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Thursday, March 7 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Smart Cities of the Future - How to Make Efficient Cities for Socially Responsible Competitiveness FULL

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Smart Cities are an imminent reality. There are several pressing challenges, along with substantial opportunities, which are inciting this development. The world is growing into an increasingly urbanized environment, making space and resources more scare as our world population swells. This has a collateral negative effect on pollution, consumption habits, infrastructure and public health. As these challenges loom and threaten our way of living, opportunities are emerging which provide real, innovative solutions. Current megatrends in efficiency and digitization are metamorphosing into sophisticated tools which transform the infrastructure of modern cities, turning them into Smart Cities. With ICT and energy efficiency enabling this transformation, Smart Cities will be a central force in moving towards efficient living, sustainable growth and socially responsible competitiveness.

However, this global challenge requires the collaboration of all stakeholders at every level. This is not achieved in the near future; this requires long – term collaboration and policy action. Horizon 2020 calls for the European Union to assist in fostering smart cities through research to understand the social, economic and cultural issues involved. Challenges still persist in funding, research and standardization among fragmented stakeholders. Thus, in order to deliver Smart Cities it must be approached in an open, collaborative model. The Smart Cities of the Future session at ES:GC2 will examine some of the research challenges facing Smart Cities while offering potential solutions. Key aspects of the session will focus on policy regulation, standardization challenges and research opportunities. As the conceptualization of Smart Cities development from end user to the producer becomes more sophisticated, this exposes the dire need for increased support for capacity building, large scale infrastructures and innovation.



Dr. Pol Mac Aonghusa

IBM Senior Research Manager, Smarter Cities Technology Centre, IBM Dublin Research Laboratory
Pól Mac Aonghusa is a Senior Manager at the IBM Ireland Research Laboratory located in Dublin, Ireland. The Ireland Lab is one of twelve IBM Research Labs and is charged with spearheading IBM Research activities in Smarter Urban Systems, High Performance Computing and Risk Analytics.  Pól leads research teams focused on next generation High Performance Supercomputing (Exascale) and Big Data & Open Data for Urban Systems... Read More →
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Prof. Siobhan Clarke

Director, Trinity Smart and Sustainable Cities Research Centre, Trinity Colleage Dublin
Prof. Siobhán Clarke is a Professor in the School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin. She is the Director of the Trinity Research Centre on Smart and Sustainable Cities. This is a multi-disciplinary research centre addressing challenges relating to information, supply chain, energy, mobility, demographic & socio-economic flux in the modern metropolis.  Prof. Clarke is a Co-Principal Investigator in... Read More →
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Dr. Kieran Delaney

R&D Manager, Nimbus Centre, Cork Institute of Technology
Dr Kieran Delaney is the R&D manager and co-founder of the newly formed Nimbus Centre for Embedded Systems Research, which is based at Cork Institute of Technology. The Centre has over sixty researchers and state-of-the-art facilities for networked embedded systems research, development, test and trialling. Its primary focus is upon delivering highly relevant industry solutions through its Innovation Gateway, which is working extensively with... Read More →
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Dr. Jorge Núñez Ferrer

Analyst and Consultant, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
Dr Jorge Núñez Ferrer is an independent analyst and consultant associated with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), with a PhD from Imperial College London. He is presently the technical coordinator of the EU Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform officially launched with the first meeting in June 2012. This platform consists of 160 technical specialists and 1500 online participants. Due to his specialisation in EU funding... Read More →
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Mr. Georg Houben

Project and Coordination Officer at DG Energy, European Commission
Mr. Georg Houben is Project and Coordination Officer at the EU Commission’s Directorate General for Energy (DG Energy) since 2010, where he is responsible for the Smart Cities and the Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform. He is a graduate in electro-technical engineering from the University of Aachen (RWTH) Germay. From 2004 – 2010 he worked as Radiation Protection Officer at the JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements in Karlsruhe... Read More →
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Mr. Seamus Hoyne

Head of Department, Technology, Science and Flexible Learning, Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), Limerick, Ireland
Seamus Hoyne is Head of Department in LIT and previously the Managing Director of the Tipperary Energy Agency. He has been working in the energy sector since 1998. He has coordinated the SERVE project since 2007 which affected energy savings of 6,200MWh in retrofitted buildings and new buildings in North Tipperary.  Renewable energy systems installed are now producing 4,200MWh of energy per year.  The SERVE Project was funded under... Read More →
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Joachim Schonowski

Senior Innovation Manager , Telekom Innovation Laboratories, Deutsche Telekom
Dipl.-Phys. Joachim Schonowski, started his career in 1999 at Deutsche Telekom. He worked as Senior Product Manager for T-Mobile International, introduced new messaging solutions and was responsible for the initial user interface customization strategy and device integration for Western Europe. During his time at T-Systems International he complemented his mobile market knowledge as Senior Consultant on various ICT projects. Currently he works as... Read More →

Thursday March 7, 2013 3:00pm - 5:00pm
European Parliament A3H1

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