Smart Cities 2015
Context to the Event
Photographs and Video from the Event
Society for Computers and Law Article Series
Presentations and Audio from each Session
The Original Conference Programme

Context

Smart.Cities.2015_low.032Glasgow, and many other cities around the world, are part of the new phenomenon of “smart cities” i.e. the notion of creating innovative services, applications and delivery platforms by integrating public and private data sets at a citywide level.

Glasgow was awarded £24m in 2012 to run a prototype projects based around smart transport, energy, policing and health to demonstrate how ubiquitous computing might enhance societal, economic and environmental well-being.

This conference, chaired by Prof Lilian Edwards, focused on how contemporary urban life is increasingly marked and shaped by technology, and critically assessed what this means for existing societal norms and regulatory structures.

Smart.Cities.2015_low.057While the engineering & architecture worlds are already excited by smart cities, attention from a societal perspective is newer. CREATe, alongside Horizon, are interested in the possibilities of “smart” urban environments for new creative opportunities, including digital walls & graffiti, audience awareness & UGC engagement with sport.

The event took place on Tuesday 31st March and Wednesday 1st April 2015 at the Technology and Information Centre (TIC) in Glasgow. The TIC is the University of Strathclyde’s £89m state of the art hub that aims to revolutionise the way that researchers in academia and industry collaborate and innovate together.

To find out more about Strathclyde University’s current work in the field of Future Cities, and their innovative new City Observatory project, visit:

Pictures from the Conference

Video Perspective

Francesco Sindico from Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance describes his role within the event and his views on its successes.

Society for Computers and Law Articles Series

Following from the conference a series of articles is being made available on the Society for Computers and Law website on the Smart Cities theme. Compiled and edited by Lachlan Urquhart, the series will be featured in the June/July issue of Computers & Law, which will focus on Smart Cities from a range of perspectives, with a view to giving technology lawyers a wider understanding of one of the most important developments of this decade and the decades to come. More articles will be added to this section as they are released.

Presentations and Audio

Conference Welcome

Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Lilian Edwards
University of Strathclyde
Introduction to the Conference

Session 1: Introductions to Smart Cities: Opportunities and Challenges

Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Richard Bellingham
University of Strathclyde

Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Alistair Brown
Glasgow City Council
Future City – Glasgow
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Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Paul Galwas
Catapult, London
Digital Catapult
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Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Rob Kitchin
National University of Maynooth, Ireland
Keynote: Framing Smart Cities
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Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Panel Discussion 1
Richard Bellingham, Alastair Brown, Paul Galwas and Rob Kitchin

Session 2: Understanding Smart Cities Through the Globe

Smart.Cities.2015_low.036David Murakami Wood
Queen’s University, Canada
Keynote: Smart Cities – Variety and Homogeneity
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Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Ayona Datta
University of Leeds
The ‘Smart Entrepreneurial’ City: Visions of Migration and Urbanization in India
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Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Melissa Low
National University of Singapore
Many Smart Cities, One Smart Nation: Singapore’s Smart Nation Vision
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Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Dieter Cuypers
Flemish Institute of Technological Research

Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Panel Discussion 2
David Murakami Wood, Ayona Datta, Melissa Low and Dieter Cuypers

Session 3: Regulating Smart Cities 1: Ubicomp and Quality of Life in Smart Cities

Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Judith Rauhofer
University of Edinburgh

Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Alison Powell
LSE
Data Intermediaries and Citizenship: Who benefits?
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Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Ewa Luger
Microsoft Research, Cambridge

Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Derek McAuley
Horizon
UbiComp and Quality of Life in Smart Cities
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Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Panel Discussion 3
Judith Rauhofer, Alison Powell, Ewa Luger and Derek McAuley

Session 4: Regulating Smart Cities 2: Policing and Privacy

Smart.Cities.2015_low.036David Murakami Wood
Queen’s University, Canada
Smart City: Surveillance City
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Smart.Cities.2015_low.036William Webster
University of Stirling
The Emergence of Smart CCTV
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Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Paul Mackie
CameraWatch
Regulating Smart Cities: Policing and Privacy
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Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Daniel Trottier
Erasmus University, Netherlands
Digital vigilantism: Visibility as a Weapon?
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Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Panel Discussion 4
David Murakami Wood, William Webster, Paul Mackie and Daniel Trottier

Session 5: Energy/Environment/Climate Change and Smart Cities

Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Francesco Sindico
University of Strathclyde
Are cities smarter than States when it comes to climate change?
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Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Melissa Low
National University of Singapore
Energy Smart Cities: Perspectives from a City-State, Singapore
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Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Stuart McIntyre
Strathclyde Business School
Feed-in Tariff design in the UK; cities and economic inequality
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Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Colin Reid
Wheatley Group
Glasgow: a Case Study in housing regeneration through energy, environment and sustainable communities
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Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Panel Discussion 5
Francesco Sindico, Melissa Low, Stuart McIntyre and Colin Reid

Session 6: Planning, Design, Transport and Smart Cities

Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Branka Dimitrijevic
University of Strathclyde
From transition towns to smart cities: Opportunities and challenges
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Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Holger Schnadelbach
University of Nottingham
Embodied Adaptive Architecture
Smart.Cities.2015_low.036John Miles
Cambridge University
The Challenge of Driverless Cars
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Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Daithi Mac Sithigh
University of Newcastle
Joe Chamberlain’s Smartphone: local government and the sharing economy
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Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Panel Discussion 6
Branka Dimitrijevic, Holger Schnadelbach, John Miles and Daithi Mac Sithigh

Session 7: Culture, Sports and Participation in a Smart City

Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Robert Rogerson
University of Strathclyde
Developing a Better Approach to Use of City Assets
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Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Chris Speed
Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh

Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Dieter Cuypers
VITO, Belgium
Embracing bottom up – The case of the Trojan Lab in Ghent (BE) and its ‘Living Streets’
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Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Panel Discussion 7
Robert Rogerson, Chris Speed and Dieter Cuypers

Keynote: Rob Procter

Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Rob Procter
University of Warwick
How do Smart Cities Promote Social Welfare?
Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Rob Procter Discussion

Concluding Thoughts and Cross Cutting Themes

Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Lilian Edwards
University of Strathclyde
Concluding Remarks
Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Daithi Mac Sithigh
University of Newcastle
Concluding Remarks
Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Lucille Brown
National Future Cities Development Manager at Glasgow City Council
Concluding Remarks
Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Martin Kretschmer
CREATe, University of Glasgow
Concluding Remarks
Smart.Cities.2015_low.036Francesco Sindico
Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance
Concluding Remarks

Conference Programme

Tuesday 31st March

9.30 – 9.45 am Welcome (Lilian Edwards)
9.45 – 11.00 am Introductions to Smart Cities: Opportunities and Challenges

  • (ch) Lilian Edwards, University of Strathclyde, Prof of E-Governance
  • Richard Bellingham, University of Strathclyde
  • Alastair Brown, Glasgow City Council
  • Paul Galwas, Catapult, London
  • Rob Kitchin, National University of Maynooth, Dublin, Ireland (keynote overview)
  • Q&A
11.00 – 11.30 am Coffee
11.30 am – 1.00 pm Understanding Smart Cities Through the Globe
(ch) Abhilash Nair, University of Strathclyde

Keynote: David Murakami Wood – Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada

  • Ayona Datta, University of Leeds
  • Melissa Low, Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore‘Many Smart Cities, One Smart Nation: Singapore’s Smart Nation Vision’
  • Dieter Cuypers, Flemish Institute of Technological Research – VITO
1.00 – 2.00 pm Lunch
2.00 – 3.30 pm Regulating Smart Cities 1: Ubicomp and Quality of Life in Smart Cities

Smart cities can be defined as urban environments where extra value and services are created for citizens by the amassing, sharing and harnessing of data, both from digital and real world (“Internet of Things”) sources. Yet such data driven regimes also raise legal and social, as well as technical, issues. Who owns data generated in smart cities? Who gets to buy and sell personal data? If consent is the key to user trust in smart technologies, how can real prior consent be obtained in smart “ambient” environments, including domestic space such as smart homes, fridges and bathrooms?! How can standards help establish interoperability and prevent smart cities becoming the modern version of “company towns”?

  • (ch) Lilian Edwards
  • Judith Rauhofer, University of Edinburgh
  • Alison Powell, Dept of Media and Communications, LSE‘Data Intermediaries and Citizenship: Who benefits?
  • Ewa Luger, Microsoft Research, Cambridge
  • Derek McAuley, Horizon, University of Nottingham
3.30 – 3.50 pm Coffee
3.50 – 5.30 pm Regulating Smart Cities 2: Policing and Privacy

The development of smart cities involves the development and integration of new technologies and services, including technologies used for public safety and security. This session will consider SMART ‘surveillance’ and how surveillance oriented technologies are evolving novel in smart city environments. Issues covered include: the emergence of SMART surveillance systems, the degree to which they are transparent and accountable, how they are regulated and governed, and potential future developments in technology and practice. Technologies specifically considered include SMART CCTV, social media and drones.

  • (ch) Judith Rauhofer, University of Edinburgh
  • David Murakami Wood, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada
  • William Webster, Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy, University of Stirling
  • Paul Mackie, CameraWatch
  • Daniel Trottier, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands
6.00 pm Civic Drinks Reception at Glasgow City Chambers

Wednesday 1st April

9.30 – 11.00 am Energy/Environment/Climate Change and Smart Cities

  • (ch) Karen Turner, Centre for Energy Policy, University of Strathclyde
  • Francesco Sindico, Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance‘Are cities smarter than States when it comes to climate change?’
  • Melissa Low, Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore‘Energy Smart Cities: Perspectives from a City-State, Singapore’
  • Stuart McIntyre, Strathclyde Business School, Department of Economics‘Feed-in Tariff design in the UK; cities and economic inequality’
  • Colin Reid, Wheatley Group‘Glasgow: a Case Study in housing regeneration through energy, environment and sustainable communities’
11.00 am – 11.30 pm Coffee
11.30 – 1.00 pm Planning, Design, Transport and Smart Cities

  • (ch) Mark Poustie, University of Strathclyde
  • Branka Dimitrijevic, University of Strathclyde‘From transition towns to smart cities: Opportunities and challenges’
  • Holger Schnadelbach, Embodied Adaptive Architecture’, University of Nottingham
  • John Miles, Cambridge University – ‘The Challenge of Driverless Cars’
  • Daithi Mac Sithigh, University of Newcastle‘Joe Chamberlain’s Smartphone: local government and the sharing economy’
1.00 – 2.15 pm Lunch
2.15 – 3.45 pm Culture, Sports and Participation in a Smart City

Smart cities are not just economic or surveillance entities, but positive places for the public to engage, for grassroots participation and perhaps for better or even new forms of artistic and sporting endeavour. Our panelists will report from Glasgow, Ghent and Edinburgh on how network connections can be made in smart cities at a social level; how participation in sporting events can be extended to engender legacy; and what challenges there are for bottom up citizen participation in the “smart cities idea”.

  • (ch) Philip Schlesinger, University of Glasgow
  • Robert Rogerson, University of Strathclyde
  • Chris Speed, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
  • Dieter Cuypers, VITO, Belgium, ‘Embracing bottom up – the case of the Trojan Lab in Ghent (BE) and its Living Streets’
    • Key Note – Rob Procter, University of Warwick‘How do Smart Cities Promote Social Welfare?’

This keynote will explore the tensions between the top-down, technocratic vision of the smart city, as delivered by professional urban scientists, with the simultaneous emergence of bottom-up, community-led ‘citizen urban science’. Procter will suggest that realising the benefits of smart cities depends on being able to reconcile the two.

3.45 – 4.15 pm Concluding Thoughts and Cross Cutting Themes