To mark the opening of the Laboratory for Smart City and Spatial Big Data Analytics on 20 March 2018, a summit on the future of smart city was held that day. Officiating at the opening ceremony of the laboratory was Prof. Timothy W. Tong, President of PolyU. The Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR Government, Dr David Chung, was the guest-of honour. He delivered an opening address before Prof. John Shi, Director of the Lab for Smart City and Spatial Big Data Analytics as well as Head of the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI), introduced the state-of-the-art lab.

Organized into 3 sessions, the summit covered themes ranging from Smart Government to Smart Living and Smart Environment to Smart Mobility. Keynote speeches in each of the sessions were respectively delivered by 3 Distinguished Chair Professors of LSGI, namely Prof. Michael Goodchild from the University of California at Santa Barbara, Prof. Michael Batty from University College London, and Prof. Mei-po Kwan from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A panel discussion moderated by Prof. John Shi followed each speech, which were all well received by over 200 participants, including government officials, practitioners, and researchers.

The issues addressed by the summit will no doubt help the new laboratory accomplish its mission of developing key technologies for Smart City, providing smart city solutions for Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area, as well as related consultancy support for the local government.

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At the opening ceremony for the laboratory

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At the summit