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Advanced Training in Smart Cities

Date: 21 – 22 June, 2019

Venue: Z207, 2/F, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Registration: 9:00am



21 June 2019 

AM Session (9:30am - 12:30pm): Smart Cities: The North American Experience

Prof. Michael Goodchild
Emeritus Professor of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara;
Distinguished Chair Professor, LSGI, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Session 1:

  • Introduction: the geospatial dimensions of Smart City
  • Spatial thinking: what it means to think spatially about the city
  • The changing context: data, communications, computation
  • Research questions: what can we do with all the new resources?
  • Crowdsourcing and volunteered geographic information: engagement of the public
  • Space versus place: adapting technology to the citizen
  • Big data: volume, velocity, and variety
  • The Fourth Paradigm
  • Applications of Big Data: understanding or prediction?
  • Arguments against Big Data
  • Real-time science?

Session 2:

  • Spatial data infrastructure
  • Early activities and lessons learned
  • Updating the vision, rethinking the stages
  • Geospatial infrastructure, a vision for the future
  • The privacy issue

Background reading

  • M.F. Goodchild (2018) GIScience for a driverless age. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 32(5) 849–855. DOI: 10.1080/13658816.2018.1440397
  • M.F. Goodchild (2018) Reimagining the history of GIS. Annals of GIS 24(1): 1–8. DOI: 10.1080/19475683.2018.1424737.
  • M.F. Goodchild (2018) Big geodata. In B. Huang, editor, Comprehensive Geographic Information Systems. Vol. 1, pp. 19–25. Oxford: Elsevier. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.09595-6
  • H.J. Miller and M.F. Goodchild (2014) Data-driven geography. GeoJournal 80(4) : 449–461. DOI: 10.1007/s10708-014-9602-6.


PM Session (2:00pm - 4:30pm): Smart Cities in Asia

Prof. Shi Wen-zhong, John
Director of Laboratory for Smart City and Spatial Big Data Analytics
Otto Poon Charitable Foundation Professor in Urban Informatics; 
Chair Professor of Geographical Information Science and Remote Sensing; 
Head of LSGI, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


  • Smart Cities: The Asian Experience
  • Latest Developments in Urban Informatics and Smart Cities


22 June 2019

AM Session (9:30am - 12:30pm): Smart Cities in Europe

Prof. Michael Batty
Bartlett Professor of Planning, University College London;
Distinguished Chair Professor, LSGI, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

This session will be divided into two parts:

  1. The Concept of Smart Cities
  • Based in embedding computers into the fabcric of the city and developing plans that take account of such embedding. We will focus on the high frequency city.
  1. Urban Analytics
  • Based on methods for simulating cities for aiding planning the smart city.


Registration Fee: HK$900


Who should attend:

This workshop is designed for government officials, researchers, managers and professionals of smart city-related industries, who wish to receive new perspectives, insights and valuable experience from world-leading academics and scientists. The workshop also provides a perfect platform to network and meet with fellow smart city practitioners and professionals from the public and private sectors.


Register now!