Georgia Tech Hosts Annual MetroLab Network Summit

Bringing Data, Analytics, and Innovation to City Government

By pinalice | December 19, 2017, 12:12pm EDT

Last week Georgia Tech and the City of Atlanta co-hosted the Annual MetroLab Network Summit, which brought together more than 150 leading representatives from local government, major research universities and relevant industry and nonprofit professionals for a two-and-a-half-day summit.

MetroLab Network is a group of more than 35 city-university partnerships focused on bringing data, analytics and innovation to city government. The Network’s mission is to pair university researchers with city policymakers to undertake research, development and deployment projects that improve our infrastructure, public services and environmental sustainability.

The 2017 Summit was an opportunity for attendees to share, discuss, collaborate and present their ideas and innovations in urban technology. Georgia Tech’s Executive Vice President of Research, Steve Cross and President G.P. “Bud” Peterson kicked off the Summit on Wednesday morning by welcoming the participants to Atlanta.

Left to right: Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson, South Bend, IN Mayor, Pete Buttigieg, former Governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley, and former Mayor of Indianapolis, Stephen Goldsmith.

Following the morning keynotes, SCII Managing Director, Debra Lam, moderated a panel on creating a culture of innovation with South Bend, Ind. Mayor, Pete Buttigieg, former Governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley and former Mayor of Indianapolis, Stephen Goldsmith. The panel highlighted the importance of cities leveraging the resources that universities and colleges provide when it comes to urban innovation and smart city growth.

Left to right: SCII Managing Director, Debra Lam, South Bend, IN Mayor, Pete Buttigieg, former Governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley, and former Mayor of Indianapolis, Stephen Goldsmith

Throughout the next day and a half, Georgia Tech faculty and researchers from various departments sat on panels, led breakout sessions and presented their work to improve the way cities operate and are experienced.

Dr. Amanda Meng spoke about her work with Westside communities to build a local environmental data repository. Professor Chris Le Dantec participated in a breakout discussion about meaningful citizen engagement in data and R&D projects. Professor Ellen Zegura provided insights into effective student participation in applied research. Professor and lawyer Peter Swire presented his work on privacy and smart city technologies. Lawyer Jesse Woo discussed the future of privacy and open data.

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