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Smart Cities beyond Fad and Hype: Connecting People, Place and Technology
Location: Publicum, Mauno Koivisto -sali (Pub1)
Start Time: 19.1.2018 14:15
Closing Time: 19.1.2018 15:45
Ubiquitous computing, mobile devices, and big data come together to give rise to a new urban paradigm being celebrated by many technology corporations and local governments alike: the smart city. Yet, the current hype around smart cities often tends to be technocratic. What evidence is there to suggest that a smart city can provide genuine answers to a number of complex problems cities face? This presentation will move the discussion beyond technology fads and data hype. It will introduce insights from applied research to realign the smart city agenda with the needs of people and the urban environment. Professor Foth founded the Urban Informatics Research Lab at QUT in 2006. Ahead of their time and before the term “smart cities” became popular, the lab pioneered a new field of study and practice: Urban informatics, which examines how people create, apply and use information and communication technology and data in cities and urban environments. QUT Urban Informatics has been one of the leading research groups in the world conducting transdisciplinary research that addresses a number of critical challenges facing our cities.
Contact: Turku Urban Research Programme wishes to welcome you to the guest lecture of Professor Marcus Foth (Queensland University of Technology). His bio can be found here:

Tue 22/10/2019

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