Siobhán Clarke (Trinity College Dublin - Ireland)
Prof. Siobhán Clarke is a Professor in the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin. She joined Trinity in 2000, having previously worked for over ten years as a software engineer for IBM. Her current research focus is on software engineering models for the provision of smart and dynamic software services to urban stakeholders, addressing challenges in the engineering of dynamic software in ad hoc, mobile environments. She has published over 150 papers and is a Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator, exploring an Internet of Things middleware for adaptable, urban-scale software services. Prof. Clarke is the founding Director of Future Cities, the Trinity Centre for Smart and Sustainable Cities, with contributors from a range of disciplines, including Computer Science, Statistics, Engineering, Social Science, Geography, Law, Business and the Health Sciences. She leads the School’s Distributed Systems Group, and was elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin in 2006.
Keynote Title: The role of technology and communication in enabling behavioural change for cities of the future
Abstract: It is expected that some 5 billion people representing ~60% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2030. The growth of cities is an evolving phenomenon that is often unplanned, leading to serious social problems such as traffic congestion, noise pollution, energy wastage, and high levels of carbon dioxide emissions. Given growing urban populations, it is clear we need to change our behaviour to better manage the sharing of increasingly constrained urban resources, such as the road network, energy, water, and so on. This is also an exciting time for ICT, with great advances in sensor technology and wireless communication giving some optimism that in this age, we may be capable of coping with the challenges ahead. This talk explores how automated communication and collaboration, using real-time decision-making, can play a part in assisting citizens in making better use of the resources available to them. The goal is not to take over citizens' lives, but to remove the onus on citizens to be constantly aware of potential opportunities for optimising resource sharing. In particular, the talk uses examples from autonomous vehicles and energy demand-side management.