SMARTERCITIES
and BIGDATA

Anne Galang October 2013
Invisible Cities Graduate Symposium and Expo
A brief history of
urbanization…
INDUSTRIALIZATION AND URBANIZATION

Kent Larson, MIT
TEDxBoston Talk, “Brilliant Designs to Fit More People Into Cities”
INDUSTRIALIZATION AND URBANIZATION

Kent Larson, MIT Media Lab
TEDxBoston Talk, “Brilliant Designs to Fit More People Into...
Today, more than

50%

of the
world’s population
live in cities
…and that’s

only

going to

GROW
In China alone

300-400
million people
will move to
cities in the next
15 years
In the 21 st century , cities will
account for
In the 21 st century , cities will
account for

90%
population
growth
of
In the 21 st century , cities will
account for

90%
population
growth
of

80%
of global

CO 2 emissions
In the 21 st century , cities will
account for

90%
population
growth
of

80%
of global

CO 2 emissions

75%
energy
use
of
With this growth, cities will
face challenges

such as

overcrowded
spaces
traffic
congestion
and increased

emissions .

carbon
Cities will also need to
address
Cities will also need to
address

smaller
budgets
Cities will also need to
address

smaller
budgets

resource
scarcity
Cities will also need to
address

smaller
budgets

resource
scarcity

aging
infrastructure
We’re now looking to

TECHNOLOGY
We’re now looking to

TECHNOLOGY

to make our cities

SMARTER
to increase
to increase

efficiency
to increase

efficiency

sustainability
to increase

efficiency

sustainability

livability
“Smart” designs
to make better use of small spaces

City Home
Changing Places Group, MIT Media Lab
“Smart” designs
to make better use of small spaces

Persuasive electric vehicle
MIT Media Lab
Smart technology
involving sensors and automation
can capture data and increase efficiency
smart energy grids
intelligent transportation
systems
and more.
Through this
technology, cities
have become

repositories
of information ,
endlessly collecting
“vast

and

archiving

DAT...
“Social tools can be layered
over the city, giving us realtime access to information
about the things and people
that surr...
How can we tap into this data
to better understand our
cities?
OPEN DATA

Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web
TED talk, “The year open data went worldwide”
PERSONAL DATA

Alex “Sandy” Pentland, MIT
TEDxCambridge talk, “Using personal data to benefit citizenry”
We Feel Fine harvests human
feelings from the world,
searching weblogs every few
minutes for the phrases "I feel"
and "I a...
The result is a database of
several million human
feelings .
Using a series of playful
interfaces, the feelings can be
sea...
EMOTIONAL DATA

We Feel Fine
wefeelfine.org
There are still many questions
But also many possibilities…
Bibliography
Smart Cities
City Science. MIT Media Lab, 2012. Web. February 2013.
http://cities.media.mit.edu/
Kirby, Terry...
Bibliography
Sensor network technology
Chong, Chee-Yee. “Sensor Networks: Evolution, Opportunities, and
Challenges.” Proce...
Bibliography
Big data and open data
“Smart Cities and Big Data post event session summary.” Future Internet
Assembly. 10-1...
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Presentation installed at the Invisible Cities Graduate Symposium and Expo, held in Kitchener, Ontario on October 26th, 2013 through the University of Waterloo's Critical Media Lab. This presentation summarizes my research on smart city technology and the idea of using big data to better understand cities.

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    1. 1. SMARTERCITIES and BIGDATA Anne Galang October 2013 Invisible Cities Graduate Symposium and Expo
    2. 2. A brief history of urbanization…
    3. 3. INDUSTRIALIZATION AND URBANIZATION Kent Larson, MIT TEDxBoston Talk, “Brilliant Designs to Fit More People Into Cities”
    4. 4. INDUSTRIALIZATION AND URBANIZATION Kent Larson, MIT Media Lab TEDxBoston Talk, “Brilliant Designs to Fit More People Into Cities”
    5. 5. Today, more than 50% of the world’s population live in cities
    6. 6. …and that’s only going to GROW
    7. 7. In China alone 300-400 million people will move to cities in the next 15 years
    8. 8. In the 21 st century , cities will account for
    9. 9. In the 21 st century , cities will account for 90% population growth of
    10. 10. In the 21 st century , cities will account for 90% population growth of 80% of global CO 2 emissions
    11. 11. In the 21 st century , cities will account for 90% population growth of 80% of global CO 2 emissions 75% energy use of
    12. 12. With this growth, cities will face challenges such as overcrowded spaces
    13. 13. traffic congestion
    14. 14. and increased emissions . carbon
    15. 15. Cities will also need to address
    16. 16. Cities will also need to address smaller budgets
    17. 17. Cities will also need to address smaller budgets resource scarcity
    18. 18. Cities will also need to address smaller budgets resource scarcity aging infrastructure
    19. 19. We’re now looking to TECHNOLOGY
    20. 20. We’re now looking to TECHNOLOGY to make our cities SMARTER
    21. 21. to increase
    22. 22. to increase efficiency
    23. 23. to increase efficiency sustainability
    24. 24. to increase efficiency sustainability livability
    25. 25. “Smart” designs to make better use of small spaces City Home Changing Places Group, MIT Media Lab
    26. 26. “Smart” designs to make better use of small spaces Persuasive electric vehicle MIT Media Lab
    27. 27. Smart technology involving sensors and automation can capture data and increase efficiency
    28. 28. smart energy grids
    29. 29. intelligent transportation systems
    30. 30. and more.
    31. 31. Through this technology, cities have become repositories of information , endlessly collecting “vast and archiving DATA .”
    32. 32. “Social tools can be layered over the city, giving us realtime access to information about the things and people that surround us, helping us to connect in new ways and giving rise to a datadriven society.”
    33. 33. How can we tap into this data to better understand our cities?
    34. 34. OPEN DATA Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web TED talk, “The year open data went worldwide”
    35. 35. PERSONAL DATA Alex “Sandy” Pentland, MIT TEDxCambridge talk, “Using personal data to benefit citizenry”
    36. 36. We Feel Fine harvests human feelings from the world, searching weblogs every few minutes for the phrases "I feel" and "I am feeling” and identifying the "feeling" expressed.
    37. 37. The result is a database of several million human feelings . Using a series of playful interfaces, the feelings can be searched and sorted .
    38. 38. EMOTIONAL DATA We Feel Fine wefeelfine.org
    39. 39. There are still many questions
    40. 40. But also many possibilities…
    41. 41. Bibliography Smart Cities City Science. MIT Media Lab, 2012. Web. February 2013. http://cities.media.mit.edu/ Kirby, Terry. “City design: Transforming tomorrow.” The Guardian. N.d. Web. February 2013. Larson, Kent. “Brilliant designs to fit more people every city.” TEDxBoston, Boston, MA. June 2012. Web. Feb 2013. http://cities.media.mit.edu/projects/examples Smart Cities. IBM. N.d. Web. Feburary 2013. http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/smarter_cities/overview/
    42. 42. Bibliography Sensor network technology Chong, Chee-Yee. “Sensor Networks: Evolution, Opportunities, and Challenges.” Proceedings of the EEE, 91.8. August 2003. OECD. “Smart Sensor Networks: Technologies and Applications for Green Growth.” December “50 Sensor Applications for a Smarter World.” Libelium. Murty, Rohan Naraya et al. “City Sense: An Urban-Scale Wireless Sensor Network and Testbed.”
    43. 43. Bibliography Big data and open data “Smart Cities and Big Data post event session summary.” Future Internet Assembly. 10-11 May 2012, Aalborg, Denmark. Web. Feb 2013. <http://www.future-internet.eu/home/future-internet-assembly/aalborg-may2012/31-smart-cities-and-big-data.html “Big data.” Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_data Berners-Lee, Tim. “The year open data went worldwide.” TED 2010. Feb 2010. Web. Feb 2013. Harris, Jonathan and Sep Kamvar. We Feel Fine. Web. www.wefeelfine.org/ Pentland, Sandy. “Using personal data to benefit citizenry.” TEDxCambridge. Mar 2012. Cambridge, MA. Web. Feb 2013. http://cities.media.mit.edu/projects/examples
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