Cities are quickly being transformed by smart technologies, yet despite the abundance of technological solutions that are available to build smart urban centres, researchers are realizing few cities actually have the infrastructure, financial support and expertise to effectively integrate and manage the many separate and often incomplete data sets from these technologies to create sustainable citizen friendly spaces and improve city services.
One of the many challenges introduced with the growth of our cities and the increase use of smart technology is the challenge for citizens to move safely and efficiently in an ever-changing and visually complex urban environment. In an effort to brainstorm solutions in using intelligent systems for positive social impact and sustainable urban design, Autodesk Toronto convened with potential partners from the public and private sectors, including Esri Canada and York University for a workshop to share ideas and identify challenges in researching and developing new technologies for sensing, analyzing, simulating and visualizing diverse forms of traffic within the urban environment to inform planning and management.
The goal of the workshop was to share amongst the different researchers a technical update on progress and plans relevant to the 3D cityscape modelling objective brought forth by York University-based research group ISSUM (Intelligent Systems for Sustainable Urban Mobility). Tying into ISSUM's interest in Autodesk's data visualization tools, research scientists from Autodesk Research's Complex Systems Research shared Autodesk's vision for Generative Design and introduced to the workshop participants Dasher360, a data visualization tool for monitoring real-time complex building information.
The key researchers from ISSUM who participated in this workshop include computer science experts and engineers who contributed valuable insight on subjects ranging from computer vision through geomatics, 3D computer graphics and modelling, transportation engineering and urban planning.
The workshop attendees included:
The workshop was hosted by Matthew Spremulli, Innovation Project Manager at Autodesk Research. Please contact Matthew if you have any questions regarding this workshop.