dean for research and associate dean for academic affairs. After serving as chairman for the Department of Bioengineering, Dr. Fillo is now associated with the ES2 Data Center research group. He continues to teach in the energy area and develops courses in continuing education.


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For questions, contact the Office of Industrial Outreach at:
Phone: 607-777-6241


Please note our cancellation and refund policy:  All refunds will be assessed a $20 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued once the registrant has been added to the course. For refund requests contact

If the course is cancelled, enrollees will be advised and receive a full refund.