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The Role of Artificial Intelligence for Building Smarter and Risk Aversive Cities

10 May 2017

Open Talk:

“The forthcoming: Artificial intelligence

(Al) revolution: its impact on society and organisation”

By Professor Spyros Makridakis

“The role of Internet of Things (IoT) into the smart cities”

By Dr. Ioannis Karamitsos

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 from 6pm – 8 pm @ BUiD

Open Lecture

The impact of the industrial and digital (information) revolutions has, undoubtedly, been substantial on practically all aspects of our society, life, firms and employment. Will the forthcoming AI revolution produce similar, far-reaching effects? The greatest challenge facing societies and firms would be utilising the benefits of availing AI technologies, providing vast opportunities for both new products/services and immense productivity improvements while avoiding the dangers and disadvantages in terms of increased unemployment and greater wealth inequalities.

About The Speakers

Professor Spyros Makridakis

Prof. Makridakis was part of the Greek Sailing Team in the 1960 Olympic Games. After that, he joined New York University where he obtained a PhD in 1969. He has held a number of teaching and research positions including positions as research fellow at IIM Berlin and Stanford University and a visiting scholar at Harvard and MIT. He joined INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France) in 1970 and is currently the Rector of the Neapolis University of Pafos NUP in Cyprus and an Emeritus Professor at INSEAD that he joined in 1970. In addition to teaching and consulting expertise, he has also authored, or co-authored, 24 books translated in twelve languages and sold more than 120,000 copies. He has also published more than 120 articles and book chapters. He was the founding chief editor of the Journal of Forecasting and the International Journal of Forecasting. Spyros’ current interest based on the uses and limitations of forecasting and what we can do with the resulting uncertainty and risk given our inability to accurately predict a wide range of future events

Dr. Ioannis Karamitsos

Dr. Ioannis received his PhD in Computer Science (Optical Burst Switched Networks) from University of Sunderland, UK, a Master Degree in Telematics Management from University of Danube Krems, Austria, and Bachelor Degree (Laurea) in Electronic Engineering from University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy. Dr. Ioannis has vast industry and research experience over 25 years as an executive manager who worked within the private and public sectors and experienced within European, Middle East and Chinese companies. His industry expertise includes understanding smart cities and urban transformation, understanding urban economies and environments, and policy aspects of Smart Cities. He was strategist advisor for the development of the two smart cities in KSA, the Information Technology Complex (ITCC) and King Abdullaziz Financial Center (KAFD) and supported the strategy for developing a suite of smart city services. In 2016, he had joined the Department of Electrical Engineering as an adjunct professor at Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai. Dr. Ioannis is member of DSOA Innovation Advisory Board. He also has several years’ experience as researcher working in large number of European projects (FP6 and FP7) projects in the field of optical and network engineering.


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