Forum on Future Cities:

Urban Intelligence

Organized by the MIT Senseable City Lab and the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization





April 12, 2019

MIT Wong Auditorium
Cambridge, MA, USA

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As AI (Artificial Intelligence) becomes ubiquitous, it transforms many aspects of the environment we live in. In cities, AI is opening up a new era of an endlessly reconfigurable environment. Empowered by robust computers and elegant algorithms that can handle massive data sets, cities can make more informed decisions and create feedback loops between humans and the urban environment. It is what we call the raise of UI (urban intelligence).

The 2019 Forum on Future Cities, organized by MIT Senseable City Lab and the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, will focus on four aspects of the UI transformation: autonomous vehicles, ubiquitous data collection, advanced data analytics, and governing innovation. Panelists include mayors, academics, senior industry leaders and members of civil society to explore such topics from different points of view, highlighting the scientific and technological challenges, the critical collective decisions we as a society will have to make, and the exciting possibilities ahead.
Penny Abeywardena Commissioner for International Affairs, City of New York
James Anderson Head of Government Innovation, Bloomberg Philanthropies
Ger Baron CTO, Amsterdam
Alice Charles Lead, Cities & Urbanization, World Economic Forum
Assaf Biderman Founder, Superpedestrian; Assoc. Director, Senseable City Lab
Eugenie Birch Professor of Urban Research & Education, University of Pennsylvania
Fabio Duarte Research Scientist, Senseable City Lab
Gretchen Effgen VP Parterships, nuTonomy
Miguel Gamino Executive Vice President, Head of Global Cities, Mastercard
Timnit Gebru Research Scientist, Google
Carolien Gehrels European Director Big Urban Clients, ARCADIS
Newsha Ghaeli Cofounder, Biobot Analytics
Abha Joshi Ghani Senior Adviser Infrastructure, PPPs & Guarantees, The World Bank
Diane Hoskins CEO, Gensler
Nigel Jacobs Co-Chair, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston
Anna König Jerlmyr Mayor, City of Stockholm
Sigbritt Karlsson President, KTH University
Qingquan Li President, Shenzhen University
Naheed Nenshi Mayor, Calgary
Carlo Ratti Director, Senseable City Lab
Mauricio Rodas Mayor, City of Quito
Daniela Rus Director, Center for Aritifical Intelligence (CSAIL), MIT
Paolo Santi Research Scientist, Senseable City Lab
Arjan Van Timmeren Scientific Director, AMS Institute
Peter Woodward Facilitator, Quest Associates
Registration and Breakfast
Governing Innovation: Cities
The increasing availability of data provides new opportunities for urban studies but also presents multiple challenges: Who collects this data? Who owns this data? Who benefits from this data? In this panel we will hear from Mayors coming from different continents.
Session 1: Autonomous Vehicles
Autonomous vehicles promise to have a dramatic impact on urban life. Autonomous vehicles bring together artificial intelligence, computer vision, robotics, and other breakthrough innovations that are reshaping vehicles as well as urban infrastructures. This session explores how the world’s mobility challenges will increasingly be met with silicon rather than asphalt.
Session 2: Urban Sensing
Cities are data factories. Enormous amounts of data are generated from various sources, every day. Portable sensors, with high accuracy and embedded communication technologies, have become available and affordable. With them, collections of spatiotemporal datasets of urban phenomena—from air quality to biological markers found in sewage—can empower advanced analytics and technical solutions for local governments and urban planners.
Working Lunch
Governing Innovation: Education
Technological transformations require that we all engage in broader discussions involving multiple stakeholders. This session explores innovative approaches in education, and how they will lead to transformations in the way we build an innovative society. In this session we will be joined by the presidents and high officials of several universities.
Session 3: Urban Biometrics
Cameras carried by people and deployed in private and public spaces create an abundance of visual data, personal health monitors and self-tracking devices that measure the pulse of the city, as well as clothing and building materials embedded with sensors to respond to the environment: all these technologies collect data that, combined with artificial intelligence, give us new opportunities to analyze urban phenomena, in what we call urban biometrics.
Coffee Break
Governing Innovation: Technology
Underlying current urban transformations is technological innovation. Cities are sociotechnical artifacts that foster economic and social transformations in a global scale. But these transformations communities differently. How can we leverage the creative power of cities to foster economic development and technological innovation while engaging multiple social groups? Entrepreneurs and technology managers will join us in this debate.
Final Remarks