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February 4-5, 2020
The Role of Research and Technology in the Changing Ocean Economy

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Over half the world’s population currently lives in urban areas, and in 2014 the United Nations released a report projecting that by 2050 that number will rise to 70 percent. With the trend of rapid urbanization in mind, many countries have started planning to strategically supporting the development of smart cities and communities: urban centers—enabled by ICT technology and reinforced by sustainability and livability goals—that maximize resource allocation and efficiency of services through intelligent, connected devices and automated systems. This meeting explored:

  • common characteristics of smart communities
  • the role of connectedness and sustainability in developing smart communities
  • the partnerships between governments, universities, and industry that are integral to advancing smart community development
  • the challenges, opportunities, and policy implications associated with the roll-out of intelligent systems
Meeting Materials

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

6:30-8:30 pm


Keynote Address

  • Carlo Ratti, Director, SENSEable City Lab at MIT (video below)
  • Moderator:  Gordon England, GUIRR Industry Co-Chair; Chairman, V1 Analytical Solutions, Inc.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
8:00-8:15 am


Welcome Remarks 

  • Gordon England, GUIRR Industry Co-Chair; Chairman, V1 Analytical Solutions, Inc.
8:15-8:45 am 

Smart Cities Initiative and the Strategy for American Innovation
How is the White House supporting the development of smart cities and communities? 

  • Dan Correa, Senior Advisor for Innovation Policy, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
8:45-10:15 am 

City-University Partnerships and the MetroLab Network
How does the MetroLab Network build and maintain government-university partnerships?

  • Michael Mattmiller, Chief Technology Officer, City of Seattle
  • Tom Schenk, Chief Data Officer, City of Chicago
  • Sandra Brown, Vice Chancellor for Research, UC San Diego
  • Jon Fink, Vice President for Research and Strategic Partnerships, Portland State University
  • Moderator: Ben Levine, Interim Director, MetroLab Network
10:30 am-12:30 pm

Industry and the Smart Community
A conversation with industry partners involved in smart community development in the U.S. and internationally

  • Cate Richards, North America Leader for Smarter Cities, IBM
  • Sameer Sharma, General Manager, Smart Cities Initiative, Intel
  • David Zipper, Managing Director of Smart Cities and Transportation, 1776
  • Moderator: Erik Antonsson, Corporate Director of Technology, Northrop Grumman, GUIRR UI Partner
1:30-1:45 pm
 Global City Teams Challenge
How can government support communities and businesses trying to improve resource management and quality of life through effective networking of cyber-physical systems?

  • Sokwoo Rhee, Associate Director of the Cyber-Physical Systems Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), U.S. Department of Commerce
1:45-3:00 pm
 Global Smart Communities: SDGs and the 2030 Development Agenda
Smart communities can foster a continuum between urban, peri-urban and rural planning, investment, and infrastructure deployment to more efficiently and equitably address the Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 Development Agenda.
  • John Garrity, Global Government Affairs and Technology Policy, Cisco Systems Inc.
  • Andrew Turner, Chief Technology Officer, Esri R&D Center
  • Reg Vachon, Chair of the UN World Federation of Engineering Organizations Relations Committee
  • Moderator: Andrew Reynolds, Strategic Foresight Consultant, Science, Engineering, and Technology for Development, GUIRR Council Associate
3:00-3:30 pm 

GUIRR Project Updates

  • I-Group – Barbara Mittleman, Chief Strategy Officer, Waymark Systems
  • Federal Demonstration Partnership, FDP – Michele Masucci, Vice President for Research, Temple University 
  • Review of National Science Board's Report on Researchers' Administrative Burdens – Arthur Bienenstock, Director, Wallenberg Research Link, Special Assistant to the President for Federal Research Policy, Stanford University 
  • Webinar Series – Megan Nicholson, Associate Program Officer, GUIRR
  • Other, New – Susan Sloan, Director, GUIRR
3:30 pm

Keynote Presentation by Carlo Ratti
Director, SENSEable City Lab at MIT

Dr. Carlo Ratti on the Future of Smart Cities from The Academies on Vimeo.