Harnessing Open Data for Cities

10:00 am–5:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi


Cities are increasingly publishing data about their operations while also internally using data to improve the effectiveness and quality of services through optimization, predictive analytics, and other methods. This represents new opportunities for collaboration between cities, industry, national laboratories, and universities in areas ranging from scalable data infrastructure to tools for data analytics, along with challenges such as replicability of solutions between cities, integrating and validating data for scientific investigation, and protecting privacy. For many urban questions, new data sources will be required with greater spatial and/or temporal resolution, driving innovation in the use of sensor in mobile devices as well as embedded sensing infrastructure in the built environment. At the same time, new capabilities such as connected autonomous vehicles, implementing deep learning in concert with urban sensors, or augmenting mobile applications will require computation embedded in infrastructure.

This workshop aimed to explore the potential for collaboration between Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Chicago, and university and national laboratories in India, with the goal of establishing public-private partnerships with local governments to better measure and analyze urban challenges and opportunities.  The workshop included in-depth presentations on the work at Argonne and UChicago, including partnerships with the City of Chicago.  Similar work at potential partner institutions in India will be presented.  This included technology such as Argonne’s Waggle sensor and embedded computing platform—used to implement the Array of Things project, data integration platforms such as the UChicago Plenario system, and examples of the use of machine learning and data analytics in partnership with the City of Chicago.  The workshop was organized by the Urban Center for Computation and Data, a joint initiative of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory.  Speakers included Dr. Pete Beckman, principal computer scientist for the Waggle project, and Charlie Catlett, UrbanCCD director and principal investigator of the Array of Things project.

The event was strictly by invitation only.