Next Generation Infrastructures - Part 1

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Next Generation Infrastructures - Part 1

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Course Description

*Note - This is an Archived course*

Imagine how your life would be without electricity to power the devices you use at home and in the office, without reliable drinking water from the tap, without cars, trains and air traffic, without your mobile phone and without internet access. In many parts of the world we take the availability of these services for granted. Without conscious reflection on the technological systems that bring these services to where we use them, we are becoming increasingly dependent on a secure, uninterrupted and affordable supply of energy, water, transport, telecommunication and information services. They create the conditions for liveability and economic development. However, today's infrastructure systems are in a process of drastic change, as they are becoming more and more web-based, transnational and privatized, while new technologies are on their way. The outcome of these changes is difficult to predi...

*Note - This is an Archived course*

Imagine how your life would be without electricity to power the devices you use at home and in the office, without reliable drinking water from the tap, without cars, trains and air traffic, without your mobile phone and without internet access. In many parts of the world we take the availability of these services for granted. Without conscious reflection on the technological systems that bring these services to where we use them, we are becoming increasingly dependent on a secure, uninterrupted and affordable supply of energy, water, transport, telecommunication and information services. They create the conditions for liveability and economic development. However, today's infrastructure systems are in a process of drastic change, as they are becoming more and more web-based, transnational and privatized, while new technologies are on their way. The outcome of these changes is difficult to predict.

In this course we will explore the challenges of infrastructure design, management and governance for the future. Some of the questions that will be addressed:

  • What are the major changes and drivers when it comes to infrastructure development?
  • What makes infrastructure networks vulnerable and how do we manage these risks in the future?
  • How can their reliability and quality-of-service be improved?
  • Will they become accessible for all global citizens, always and everywhere?
  • Will they remain affordable for future generations?
  • Will they exhaust the natural environment?
  • Will established infrastructure systems be disrupted by technological innovations?
  • How about security and privacy?

In this course you will learn to look at these challenges from a new combined engineering and social science perspective. We will explain, for example, how public values are expressed in infrastructure design, and how regulation dictates technology choices. It is all about dealing with complexity in the design, management and governance of infrastructure.

If you are interested or involved in the functioning of today's and tomorrow's (next generation) infrastructures, this course is an exceptional learning opportunity, whether you are a student or a professional. You will be interacting with peers all over the world and we will highlight a large number of case studies.

In the follow-up course, starting in September 2014, you will have the opportunity to study a specific infrastructure in more detail and explore ways to improve its resilience, security, affordability and flexibility. What is the potential of so-called smart grids? How to design infrastructure for the smart cities of the future?

The course is based on the results of an extensive and renowned international research programme titled 'Next Generation Infrastructures' (NGInfra). To celebrate this MOOC, we will invite the two best performing students in this course to the International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure, 29 Sept. – 2 Oct. 2014 in Vienna, Austria – and cover their travel and accommodation costs.

What is the estimated effort for course?

About 8 hrs/week.

How much does it cost to take the course?

Nothing! The course is free.

Will the text of the lectures be available?

Yes. All of our lectures will have transcripts synced to the videos.

Do I need to watch the lectures live?

No. You can watch the lectures at your leisure.

Will certificates be awarded?

Yes. Online learners who achieve a passing grade in a course can earn a certificate of  mastery. These certificates will indicate you have successfully completed the course, but will not include a specific grade. Certificates will be issued by edX under the name of DelftX, designating the institution from which the course originated.

Can I contact the Instructor or Teaching Assistants?

Yes, but not directly. The discussion forums are the appropriate venue for questions about the course. The instructors will monitor the discussion forums and try to respond to the most important questions; in many cases response from other students and peers will be adequate and faster.

Is this course related to a TU Delft campus course?

Yes. This course will be a part of a new minor on complex infrastructures of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management.


This is a past/archived course. At this time, you can only explore this course in a self-paced fashion. Certain features of this course may not be active, but many people enjoy watching the videos and working with the materials. Make sure to check for reruns of this course. 

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7 years, 3 months ago
I signed up for this course mainly because of curiosity and links with my professional background. My interest is mainly in the governance part. In this respect, the course was very interesting. The course clearly explains the huge implications of dealing with complex problems with many actors, strong interdependencies and a lot of uncertainty. This was really an eye-opener. The developments going on in the utility sector (unbundling, privatization, need for standardization, etc.) are clearly explained. The example of the energy transition in Germany is great. The focus is on infrastructures but much is true for other complex issues. I also got a basic understanding of different modelling techniques (possibilities and limitations). I learned that the outcome is less important than the process. In this respect, I liked the part about serious gaming, the others were quite technical. The grading policy is quite different compared with o... I signed up for this course mainly because of curiosity and links with my professional background. My interest is mainly in the governance part. In this respect, the course was very interesting. The course clearly explains the huge implications of dealing with complex problems with many actors, strong interdependencies and a lot of uncertainty. This was really an eye-opener. The developments going on in the utility sector (unbundling, privatization, need for standardization, etc.) are clearly explained. The example of the energy transition in Germany is great. The focus is on infrastructures but much is true for other complex issues. I also got a basic understanding of different modelling techniques (possibilities and limitations). I learned that the outcome is less important than the process. In this respect, I liked the part about serious gaming, the others were quite technical. The grading policy is quite different compared with other MOOCs (as far as I know). The focus is on uploading your own case study and sharing it with fellow students. The final assignment was an issue paper with peer review. You cannot edit your paper the way you like. That is still an issue to be resolved according the course –organizers.
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10/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 3 months ago
Very good course with fine lectures by instructors. I recommend this course to all those play a role in infrastructure in any way. Well done DelftX.
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7 years, 4 months ago
This course has a completely ridiculous marking structure. 40% of the mark is based on randomly assigned students marking each other resulting in a random mark. There is nothing helpful about the process and it is demotivating for people who work hard on an assignment to receive a random mark as credit for work done. It undermines the credibility of MOOC's to introduce such a random structure for something like grading. I am not impressed.
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5 years, 8 months ago
A very interesting subject, presented by competent people, but after 70% of material I had still the feeling that it is an introduction to the course not the course itself. A lot of philosophical questions, very little real tools Some presented tools seem very usefull, but there is no exercices. The only task for students is writing esseys. No follow-up test for repeating, no case studies, not much at all.
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7 years, 5 months ago
Curiosity and desire to acquire knowledge in INFSTR are my leading factors to enroll this course. Thank you for the inviting approach.
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7 years, 6 months ago
After participating ET3034TUx Solar Energy now this.I think its going to be VERY interesting.Lets start!
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10/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 6 months ago
Its very subject.I like to study in delft university this is possible by edx. than q to edx for providing this types of courses.
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7 years, 6 months ago
NGI101x: Next Generation Infrastructures - Part 1 is a great course, I have ever heart. I am eagerly waiting for this course. As a power generation professional employed in Bangladesh, I am concerned about future infrastructural change and find a sustainable solution . \----@Iqram, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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9/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 6 months ago
I think Its an great initiative by Edx and Delft University of Technology. Being an Infrastructure Management student and working as Transaction Advisor for Indian Govts, It will be helpful to gain more insight in Infrastructure Sector.
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