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07 Global City Systems: How a ‘Global Systems Science’ can Help Cope with Urbanisation

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European Forum Alpbach in cooperation with DG CONNECT European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology and HLRS – High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart
Although 80% of the world population will soon live in ever expanding cities, our understanding of how those cities work is still limited. The recent advent of real and virtual sensors in urban areas and data on behaviours of citizens via e.g. online media is a rich source on what cities do. Analysing them might lead a “Science of Cities” that studies cities as global systems. The breakout session will discuss how such a “Global Systems Science” of cities could help tackle urban challenges and design “smart(er) cities”. It will also discuss the role of social media to allow citizens to help design smart cities collectively.
From August 29 to 31, interactive virtual environments to support policy decisions regarding global challenges like urbanisation or climate change will be on display at the Congress Centre Alpbach. For more information, see the programmes of the Built Environment and Financial Market Symposia.

Speakers

Distinguished Engineer and Lab Director, IBM Research - Ireland, Dublin
Scientific Director and Professor, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Director, Consulting Practice; Leader, Information and Communications Technology Business, Arup, London
Distinguished Engineer Emeritus, IBM Corporation, New York Abstract
Cities as Systems

Cities are complex organisms of people and places, but historically they have been designed, operated, and managed as independent agencies or commercial entities. To address emerging constraints, challenges, and ambitions of cities, we believe it is necessary to consider them rather as integrated systems. This talk will introduce the methods of systems science, how these apply to city systems, and how we hope to derive from this an underlying Science of Cities.
Scientific Officer, DG CONNECT, European Commission, Brussels Chair

Dipl.-Ing. Volker BUSCHER

Director, Consulting Practice; Leader, Information and Communications Technology Business, Arup, London

1983-1987 Electronics, Siemens AG
1993 Software Development and Marketing, Nordson Corporation
since 1994 Director, Arup

Ph.D. Colin HARRISON

Distinguished Engineer Emeritus, IBM Corporation, New York

1972-1977 Electrical Engineer, CERN, Geneva
1977-1979 Research Engineer, EMI Central Research, Hayes
1979-1981 Advisory Engineer, IBM, San Jose
1981-1987 Senior Engineer, IBM Instruments, Inc., Boston
1988-1999 Research Staff Member, IBM, Yorktown Heights and Rueschlikon
1999-2001 Director, IBM, Yorktown Heights
2001-2007 Director, IBM, Zurich
2007-2013 Distinguished Engineer, IBM, Armonk

Ph.D. Ralph DUM

Scientific Officer, DG CONNECT, European Commission, Brussels

 M.Sc., Ph.D. in Physics, University of Innsbruck
1990-1994 Ph.D. Thesis and Research Assistant at Joint Institute of Laboratory Astrophysics, Colorado
1994-2000 Researcher, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris
since 2001 Scientific Officer, European Commission, Brussels

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