SICSA Future Cities Workshop 1

Date(s) - 09/01/2014
10:15 am - 4:00 pm

National E-Science Centre, Edinburgh

Future Cities Theme Workshop 1: New Research Challenges and Directions

5th December, 5th floor meeting room, School of Computing Science,
University of Glasgow

Future Cities is an emerging topic that bridges from computer science to urban planning and development, and to social and political issues related to city life, citizenship and sustainability. Also given labels such as ‘Smart Cities’ and ‘Smart Citizens’, this is a topic of rising socio–economic importance. It is beginning to receive a strong push by government, industry and research funders such as the TSB, EPSRC and EU.

The first workshop within this short-term SICSA theme is intended to bring together academics across SICSA to set out new research challenges. Several projects in SICSA sites are already doing work related to this theme, and this workshop is not intended to look back on them but rather to use them as starting points for new concepts and directions. We are still working on the speaker list, but at the moment it is (in alphabetical order):

10.15 Matthew Chalmers, Glasgow

10.35 DK Arvind, Edinburgh

10.50 Drew Hemment, DJCAD & FutureEverything

11.05 Craig Macdonald, Glasgow

11.20 tea/coffee

11.40 Jon Oberlander, Edinburgh

11.55 Dave Robertson, Edinburgh

12.10 Michael Smyth, Napier

12.25 John Williamson, Glasgow

12.40 Mel Woods, DJCAD

12.55 Matthew Chalmers: setting out plans for the afternoon
13.00 Lunch
13.40 Breakout discussion groups
15.00 tea/coffee
15.20 Reports from breakout groups
15.50 Next steps: workshop 2…
16.00 End

Our hope is that academics and researchers will collectively clarify and prioritise core research agendas in this new domain, and take first steps towards fruitful new collaborations and empowering new funding proposals. The second workshop on this theme, to be held in the new year in Edinburgh, will invite ideas for such first steps, and widen discussion to include broader impact and partnerships with citizen groups, city authorities, industry and beyond.

RSVP: Please mail is you intend to come, to ensure adequate coffee and sandwiches…

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