The way we live, work, and play is very different today than it was just a few decades ago, thanks in large part to a network of connectivity that now encompasses most people on the planet. In a similar way, today we are at the beginning of a new technological revolution: the Internet is entering the physical space – the traditional domain of architecture and design – becoming an “Internet of Things” or IoT. As such, it is opening the door to a variety of applications that – in a similar way to what happened with the first wave of the Internet – can encompass many domains: from energy to mobility, from production to citizen participation. The contribution from Prof. Carlo Ratti will address these issues from a critical point of view through projects by the Senseable City Laboratory, a research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the design office Carlo Ratti Associati.

Invited speakers

Debra Lam

Managing Director, Smart Cities & Inclusive Innovation Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Debra Lam is the Managing Director of Smart Cities and Inclusive innovation for Georgia Tech, and has a mandate to drive smart communities and urban innovation work across the university and beyond. She founded the Georgia Smart Community Challenge, the first state-wide effort in the nation that empowers communities of all sizes to become smarter. Prior to this, she served as Pittsburgh’s first ever Chief of Innovation & Performance where she oversaw all technology, sustainability, performance and innovation functions of city government. She crafted the city’s first strategic plan for innovation, Inclusive Innovation Roadmap.
Prior to that, she was a management consultant at a global engineering and design firm, Arup. She has been the recipient of various awards, including one of the top 100 most influential people in digital government by Apolitcal. She has worked and lived in the United Kingdom, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and University of California,Berkeley, and serves on the boards of the MetroLab Network and Neighborhood Nexus.

Bige Tunçer

Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design

Dr. Bige Tunçer is an associate professor at Singapore University of Technology and Design. She leads the Informed Design Group, which focuses on data collection, information and knowledge modeling and visualization, for informed architectural and urban design. She currently leads a large multi-disciplinary project, investigating multi-modal data collection on user and usage information of public spaces in residential new towns, and develops a design system for the adaptive redesign of such spaces.

Youngok Kang

Professor, Ewha Womans University

Dr. Youngok Kang is a professor of social studies education and GIS convergence track at Ewha Womans University. From 2013 to 2014, she served as chairman of the Korean Cartographic Association and is currently chairman of Korean Society for Geospatial Information Science. Her research areas are GIS, spatial data analysis and social big data analysis. Her recent research interest is in spatio-temporal big data analysis using deep learning technology.

Hyeonkyu Lee

Professor, KAIST

Dr. Hyeonkyu Lee is a professor of Smart Energy AI Research Center, KAIST. He has been a CTO/COO of AI Research Institute (2016), a Sr. VP of KT (2011), a Director of NHN (2007), and a CEO of iCross Technology (2003). He received an “Award of Innovation in Geographical Information” from the President (2010), and an”Award of Technological Innovation in Home Networks”from the Prime Minister (2005). He developed a Korean Word-Processor having hand-writing recognition, a system for deciding route of night-time bus in Seoul, a navigation system considering of weather conditions, and a system for detecting potential fake-phones. His research interests include gesture recognition, machine learning, and predictive maintenance.

Ki-Hwan Seo

Research Fellow, KRIHS

Dr. Ki-Hwan Seo is a research fellow at Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS). His research interest is in GIS, Remote Sensing, spatial data analysis, transportation geography, and National Spatial Data Infrastructure. He has been studying on wide variety of policies and strategies in terms of national spatial data infrastructure to support Korean government since 2003. His recent research interest is in Geospatial Artificial Intelligence for monitoring and managing urban and rural areas including North Korea.