This presentation will examine how ‘smart cities’ and related tools such as big data, connected sensors and cognitive computing can allow metropolitan adminstrations to better understand, plan and interact with their cities. It will look at how these tools can also be used by citizens and businesses, but will focus particularly on the planning profession. It will include discussion of issues around privacy, transparency and responsibility regarding city data and algorithms.
Professor Peter Madden, OBE, is a sustainability, innovation, and smart cities expert. He is Professor of Practice in City Futures, Cardiff University, Founder Director of Ecovivid, Chair of Building with Nature, and sits on the Board of the Crown Estate. Previously he was CEO of Future Cities Catapult, CEO of Forum for the Future, Head of Policy at the Environment Agency, Ministerial Advisor to the British Government, and Director of Green Alliance.