Experts to develop modules focused on smart cities

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Friday, 12 July 2019

Dr Raghunath Mashelkar, who is former director general of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Chief Guest of the event said, “Talent, technology and tolerance are the three elements that distinguish Pune from other cities thus making it a favourable destination for global organisations to come and work.”

PUNE: In a recent workshop on planning smart, healthy and accessible cities titled ‘Exploring Pune as Living Lab-Digital City’, organised by Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL), experts decided to develop localised educational material and training modules focused on smart cities.

Padma Vibhushan Dr Raghunath Mashelkar, who is former director general of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Chief Guest of the event said, “Talent, technology and tolerance are the three elements that distinguish Pune from other cities thus making it a favourable destination for global organisations to come and work.”

The workshop showcased the next generation of data-driven methods and decision-support systems focused on transport and accessibility, and urban environment addressing local and global challenges around sustainability technology and resilience. 

This was organised by PSCDCL, along with its subsidiary Pune IdeaFactory Foundation co-partnered by City Futures, University of New South Wales, Sydney and PlusAlliance with the support of L&T Construction, NASSCOM, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), NITI Aayog and the Smart Cities Mission of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

Around 200 experts took part in the workshop. The panellists spoke on various topics which included Smart City and Living Lab Nexus, Environment and Livability in a Smart City, Living Lab in Pune, Addressing Transport and Mobility Challenges with Big Data and Smart Cities- A use case perspective.

Prof Chris Pettit of UNSW Australia, Prof Frank Kelly of King’s College London, UK, Dr David King of Arizona State University, USA, Dr Rajendra Jagtap, CEO of PSCDCL, Manojit Bose CKO, PSCDCL and other delegates from the public and private sectors.

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