University of cologne - Business School

Smart City and Infrastructure


Urbanisation is a global trend: Evermore, people live in growing cities. But how to keep cities functional and livable against the backdrop of these developments? How to manage the transition in a way that keeps the environmental impact of the city limited, while demand for transportation and energy grows? Given the complexity of cities, it is central to understand how a city functions today (using urban analytics), how it will progress in the future (business models and value pools) and how will it impact the decision making in companies and municipalities. The objective of this course is to prepare you to navigate and shape the transition towards smart cities. Please note: the programme is taught in German.



  • Cities as economic powerhouses in the digital era
  • What are new business models & Value Pools in Smart City and Energy Infrastructure
  • Livable cities – success factors and models
  • Energy infrastructures – Options, complementarities, competition
  • Regulatory Frameworks for energy infrastructures
  • The decentralisation challenge of Energy Markets – from top-down to bottom-up
  • Blockchain and smart contracts in energy
  • Energy Virtualisation
  • Urban Analytics

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the important role of cities and their infrastructure in the digital era
  • Gain insights on energy infrastructures as well as their implications and the regulatory framework surrounding them
  • Get to know the latest methods and technology in the energy sector including Blockchain, Smart Contracts, Energy Virtualisation and Urban Analytics 

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Key Facts



13-14 August 2020
Thu. 10.00 - 17.30 h
Fri. 10.00 - 17.30 h






University of Cologne

Work experience

Work Experience

Minimum of 2 years



1.950 € (module only)
Certificate Programme: Included



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Module of

Smart Energy Certificate Programme


  • Understand the trends towards smart cities
  • Learn what makes cities livable and sustainable
  • Uncover the future ties of energy, transportation and other public services
  • Learn how the interaction of residents with one another and with the city will change


  • Possible business settings are simulated in all courses
  • Different point of views from stakeholder of the energy business
  • You will be taught by an esteemed faculty and engaged specialists
  • Intensive working: discussion of projects, networking with other programme participants

Target Audience

Employees and managers in the energy sector and other industries that are affected by new developments in the energy industry.

 Prof. Dr Wolfgang Ketter


Prof. Dr Wolfgang Ketter

Chaired Professor for Information Systems at the University of Cologne and the Rotterdam School of Management

Prof. Ketter is Chaired Professor of Information Systems at the University of Cologne (since 2017) as well as at the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University in Rotterdam (since 2007), where he founded and still mangages the Erasmus Center for Future Energy Business. He also serves as the Director of the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (EWI) and of the Cologne Institute for Business Informatics. His main research interests are Big Data Analytics, Computer Science and Management Science, Energy Economics and Policy, Information Systems (IS), Machine Learning and Sustainability. Prof. Ketter served as a general chair or program chair of various international conferences and workshops. He also works as an editor for top journals. In addition he is a member of the World Economic Forum and co-founder as well as director of Power TAC (, the world’s largest open-source smart grid platform. With the help of this platform, a world championship in energy retailing is held every year.


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