“Smart City” Research and Innovation Center

In the last few years, there has been significant growth in information and communication technologies (ICT) due to the development of both hardware and software solutions. The use of ICT solutions in cities has led to an increase in the efficiency of city operations.

Smart City, is a concept of an innovative city that uses information and communication technologies to improve the quality of citizens’ life and the efficiency of city operations and services. Smart cities must fully meet the needs of present and future generations regarding economic, social, and environmental aspects. Smart City is a city where traditional networks and services become more flexible, efficient, and sustainable with less environmental impact.

Smart cities of the future require intelligent solutions through the development of science and innovation. The joint efforts of the scientific and innovative potential of the University within the Smart City Research Center, namely scientists, innovators, practitioners, and students of the bachelor’s and master’s programs of Astana IT University, will allow the city to offer solutions and technologies, which in the future will make a significant contribution to the development of both the city and the country.



The primary mission of the “Smart City” Research Center is to bring together scientists, innovators, practitioners, and students to solve applied problems of innovative city development in order to improve the quality of life in cities. The center will introduce information and communication technologies in various aspects of a Smart City to maintain and increase the competitive advantages of the city in particular and the country as a whole.



Creation of intelligent solutions using information and communication technologies and artificial intelligence for future smart cities through science, innovation, and successful collaborations.


“Smart City” reserach center team

The “Smart City” center team has significant experience in implementing research and applied projects in information and analytical systems, extensive data analysis, IoT solutions, automation, control systems, and commercialized projects.


Ongoing projects

2021 – 2023: Development of intelligent information and telecommunication systems for urban infrastructure: transport, ecology, energy and data analytics in the Smart City concept.

Details about the project →

Didar Yedilkhan
Head of the “Smart City” center, PhD, Associate Professor

Email: d.yedilkhan@astanait.edu.kz
Tel: +7 (7172) 64-34-36

Visit Hours: Monday to Friday, 09:00 – 18:00. Office C1.1.231 (meeting must be arranged in advance by email)

Department functions

  • Implementation of the scientific and innovative potential of AITU through participation in projects of grant funding, program-targeted funding, grants from international organizations, and economic contract projects.
  • Development and implementation of scientific and innovative products in the Smart Cities and Intellectual Systems field using modern methods of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.
  • Active publishing activities with international collaboration
  • Formation of the AITU laboratory base and its replenishment with advanced equipment by attracting budgetary and extrabudgetary (funded projects and sponsorship) funds
  • Training personnel through the involvement of students, undergraduates, Ph.D. doctoral students, and post-doctoral students in research activities. Implementation of guidance and mentoring by students in the magistracy and doctoral studies, participation in the formation of curricula.
  • Organization of events aimed at the development of research work in the field of Smart City and intelligent systems useful for the city and the country.