Artificial Intelligence – From Science Fiction to Reality: Strategies, Challenges and Best-Practices for Cities
AI, Machine Learning, Neural Networks… These concepts sound like they are just out of the lab. However, several governments are using these data-driven systems to operate infrastructure, inform or take decisions. By analysing a number of real-world AI applications in cities (directly with those using them) as well as the policy frameworks cities are putting in place to guarantee an ethical use, participants will gain insight to evaluate not just the benefits, but also the risks and ways to address them in advance.
This session will discuss with practitioners from leading cities how AI systems are currently used in urban contexts, and how they are tackling the challenges and risks associated to their use.
Smart City Manager / BABLE Smartcities GmbH
Philipps background spans more than 10 years of experience successfully providing consultancy for transformational challenges of increasing renewable capacities and their interactions with the energy sector, digitalisation, mobility and urban solutions. He is also experienced in the moderation of international innovation processes and cooperation’s. For example, since 2018 he has been working as the project manager in the Interreg project EnerPRO, a cross-border association of research centers, universities and about 40 SME’s for the development of product innovations. Other currently managed projects focus on smart city strategies, international technology screening, carbon neutral energy roadmaps and citizen participation for inner-city mobility solutions. He also gives lectures in the field of renewable energy, energy system security and energy economics for the Centre of Innovative Energy Systems at University of Applied Sciences Dusseldorf, Germany.
Consultant (Data & Governance Specialist)/ BABLE GmbH
Gretel Schaj is a Smart Cities Consultant at BABLE, a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute in Stuttgart (Germany) working towards driving the change to create better and more liveable cities. She specialises in organisational and governance aspects of digital transformations and the data economy in cities. Gretel has experience working with government, non-profit, and private organisations, especially at the local level. She has also worked as a local manager of a Political Ecology Forum in Argentina, as well as a researcher in energy and municipal policies. She holds a master’s degree in Environmental Governance, and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations.
Commissioner for Digital Innovation, e-Government and Good Governance/ Barcelona City Council
Michael Donaldson is the Commissioner for Technological Innovation, e-Government and Good Governance of the Barcelona City Council.
He has a law degree and a master’s degree in public management. He has worked as director of strategic planning and central services in the municipalities of Rubí and Gavà. He is a trainer in open government and transparency issues and has published several articles and chapters of public management.
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Board Member/ R8tech
Since 2017 I am fully dedicated to develop a proptech company R8 Technologies (R8tech) in my business life. 2020 has been my return to stages, speaking at different (virtual) conferences and webinars like RE Futureproof streamed from Amsterdam, WDBE (Helsinki), DMREx (Berlin), Infoshare (Gdansk), New Energy Challengers (Vilnius), “5 start-ups to boost your retail building” (Tallinn), Davos Energy Week (Davos, in 2021) etc.
Business life till 2017 include over 20 years of professional management experience in various roles linked to energy sector, project management and international SME commerce and trade. Author of a book about export strategies and series of articles, given lectures in co-operation with the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Previously founded a bathroom equipment wholesale company (LaSpa), which had exit to a Chinese holding company.
Data Scientist and AI lead / City of Helsingborg
Johannes Cruz works as a data scientist and AI lead at the city of Helsingborg. He is on a mission to generate smart data-driven solutions for the good of the people of Helsingborg.