New Jersey Smart Cities Working Group

Most Recent Event

Workshop: NJ Smart Mobility Research Collaborations

Friday, March 6, 2020, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

701 Carnegie Center (Multipurpose Room), Canal Road, Princeton, NJ

By invitation only, lunch provided. Registration info to follow soon.

This workshop is for New Jersey university researchers to receive input and advice from NJ urban mobility professionals on research topics appropriate for potential federal funding:

  • Technology Solutions for Mobility
  • Energy and Environment for Mobility
  • Social-Political Impacts of Mobility


  1. Faculty research overviews
  2. Project input from external partners
  3. Project breakout discussions.

External partners will have the opportunity to join project teams as collaborators, if desired.

Sponsored by the NJ Smart Cities Working Group, comprised of NJIT, Princeton, Rowan, Rutgers and Stevens.


What is the New Jersey Smart Cities Working Group?


The central research offices of Princeton, Rutgers, NJIT, Rowan and Stevens Institute, in coordination with NJ State Chief Innovation Officer Beth Noveck, have formed a working group to pursue collaborative opportunities for “smart cities” research in New Jersey. Research institutions throughout the state are eligible and invited to participate.

The working group follows the recent success of a 2019 multi-institutional conference, Building the Future: New Technological Frontiers in Cities, held at Princeton University. More than 200 participants, including university researchers; city, county and state government officials; and industry representatives came together to review current research and to explore new opportunities for collaboration in this growing field.

Working Group Mission

To pursue collaborative research opportunities for Smart Cities among universities, industry, government, and associations in the NJ Region, to advance municipal sustainability, equity, and prosperity in NJ cities and regions.


The rapid evolution of data technologies creates new opportunities to improve urban living. At the same time, the geography of NJ—small and mid-sized cities, in distinct clusters—requires collaboration between the many players for problem solving. The Working Group is a way to synergize parallel smart cities efforts within NJ higher education, together with recent NJ state initiatives for innovation-driven economic development, for the benefit of residents.


Stakeholders in Working Group efforts:

  • University researchers
  • Foundations / non-profits
  • New Jersey residents
  • City / county governments
  • NSF and DOE
  • University students
  • State government / NJEDA
  • Industry




The Working Group will identify and match stakeholder needs, capabilities, and resources toward its mission, as follows:

  • Needs: as determined by cities, the state, and researchers
  • Capabilities: as described by researchers and companies
  • Resources: as provided / facilitated by federal agencies, state agencies, industry, and foundations.



To execute the methodology, the Working Group is pursuing research collaborations, by:

  • Vetting and organizing opportunities that involve multiple stakeholders.
  • Organizing events such as workshops, symposia, hackathons, and meetups, to advance collaboration opportunities.


Administrative Contact

Spencer Reynolds, Princeton University, spencerR(at)