A Research Engagement Day
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Please contact Spencer Reynolds with questions. Also, if you have previously registered and now cannot attend, please let Spencer know so we may make your seat available for another guest. Thank you!
Join us as we convene select Smart Cities leaders to explore cutting edge research and to stimulate new collaborative relationships across the private and public sectors in the New Jersey region.
The world's metropolitan regions house over 50 percent of the world population, consume about 75 percent of worldwide energy, and emit about 80 percent of greenhouse gasses. By 2050, they will house about 70 percent of all people.
This is a showcase of New Jersey university research for integrating urban infrastructure with networked sensors, data analytics, and other novel technologies to improve quality of life, resiliency and sustainability in urban environments. A key objective of the day is identifying new opportunities for collaboration between universities, industry, foundations, and government in this important field.
Research will be presented by faculty from the following New Jersey institutions:
By invitation only: Eventbrite registration is required.
New Jersey municipal and regional leaders are invited and encouraged to attend and join their colleagues from Trenton, Camden, Newark, Hoboken, New Brunswick, Westfield, West Windsor, Princeton and Plainsboro. Please email Spencer Reynolds for more information and your invitation to register.
Many thanks to Lyft for their sponsorship of this conference.
Logistics for the Day
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
The Friend Center is located at the intersection of Olden St. and William St. Metered street parking (credit card enabled) is available until about 8:30 am, when it will fill up.
If on-street parking is unavailable or you would prefer a free option, please park in University Lot 21, at the intersection of Faculty Rd and Fitzrandolph Rd in Princeton.
- Lot 21 (GPS: “Princeton University Lot 21” or lat./long. “40.345016,-74.645716”)
No special room blocks or rates are available for this conference.The closest Princeton hotels are as follows:
Nassau Inn – 0.75 miles
Hyatt Regency Princeton – 3 miles
Courtyard by Marriott Princeton – 3 miles
Westin Forrestal Village – 4 miles
Marriott College Road East – 4 miles
Breakfast, Lunch and Cocktail Reception
A continental breakfast and full lunch will be provided. If you have any special dietary needs, please reach out to Vineeta Bhardwaj at vineetab at princeton.edu
If you are in need of any special accommodations for accessibility, please contact Spencer Reynolds at spencerr at princeton.edu.
Media and Social Media
This event will be photographed and video recorded.
If you are so inclined, please feel free to share this event on social media during and after the event. The event hashtag is: #NJSmartCities
This event is open to media. If you are press and would like to attend, please contact Tracy Meyer at twmeyer at princeton.edu for assistance.
Let us know if you have any questions. We're looking forward to seeing everyone!
Day at a Glance
8:00 Registration and breakfast (Friend Center Atrium)
8:30 Perspectives (Friend 101)
Welcome & Today’s Agenda: Emily Carter, Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science; Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University
Thoughts on the Future of Metropolises: Elie Bou-Zeid, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University; Guy Nordenson, Professor of Architecture, Princeton University
9:10 Keynote Talks (Friend 101)
"Integrated Urban Infrastructure Systems": Anu Ramaswami, Chair, Science, Technology, and Public Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Professor, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, University of Minnesota
"IoT and Smart Cities: Redefining Technology's Power to Unify Humanity": Cameron Carr, '03, Director of IoT Strategy and Scale, Microsoft
9:50 Situation Briefings by Cities and Governments (Friend 101)
Camden, Hoboken, New Brunswick, Newark, Passaic County, Paterson, Plainsboro, Princeton, Greater Trenton, Westfield, West Windsor, Casey (Australia!), Regional Plan Association, NJEDA
10:10 Services Briefings by Companies (Friend 101)
American Tower, Anixter, Arastu Systems, Atos, AT&T, Bigbelly, Cisco, Cloud-Age IT, Copa-Data, Dell, Igolgi, Intel, Lyft, PSE&G, Ricoh, Siemens, Signify, Solyd, Stantec, Ubicquia, V-comm, Verizon, T-Mobile
10:45 Break, move to breakout rooms
11:00 Faculty Research Lightning Talks, by Track (concurrent)
Track 1: Sensing and Networks (Friend 101)
Track 2: Policies and Stressors (Comp Sci 104)
12:30 Lunch (provided) and networking (Carl Fields Center)
1:30 Faculty Research Talks Resume, by Track (concurrent)
Track 1: Analyzing (Friend 101)
Track 2: Solutions (Comp Sci 104)
2:45 Faculty Research Talks Resume, by Track (concurrent)
Track 1: Inventing (Friend 101)
Track 2: Solutions (Comp Sci 104)
3:45 Panel: Discussion with City Leaders (Friend 101)
Moderator: Beth Simone Noveck, Chief Innovation Officer, The State of New Jersey. Professor and Director, The Governance Lab, the New York University Tandon School of Engineering.
4:30 Closing Remarks: Elie Bou Zeid (Friend 101)
4:35 Refreshments and Networking (Friend Center Atrium)
Track 1: Sensing, networks, and technologies
A. 11:00 - Sensing
Claire Gmachl, Princeton - Air Quality Sensing
Lynn Loo, Princeton - Self-Powered Smart Windows
Athina Petropulu, Rutgers - Novel Sensing Platforms for Autonomous Vehicles
Naveen Verma, Princeton – City-Scale Autonomic Sensing and Actuation
Vivek Singh, Rutgers - Sensing and Shaping Human Behavior
Forrest Meggers, Princeton – Thermodynamics of Built Environment
B. 11:30 - Networking
Mike Freedman, Princeton – A Time-Series Database for Smart Infrastructure
Olga Russakovsky, Princeton– AI and Machine Learning Opportunities in Cities
Thu Nguyen, Rutgers - Edge Computing in Smart Infrastructures
Jorge Ortiz, Rutgers - Adaptivity in the Software-Defined Built Environment
Dipankar Raychaudhuri, Rutgers - The COSMOS Advanced Wireless Testbed
Jay Dominick, Princeton - Campus as a Lab and Cybersecurity
Wade Trappe, Rutgers - Ensuring Smart Cities are Healthy Cities
Davide Schaumann, Rutgers - Simulating Space-People Interactions
C. 1:30 - Analyzing
Elie Bou-Zeid, Princeton – Collecting and Visualizing Data from Mobile Sensors
Cristina Comaniciu, Stevens - Game Theoretic Models for Smart Grids Sustainability
Branko Glisic, Princeton – From Data to Decisions in Structural Health Monitoring
Mohsen Jafari, Rutgers - Analytics for the Energy-Mobility Nexus
Jose Ramirez-Marquez, Stevens - Urban Informatics Enhancing Community Resilience
D. 2:15 - Inventing
Muhammad Hajj, Stevens - Energy Harvesting for Wireless Sensing and Communications
John Higgins, Princeton – Water Quality
Niraj Jha, Princeton - Smart Clinics and Hospitals
Franklin Moon, Rutgers - Beyond Sensing: Moving from Finding to Fixing
Jason Ren, Princeton – Urban Water Systems
Claire White, Princeton – Sustainable Cement
Track 2: Policies, stressors, and solutions
A. 11:00 - Policies
Eric Plummer, Lyft
Clinton Andrews, Rutgers - Incrementalism and the Energy Transition
Alison Isenberg, Princeton - Humanities as a Force for Change
Robert Noland, Rutgers - The Future of Transportation
Vincent Oria, NJIT – Sensor Data for City Recommendations
Warren Powell, Princeton – Decision Systems for Infrastructure
Stephen Redding, Princeton – Economics of Density
Aaron Shkuda, Princeton – Gentrification
B. 12:00 - Stressors
Luc Deike, Princeton – Extreme Waves
Maria Garlock, Princeton – Kinetic Umbrellas for Coastal Defense
Elizabeth Fassman-Beck, Stevens - Stormwater Green Infrastructure Performance Monitoring
Robert Kopp, Rutgers - Flexible Transition Pathways for Sea-Level Resilience
Ning Lin, Princeton - Hurricane Risk Mitigation
C. 1:30 - Solutions
Jim Smith, Princeton - Flooding; Atmospheric and Land Surface Water Cycle
Ruo - Qian (Roger) Wang, Rutgers - Big Data Urban Flooding
Dibyendu Sarkar, Stevens - Green Technology to Combat Urban Pollution
Guy Nordenson, Princeton – Coastal Resilience, Urban Planning
Branislav Dimitrijevic, NJIT – Technology Driven Shared Mobility
Gregg Vesonder, Stevens - Smart Cities: A Citizen Science Perspective
Nicole Fahrenfeld, Rutgers - Sewers: Reservoirs and Resource
Jie Gong, Rutgers - Building Digital Twins for Future Communities
Quizhong (George) Guo, Rutgers - Urban Storm Drainage Re-Engineering
Jing (Peter) Jin, Rutgers - Planning for the New Brunswick Innovation Hub
Alain Kornhauser, Princeton - Ride Sharing Infrastructure
Xiang Liu, Rutgers - Mechanism Design for Smart Ridesharing
Thomas Motyka, NJIT - Trialing Solutions in a Prototypical Urban Environment
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