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At the crossroads of the social sciences and humanities, engineering and industry 4.0, artificial intelligence
and data sciences, the UMRsu is a unique research
and innovation network that brings together actors
of the industry, cities, and universities on R&D projects for the development of smart and sustainable cities.
Inspired by the Triple Helix model, UMRsu's mission
is to foster technological and social innovation
– from ideas, networking, training of highly qualified personnel (HQP) to knowledge transfer to end-users – and contribute to economic development and the creation of new businesses.
By collecting, integrating, and analyzing data,
the Joint Research Unit in urban sciences (UMRsu) explores the workings of the city in all its facets,
for the benefit of its citizens.
Support the start of R&D projects
in urban sciences
Accelerate knowledge transfer
Contribute to job creation and the training
of highly qualified personnel
Contribute to economic development
Create an observatory and technological watch
in urban solutions
In less than three years, UMRsu has grown exponentially, attracting many partners
– cities, businesses and non-profit organizations – from the region and beyond. Internationally,
the partnership extended to Japan – creation of an International Joint Unit with the Keihanna Research Institute in Kyoto – to Belgium – Institute of Urban Governance of Liège – and to Scandinavia –
the Nordic mobility consortium Edge.
UMRsu's research program aims to contribute
to the advancement of urban science knowledge
and the development of solutions to the challenges facing cities around the world, particularly with
respect to safety, mobility and quality of life citizens.
Since 2017-2018, the research and development program of UMRsu has been grouped around four priority areas aligned according to the analysis of the needs of cities' actors, universities and companies in order to support projects in urban sciences.
Urban Security and Living Together
Smart Transportation and Inclusive Mobility
Sustainable Development, Environment and Water Management
Governance and Citizen Participation
For each of our projects, researchers, business stakeholders and City Sponsoring Services from Quebec work together; this synergy is the basis
of innovation and enables the process from ideation
to the transfer of knowledge to be accelerated.
More than 55 research professors are involved
in carrying out the research program – many of whom have received funding as a result of our support
for networking for partnership research and grant application preparation.
UMRsu can count on the involvement and expertise
of the members sitting on our three Committees:
the steering committee ensures the strategic vision
of the organization; the executive committee is decision-making about the operations; the scientific committee is in charge of the progress of the projects.
Build fluid, more efficient cities whose development
is rooted in a comprehensive vision of urban ecosystems and their resources.
Promote increasingly smart governance
by optimizing city operations and enhancing
Build cities with and for residents by promoting
a cooperative approach to innovation aimed
at enhancing their health, safety, and quality of life.
Sébastien Tremblay, Université Laval
Sébastien Tremblay, professor at Université Laval’s School of Psychology in the Faculty of Social Science, has developed a research program focused on cognition issues in the aim of maximizing human performance and well-being in fields as diverse as new information technology, public safety, transportation, and recreation. His R&D projects promote collaboration between universities as well as with business and government.
The Joint Research Unit in urban sciences (UMRsu) aims to promote synergy,
knowledge transfer, and innovation by bringing together academic researchers
as well as industry and government experts.
A living, city-wide laboratory, the UMRsu is headquartered at the heart of the Québec City.
In a 6,000 square feet of space, the UMRsu benefits from large spaces that encourage
collaboration and ideation between members, researchers and their trainees.
Urban lab of stimulations, testings, and technological demonstration lab
Co-innovation and co-creative areas