Integration of Urban Science and Urban Informatics for Smart Cities

This seminar offers lectures on urban science and urban theory for smart cities, including urban growth theory, urban modeling, urban complexity analysis and the holistic approach to urban planning. It also covers urban informatics for smart cities, ICT infrastructure, urban sensing technology, and urban big-data analytics.
With the rapid growth of population in cities all over the world, urban problems are increasingly complex and sustainability has become a key issue for long-term development. To be sustainable, we have to live smart. To live smart, we need to guide our city planning and design process with sound and rigorous urban planning theories, and we also need to capitalize on the tremendous advances of the information and communication technology (ICT) that constructs the backbone for information, knowledge and urban service provision. Our success in steering us through the high complexity of city development in search for the pathway for smart city depends on the meticulous and holistic integration of urban science and urban informatics. The objective of this ASI is to bring together top-notch researchers on urban science and urban informatics to give inspiring lectures to researchers, practicing professionals and advanced students on the research frontiers of urban theory and urban science for smart cities, and state-of-art ICT technology on urban informatics in the big-data era, with the view to draw out a plan for future smart-city research and practice. The overall objective is to be achieved through the accomplishment of the following sub-goals at the ASI: 1. Lectures on urban science and urban theory for smart cities. This will include urban growth theory, urban modeling, urban complexity analysis and the holistic approach to urban planning. 2. Lectures on urban informatics for smart cities. This will comprise urban informatics theory and platform, ICT infrastructure, urban sensing technology, and urban big-data analytics. 3. Intensive follow-up group discussions on key issues raised in the lectures. 4. A brainstorming section to chart out the pathway for integrating urban science and urban informatics for smart-city research and practice.
A Croucher Advanced Study Institute in partnership with The Chinese University of Hong Kong.