May 6, 2019, 8:00 am5:00 pm
Princeton University
Event Description

A Research Engagement Day


July 2019 UPDATE: Working Group formed to continue discussion launched at May 2019 Smart Cities conference.

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Hashtag: #NJSmartCities

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This event is at capacity. Registration is now CLOSED, except for previously-invited participants.

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:

Princeton University 2019 Smart Cities Symposium Featured 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. 

Keynote Speakers

Faculty Ribbon

(L-R) Emily Carter, Princeton University, Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Elie Bou-Zeid, Princeton University, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Guy Nordenson, Princeton University, Professor, Structural Engineering and Architecture
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
Anu Ramaswami, University of Minnesota, Chair of Science, Technology, and Public Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Professor, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
Cameron Carr,Microsoft, Director of IoT Strategy and Scale


Many thanks to Lyft for their sponsorship of this conference.


Logistics for the Day

Conference Location

Friend Center 
Princeton University
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540

Princeton University Friend Center


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.

It is a 10-minute walk to the conference at the Friend Center; walking navigation by smartphone is recommended (Friend Center, Princeton University) or consult the interactive campus map.



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


Special Accommodations

If you are in need of any special accommodations for accessibility, please contact Spencer Reynolds at spencerr at


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 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)

2:30 Break

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)

6:00 End

Featured Faculty

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



  • Princeton University School of Engineering & Applied Science
  • Princeton University Office of Corporate Engagement & Foundation Relations
  • Lyft