Chairman: Professor Stuart Green, University of Reading

About the speaker:

Chairman: Professor Stuart Green, University of Reading

Professor Stuart GreenProfessor Stuart Green is Professor of Construction Management in the School of the Built Environment at the University of Reading.

He originally studied civil engineering at the University of Birmingham, graduating in 1979. For several years thereafter he worked in industry gaining design experience with an international engineering consultancy. He completed his PhD in 1996 and was appointed professor in 2002. Stuart has extensive experience of research leadership and has been Principal Investigator on Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) research awards totalling in excess of £7 million. He is a chartered civil engineer.

There will be 4 presentations as below, followed by a debate and Q&A.

Smart Cities - Opportunities and Challenges,

Professor Tim Dixon, Professor of Sustainable Futures in the Built Environment, University of Reading

The presentation will draw on existing research and practice to provide a critical review of smart cities in the UK and internationally, and what the opportunities and challenges are as this agenda takes hold. In particular, he will illustrate the key lessons that can be learned from smart city projects, including Reading 2050, and what can make a city both ‘smart’ and ‘sustainable’.

About the speaker:

Professor Tim Dixon, University of Reading

Professor Tim DixonTim has more than 35 years’ experience in education, training and research in the built environment, and has has co-led major UK research council research projects on brownfield land and urban retrofit, He is currently working with local and regional partners to develop a ‘Reading 2050’ smart and sustainable city vision, which also connected with the UK BIS Future Cities Foresight Programme.

Recently he has worked on funded research projects on a smart cities and big data; smart and sustainable districts; and social sustainability for housebuilders. Tim is a member of the Climate Change Berkshire Group and Reading Climate Change Partnership Board and was formerly a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smart Cities and UK Stakeholders’ Group on Smart Cities. Amongst his recent and forthcoming publications are ‘Sustainable Futures in the Built Environment to 2050: A Foresight Approach to Construction and Development’ (Wiley Blackwell) and ‘Urban Futures: City Foresight and City Visions’ (Bristol University Press).

Getting smart about the future of urban mobility

Professor Glen Lyons, Mott MacDonald Professor of Future Mobility, University of the West of England

The presentation suggests that being truly smart is about achieving connectivity in society that is that is affordable, effective, attractive and sustainable. This concerns a Triple Access System perspective, recognising that while the transport system provides physical mobility to enable us to access people, goods, services and opportunities, the land use system can provide spatial proximity enabling access and a now rapidly matured (and maturing) telecommunications system provides digital connectivity for access. Getting smart means taking a socio-technical perspective that looks to understand what societal outcomes inventive ideas could help enable. That’s responsible innovation.

About the speaker:

Professor Glen Lyons, University of the West of England

Professor Glen LyonsGlen is the Mott MacDonald Professor of Future Mobility at UWE Bristol in the UK where he was previously Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise in the Faculty of Environment and Technology and the founding Director of the Centre for Transport & Society. He is seconded for half his time to Mott MacDonald from UWE Bristol, creating a bridge between academia and practice. Throughout his research career of over 25 years he has focused upon the role of new technologies in supporting and influencing travel behaviour both directly and through shaping lifestyles and social practices.

A former secondee to the UK Department for Transport and more recently to the New Zealand Ministry of Transport, Glenn has led major studies into traveller information systems, teleworking, virtual mobility, travel time use, user innovation, road pricing, public and business attitudes to transport and future mobility. He is now actively engaged in examining the future prospects for technological innovations including Connected Autonomous Vehicles and Mobility as a Service. He has been involved in a number of strategic futures initiatives and recent and ongoing engagements include helping transport authorities address future uncertainty in their planning, policymaking and investment; and examining the need for transport planning practice to evolve. Glenn is a Trustee of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation and of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund. He is also a member of the UK Department for Transport’s Joint Analysis Development Panel.

Smart energy: The Electric Revolution

Jonathan Riggall, Director, Stantec UK Ltd

With increasing pressures on Governments’ to radically react to the climate crisis a significant amount of hope and attention is being placed on electricity as the means to deliver the Clean Growth Grand Challenge.  Within this presentation Jonny Riggall will explore this energy market transition, what it means for transport, new homes and industrial growth, and the opportunities for land portfolio owners in reacting to the national stimulus to decarbonise. 

About the speaker:

Jonathan Riggall, Stantec UK Ltd

Jonathan RiggallJonathan is a geographer and environmentalist with extensive experience in working across land development and the energy sector.

Jonathan is experienced in the development of new investment models for infrastructure assets providing project management and consultancy advice on technology, development viability and carbon management. Jonathan's interests also lie in the digital economy, data analytics and developing approaches to deliver smarter urbanisation.

Assuring security

Duncan Purves, Director, 2 Insight Ltd

This presentation aims to raise awareness of the cyber security implications associated with Internet connected Smart Cities and provide stakeholders with guidance on where they can find help and best practice to minimise the potential risk and impact of a cyber attack / hack.

About the speaker:

Duncan Purves, Director, 2 Insight Ltd

Duncan PurvesDuncan has over 30 years experience in technical, sales, business development and project management in the IT, Telecommunications, Internet of Things, Mobile and the Wireless Data industries.

He was founder of the 'Secure IoT' annual Internet of Things Cyber Security Conference which allows participants to learn about the potential risks and vulnerabilities associated with IoT systems and connected devices; gain an understanding of IoT security best practice / guidelines and regulation; hear from leading experts and organisations providing guidance and best practice; meet companies offering security products, solutions and services. He also founded the Internet of Things Thames Valley Meetup and Community Group.

His experience includes engineering management in the Defence & Space industry; working for companies involved in electronic component and system design, development and manufacture.

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Great Debate 2020 - Smart Cities
Date and time
Wednesday 11 March, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
G11, Henley Business School
The University of Reading
Whitenights Campus
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