University of New South Wales, Australia, joins hands with key institutionsin Chennaifor bringing together experts to discuss smart urbantransformation projectsand builda bilateral knowledge base through a time-bound programme.
The Smart Cities and Informed Urbanisation Workshop held at the India Habitat centre was the closing in a series of three workshops held in Sydney, Chennai and Delhi.The Workshop inaugurated by Shri M. Venkaiah Naidupresented an exciting opportunity for Smart Cities Research Cluster UNSW to collaborate with Indian government decision-makers at the central level as well as through state representation from North, East and Southern India.
The workshop is served as a platform to bring together leadership team of Indian state officials, smart city CEO’s and industry leaders to discuss issues with the development of urban smart cities and discuss best practice, withAustralian experts at UNSW’s Smart Cities Cluster.
Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu asserted that implementation of Smart City Mission is certainly changing the way the city governments are addressing issues of urban planning and execution. He spoke on various aspects of development of smart cities in the country at the knowledge sharing workshop.
Professor Helen Lochhead, Dean Built Environment spoke of the innovative work underway in UNSW and how these have played a significant role in addressing issues of urbanisation and climate change in Sydney against the backdrop of Sydney’s Olympic City redevelopment project. Domain experts from UNSW made presentations on the kind of research and applications that are currently underway and of the visible impact they have been making in improving the quality of city life.
Professor Chris Pettit who directs the City Future Research Centre at UNSW highlighted the application of information and communication technologies (ICT) and Internet of Things (IoT) in developing smart and collaborative cities. He introduced the new Master of City Analytics program at UNSW. Such a course will arm urban planning professionals with new knowledge and skills in handling big data, city modelling and visualisation. Professor Pettit also spoke of tools and technologies utilisingbig data from urban cities likebike andmass transportdata that guide transit systems through datapatternanalytics. An innovative systems thinking framework known as Geodesign and how it has been applied to envision a sustainable future Sydney 2050 was also discussed by Dr Scott Hawken.
Dr. Scott Hawken from UNSW emphasised that the event aims at creating the scope for sustainable collaborations and technology transfer between Australian and Indian organisations.
Participants included city planners and institutional heads from within NITI Aayog, Ministry of Urban Development, State and Joint Secretaries from the Central Ministries; Municipal Commissioners; Heads of City Development Authority and Managing Directors of Bangalore & Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd.
The participants agreed on a time bound action plan in coordination with UNSW.
The Workshop is part of UNSW’s India Strategy and is aimed at building closer research links with Indian institutions.