City of Raleigh skyline in the early evening

Our mission

To tap the many smart cities related resources, assets and capabilities within the University and partner with municipalities, industry, nonprofits and other universities to advance applications and advances in core smart cities areas.

What is a Smart City?

A Smart City taps technology to infuse understanding of, and build solutions to, a wide variety of issues facing modern cities and communities. Smart Cities have an ability to collect, monitor and analyze incredible amounts of data, and to use that information to make smarter decisions. Smart Cities aim to benefit all citizens through improved access, citizen engagement, and sustainable and viable growth and development.

NC State Strengths

With particular strength in data analytics and storage, cybersecurity, sensors, clean energy, transportation, and wearables, NC State University is uniquely positioned to address the technological challenges associated with smart cities problems. Our faculty, labs, Centers and Institutes can bring vast knowledge and resources to address critical issues facing cities and communities as they look to the future. Links to some of our core “smart” assets are below:


Triangle Smart Cities Summit – June 6, 2017

This event will bring together local city, industry and academic leaders for engaged discussion and to share ideas to help make our region a smarter and more connected community. Mayors, industry and academic executives, and national leaders in the smart cities movement will be invited to talk about the biggest challenges they face and their current efforts and vision towards making the Triangle a smart region.

Quarterly Smart City Roundtables

These events allow faculty and researchers at NCSU engaged in (or with an interest in) Smart Cities to join together in a collaborative, interdisciplinary, open forum to discuss strengths, projects, and funding opportunities, both current and future.

In late Spring, we will be hosting a Centennial Campus Partner version of the Smart City Roundtable. The event will be open to all Centennial Campus companies with an interest in Smart Cities. More details to come.

Highlighted Projects

City of Raleigh and NC State University Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Established in September, 2016, this agreement formalizes a commitment to explore opportunities for engagement, partnership and collaboration related to Smart Cities initiatives.

Data Sciences Initiative (DSI) and Open Raleigh Projects

DSI is engaging with the City of Raleigh to use data to help tackle inherent city problems. NC State faculty submitted 10 projects, 3 were selected by the City for the first round. First round projects:

  • Pavement Condition Assessment and Prioritization of Road Maintenance (Kevin Han)
  • IOT Climate Control System for Office Buildings (Vikram Patil)
  • Societal and Infrastructural Responses to Increases in Extreme Precipitation (Helena Mitasova)

Next Generation Planning Using 3D City Models

The Center for Geospatial Analytics is working with the City of Raleigh and a private vendor collaborator (ESRI) to collaboratively develop technology to support 3D city model development and maintenance and its applications for city planning. Currently funded by a Next Century Cities grant.


A new and revolutionary way to think about transportation in urban and suburban environments. EcoPRT has all the advantages of a normal PRT (Personal Rapid Transit) system and adds weight and cost reductions resulting in space and monetary savings. Developed by two NC State College of Engineering faculty.


For more information on Smart Cities @ NC State University please contact us and we’ll help you find the right ways to engage and connect:

Dennis KekasDennis Kekas
Associate Vice Chancellor
Office of Partnerships and Economic Development

Amy LubasAmy Lubas
Director, Strategic Projects
Office of Partnerships and Economic Development

Trey OvermanTrey Overman
Director of Programs
Laboratory for Analytic Sciences

Jamie RoseboroughJamie V. Roseborough
Program Manager
Data Science Initiative