This workshop will focus on the scientific methods that will enable the next-generation cities.
The socio-technological innovations have enabled the generation of a large volume of disparate, dynamic and geographically distributed data, thus motivating the creation of smart and connected cities. A smart and connected city leverages electronic methods, sensors, and data science approaches to collect data, manage assets and services efficiently, thereby providing citizens with high-quality life. With increasing extreme events, the focus is also to build resilient cities. A resilient city focuses on bouncing back to its previous stage in the face of an emergency while meeting the daily activities and needs of its citizens. While resilient city discussion is still revolving around using socio-cultural and political factors and values, the smart city discussion focuses on where and when to use sensor technologies and how to automate decision-making. It is imperative for cities to be both resilient and smart so that technologies can be leveraged to tackle the challenges ranging from climate change, public health, traffic congestion, economic growth, to digital divide, social equity, political movements, and cultural conflicts, among others.
Following the successes of the last four ARIC workshops held at ACM SIGSPATIAL Conferences between 2018 and 2021, the vision of the post-COVID world, and the global agenda for a net-zero economy, the 5th International Workshop on Advances on Resilient and Intelligent Cities (ARIC 2022) is very timely. This workshop is motivated by three recent advances: a technology driven future; new regulations to combat emerging social challenges; and advances in computational sciences.
The anticipated target group will include researchers and practitioners from academia, industry, policy institutions and national laboratories. Given their collective experience in smart and resilient city research, the workshop organizers are in a unique position to identify, invite and engage the target group for this workshop.
The researchers from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are involved in the U.S. Department of Energy’s research in the area of grid resiliency. The faculty from George Mason University (GMU), involved in NSF and DOT, funded projects addressing the resilience and sustainability of interdependent infrastructure systems. The faculty from Texas A & M University are involved in NSF funded projects on the development of open knowledge networks through the combination and testing of participatory and automated ontology development processes for urban and environmental resilience.