A Tale of Smart Cities -- the best and worst of times?
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 10:00am

Discover what smart cities might look like from a panel of experts, including three from Portland State University, at a free event “A Tale of Smart Cities – the best and worst of times?” Tuesday, March 19 at the Hilton Portland Downtown.

The event is part of the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting. The smart cities portion will run 10 to 11:50 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:20 p.m. in the West Pavilion Ballroom, 921 SW 6th Ave.

Jonathan Fink, Director, Digital City Testbed CenterJon Fink (pictured left), director of PSU’s Digital City Testbed Center (DCTC), will talk in the afternoon about balancing the promise of new technologies against concerns about security, equity and ethics. The center is establishing a network of campuses in the Pacific Northwest where smart-city innovation can be tested before being deployed.

DCTC faculty Kristin Tufte, a research professor and transportation data management expert at PSU, will moderate the afternoon panel and Antonie Jetter, a professor of engineering and technology management at PSU, will speak in the morning along with experts from around the world.

Additional speakers include Mara Balestrini , Human-Computer Interaction expert and technology strategist at Ideas for Change; Dawn Nafus, senior research scientist at Intel; Charles Redman, founding director of the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. 

The three speakers will be joined in the afternoon by Fink and Hector Dominguez Aguirre, open data coordinator at the City of Portland.