Talk Topic: Smart Urban Futures
Dr Katharine Willis is an Associate Professor at the School of Art, Design and Architecture, Plymouth University. Her work is concerned with exploring the many ways through which we perceive and interact with our spatial environment. A key aim of the work is to propose approaches for creating legible environments when urban space is experienced through new technologies. Katharine takes an interdisciplinary approach to her work and undertakes research, teaching and projects.
Smart cities have the potential to create urban environments that are more innovative, sustainable and creative. As our lives become more shaped by digital technologies, there is an increased need for designers who understand the digital context in which our cities are developing, who can take a holistic approach to the complex ecosystem of technologies and innovate using socially responsible approaches.
This talk will introduce how smart cities integrate AR/VR, IoT, AI and data into the design of cities. It will explore how digital innovation will bring together people from different fields and industries to work together on shaping future cities.