AMS AMS Science for the City @ Pakhuis de Zwijger

How can big data, prototyping, 3D-printing and scientific innovation help to solve the complex challenges that the metropole Amsterdam faces? Teaming up with Pakhuis de Zwijger, AMS is putting together a series on metropolitan development and innovation. Upcoming and established (inter)national urban professionals from AMS and our academic partners will introduce us to the newest research and practical solutions within urban themes as water, energy, waste, food, data and mobility.

The serie is kicking off on 17 February in Pakhuis de Zwijger, during this first editions we’ll be looking at the challenges that urban population growth poses to cities and how social media can help us tackle them. How can we sustain quality of life and a livable urban environment in increasingly overcrowded cities? And which role can scientific research play in solving these issues? Two academic talents share their work and insights on the ways in which urban data science can help us better understand and organize city environments, and how social data can help us obtain more livable cities -and even a more livable world.

Nowadays, more than 50% of the world’s population is living in cities, and this number is only expected to increase more. The growth of the urban population puts pressure on both the urban environment and the people that move, work and live in it. How can we ensure sustainable, safe and resilient cities?

Two of our academic talents, Alessandro Bozzon and Achilleas Psyllidis, will explain how urban data science can help us to understand and tackle the challenges of modern-day cities. Or, more specifically, how social data (from social media as Twitter and Instagram) can help cities and citizens to enhance their ability to sense, interpret, and understand city environments. Doing so, they will give a live-demonstration of SocialGlass: a web-based platform (co-developed by Bozzon and Psyllidis) for urban data visualization and analytics, which they already used during big-scale events as Sail, Amsterdam Light Festival and GayPride.

Register for this event via Pakhuis de Zwijger