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Smart Cities Conference Plans for New Future

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Smart Cities Conference Plans for New Future


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The inaugural conference was held in the Miami Design District’s Moore Building.

MIAMI, Fla. (February 24, 2017)—The inaugural Smart Cities Miami Conference, hosted last week by the School of Architecture and Center for Computational Science, brought industry visionaries, technology experts, government planners, and the public together to focus on the “disruptive power” that the mobilization of new technology will have in our cities and on our lives.

“We are at the threshold of significant transformations in the urban environment provoked by new services and practices that mobilize emerging technology,’’ Rodolphe el-Khoury, dean of the School of Architecture said in kicking off the conference held February 23 and 24 in the Miami Design District’s Moore Building. “These disruptive powers, along with more radical disruptions are sure to change the ways we imagine, shape, inhabit, use, enjoy, manage, and govern the urban realm.”

Added Nick Tsinoremas, director of the Center for Computational Science (CCS), “We live in unprecedented times where technology transforms the way we live and interact with the city. This conference is our first attempt to bring together all the stakeholders—government, industry, academic institutions, and the public—to engage in discussions to understand and shape these transformational forces.”

The forum for cutting-edge research and interdisciplinary perspectives was designed to connect UM and the larger community of entrepreneurs and innovators who are rapidly reinventing Miami as an incubator for tech start-ups with the development and planning agencies in the public and private sectors who are guiding the evolution of one of the fastest-growing cities in North America.

The keynote speaker, Antoine Picon, the director of research at Harvard Graduate School of Design and an expert on the Smart City phenomenon, talked extensively about the changes brought to cities and architecture by digital tools and digital culture as well as the need for technology to embrace sociocultural issues. He emphasized that the city of the future will combine human with artificial intelligence and that from this, a new awareness will arise.

In an interdisciplinary collaboration, Joel Zysman, CCS’s director of Advanced Computing, and Jean-Pierre Bardet, dean of the College of Engineering, led discussions about transformation through datafication, environmentally sustainable technologies, innovation, artificial intelligence, and the best uses of technology solutions.

The School of Architecture’s RAD-UM Lab and several technology companies also shared their demos and start-up innovations, showcasing mixed-use building blocks for a smart city environment.

On the second day of the conference, the Zenciti Workshop provided the opportunity for multidisciplinary teams to design a smart city from scratch on a site in the Yucatan, just outside of Merida. Zenciti will illustrate a customized city on a unified platform, serving as a prototype of the future.

As Picon suggested, every city, even if not yet identified as a “smart city,” needs a plan.

The conference was made possible with the support of contributing sponsors Zenciti, Intel, DDN Storage, and the Miami Design District.

 

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Register Now for UM’s Inaugural Smart Cities Conference February 23


The University of Miami’s inaugural Smart Cities Conference, to take place in Miami’s Design District on Thursday, February 23, will bring together leaders in academia, professional practice, and industry to examine the Smart Cities phenomenon in relation to emerging trends and technology. The focus will be on infrastructure and the built environment, as well as new potential for business and governance.

Jointly organized by the Center for Computational Science and the School of Architecture, the conference features a keynote talk by Antoine Picon, a graduate of Harvard University’s School of Design, panel discussions, and networking at the Moore Building, 191 NE 40th Street, Miami, FL 33137.

Visit the event page and  register now.

 

 

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Lunch & Learn Series: Precision Oncology with Enrico Capobianco


University of Miami faculty, staff, and students are invited to a Lunch & Learn talk about precision oncology by  Enrico Capobianco, lead senior bioinformatics scientist with the Center for Computational Science’s Computational Biology and Bioinformatics program, at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday,  January 23. Capobianco will discuss precision oncology’s relevance, identifying common biomarkers, and quantification by modern diagnostic imaging techniques routinely used in clinics, such as magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography, computer tomography, and ultrasound.

A light lunch will be served. RSVP to ccsadministration@miami.edu. For more information, visit the event page.

 

 

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iNeuro: Preparing a Workforce for the Big Data Tsunami on January 6


Computational data analysis skills have crossed over from niche to mainstream. Join the Center for Computational Science and the Center for Neuroscience on Friday, January from noon to 1 p.m. in the Lois Pope LIFE Center 7th-floor auditorium, for a seminar by UCLA’s William Grisham, who developed the iNeuro Project, an effort to prepare a workforce to meet the challenge of large-scale data in neuroscience.

View directions to and parking at the  Lois Pope Life Center1095 N.W. 14th Terrace, Miami, FL 33136.  If you are interested in lunch with the speaker, email ahadjixenofontos@miami.edu by January 3 with “Grisham seminar” in the subject line.

 

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Center for Computational Science Fellows Program Accepting Applications for 2016-17


The Center for Computational Science is accepting applications for the CCS Fellows 2016-2017 Program through Friday, October 7. The program, which is open to graduate students in their second year or above, and to undergraduate students at the sophomore level or above, from any school or department at the University of Miami, is designed to inspire a new generation of leaders in computational science by offering students the opportunity to work in a broad cross-disciplinary research setting.

Two undergraduate students and two graduate students per year are selected out of the pool of applicants. CCS Fellows gain valuable computational skills, collaborative skills, and have an additional accolade on their CV. The program consistently results in continued cross-disciplinary collaborations among the participants, be they students or their faculty mentors.

Fellows will have the opportunity to use CCS’s world-class Advanced Computing facilities for their research, and to work closely with CCS faculty, members, and staff. Fellows are expected to conduct a research project for the duration of the fellowship under the guidance of two cross-disciplinary mentors. These mentors would normally include the student’s main advisor, and a faculty colleague from a different department with complementary interests and skills. Fellows may enroll in appropriate courses for research credits, and approach CCS faculty and staff for access to software or other facilities as needed, and they will present their work at the CCS Fellows Symposium in Spring 2017.

Applicants must be of good standing and have an interest in computational science. Applicants with either previous research experience or some existing computational skills, or both, will have an advantage.

For more information and to apply, visit the CCS Fellows website. For questions, contact ccseducation@med.miami.edu.

 

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