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SoSe 2021 - WiSe 2021/22


Critical Infrastructure and Digitalization (6LP) (Critical Infrastructure and Digitalization)


Cominola, Andrea




Fakultät V

Institut für Strömungsmechanik und Technische Akustik

35311100 FG Fluidsystemdynamik-Strömungstechnik der Maschinen und Anlagen

Physikalische Ingenieurwissenschaft



Cominola, Andrea


Learning Outcomes

This lecture series will outline and discuss the latest advances on the digitalisation of critical urban infrastructures. Lectures will be given by various experts from academia, industry and policy-making sectors, with a focus on water networks, energy grids, sensor and communication networks, mobility and urban planning. For those students who attended or are planning on attending the block courses ‘Smart Sensing’, ‘Smart Buildings’ and ‘Smart Cities’, this course will extend their knowledge in these topics, with a focus on the application aspects and direct experience from experts in the sectors. After completing this course, students will be able to draw conclusions and predict forecasts for the future of critical urban infrastructure, as well as present and discuss these ideas. The course will also be an opportunity for students to connect and build relationships with students from other fields and universities.


The Lecture Series ‘Critical Infrastructure and Digitalisation’ provides an overview on the digital and technological transformation of different urban critical infrastructure sectors. After an introductory part, experts from different faculties of the TU Berlin, guest speakers from the other ide3a partner universities (Norwegian University of Science and Technology; Dublin City University; Politecnico Di Milano; Cracow University of Technology), and experts from the utility sector and policy making domain will present cutting edge research projects, lessons learned, challenges and visions. The overarching goal of the course is to make synergies and dependencies between the different sectors and topics visible and discuss them. Each lecture will be of (approximately) 1-hour duration, followed by a discussion among the students and with the lecturer. As part of the open knowledge material of this course, podcast episodes will be published after each lecture, interviewing the expert. Assessment includes a final individually written report, a small group presentation, weekly quizzes and a short reflection video assignment.

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course NameTypeNumberCycleLanguageSWSVZ
Critical Infrastructure and DigitalizationIV3531 L 10969SoSeEnglish4

Workload and Credit Points

Critical Infrastructure and Digitalization (IV):

Workload descriptionMultiplierHoursTotal
Pre/post processing15.08.0h120.0h
180.0h(~6 LP)
The Workload of the module sums up to 180.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 6 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

The lectures will take place weekly. The course is going to be fully virtual. Further instructions will be communicated to registered students on how to get access to the online lectures and supporting virtual platform for the course.

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:

Preferred competences (not compulsory): basic knowledge of one among water/energy/sensor networks. Previous attendance of the block courses "Smart Sensing", "Smart Buildings", and "Smart Cities" is encouraged.

Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

This module has no requirements.

Module completion



Type of exam

Portfolio examination

Type of portfolio examination

100 Punkte insgesamt



Test elements

Presentation30oralNo information
Report30writtenNo information
Video Assignment20practicalNo information
Weekly Quizzes20writtenNo information

Grading scale

Notenschlüssel »Notenschlüssel 1: Fak IV (1)«


Test description (Module completion)

Assessment includes a final group report (max 7 pages), a group presentation, weekly quizzes and a video assignment.

Duration of the Module

The following number of semesters is estimated for taking and completing the module:
1 Semester.

This module may be commenced in the following semesters:

Maximum Number of Participants

The maximum capacity of students is 50.

Registration Procedures

Students have to register via the ide3a project website: www.ide3a.net; the exam registration will take place via Prüfungsamt at TU Berlin.

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

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Recommended literature
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Assigned Degree Programs

This module is not used in any degree program.


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