Here is evidence that I am a productive member of society. Sarah Williams and I are organizing a conference titled Bit City: 2011: Transportation, Data and Technology in Cities. Details at this link. We have some of the best thinkers is the business coming to talk, and the conference is open to all. You should come. More details to follow, and here an overview followed by the schedule:
9AM-9:30AM | OPENING REMARKS
Welcome to BityCity : 2011 – Transportation Data, & Technology in Cities, The Sig Grava Symposium on Infrastructure.
Professor Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation & School of International and Public Affairs
9:30AM-10:30AM | KEYNOTE
New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner
10:30AM-10:45AM | BREAK
10:45AM-12:15PM | PANEL
“Start-Up” Transportation Planning: Entrepreneurial Approaches to Transport Problems
Many planners and software developers have embraced smart phones as a potentially transformative technology to improve urban mobility through better, faster and more accurate information. New York City actively supports developers through annual “Big Apps” contests, and the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) launched a similar project to encourage “start-up” developers to build apps that improve service. This panel discusses recent applications and successful projects where new data has improved transportation and mobility.
Candace Brakewood & Michael Frumin
Doctoral Student in the Engineering Systems Division, MIT
Systems Engineering Manager, MTA Bus Customer Information Systems
VP of Platforms & Partnerships, Waze
Chief Digital Officer, New York City Media
Moderator : Benjamin De La Peña, Rockefeller Foundation
12:15PM-1:15PM | LUNCH
1:15PM-2:45PM | PANEL
Travel Surveys to Crowd Sourcing: Using New Forms of Data in Transportation Planning
Transportation planning has always been reliant on data. Travel surveys, traffic flows and other data have long been used to inform policy and investment. Yet one of the biggest conversations around data in the city are new sources of data (cell phones, GPS tracking systems, sensors), that offer a new way for transport planning. Real-time information, traffic management and on-the-fly routing can lead to efficient use of existing facilities, reduced congestion and lower environmental damage. Transit agencies can use location and user data to increase ridership and lower costs. This panel explores how new and crowd-sources data complements conventional planning and how these data may lead to transformational ways of thinking about transportation problems.
Director, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London
Director, NeXus: Networks, Economics and Urban Systems Research Group, University of Minnesota
Director of the Rudin Center for Transportation, New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Moderator : David King, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation
2:45PM-3PM | BREAK
3PM-4:30PM | PANEL
Private Data, Public Good: Issues of Copyright, Contract and Content
New sources of data and the influx new firms to transport policy and planning present unique legal issues. One of the biggest questions is whether data collected and stored by private companies be used for a public good? Developing software and collecting data for planning purposes in an opportunity to improve public services and transport planning, but these services have new legal precedents and need contracts that reflect that in order to ensure the benefits for the City. This session highlights the legal issues surrounding copyright, contracting and public use of data collected through cell phones, GPS devices and other sensors.
Matthew W. Daus, Esq
University Transportation Research Center
Former Commissioner of the TLC
Postdoctoral Fellow, Transparency Policy Project
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Visiting Assistant Professor, Brooklyn Law School
Moderator : Kenneth Crews, Director, Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University Libraries; Faculty, Columbia Law School and Munich Intellectual Property Law Center
4:30PM-5PM | CONCLUDING REMARKS & FUTURE DIRECTIONS
BitCity will also be series of conferences designed to help unravel issues at the core of how we can use the overwhelming amount of data available to help make better cities. Each conference will explore how data and technology are used in different urban specialty areas (Transportation, Public Health, Criminal Justice, Housing, Environmental Policy) in order to better understand the real world impacts of these technologies.
Dr. Anthony Townsend
Research Director, Institute for the Future
Moderator : Sarah Williams, Co-Director, Spatial Information Design Lab; Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation
5PM – 7PM | RECEPTION