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Event Details

  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017
  • 11:00 - 11:30

Designing Smart Cities: A Big Data Approach

Cities are arguably our most highly complex socio-technical systems. A city is, in fact, a system of systems. Its physical systems include communication, energy, mobility, urbanism (how people interact with the built environment), waste, and water. A city also includes a variety of social systems such as culture, education, economy, health, and labor. It is subject to environmental systems such as pollution and the weather, and they establish governance systems—administration and security—and function within those established by others. These systems are intertwined, integrating people, technology, and services, and producing interactions that give way to so-called emergent properties. The City Dynamics platform explores these systems and their interactions and what we can learn from the detailed, data-driven study of how they work. It explains the questions this understanding can answer and the city design challenges it can inform. The platform can help policymakers address the challenges of serving the current population and planning for the future by equipping them with a level of insight that was not attainable before the era of big data.