Power to the People
Three-part OU/BBC series airs on BBC FOUR TV starting at 9pm on 17th November 2015.
The series looks at SSE, one of the Big Six UK electricity companies as the sector faces challenges and changes.
Time: 12:30pm (Lunch available from 12pm) Venue: Meeting Room 1, Ground Floor, JLB (Please note change of
Venue for the seminar) Speaker:Prof Gerd Kortuem – Computing
& Communications Title: MK:Smart: A Journey in Sub(Urban) Computing
Milton Keynes was founded with a utopian vision and has always
exhibited a future-oriented spirit. In recent years Milton Keynes
Council has been at the forefront in the struggle to reduce carbon
emissions through a combination of technology innovation, community
engagement and business collaboration. In the future Milton Keynes’
population is expected to expand from 252,400 in 2012 to over 300,000
in 2026. This growth will put stress on MK’s energy, water and
transport infrastructure and might exacerbate social tensions.
MK:Smart is a new
collaborative research and development project that aims to develop and
deploy urban computing technologies in Milton Keynes. The project
covers a wide range of research, development and education activities,
and explores the role of digital technologies in future “smart” cities:
Urban Analytics: how can data-driven analyses of resource
consumption, human behavior, mobility patterns, economic activity, and
urban perception inform the city design process?
Citizen Innovation: how can social collaboration tools help local
communities to identify social problems and develop solutions in areas
such as crime, transportation, health, education, food, energy, water,
and environmental protection?
Mobility Networks: how can digital technologies and real-time
data, in combination with innovative urban transportation system
(including electric vehicles, on-demand bus systems and ride-sharing
solutions), alleviate traffic problems, reduce carbon emissions and
provide affordable mobility for all?
Water and Energy Networks: how can new technologies for smart
grids and intelligent metering enable urban water and energy networks
that dynamically respond to human mobility and behavior patterns and
integrate renewable energy sources?
Business Innovation: what are the businesses opportunities in
future smart-city ecosystems and how can we support technology
start-ups to exploit these opportunities?
This talk will provide an overview of the MK:Smart project. It will
describe select initiatives in energy, citizen innovation and
education, and discuss the role of the Computing and
Communications department in delivering this project.
November 19th 2013
OU Energy launched with an evening reception in the OU Berrill theatre.
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Energy Research Community of Interest kick-off meeting took place in