• Date & Time:

  • Location:

    The Royal Society of Edinburgh
    22-26 George Street
    EH2 2PQ

Event Partners:

City Analytics

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In today’s digital, multi-sensored world, cities have become ‘living laboratories’, providing a range of data streams around urban life. What new opportunities arise from these rich data sources; what novel mathematical models and computational tools are required; and what are the relevant data-privacy issues?

A range of speakers from academia and beyond will address these challenges. In addition to computer science and the mathematical sciences, the event will involve and reach out to researchers and practitioners in energy, health, transport, security, commerce and local government. The conference aims to explore opportunities and challenges around the use of rich and varied data streams, to improve quality of human life in urban areas across the world.

Supported by The Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Digital Economy Theme

Registration Fee: £50

Student Fee: £30

An evening lecture by Professor Peter Grindrod will follow the conference.


9.00 am–9.30 am Registrations

9.30 am–9.40 am Introduction

9.40 am–10.20 am Of CHiPs and Chips – policing traffic in smart cities

10.20 am–11.00 am Social and Economic Aspects of Urban Informatics

11.00 am–11.30 am Tea and Coffee Break

11.30 am–12.10 pm Understanding human behaviour and wellbeing with online photographs

12.10 pm–12.50 pm Fighting entropy – Openness as a tool to scale up the urban solutions market

12.50 pm–1.30 pm Reality Bites: Provoking Urban Analytics

1.30 pm – 2.30 pm Lunch

2.30 pm-3.10 pm The Role of Technology and Communication in Enabling Behavioural Change for Cities of the Future

3.10 pm-3.50 pm Panel Discussion

3.50 pm – 4.15 pm  Tea and Coffee Break

4.15 pm- 4.55 pm Future cities: challenges and analytics

5.00 pm Event Finish

Event report


• Burkhard Schafer
Professor, Computational Legal Theory and Director of the SCRIPT Centre for IT and IP Law at the University of Edinburgh
• Vonu Thakuriah
Professor, Urban Studies & Affiliated Professor, School of Engineering University of Glasgow; Director, UK ESRC Urban Big Data Centre
• Suzy Moat
Associate Professor, Behavioural Science and co-director of the Data Science Lab at the University of Warwick
• Ritchie Somerville
Data Innovation Director, University of Edinburgh and Innovation and Futures Manager, City of Edinburgh Council
• Jarmo Eskelinen
Chief Innovation & Technology Officer, Future Cities Catapult
• Siobhan Clarke
Professor in the School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin; Founding Director of Future Cities, Trinity Centre for Smart and Sustainable Cities
• Alan Wilson
The Alan Turing Institute and University College London