International Smart Cities School

The International Smart Cities School: immagination, planning, governance e tools, is one of the initiatives of Tomorrow’s Cities Lab. This year, in a winter edition because of the Covid-19 emergency, it foresees a ten days program organized in collaboration with the “Smart Cityness Festival”. The School aims to promote the city development in the smart, sustainable and resilient way through the more suited technologies according to a strategic and systemic vision. Moreover, the School aims to create an eco-system of academies, institutions and enterprises to create networking opportunities to promote virtuous exchanges and knowledge transfer. The School target are public officers, graduates and professionals and is based on a design thinking approach integrated with lectures and practical case illustrations. The School aims to distinguish itself thanks to an interdisciplinary and multistakeholders approach to the subject, providing the participants with the tools and capabilities they need to operate in the tomorrow’s cities. Each year the School faces the smart city concept from a different point of view.


“The challenge of climate change”


“Cities in the post-pandemic ‘new normal’ era”


“Energies of, and for, the city”

Participation options

Participation in the School is free and offers two alternatives:

Full participation

30 selected participants.
The selection is based on qualifications through the evaluation of the Curriculum Vitae by the Scientific Committee.


  • Co-working laboratories (Co-tutoring Esri)

  • Access to virtual room to partecipate at the webinars

  • Record of the lectures

  • Welcome kit

  • Final conference

  • Book (printed and e-book) of the Winter School (lectures and projects)

  • Attendance certificate

  • ArcGIS Pro Advanced software license for 90 days including access to the ArcGIS Online platform

This option is recognized by:

  • Ordine degli Ingegneri della Provincia di Cagliari with 9 CFP (Crediti Formativi Professionali). How to get credits.
  • Ordine degli Architetti, pianificatori, paesaggisti, conservatori di Cagliari with 10 CFP (Crediti Formativi Professionali). How to get credits.

  • Degree courses, following the presentation of the certificate of participation, with a variable number of credits depending on the degree course.

Partial participation

300 participants

  • Webinar (access to virtual room)

  • e-Book of the Winter School (lectures and projects)*

*The e-book is a benefit reserved for those who participate in all webinars.

This option is recognized by:

  • Ordine degli Ingegneri della Provincia di Cagliari and Ordine degli Architetti, paesaggisti, conservatori di Cagliari with 1 CFP (Crediti Formativi Professionali). How to get credits.

In addition to the aforementioned methods, it will be possible to follow the webinars in live streaming on Facebook.

School Director and coordinator of the scientific committee

Luigi Mundula (University of Cagliari)

Professor of Economic Geography, research activity on the policies of economic-territorial development deepening in particular the economic-territorial analysis and enhancement of the territory, decision support systems and participatory processes in public choices, competitiveness and sustainable development and efficiency and equity in public administration. – Department of Civil Engineering, Environmental and Architecture.

Scientific Committee


Stefano Epifani (DTI Foundation)

Lecturer of internet studies in Sapienza, where he has been teaching since 2003. He currently collaborates with UN Habitat coordinating the BERT project “Beyond Emergency Response Team”, to develop scenarios of use of digital technologies in respect of human rights for the management of post-crisis related to COVID-19. In 2012 he founded Tech Economy, today Tech Economy 2030: the first Italian digital magazine dedicated to the theme of Digital Sustainability. In 2015 he founded the Digital Transformation Institute, a research institute of which he is still President. He has defined the sustainable development strategies oriented to Industry 4.0 for the major federations of Italian companies. Journalist, he has several essays on digital technology in its impact on economy and society. He is part of numerous institutional working groups at national and international level. His latest book is “Digital Sustainability: why sustainability cannot do without digital transformation”.

Natalia Garcia de Castro (Siemens Foundation)

20 years of experience in Latin America managing social development programmes and policies in the framework of the 2030 Millennium Agenda, poverty reduction and development planning. From international organisations, corporate foundations and organisations with national and local governments. 12 years with the United Nations (UNDP, UNWOMEN, UNFPA, UN-Habitat) in Colombia, Ecuador and Central America as focal point for poverty reduction, advisor and coordinator of the poverty area.
Social research on the impact of social and human rights programmes. Recognised expertise in promoting gender equity and interculturality as an approach in development design and management. Public-private partnerships for building social assets. Several publications on education, development with a gender and multicultural approach. Founder of the Global Compact in Guatemala. Currently director of corporate foundations at Fundación Grupo Energía and Fundación Siemens.


Emilio Ghiani (University of Cagliari)

Associate Professor of Power System at the University of Cagliari. The current research interests concern the areas related to the planning and management of energy distribution systems and the development of tools for the integration of renewable energy sources and energy storage devices in smart grids. He is the author of over 80 papers published in international journals or presented in various national and international conferences, h Index 17, 1300+ Citations (Scopus). He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the AEIT.

Luciano Guglielmi (CIO AICA FORUM)

With a solid background started with more than 10 years of R&D experience in academic institutions, Luciano Guglielmi is a manager of big projects in national and international environments with an attitude to look for new technical opportunities for the business development doing deep analysis, about processes and technical aspects. Usual to manage complex negotiations both from a commercial point of view and technology one he is usaual to coordinate large development and working groups. After several years spent as CIO of large enterprises, where he managed infrastructure and application transformation projects, actually acts as a consultant for IT transformation and temporary manager in large projects.
Believes that the impact of the correct definition of business processes is the basis for a flexible and constantly evolving organizational model. As the author of various publications and interventions in national and international conferences, he considers the dissemination and sharing of individual experiences a reason for professional growth. He is president of CIO AICA Forum, a working group that brings together over 70 CIOs of medium-large Italian companies, he was president of FINAKI 2019. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the EUROCIO association which brings together CIOs and their trade associations. He believes that technology must play a fundamental role in the growth of society by helping and not hindering its progress at all levels, making the world that will come a sustainable place from all points of view: economic, social, environmental and so on. Since autumn 2020 he has been President of the Steering Committee of the Digital Transformation Institute, a foundation that studies the impact of digital transformation on sustainability with a 360-degree vision according to the guidelines of the UN 2030 agenda.


Massimiliano Mandarini (Polytechnic of Milan)

Architect, Biophilic Designer, Sustainable Manager and Green Building coach, he deals with research, resilient innovation, strategic consulting and integrated planning in the fields of Design, Creativity, Sustainability, architecture and environmental technologies. Designer and consultant for various projects and realizations in the public and private sectors in Italy and abroad, winner of the World Green Design Awards in 2105 and of the Green Building & Leadership Italia Awards in 2017. He carries out teaching and research activities at the Politecnico di Milano (Environmental Design and Lab Edme Research Group) and Domus Academy. Founder of Marchingenio Workshop Human Living Lab Design and of Green Smart Living Start up Innovative Clean Tech, finalist of the Unicredit Startlab.


Organisational coordination

Alessandro Sebastiano Carrus (University of Cagliari)

Doctor of Architecture and research fellow for the development of technologies for the digital transformation of urban planning. I did an internship at the competence center of the multinational company PLANET Smart City in the Research and Development team. With the team of UniCA I participated in the 2017 edition of “Urbanpromo Giovani” with the project “Taxibike” receiving the award of the Chamber of Commerce of Genoa among the six best redevelopment projects that explored the integration of culture, tourism and commerce allowing accessibility to all according to the principles of universal design-design for all.
Educational tutor

Mara Ladu (University of Cagliari)

Mara Ladu is an architect and a PhD in Civil Engineering and Architecture.
Since 2020, she is an expert on the subject for the Scientific Disciplinary Sector ICAR / 20 at the DICAAR, University of Cagliari. In 2020 and 2021, Mara presented her research for the degree courses at the Universities of Cagliari, Trieste and L’Aquila. In 2021, she was a teacher in the Campus Sardegna regional project – which focuses on the culture of the landscape and the conscious use of the territory. She presented her scientific contribution at national and international scientific conferences, technical seminars for professional orders and for university courses. She is author of several scientific publications.
Her research and professional activity focuses mainly on sustainable urban, environmental and landscape planning, urban design, with reference to policies, tools and practices to regenerate cities and territories.