The official opening of the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS), the new institute for applied urban technology and design, will take place on 20 June.
Amsterdam will be the ‘living lab’ of the AMS. Residents of the city will be involved as testers, users and co-creators of products and ideas intended to improve the quality of life in the city.
Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS)
Across the world, people are increasingly moving into cities; by 2030, around 70% of the world’s population is expected to live in major cities. This presents great challenges for society, especially in the areas of traffic flow, food, waste, energy, water and health. AMS will adopt a multidisciplinary approach to conducting research into these issues, developing solutions and implementing them.
The consortium for the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions is a network of partners from a variety of disciplines. TU Delft, Wageningen UR and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) form the academic heart of the initiative. They are working together with partners Accenture, Alliander, Cisco, IBM, KPN, Shell and Waternet, Amsterdam Smart City, ESA, TNO, Waag Society and the city of Boston. The collaboration between all these partners provides an opportunity to study the metabolism of the city from a multidisciplinary perspective. Moreover, AMS wants to be an open platform in which those parties that are able to make an effective contribution can participate.
PROGRAMME LAUNCH CONFERENCE AMS ADVANCED METROPOLITAN SOLUTIONS
Friday 20 June 2014, Shell Technology Center Amsterdam (on invite only)
Day Chairman: Tarik Yousif
12.00 Reception with ‘walking lunch’ in the main hall, with demonstration objects of smart city solutions
13.00 Welcome and opening by the Day Chairman Tarik Yousif and a brief statement by Gerald Schotman, CTO of Shell in plenairy hall
13.10 Amsterdam Living Lab: about the interest of Amsterdam in AMS, by Kajsa Ollongren, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam
13.20 AMS Talk: founders and partners share their drivers and visions for AMS: Dirk Jan van den Berg, Chairman Board TU Delft and Louise Fresco, Chairman Board Wageningen UR
14.00 coffee break
14.30 AMS Interaction – Presentations by Arnold Bregt, Professor of Geo Information Science WUR, Carlo Ratti, Director of the SENSEable City Laboratory MIT, Arjan van Timmeren, Professor of Environmental Technology & Design TU Delft
15.00 AMS Inspiration – Keynote by Greg Lindsay, senior fellow of the World Policy Institute (also co-director of the Emergent Cities Project), a visiting scolar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, and a research affiliate of the New England Complex Systems Institute.
15.30 Switch to sessions (coffee and tea in the session rooms)
15.45 Start of sessions in session rooms:
- #1: test beds, what and how?
- #2: care & cure
- #3: round table data platform
- #4: Amsterdam family of institutes
- #5: urban metabolism
- #6: extreme climate
- #7: engineering entrepreneurship
- #8: transport lab
16.45 Switch to plenary hall
17.00 AMS Dialogue – Plenary Finale chair Tarik Yousif: actively sharing of ideas with our industrial, societal and academic partners.
17.30 Drinks and closure
#1 Test beds, what and how?
Research and valorisation in AMS will be integrated throughout the city by means of a network of test beds. In this session we will discuss existing Amsterdam test beds, in cooperation with Amsterdam Smart City and Alliander.
#2 Care & Cure
This session deals with challenges in care & cure and the ways this can be implemented in solution driven research and education.
#3 Round table Data Platform
The Data Platform is one of the key elements of AMS. This session focuses on the kind of data AMS is looking for and what we can learn from showcases such as the Senseable City Lab.
#4 Amsterdam Family of Institutes
A strong cooperation with institutes such as AIHT, Centre for Urban Studies, ECN and Beta Cluster Amsterdam creates great added value for research and education.
#5 Urban Metabolism
Amsterdam aspires to become a circular city. Curator Dirk Sijmons will guide us through the 2014 IABR ‘Urban by Nature’ exhibition and lead a discussion on how to engineer this urban metabolism.
#6 Extreme Climate
Handling extreme rainfall and heat is an essential aspect of delta cities like Amsterdam. Smart monitoring and the design of public space are at the basis of a resilient city.
#7 Engineering Entrepreneurship
AMS focuses on the valorisation of metropolitan solutions and entrepreneurship. During this session, insights will be shared by incubators including YesDelft, iLAB Wageningen, Ace Venture Lab and Rockstart Accelerator.
#8 Transport Lab
Mobility is one of the main challenges in Amsterdam. Various kinds of data can help us to sense traffic patterns and simulate smart solutions.