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2015/10/12
Information technology (IT) has experienced unprecedented growth and developments in recent years. As a result, continuous improvements in cloud computing, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT), all technologies associated with smart cities, have also advanced. In order to help the Taiwanese government promote national-level programs for intelligent electronics and smart cities, Taiwan’s National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs) and the US’s Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) co-hosted the Smart Cities and Urban Analytics Workshop, using the Chicago smart city establishment case study as an example, to gather knowledge and help them learn how to build better smart cities.  ■ Group photo of VIPs, from left to right, the NCHC’s Division Manager Dr. Fang-Pang Lin, Deputy Director General Li-Der Chou, University of Chicago’s Senior Fellow in Urban Science, Brett Goldstein, ANL’s Director of Urban Center for Computation and Data, Charlie Catlett, ANL’s  Director of Government Relations, Norman D. Peterson, NARLabs’ President Ching-Hua Lo, the NCHC’s General Director Ce-Kuen Shieh, Deputy Director General Jyun-Hwei Tsai, and NARLabs’ Director General of Business Development Office, Ching-Yin Wang. Invited guests to the workshop included ANL’s Director of Government Relations, Norman D. Peterson, ANL’s Director of Urban Center for Computation and Data, Charlie Catlett, and the University of Chicago’s Senior Fellow in Urban Science, Brett Goldstein. The conference began with welcome speeches from President Ching-Hua Lo and Director Norman Peterson. In his speech, President Lo stated that smart cities emphasize the use of technologies such as IoT, cloud computing, and big data technologies, to improve quality of life and help protect the environment. He went on to say that information and communication technologies play a key role in smart cities, and that the NARLabs and ANL co-organized this conference to share the experience in establishing smart cities. Director Peterson stated that the ANL is very pleased to share its experiences in building smart cities for the government of Chicago. He also stated that more collaborations and exchanges will be forthcoming. ■  The ANL’s Director of Urban Center for Computation and Data, Charlie Catlett,delivers a speech entitled “Understanding and Improving Cities using Data and Computation.” The first session of the conference kicked off with Director Charlie Catlett’s talk, “Understanding and Improving Cities using Data and Computation.” Director Catlett stated that Chicago is one of the most famous smart city cases in the world. The project, began in 2014, was carried out by Chicago University and ANL’s Urban Center for Computation and Data. As part of this project, street lamps were loaded with various sensors to collect data, such as temperature, wind speed, rainfall, air quality, illumination, and noise volume. Also, by loading people’s mobile phones with sensors and software, additional data could be processed and statistics inferred.  During his talk, Director Catlett stated that he firmly believes that the success of such a project depends upon cooperation between government, academia, and industry. He went on to say that in addition to establishing a technical infrastructure, using data and calculations to understand and improve cities is also very important. Through analyzing a city’s big data, Chicago was made a safer, cleaner, and higher quality of life city. The success of this project also encouraged many other US cities to follow suit.  ■ University of Chicago’s Senior Fellow in Urban Science, Brett Goldstein, delivers a speech entitled “Smart City: Experiences from Chicago City.” After Director Catlett’s speech, University of Chicago’s Senior Fellow in Urban Science, Brett Goldstein, Commissioner Wei-Bin Lee, Department of Information Technology, Taipei City Government, and Director General Chung-Chi Chang, Department of Information Service, Ministry of Science and Technology, discussed their practical experiences on smart city establishment in Chicago, Taipei, and Taichung cities respectively.  It is also worth mentioning that part of Chicago’s smart city program, called the Plenario project, analyzed the relationship between criminal behavior and various other collected data such as climate, traffic, and 911 emergency call records. This project helped to establish a fast decision-making system that included smart learning functions. It also included an APP programming platform that allows the public to create additional applications.  In the afternoon session, Manager Cynthia Chyn, Government and Regulatory Affairs, IBM Taiwan, Professor Chih-Hong Sun, Department of Computer Science Institute of Geography and Environmental Resources, National Taiwan University, and Vice President and Director General Ming-Whei Feng, Smart Network System Institute of Institute for Information Industry, represented industry, academia, and research respectively, to present the technical architecture and solutions of and for smart cities. The final session of the conference included a panel discussion of representatives from industry, government, academia, and research institutes, in which ideas were exchanged and thoughts were gathered in order to establish a smarter and better future Taiwan.   
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