On September 27-28 the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration, a collaborative partner of CDMPS, successfully hosted the International Symposium on Smart Future Cities with a focus on The Role of Spatial Data and Urban Analytics, at the University of Melbourne. The event aimed to present and discuss the latest innovations, research and practice related to smart future cities, and attracted delegates internationally from over 10 countries, and nationally from a range of sectors across Australia.
As a sponsor of the event, CDMPS members were given the opportunity to deliver presentations as part of the session program and to also showcase their work within the exhibition.
Overall, more than 150 people attended the event and there were over 50 presentations on 8 key themes. The event began with a keynote session focusing on international and national smart city trends and issues, and followed with a number of parallel sessions focused on dedicated themes. In addition to the presentations, several sectors from academia, industry and government exhibited their recent smart initiatives to the audience. At the conclusion of the first day refreshments were served to encourage networking and collaboration opportunities and the opportunity to meet with PSMA Australia discussing in detail the G-NAF and GeoSpace initiatives, was offered in addition to tours of the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety, or a tour of the University of Melbourne.
The event continued on Wednesday with a second keynote session and a final parallel session. To conclude the event a formal lunch was held to celebrate the 15 year anniversary of the Centre for SDIs and Land Administration which included awards and reflections on the work of the Centre over the past 15 years.
Overall, the symposium was very successful and fulfilled the objectives of the event which were to: present the latest innovation, research and practice; exchange ideas; establish and extend partnerships; develop a future research agenda; and contribute to knowledge.