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Portland State University
Portland State University logo.png
NIST Sector Data
GICS Industrial Software & Services
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Business type Nonprofit
Year Founded 1946
Founder(s) Stephen Edward Epler
City, State Portland OR
Country United States
Region Served Worldwide
Executives Stephen Percy
Revenue $361 million€ 317.68 <br />£ 267.14 <br />CA$ 458.47 <br />CNY 2,285.13 <br />KRW 442.387 <br />
Number of employees 3,800
Sponsorship Level Sponsor

Jonathan Fink.jpegStephen Percy.jpegVivek Shandas.jpeg

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.


Buckman Resilience600.jpg CIVIC school HUBS
NSF CIVIC grant to incubate the Federal School Infrastructure Toolkit for more resilience Community services. A pilot program with be developed with the BENSON school district in Portland, and woven into the urban/rural network of the Metro regional emergency response.
Cascadia-innovation.jpg 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.
PSU Decision Theater.jpg Decision Theatre PSU
Portland State University’s Decision Theater is designed for university researchers and regional stakeholders (i.e. government, private companies) to work on projects that “link data sets, visualization and decisions,” according to a university statement. The space is modeled after Arizona State University's Decision Theater, as well as a similar facility at the University of Chicago.
BannerEastPortlandResilientIslandVisionPlan.jpg East Portland Resilient Island Vision Plan
To execute the East Portland Resilient Island Project, RIP City Planning has partnered with Portland’s Disaster Resilience and Recovery Action Group (DRRAG), an organization composed of representatives from Portland Bureaus of Development Services, Emergency Management, Environmental Services, Water, Planning and Sustainability, Transportation, and Parks & Recreation, as well as Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions.
ElectricAvenue.jpg Portland Electric Avenue
Electric Avenue officially opened at the World Trade Center Portland in 2016 and is located on the Northside of Southwest Salmon Street in downtown Portland. It offers street access charging stations to allow visitors to charge their personal electric vehicles while visiting the World Trade Center and neighboring offices.
Buchman School.jpg School Organized Locally Assisted Community Emergency‐Management
The School Organized Locally Assisted Community Emergency‐Management (SOLACE) project focused on the use of a community school as a community resilience hub for its surrounding community. Community Resilience Hubs (CRHs) can be defined as community‐serving facilities augmented to support residents and coordinate resource distribution of resources and services to the surrounding community. This project focused specifically on the use of a CRM to support community member needs before, during, or after a natural hazard event and on developing a community‐led sociotechnical infrastructure framework for adapting a public school (Buckman Elementary School) as the pilot CRH. In 2022, this project received a NSF Planning Grant.
Lessons from a Super-Aging Society.jpg Lessons from a Super-Aging Society
Japan is 20 to 30 years ahead of the U.S. in terms of demographic change, knowledge, and experiences in addressing an aging society. This webinar hosts one of the world-leading gerontologists, professor Hiroko Akiyama, from the University of Tokyo.
DCTC.jpg Digital City Testbed Center
The Digital City Testbed Center at Portland State University establishes a network of campuses in the Pacific Northwest where smart city technologies can be tested before being deployed in communities at large.


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