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17:30 - 19:00 4 May 2016

Urban computing: From smart cities to engaged citizens


Roberts G06 LT | Roberts Building (link Map)
Malet Place | London | WC1E 7JE | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Licia Capra, Professor of Pervasive Computing, UCL

Urbanization is progressing fast, and it is estimated that by 2050 almost 70% of the total global population will live in cities. This process is expected to bring important advantages, including more efficient running of public services and better living standards for its citizens. However, if not properly managed, it risks aggravating existing issues, such as traffic congestion, environmental pollution, and social inequality.

Urban computing is an interdisciplinary research area that aims to help manage this complex process. By acquiring, integrating, and analysing large amounts of heterogeneous data, generated in urban spaces by a diversity of sources, such as sensors, devices, vehicles, buildings, and humans, it aims to derive a rich knowledge about the functioning of our cities, and use it to improve the quality of life of its residents. In this talk, Licia will describe her past and ongoing investigations of a variety of urban data sources.


Steve Marchant
+44 (0)20 7679 3675 | stephen.marchant@ucl.ac.uk


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