Smart Cities – Dr Kamran Mahroof

We can proudly share that last month, The University of Bradford, in collaboration with world leading institutions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Toulouse Business School, hosted the virtual Smart Cities Seminar Series.

The ongoing pandemic situation has cast much needed attention on the inequalities and challenges faced by communities, across the globe. Accordingly, academics, technologists and policy-makers alike, are now, more than ever before, exploring how smart technologies, can intelligently support and safeguard our communities. Technologies such as, Artificial Intelligence, one of the key building blocks of Smart Cities, can go way beyond merely data analysis and automation and has the potential to make the world a better place, through providing innovation solutions, such as creating transparent, smart supply chains, faster and more accurate patient inspections, touchless delivery of goods and food items and bringing the predictive power of Artificial Intelligence to health care.

The Smart Cities Seminar hosted some of the world’s leading experts in smart cities and Artificial Intelligence including many of our own colleagues, such as Prof. Zahir Irani, Prof. Vishanth Weerakoddy and Prof. Sankar Sivarajah, who contributed to the Seminar, with thought-provoking talks around ‘Applying Artificial Intelligence for Social Good: Tackling Global Challenges’, ‘Responsible Management and Technology for an Inclusive’ and ‘The Transformative Influence of Smart Cities: Experiences from Five European Projects’.

The event was very well attended from across the world, across all of the 12 keynote talks and students, academics and technology enthusiasts got to hear how Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Big Data have helped cities, companies and people move forward and build up their collective strength in spite of -or sometimes even thanks to- difficult times. Speakers also discussed upcoming trends and innovative new techniques which can support create resilient cities, during precedented crisis situations.

-Dr. Kamran Mahroof, Business Analytics, Circular Economy and Supply Chain

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