School of GeoSciences

Edinburgh Earth Observatory (EEO) Seminars

A Seminar Series in GIS, Remote Sensing, and GeoInformatics organised by the Edinburgh Earth Observatory in conjunction with the AGI-Scotland


Next Seminar:

Friday 1st Mar 2019, 4.30pm

Joint EEO-AGI(S)/Hutton Club Seminar

Prof. Alison Heppenstall

Geography, University of Leeds

Title: Bringing the Social City to the Smart City

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Technological developments, such as the rise in GPS enabled devices and Web 2.0 technologies have created social transformations in how we connect and share information through the mass uptake of smart phones and social media platforms. This new generation of mobile technologies work as individual sensors capturing data on a wide range of human behaviours that have been previously unavailable. These include data on individual movement, preferences and opinions. Understanding these behaviours is crucial if we are to create a holistic approach to simulating how cities breathe and grow. However, considerable work is required in adapting and developing new technologies from machine learning to extract behaviours which can be embedded into cutting-edge modelling techniques. Creating this bridge between ‘big’ data representing the ‘real’ world, and simulations producing alternative versions of reality is of value to both academics and policymakers looking to develop new solutions to many of the challenges that today’s cities face. To do this we need to understand how factors within the “Social City” (the impact of individual movements and decisions) play out every day in the “Smart City” (data collected from fixed sensors on for example, traffic counts or air pollution).

This presentation will give an overview of work that is being undertaken through an ESRC-Alan Turing Fellowship to address the challenges of bringing the social city to the smart city.


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All talks held in Old Library, Geography, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP except where noted.

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