Connecting public data sources for smarter urban living

The idea of Smart Cities concept aims to improve many aspects of modern cities and urban living. Optimizing the management of public infrastructures, better usage resources – natural, social, and intellectual, are examples of this concept. Data is the enabling raw materials for that. Connecting data from different sources is the basis for innovative applications opening new possibilities for smarter management and living in cities. In many cases the public sector is the main source of data. In the past years a significant amount of work has been done to open public sector data, but it is just a tip of the iceberg. Tight collaboration of public administrations with local communities, developers, industry and research is required to support innovation. This presentation will present several ICT research efforts and success stories for data driven innovation from different domains including public transport and engagement of citizens.

Manfred Hauswirth

Manfred Hauswirt

Manfred Hauswirth is the managing director of Fraunhofer FOKUS and a full professor for Open Distributed Systems at the Technical University of Berlin. Prior to that he was the Vice-Director of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), Galway, Ireland and a professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) for 8 years and a stream leader in INSIGHT, the national Irish data analytics centre. He is an internationally renowned expert in Internet-of-Things, smart data and analytics, linked data streams, semantic sensor networks, and distributed information systems and has a long track record of working with industry specifically in the IoT, business process, telecoms, networking and data integration domains. He is a member of IEEE and ACM and is on the board of the German node of EIT Digital.