Academics

EXSS 290H: Smart and Connected Teams (3 credits)

Professor Adam Kiefer

Futbol Club Barcelona and the Barça Innovation Hub (BiHub) model specifically, will serve as an anchor point for this course as we explore sport science technologies, methodologies and analytic approaches that connect data, people and systems to enhance athlete health and performance. Through a partnership with FC Barcelona’s Team Sports area and the associated infrastructure, we will survey approaches from computer and information science, data science, engineering, movement science, and the combination of these, for applications to individual athletes and teams. Topics will include multimodal performance measurement and assessment, artificial intelligence/machine learning, data management and visualization, cyberphysical systems, mixed reality simulation technologies and behavioral modeling. The course will culminate with a small-scale on-field research experience at the famous Barca Escola—the flagship FC Barcelona training school for boys and girls between 6-18 years of age. 

ROML 280H: Social Theory and Cultural Diversity: Cities Made of Dreams (3 credits)

Professor Lucia Binotti

Smart inside and out – in many ways, the smart city concept is simply good urban planning that incorporates both advances in digital technology and new thinking in the age-old city concepts of relationships, community, environmental sustainability, heritage preservation, cultural capital, participatory democracy, good governance, and transparency. Smart cities stand for a conceptual technology and innovation-driven urban development model. By becoming “smart,” cities seek to achieve prosperity, effectiveness, and competitiveness on multiple socio-economic levels.

This course follows the historical, spatial, and socio-cultural developments of these age-old (smart) city concepts as they are embodied in two of the smartest cities in the world, Barcelona and Madrid. The course engages methods and scholarship from Material Cultural Studies, Experimental Humanities and Heritage, and Diversity and Identity Studies to transform the two cities into real-life textbooks to learn about how the historical and cultural heritage of cities is and can be underpinned by means of smart city tools, solutions, and applications. The course moves spatially (from Madrid to Barcelona) and chronologically, from the Middle Ages to today and the Future. Students learn to use the kinetics and the concept of “movement” in an array of multidimensional ways. Learning in an environment that combines place-based learning (real-life) immersion and immersive learning (the process of learning with the usage of a simulated or artificial environment) the students greatly increase high-retention learning opportunities abroad.