Engineers, Urban Planners and Tomsk Citizens Discuss Future of Smart Cities in Europe and Central Asia

Tomsk Polytechnic University holds the International Scientific Conference “Future of Human Smart Cities in Europe and Central Asia: Challenges and Opportunities”. It is gathering together students, young and recognized scientists, urban planners and architects from Russia and other countries.

The conference has been opened in the TPU International Culture Center (13V Usov Street) on June 7, at 09.20 a.m. Alexander Fadeev, TPU Vice-Rector for Digital Affairs addressed the participants a welcome speech. On June 6, within Street Vision, an exhibition and a festival of street art, music and new urban culture, there was held a meeting of the focus group and a discussion with Tomsk citizens “Use of Public Spaces of Pedestrian Streets in Smart City”.

“Our conference is gathering together students, postgraduate students, scientists, architects, engineers, urban planners, sociologists, concerned citizens, representatives of IT companies, cafes, museums, creative spaces and children’s technopark “Kvantorium”. In total, there are over 100 participants. A part of them is taking part in discussions online. These are experts from Italy, Guatemala, Portugal, Switzerland and Central Asian countries. We are awaiting speakers from Moscow, St Petersburg, Perm, Tambov, Novosibirsk, Barnaul at our venue. We are also awaiting our colleagues from Tomsk State University, Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radio-Electronics, Tomsk State Pedagogical University, Tomsk State University of Architecture and Construction, the Center for Development of Urban Environment of Tomsk Oblast,” Natalya Goncharova, Associate Professor of the Division for Social Sciences and Humanities of the TPU School of Core Engineering Education, a coordinator of the project, says.

The participants will deliver their reports in three sections: “Reinterpretation of Smart Human-Centered Transformation of City: Global, National, Local Contexts”, “Impact of Breakthrough Technologies on Society, Assessment of Equipment and Technology, Social Aspects of Robotics”, “Information Technologies Serving Stakeholders and Citizens of Smart City: Urban Digital Platforms, GIS Maps, Electronic Services and Government”.

Within the Conference, experts’ round tables and thematic workshops are held.

“Such topics as ‘Smart University Campus’ (the round table is held in the TPU International Culture Center on June 8, from 14.15 to 16.00), ‘Instruments of Joint Creation of Human-Centered Smart City’ are announced. We are also discussing the ideas submitted for the competition ‘Smart University Campus of TPU: Today’s Future’,” Natalya Goncharova adds.

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The Conference is held within the project “Co-creation of EU Human Smart Cities (CoHuSC)” co-funded by the Jean Monnet Action in the field of Higher Education by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union (No. 600426-EPP-1-2018-1-RU-EPPJMO-PROJECT) at TPU.