Portland State University

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Portland State University
Portland State University logo.png
Sector Data
Industrial Software & Services
Business type Public Company
Year Founded 1946
Founder(s) Stephen Edward Epler
City, State Portland
Country Oregon
Region Served Worldwide
Executives Stephen Percy
Revenue $361 million€ 306,850,000 <br />£ 277.97 <br />
Number of employees 3,800
Sponsorship Level Sponsor

The Digital City Testbed Center at Portland State University establishes a network of campuses in the Pacific Northwest where smart city technologies are tested before being deployed in communities at large. These technologies can help make cities "smarter" by improving sustainability, public health, well-being, and accessibility.


DigitalCityTestbedCenter.png Cascadia Innovation Corridor
Municipal, academic, corporate and federal smart city activities are being coordinated across Portland, Seattle and Vancouver BC through the integration of several regional initiatives:
  • Digital City Testbed Center (DCTC), based at Portland State University (PSU), is using academic, corporate and nonprofit campuses throughout the region as test sites for evaluating smart city innovation. “Digital Corridors” are being set up on each campus.
  • Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative (CUAC) is leveraging corporate funding and faculty expertise at UBC, University of Washington and PSU to address data-intensive, policy-relevant social science issues like opioid dependence, housing affordability and transportation access
  • Cascadia Innovation Corridor (CIC) convenes annual summits of business, government and academic leaders to set a rigorous regional economic development agenda, and also has subcommittees that meet quarterly to advance specific topics. Lead organizations are Challenge Seattle, the British Columbia Business Council and the Canadian Consulate in Seattle.


Topic Description Speaker Play
Digital City Testbed Center Overview of the Digital City Testbed Center Jonathan Fink Digital City Testbed Center City Platform 5-9-19-1-1024x575.jpg
Accessible Wayfinding Our campus testbeds try out and help develop new technologies that assist people with disabilities. Two of our researchers are working on accessible wayfinding to improve navigation apps for people with disabilities. Jonathan Fink Wayfinding.jpg