Design Research Group symposium: Machine Learning and place-making 2020

Event details

Date:

9 November 2020

End date:

10 November 2020

Contact:

Silvio Carta
s.carta@herts.ac.uk

Admission:

Free

Venue:

Online (via Microsoft Teams)

Enquire Book now Add to Calendar https://www.herts.ac.uk/about-us/events/2020/design-research-group-symposium-machine-learning-and-place-making-2020 Design Research Group symposium: Machine Learning and place-making 2020 This is an opportunity to hear from academic speakers from across the UK who will provide an update of current research on machine learning techniques applied to the urban context. Specifically, we will discuss the role of software as an increasingly autonomous actor able to learn, improve itself and continuously perfect the relationship Human-machine. Selected papers will be published on a special issue of Space and Culture.Can you contribute? We are looking for high-quality contributions. If this is your area of expertise and you would like to get involved please contact Silvio Carta, s.carta@herts.ac.ukProgramme summaryUrban spaces are now increasingly the result of designers, users and a third new agency which is represented by software (see for example Elmer 1998, Mackenzie 2005, Duarte et al. 2005, Verstraete 2016). Defined as urban assemblage, this notion has been recently elaborated in Kitchin and Lauriault (2014) and Carta (2019a and 2019b) among others, defining the urban environment as the indivisible combination of people (individuals who produce and consume data and information), the built environment (the physical extent of the city and its architecture) and software (the ubiquitous presence of computers).This symposium aims at exploring in particular the last element of this tripartite system: computing intended as a ubiquitous, pervasive and ramified presence in urban life. We are interested in the role of software as an increasingly autonomous actor able to learn, improve itself and continuously perfect the relationship Human-machine.This symposium calls for ground-breaking ideas and provocative thoughts, projects, demos and reflections to explore how software, more specifically ML/AI will change cities and the spaces in which we live in the near future.The symposium is organised in three main sessions: Software that learns (exploring the ways in which computers are able to acquire knowledge), Visible and invisible actors (examining the visible and invisible forces at play in the contemporary city), and Human-machine-city (discussing the complex relationships among computers, people and the built environment)PresentationsWorld-leading researchers and practitioners in the field of urban informatics and computational design will be presenting their views on the subject. These presentations are combined with open contributions. Please, send your paper (up to 2,500 words), indicating the preferred session (Software that learns, Visible and invisible actors, or Human-machine-city), along with a 15-minute PowerPoint presentation to Silvio Carta by the 15 October 2020. Presentations will be combined prior the event to ensure a smooth experience of all attendees.After the symposium, selected presenters will be asked to expand their short paper into the following:survey papers: discussions/comments that offer new interpretations of the theme and that are of wide interest to the Space and Culture community (up to 2,500 words).Case studies: project reports or case studies through which authors may demonstrate possible applications of new technologies and comment on their impact on people and the city (up to 2,500 words).Full papers: rigorous and evidence-based research articles with novel results (up to 6,000 words).Software that learnsEuan MillsAffiliation: VariousFor the last four years Euan has advised governments, planners, architects, and property developers on how to undergo digital transformation. Before this, he spent 16 years working as a planner and urban designer in various public and private sector organisations.Paul Cureton, Paul Coulton and Joe LindleyAffiliation: Lancaster UniversityPaul Cureton is Senior Lecturer in Design at ImaginationLancaster, and member of the Data Science Institute (DSI).Paul Coulton is Professor of Speculative and Game Design.Joe Lindley is Lecturer in Workplace Futures.Roberto BottazziThe Bartlett School of Architecture, Faculty of the Built Environment. UCLProgramme Director MArch Urban Design, Lecturer.Tommaso TurchiAffiliation: Brunel University LondonResearcher and coder. Department of Computer Science, Brunel University LondonVisible and invisible actorsAlida BataAffiliation: Heriot-Watt UniversityAssistant Professor of ArchitectureLuke Loveridge & Sam CollierAffiliation: homelyncLuke Loveridge is Co-Founder and CEO at homelyncSam Collier is a PhD student at the School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol and Research Associate at HomelyncNils Jäger & Efthimis KapsalisAffiliation: University of NottinghamNils Jäger is Assistant Professor in Digital Technology and Architecture, Faculty of Engineering. Mixed Reality LaboratoryEfthimis Kapsalis is a PhD student at University of NottinghamHuman-machine-cityProf Ljubomir JankovicAffiliation: University of HertfordshireProfessor of Advanced Building DesignProf Alessio MaliziaAffiliation: University of HertfordshireProfessor of User Experience DesignDiana AlvarezAffiliation: ETH ZurichResearcher at ETH Zurich. Computer Aided Architectural Design (CAAD) and Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA)PhD sessionsLi Liang - University of HertfordshireRubem Barbosa-Hughes - University of HertfordshirePrakash Kamtam - University of Hertfordshire. Urban Scholar-UN Global Compact CitiesTania Papasotiriou - University of Newcastle NSW - AustraliaTimelineLaunch of the call for contribution: June 2020Deadline for paper submission: 15 October 2020Symposium: 9-10 November 2020Communication of selected papers: December 2020Deadline for updated papers: February 2021Publication of special issue of Space and Culture: June 2021BookingThis symposium will be entirely held online using Microsoft Teams.Please register your place using our online form - and we will send you joining instructions nearer to the event. 2020-11-09 2020-11-10- 36 Online (via Microsoft Teams) Uni of Herts s.carta@herts.ac.uk YYYY MM DD true

The University of Hertfordshire is delighted to host the Machine Learning and Place-making 2020 Symposium.

This is an opportunity to hear from academic speakers from across the UK who will provide an update of current research on machine learning techniques applied to the urban context. Specifically, we will discuss the role of software as an increasingly autonomous actor able to learn, improve itself and continuously perfect the relationship Human-machine. Selected papers will be published on a special issue of Space and Culture.

Can you contribute? 

We are looking for high-quality contributions. If this is your area of expertise and you would like to get involved please contact Silvio Carta, s.carta@herts.ac.uk

Programme summary

Urban spaces are now increasingly the result of designers, users and a third new agency which is represented by software (see for example Elmer 1998, Mackenzie 2005, Duarte et al. 2005, Verstraete 2016). Defined as urban assemblage, this notion has been recently elaborated in Kitchin and Lauriault (2014) and Carta (2019a and 2019b) among others, defining the urban environment as the indivisible combination of people (individuals who produce and consume data and information), the built environment (the physical extent of the city and its architecture) and software (the ubiquitous presence of computers).

This symposium aims at exploring in particular the last element of this tripartite system: computing intended as a ubiquitous, pervasive and ramified presence in urban life. We are interested in the role of software as an increasingly autonomous actor able to learn, improve itself and continuously perfect the relationship Human-machine.

This symposium calls for ground-breaking ideas and provocative thoughts, projects, demos and reflections to explore how software, more specifically ML/AI will change cities and the spaces in which we live in the near future.

The symposium is organised in three main sessions: Software that learns (exploring the ways in which computers are able to acquire knowledge), Visible and invisible actors (examining the visible and invisible forces at play in the contemporary city), and Human-machine-city (discussing the complex relationships among computers, people and the built environment)

Presentations

World-leading researchers and practitioners in the field of urban informatics and computational design will be presenting their views on the subject. These presentations are combined with open contributions. Please, send your paper (up to 2,500 words), indicating the preferred session (Software that learns, Visible and invisible actors, or Human-machine-city), along with a 15-minute PowerPoint presentation to Silvio Carta by the 15 October 2020. Presentations will be combined prior the event to ensure a smooth experience of all attendees.

After the symposium, selected presenters will be asked to expand their short paper into the following:

  • survey papers: discussions/comments that offer new interpretations of the theme and that are of wide interest to the Space and Culture community (up to 2,500 words).
  • Case studies: project reports or case studies through which authors may demonstrate possible applications of new technologies and comment on their impact on people and the city (up to 2,500 words).
  • Full papers: rigorous and evidence-based research articles with novel results (up to 6,000 words).

Software that learns

Euan Mills
Affiliation: Various

For the last four years Euan has advised governments, planners, architects, and property developers on how to undergo digital transformation. Before this, he spent 16 years working as a planner and urban designer in various public and private sector organisations.

Paul Cureton, Paul Coulton and Joe Lindley
Affiliation: Lancaster University

Paul Cureton is Senior Lecturer in Design at ImaginationLancaster, and member of the Data Science Institute (DSI).

Paul Coulton is Professor of Speculative and Game Design.

Joe Lindley is Lecturer in Workplace Futures.

Roberto Bottazzi

The Bartlett School of Architecture, Faculty of the Built Environment. UCL

Programme Director MArch Urban Design, Lecturer.

Tommaso Turchi
Affiliation: Brunel University London

Researcher and coder. Department of Computer Science, Brunel University London

Visible and invisible actors

Alida Bata
Affiliation: Heriot-Watt University

Assistant Professor of Architecture

Luke Loveridge & Sam Collier
Affiliation: homelync

Luke Loveridge is Co-Founder and CEO at homelync

Sam Collier is a PhD student at the School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol and Research Associate at Homelync

Nils Jäger & Efthimis Kapsalis
Affiliation: University of Nottingham

Nils Jäger is Assistant Professor in Digital Technology and Architecture, Faculty of Engineering. Mixed Reality Laboratory

Efthimis Kapsalis is a PhD student at University of Nottingham

Human-machine-city

Prof Ljubomir Jankovic
Affiliation: University of Hertfordshire

Professor of Advanced Building Design

Prof Alessio Malizia
Affiliation: University of Hertfordshire

Professor of User Experience Design

Diana Alvarez
Affiliation: ETH Zurich

Researcher at ETH Zurich. Computer Aided Architectural Design (CAAD) and Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA)

PhD sessions

  • Li Liang - University of Hertfordshire
  • Rubem Barbosa-Hughes - University of Hertfordshire
  • Prakash Kamtam - University of Hertfordshire. Urban Scholar-UN Global Compact Cities
  • Tania Papasotiriou - University of Newcastle NSW - Australia

Timeline

  • Launch of the call for contribution: June 2020
  • Deadline for paper submission: 15 October 2020
  • Symposium: 9-10 November 2020
  • Communication of selected papers: December 2020
  • Deadline for updated papers: February 2021
  • Publication of special issue of Space and Culture: June 2021

Booking

This symposium will be entirely held online using Microsoft Teams.

Please register your place using our online form - and we will send you joining instructions nearer to the event.