Smart Cities

Work Group Leaders:

Dr Mohsen Mohammadzadeh, School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland |
Dr Mohammed Ali Berawi, The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Development, University of Indonesia |


Smart Cities is relatively a new concept that embeds in the fourth industrial revolution and the advancement of various technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoTs), Big Data and Digital Twining. Emerging smart technologies generate new capacities to better understanding, management and development of cities. The primary objective of Smart Cities initiative is to create sustainable, resilience, environmentally friendly city that can provide services to its residents more effectively and efficiently. The emerging smart technologies could be deployed to improve on existing services and infrastructures such as transportation, waste and water management, power network, and asset management and building services, to manage natural disasters, and to mitigate pollution via real-time monitoring natural and built environments.

The Smart Cities working group focuses on thematic issues, including water, energy, climate, oceans, urbanization, transport, science and technology.

Relevant SDGs:

Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Goal

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Expression of Interest to Join a Working Group



Key Dates

• Expressions of interest for Working Groups to be submitted by:
Monday, 31 August 2020
Wednesday 30 September 2020

• PhD papers submission due on: Sunday, 6 September 2020
Wednesday 30 September 2020

• Early birds registrations close on: Monday, 9 November 2020

• Standard registrations close on: Friday, 11 December 2020

Please note that all key dates are in New Zealand Daylight Time (UTC+12).

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As a network of leading universities linking the Americas, Asia and Australasia, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is the Voice of Knowledge and Innovation for the Asia-Pacific region. We bring together thought leaders, researchers, and policy-makers to exchange ideas and collaborate on effective solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.

We leverage collective education and research capabilities of our members into the international public policy process. Our primary research areas include natural hazards & disaster risk reduction, women in leadership, population aging, global health, sustainable cities, artificial intelligence & the future of work, the Pacific Ocean, and labor mobility.