Webinar Series: Big Data, Modeling, and Simulation in Urban Sustainability

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Webinar Series: Frontiers of Big Data, Modeling, and Simulation in Urban Sustainability

Data, modeling, and simulations are critical to planning for and maintaining sustainable communities. The National Academies organized a workshop and webcast in January 2019 that brought together an interdisciplinary network of practitioners, business leaders, academics, and policy makers using data for urban sustainability. The workshop focused on identifying areas where cities can partner with the scientific community to address challenges related to air and water quality, transportation and physical infrastructure, and sustainable inclusive communities.

Building off the success of the workshop, we are excited to announce an upcoming webinar series in October 2019 where invited speakers will delve further into four important topic areas that emerged during the January workshop. If you are interested in attending any of the webinars, please register on this page. You are not required to register for all webinars in the series - you have the option to register only for the webinars you are interested in attending.


1. Theoretical Approaches to Urban Planning
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 4-5pm ET

  • Luís Bettencourt (University of Chicago)
  • Constantine Kontokosta (New York University)
  • Moderator: Kathy Ensor (Rice University)

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2. Exploring New Data Sources and Investigating Privacy Issues
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 4-5pm ET

  • Sallie Keller (University of Virginia)
  • Rhiannan Price (Digital Globe)
  • Moderator: Stephanie Shipp (University of Virginia)

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3. Spatial-Temporal Modeling for Urban Analytics
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 4-5pm ET

  • Kathy Ensor (Rice University)
  • Scott Holan (University of Missouri)
  • Moderator: Nick Horton (Amherst College)

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4. The Power and Limitations of Urban Analytics in Supporting Cities
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 4-5pm ET

  • Bill Fulton (Rice University)
  • Jeanne Holmes (City of Los Angeles)

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Use the links above the access the webinars. If you register on this page, you'll receive an email with login instructions the day or two before the event.

Webinar participants are encouraged to submit questions for the speakers via the Zoom chat box.

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