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Oktober 2019

City Science Summit 2019

Florian Wittner takes part in the City Science Summit 2019, organised by the CityScienceLab at HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU) in cooperation with the MIT Media Lab. Together with Christian Kurz and Mattis Jacobs from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Hamburg, he will discuss the question "How Techno-Legal Ecosystem Awareness Can Improve the Design of Connected Smart City Services" in the workshop "Cities without Privacy."

The two day international conference will look towards future cities that are more livable and innovative in using digital novel technologies for urban decision-making, design, and operation. In addition to members of the City Science Network, we will welcome established experts, high level CEOs and international academics for conversations, talks and workshops.

The Summit is taking place on October 1st and 2nd presenting two days of high profile keynotes, input presentations, sessions and interactive workshops that will focus on the current questions and future development of urban spaces and international metropolis. The title „Cities without …“ refers to a positive future, envisioning, for example, mobility without cars, governance without bureaucracy, economies without currency, learning without schools and access without ownership.

The opening keynotes will take place at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg where Lord Norman Foster (Architect) will discuss the Power of WITHOUT and how these ideas could improve the lives of people living in informal settlements without access to conventional infrastructure. Following their keynotes, they will join a conversation with Gesa Ziemer (City Science Lab Hamburg) and Kent Larson (MIT, City Science Group).

In the second part of the first day we will present a series of focused presentations, which will outline other major mathematical aspects of the Summit. Invited speakers are, for example, Maja Göpel (WBGU, UNESCO), Atefeh Riazi (United Nations Chief Information Technology Officer), Joëlle Pianzola (ETH Zürich/to be confirmed), Tilo Böhmann (Universität Hamburg), Michael Lin (MIT Media Lab), Michael Uwemedimo (Collaborative Media Advocacy Platform), Guadalupe Babio (MIT Media Lab), Don Ingber (Wyss Institute at Harvard Materials), Heba Allah Essam E. Khalil (Cairo University).

The conference continues on October 2nd with more than 25 workshops and sessions at the HafenCity University Hamburg, focusing on mobility, logistics, informal urban planing, participation tools and digital communication, Building Information Modeling, data visualization, Digital Twins, Agent Based Moddeling, ICT tools and current migration movements as well as the SDGs, the UN goals for a sustainable development.

The City Science Summit at Hamburg is an international Network meeting, not only for the City Science Network, including our partners from Boston, Quito, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Andorra, Helsinki, Cairo, Dubai, Taipei, Shanghai and Beijing, but also for international academia, stakeholders and companies. Adding to that an additional track, centered around Researching the Digital City, will focus on young researchers.

Infos zur Veranstaltung


City Science Lab
HafenCity University Hamburg
Überseeallee 16
20457 Hamburg

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Florian Wittner
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