Research Director at Waag Society
Talk: Smart Cities, Smart Citizens and the case for the CitySDK.
Bio: Frank Kresin is Research Director at Waag Society, institute for Arts, Science and Technology, based in Amsterdam. Waag Society develops and researches creative technology for social innovation, putting people and their needs at the center. It involves artists, scientists and entrepreneurs in early stages to come up with truly useable systems and services. Frank’s background is in Artificial Intelligence and film making, and his interest is in developing technology for societal goals. He was involved at the start of many international innovation programmes, amongst them Apps for Europe, City SDK, CineGrid Amsterdam and Code 4 Europe. Frank has spoken, written and lectured on Smart Citizens, Open Innovation, Open Data & Open Design, Users-as-Designers, Living Labs and Fablabs. He is a regular moderator at the PICNIC Festival, as well as at design and innovation workshops in the Netherlands and abroad.
Dr. Pól Mac Aonghusa
Senior Research Manager at Smarter Cities Technology Centre, IBM Dublin Research Laboratory
Talk: Content, Connection and Context: From Data to Insight in Smarter Cities
Pól is a Senior Manager at the IBM Ireland Research Laboratory located in Dublin, Ireland. The Ireland Lab is one of twelve IBM Research Labs and is charged with spearheading IBM Research activities in Smarter Urban Systems, High Performance Computing and Risk Analytics.
Pól leads research teams focused on next generation High Performance Supercomputing (Exascale) and Big Data & Open Data for Urban Systems (City Fabric). Much of the research activity in the Big & Open Urban Data research program is being actively used with the Dublin Region to create their Open Data Portal (www.dublinked.ie). Pól has led several emerging technology projects exploiting Big and Open Data, as a member of the Emerging Technology Centre prior to joining the IBM Research Lab in Dublin.
The Emerging Technology Centre incubated several innovative projects including Smartbay (www.smartbay.ie) an environmental sensing research program, collecting live sensor data from the Atlantic Coast of Ireland for research purposes. Smartbay was named as one of the 100 Icons of Progress in 2011 (www.ibm.com/ibm100/us/en/icons/smarterwater/).
Pól joined IBM 25 years ago, at the IBM Software Development Laboratory, Dublin. During his IBM career Pól has held key Management, Technical & Consultant positions in IBM's Software, Services and Industry & Research Divisions.