The UN and many international agencies have embraced the potential roles and benefits of the dramatic information and communication technology (ICT) advances, global hyper-connectivity, and the deployment of various types of sensing devices and big data analytics to set an ambitious goal of enabling smart sustainable cities for all. However, rapid urbanisation, increasing inequality, and the changing risk landscape at both global and local levels can impede achieving such a future from the current state of affairs. Continuing a business-as-usual trend means inefficient services and high-impact damage potential in disasters in overpopulated settlements, leaving them even farther behind in various areas of development. In other words, the deployment and advanced applications of smart city technologies and know-how in developed regions could, in fact, widen the gap, between cities and communities in different regions of the world.
This symposium will bring together the academic and research community with the frontline stakeholders in government, industry and professional bodies to explore the state of play (in knowledge and practice) and identify local, national, and global challenges to consider all facets of achieving our common aspirations for a smart and sustainable future for all.
This symposium is jointly organised by the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructure and Land Administration (CSDILA) and Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS), in co-partnership with The World Bank (the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery and the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice), and supported by various national and international organisations.
- Smart cities and sustainable development
- Disaster resilience and emerging or changing global risks
- Resilience and resilience impact of land and Geospatial information for Disaster Risk Management
- Spatial (3D/nD), BIM and emerging technologies in advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Global policy frameworks (SDGs, Sendai Framework, UN Habitat Urban Agenda, etc.) and local and national developments
- Planning, design and management of critical infrastructures
- New generation public safety technologies and platforms
- Community resilience and participatory governance