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iCity Urban Informatics Research Days Webinar Series

June 8 - June 17

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The iCity: Urban Informatics for Sustainable Metropolitan Growth project is coming to a close after five years of successful collaboration between UTTRI, OCAD-U and University of Waterloo, led by Principal Investigator and UTTRI Director, Dr. Eric Miller.

The goal of iCity was to find innovative ways to improve urban transportation system performance and design efficient, sustainable cities for the well-being of individuals and society. Outcomes were achieved by building select applications, enabled by novel visualizations, on a foundation of data, ontologies and platforms.

This webinar series, hosted by UTTRI Executive Director Dr. Judy Farvolden, will summarize, share and celebrate the research initiatives and innovations produced over the course of the project, wrapping up with a preview of research proposed for iCity 2.0.

The online presentations are scheduled over five days as shown below. Admission is free and all are welcome. Registration is required and will be available soon.

Day 1: Ontologies and platforms (1 hour)

Monday, June 8, 2020, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Learn about the results of an initiative to create an ISO ontology standard for data related to transportation and a platform for Advanced Traveller Information Systems.

Day 2: Visualization foundations (1 hour)

Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Review project visualization needs and development of the base tools and understanding to deliver them.

Day 3: Foundations for planning and operations (2 hours)

Friday, June 12, 2020, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Explore the use of ontologies to connect data otherwise separated in silos, effective visualizations of travel demand flows, and learn about a tool to optimize “bus bridging” for times when bus services replace subways.

Day 4: Elements of the street and its users (2 hours)

Monday, June 15, 2020, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Watch a demo of a game that simulates the behaviour of users looking for parking, a Complete Streets Design Toolkit, learn how the Waterloo Region LRT has changed the behaviours of pedestrian tours and about KidScore, a project from iCity youth outreach partner, Maximum City.

Day 5: The long view (1 – 1.5 hours)

Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (possibly to 2:30 p.m.)

Learn about a longitudinal analysis of GTHA transportation networks, urban form, accessibility and land value, and next steps, aka iCity 2.0: Urban Data Science for Future Urban Mobility.

iCity: Urban Informatics for Sustainable Metropolitan Growth is funded by the Ontario Research Fund, Research Excellence, Round 7.


June 8
June 17
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