Nordic Edge Expo

Workshop: Critical thinking for smart cities

This session aims at showcasing the research projects that are currently being developed by the PhD Research Fellows within the Smart City Research group at the University of Stavanger and initiating potential collaboration via focus group discussions with interested parties.

The session consists of an initial brief introduction on ongoing research at UiS regarding the topic of smart city, followed by in-depth theme-focussed workshops which are simultaneously executed in four sub-sessions, which individual attendees will be able to join, based on their interests. The four themes are:

  • Energy (Hassan Gholami & Sasanka N. Ranasinghe)
    • The first part of the session will focus on solar energy and its potential contribution toward energy transition in Europe with a focus on the cities. The second part of session will focus on building energy management system and secure energy exchange in the smart city.
  • Integrated urban planning (Maria Korkou & Todor Kesarovski)
    • The session will discuss ideas on how to enhance sustainability and liveability in the context of smart cities. The focus areas of research that will frame the debate are the assessment of green infrastructure’s multifunctionality and optimal built environment’s densities in respect to urban services.
  • Partnerships in smart cities (Veronika Budovska, Xiangyu Quan & Johana Montalvan Castilla)
    • The session will focus on integrating actors at all levels into smart city development. Children, citizens, practitioners, and policymakers are all essential players in smart cities. Let’s discuss the role of partnerships and collaborations in urban transitions.
  • The role of 5G & AI in enhancing the safety & security of the smart cities (Viktoria Gierukas & Ali Gohar)
    • The first part of the session will focus on the importance of Safety and Security in the Smart Cities, during which the possibilities on staying a step ahead against physical threats will be highlighted. The second part of session will focus on managing and orchestrating the 5G networks using artificial intelligence. In the end these two perspectives will be adapted to a real-world scenario.
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Research fellow and PhD student in the Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing at the University of Stavanger (UiS). With a background in international business and finance, Xiangyu is now working in the intersection of business and digital technology. Her PhD project is to explore how Smart City Projects unfold in different locales, with a focus on Public-Private Partnership. She is also a member of Smart City Research Network of UiS.

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Research fellow in the Regional and City Planning Group at the University of Stavanger. With an electric power engineering and management background, he is working now on energy in urban areas and his focus is on solar energy (building-integrated photovoltaics system) potential in urban areas. He is also a member of Smart City Research Network of UiS and Future Energy Hub.

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PhD candidate, teaching and research staff at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stavanger. Her research project is organized under the Research Network for Sustainable Energy at UiS and NORCE and focuses on intermediaries in urban sustainability transitions. She has strong research interest in the areas of public management and governance, urban planning and environmental psychology. She is a member of Smart City Research Network of UiS, The Greenhouse UiS, Future Energy Hub and Positive Energy Districts European Network.

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Doctoral research fellow with the department of electrical engineering and computer Science at the University of Stavanger (UiS). With a background in telecommunication engineering and in computer science, he is currently working on approaches to apply artificial intelligence for the orchestration and control of the 5G networks, and data resources with different objectives within the smart city applications, such as energy efficiency, Quality of Service (QoS), economical cost reduction, and dependability. He is also a member of Smart City Research Network and ComNet at UiS.

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Research fellow for the Department of Safety, Economics and Planning at the University of Stavanger. With a background in Political Science and Risk management & Societal safety. She is working on how smart city features can adapt to an increased physical threat of terrorism, targeting society, the economy, or infrastructure. She also examines how Smart Cities can deterdetectdelayprotect, and respond to situations that threaten the city by focusing on “Smart Security”. She is also a member of the Smart City Research Network at the University of Stavanger. 

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PhD student in the City and Regional Planning Group at the University of Stavanger. With an urban planning and spatial engineering background, she is working now on green infrastructures for urban areas to achieve sustainable and liveable cities. She is also a member of the Smart City Research Network of UiS.

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PhD research fellow in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of Stavanger (UiS). She has background in Renewable energy and computer science and currently working in optimization of energy management systems in commercial buildings using artificial intelligence. She is also interested in combining blockchain into energy trading. Sasanka is a member of Future energy hub and Smart city research network at UiS.

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Johana Montalvan Castilla is a social anthropologist, researcher, educational consultant and educator based in Norway. She works as a doctoral research fellow at the faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Stavanger, Norway. As a trained scholar, she has conducted research that examines the social and cultural impact of digital technologies, and research focused on Smart Cities, Sustainability and Early Childhood.  Her research has a participatory approach, including the voices of children, youth, parents, policy makers and other important social actors.

Johana is also the founder of © Kids Aware, an educational and consulting firm and platform that advises organizations and helps children, parents and schools to establish a balanced relationship to digital technologies.

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PhD candidate, part of the Smart City Research Group at the University of Stavanger. With background in urban planning, design and GIS, he works on smart densification for sustainable cities in the Nordic context. Todor is also a member of the leadership council of ‘Placemaking Europe’ network for participatory planning and inclusive urban design.

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