Online Seminar – Friday February 19, 2021 – 3pm to 7pm CET

Amateurs of artificial intelligence, blockchain and big data across the world, this is your event! Discover how new technologies are used to make our cities and the world a better place. Meet the world’s leading experts in smart cities and artificial intelligence and see how exciting the future can be. Don’t miss out!

Smart cities in times of pandemics: contributions of technologies

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Discover how technology boosts the resilience of cities in times of crisis

Artificial Intelligence for the greater good

Artificial Intelligence goes way beyond exploiting sets of data, it can be a powerful tool to make the world a better place. Discover how artificial intelligence, blockchain and big data have helped cities, companies and people move forward and build up their collective strength in spite of -or sometimes even thanks to- difficult times. This groundbreaking seminar also explores exciting new technologies to increase the resilience of cities when faced with unprecedented crisis situations.

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World-class experts in smart cities & artificial intelligence

Don’t miss out on this unique seminar, which unites some of the world’s top experts in the field. Join us online and meet world-class experts from:

  • MIT, including Kent Larson, the world’s leading expert on smart cities 
  • TBS, including Samuel Fosso Wamba, our very own most influential scholar in the world for big data analytics and enterprises,
  • The University of Bradford, including Professor Shirley Congdon (Vice Chancellor) and Professor Zahir Irani (Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Academic, Innovation & Quality)
  • and many more high-profile institutions and companies from around the globe!
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The Smart Cities Seminar Program

  • 3:00-3:05 pm – Welcome to the Post-Covid Talk Series – Prof. Samuel Fosso Wamba – Head of the Center of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence and Business Analytics – TBS – Toulouse, France
  • 3:05-3:10 pm – Welcome – Prof. Shirley Congdon – Vice Chancellor – University of Bradford – Bradford, UK.
  • 3:10-3:15 pm – Welcome – Prof. Marie Boitier – Dean of Faculty – TBS -Toulouse, France
  • 3:15-3:25 pm – Applying Artificial Intelligence for Social Good: Tackling Global Challenges – Prof. Zahir Irani – Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic, Innovation, and Quality) – University of Bradford – Bradford, UK
  • 3:25-3:40 pm – Responsible Management and Technology for an Inclusive Society – Prof. Uthayasankar Sivarajah – Head School of Management, Professor of Technology Management and Circular Economy – University of Bradford – Bradford, UK
  • 3:40–4:00 pm – Resilient Communities: Insight, Transformation, and Consensus – Prof. Kent Larson – Director of The City Sciences Group at the Media Lab – Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Boston, USA
  • 4:00-4:15 pm – Leveraging unlikely partnerships to meet COVID pandemic needs – The Ventec Life Systems-GM story – Dr. Suzanne M. Miller, MD – Emergency Physician & Health Tech Executive – Ventec Life Systems – Seattle, USA & Melbourne, Australia
  • 4:15-4:25 pm – Managing the Health of Nations Initiative (MHoN) – Brief Overview – Julius Akinyemi – Founder of Unleashing the Wealth of Nations / MHoN Team at the Media Lab – Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Boston, USA / TBS – Toulouse, France
  • 4:25-4:50 pm – Engineering for preventative Health – The value of Ubiquitous Sensing enabled by Deep Neural Networks – Prof. Akintunde Ibitayo Akinwande – Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the School of Engineering – Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Boston USA
  • 4:50-5:00 pm – COFFEE BREAK
  • 5:00-5:20 pm – Atlas of opportunity: Using large scale mobility and spending data to predict economic growth and business performance in urban area – Mohsen Bahrami – Postdoctoral Associate at MIT, Connection Science Lab, IDSS – Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Boston, USA
  • 5:20-5:35 pm – The big brake of AI: lack of consciousness – Alessio Martini – CEO & Founder – AiGlimmer – Piedmont, Italy
  • 5:35-5:50 pm – Towards redefining the nature of work: Adjusting to epidemic-induced telework – Prof. Kevin Carillo – Coordinator Master of Science Big Data, Marketing & Management Program – TBS – Toulouse, France
  • 5:50-6:05 pm – Transparency and Trust in the food chain amid a pandemic: how signaling theory and advanced technologies enable smart(er) cities – John Keogh – Strategist & Advisor to CEOs & Boards. Author & Researcher in Management Science on Trade Policy, Technology, Supply Chain – Shantalla Inc. – Toronto, Canada
  • 6:05-6:20 pm – On-demand homeownership and the as-a-service economy – Daniel Dubois – Co-founder at Key, a real estate enterprise with a new model for home ownership – Key – Canada
  • 6:20-6:35 pm – The Transformative Influence of Smart Cities: Experiences from Five European Projects – Prof. Vishanth Weerakkody – Dean – Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences, Professor of Digital Governance – University of Bradford – Bradford UK
  • 6:35-6:40 pm – Questions & Answers/Closing Remarks – Prof. Samuel Fosso-Wamba & Julius Akinyemi – TBS – Toulouse, France

Biography of the participants

Akintunde Ibitayo (Tayo) Akinwande

Julius O. Akinyemi

Mohsen Bahrami

Kevin Carillo

Shirley Congdon

Daniel Dubois

Samuel Fosso Wamba

Zahir Irani

John Keogh

Kent Larson

Alessio Martini

Suzanne M. Miller

Sankar Sivajah

Vishanth Weerakkody

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This online event is open to everyone, but registration is now closed. Please note that the event will entirely take place in English. For further information, please contact

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