Beyond Smart Symposium

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The Beyond Smart Symposium will bring scholars working smart cities together for two days to reflect on the challenges and successes of city-wide research smart city deployments and projects. Bringing scholars together from the US and Europe, we look toward defining the next set of challenges and research opportunities as we move beyond the smart city. Some of the questions we will consider are what comes after 'smart' in the assessment of technology deployments and analytics capabilities? How do we assess equity and inclusion in the smart city? What can smaller or less dense regions learn as they move toward implementing a smart agenda?

Our goal with this symposium is two-fold. The first outcome is to establish a framework for the next 5 years of research and scholarship and a network of researchers to move that agenda forward. The second goal is to initiate a special issue or edited volume that lays out the present and future of smart city research. This would include empirical case studies, theoretical developments, and cross-disciplinary collaborations that inform what, how, and where the next five years of research needs to focus.


Thursday, April 25th

9:00-9:15am                        Welcome

9:15-10:45am                      Morning Keynote and Discussion

Alison Powell, Assistant Professor, Director of MSc in Data & Society, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science

Andrew Schrock, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Chapman University

Chris Le Dantec, Associate Professor, School of Literature, Media, and Communications, Georgia Tech (moderator)

10:45-11:00am                    Coffee Break

11:00-Noon                         Breakout

Noon-1:00pm                      Lunch

1:00-2:30pm                        Afternoon Keynote and Discussion

Sheena Erete, Assistant Professor, College of Computing and Digital Media, DePaul University

Yoshiki Yamagata, Principal Researcher, National Institute for Environmental Studies

Carl DiSalvo, Associate Professor, Digital Media Program, School of Literature, Media, and Communications, Georgia Tech (moderator)

2:30-3:30pm                        Breakout

3:30-3:45pm                        Coffee

3:45-5:00pm                        Panel: Role of the university in addressing equity in smart cities

Frank Fernandez, Vice President of Community Development, Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Cicely Garrett, Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, City of Atlanta

Afua Bruce, Director of Engineering, Public Interest Technology Program, New America

Shan Arora, Director, The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, Georgia Tech (Moderator)

5:00pm                                Closing

Friday, April 26th

9:00-9:15am                        Welcome

9:15-10:45am                      Morning Keynote and Discussion

Beth Coleman, Associate Professor, English Language and Literature; Co-Director, Critical Media Lab, University of Waterloo

Laura Forlano, Assistant Professor, Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology

Debra Lam, Managing Director, Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation, Georgia Tech (moderator)

10:45-11:00am                    Coffee

11:00-Noon                         Breakout

Noon-1:00pm                      Lunch and Student Poster Session

1:00pm                                 Wrap-up


Event Details


    Centergy One Bldg., 75 5th Street, NW, Hodges Room, Suite 3500 Atlanta, GA 30308


  • Thursday, April 25, 2019
    8:00 am - Friday, April 26, 2019
    1:00 pm