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Speaker Series – Smart Cities

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May 16, 2019
12:00 pm - 3:15 pm
$20 – $30


Institute for Advanced Learning & Research
150 Slayton Avenue
Danville, VA 24540 United States

Speaker Series - Smart Cities

May 16 | 12:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Cities and communities are deploying innovative new technologies and urban planning models that rely on sensors, AI, IoT, and beyond to improve transportation, public safety, energy infrastructure, and environmental management.

How do we move our communities forward?

12:00pm Keynote and Lunch
Dave Ihrie, Center for Innovative Technology
Dave is leading the Virginia Smart Communities Initiative. He will share what is a Smart City, why it is important to all in a community, what are the benefits, and how we move our communities forward with examples from across the State.

1:00pm Emerging Technologies and Their Effect on the Urban Experience
Dr. Celen Pasalar, North Carolina State University
Dr. Pasalar will discuss creating human-centered Smart Cities with emerging technologies and their effect on user experience. Dr. Pasalar’s expertise involves organizing and promoting numerous design and planning projects for the benefit of communities primarily throughout North Carolina. Pasalar’s research interest involves architectural design, urban design, the relationships between human behavior and the built environment, such as urban streets; public spaces; and educational settings.

1:20pm Smart Cities Initiatives – Sensors & Technologies
Jim Haskins, CISCO
Jim Haskins leads Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities Business Development for the Eastern U.S. Jim works with leaders in State and Local Government, as well as Education to develop strategies and solutions to improve transportation, safety, resilience and drive economic, social and environmental sustainability. Prior to his role in US Public Sector, Jim lead Sales and Marketing for a Cisco Partner serving large retail and financial services customers.

1:40pm Smart Cities Initiatives – Sensors & Technologies
Chris Andruszkiewicz, AT&T
Chris leads an emerging business unit inside AT&T’s Internet of Things (IoT) Division. The business unit is responsible for AT&T’s Smart Cities solutions designed for local and state government, higher education campuses, and metro regions to drive sustainability, improve public safety, engage citizens, and promote innovation and economic development.

2:15pm Panel: Local Smart City Initiatives Currently in Place
Attendees will hear from a panel of local experts from the City of Danville and Franklin County discussing Smart City initiatives that are already in place and how citizens can engage with these technologies. Audience members will also have a chance to provide input on current and future technologies. Rachael Meleney, RIoT Program Director, will moderate this panel and share insights RIoT has experienced. RIoT is an IoT industry connector and represents a network of technologists, engineers, business leaders, academics, policy makers, and entrepreneurs, all of whom have a stake in the Internet of Things industry.

Panelists: Inez Rodenburg Hasson, City of Danville, John Harrison, Franklin County, and Jason Grey, City of Danville