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Responsible Sensing Lab

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The City of Amsterdam has many smart technologies in place: from smart devices that measure things (i.e. sensors) to smart devices that steer processes in the city (i.e. actuators) such as traffic lights, charging stations, adaptable street lights, barriers that go up and down, and adaptive digital signs.

To illustrate, throughout the city there are over 200 cameras, about 230 air quality sensors and almost 500 beacons in place. The latter being devices in physical spaces that emit a signal that can be picked up by mobile devices with a specific app.

Smart technologies like these help the municipality to efficiently measure, analyse and steer processes in the urban area. For example to optimize mobility flows in urban environments, to better use available capacity of energy infrastructures, to conduct condition management on the city’s assets, rationalise garbage removal and much more.

Responsible Urban Digitization
On the one hand, innovations like these can help improve the quality of life in the city and enhance safety and efficiency, but also sustainability and livability. Simultaneously, such novel technologies can impact society quite broadly. They could have consequences for matters that citizens value greatly, such as autonomy, privacy, transparency, inclusiveness and empowerment.

“The City does not want its inhabitants negatively impacted by potential privacy infringements, sense of loss of control and understandability, or reactions such as self-censorship.” - Sigrid Winkel | Urban Innovation Officer | City of Amsterdam CTO

“Our recent research has pointed out that ‘official’ actors primarily see transparency as a mean to ensure adoption, while citizens see transparency as a starting point for voicing their concerns and influencing the purpose and use of smart technology. This leads us to conclude that we - as designers of these systems - need to aim to design these systems for engagement as well as pushback by society.” - Gerd Kortuem | Professor & AMS PI

Launching a Responsible Sensing Lab
With our Responsible Urban Digitization program, we research, develop and integrate smart technologies like the aforementioned to help solve urban challenges. At the same time, we explore how to embed society’s public and democratic values in the design of these innovations.

As part of this program, we are launching a Responsible Sensing Lab. In essence this is a testbed for conducting rigorous, transparent, and replicable research how our smart technologies placed in public space can be designed in a way that makes the digital city ‘responsible’.

(Re)designing, prototype testing and implementing responsible sensing systems
In the Responsible Sensing Lab academics are invited to connect and work with practitioners who are responsible for digital systems in the city to (re)design, prototype and test (more) responsible ways of sensing in public space for and with the City of Amsterdam.

Hence, the Lab is a place where teams of multi-disciplinary stakeholders – such as computer scientists, policy makers, psychologists, designers and hardware experts – can address existing hardware, software and other city sensing systems.

“Responsible Sensing Lab is a place where experimentation and technologies come together to (re)design these innovations solutions that make public spaces cleaner, smarter and easier – while at the same time guaranteeing our social values.” - Thijs Turèl | Program Manager Responsible Urban Digitization | AMS Institute

Three cases: Human Scan Car, Transparant Charging Station, Camera Shutter
There are already a few examples of projects that will be further explored in the Responsible Sensing Lab. Namely, the Human Scan Car, Transparent Charging Station and Camera Shutter projects.

Firstly, scan cars – vehicles that are equipped with sensors to collect data on the urban environment – are becoming increasingly popular to help the municipality to carry out tasks efficiently. For example with parking policy enforcement, waste registration and advertisement taxation. Apart from making the city more efficient and clean, with this project we question and explore what public and democratic values should be embedded in the implementation of these scan cars.

Together with UNSense, we invited representatives from the City of Amsterdam and Rotterdam, TADA, and researchers from TU Delft to join us for a 3-day sprint to design “the scan car of the future”, that also looks at the human and fair values of the advances in technology. Get a full impression of this design sprint here.

“Design should play a role in guiding the perceptions of, and interactions with, automated sensing systems in the city. Going through this process with AMS Institute's researchers and public servants, we’ll be able to bend the design towards a more consciously chosen, collectively desirable future.” - Tessa Steenkamp | Sensorial Experience Designer | UNSense

Secondly, the transparent charging station is a design project meant to explain smart charging algorithm decisions to users. In the near future, when electric cars become more prevelant, the electicity grid will no longer be able to charge all electric cars at the same time. Smart charging algorithms will help coordinate which car will get to charge at what time. But how do these algorithms decide? The transparent charging station project produces the first user interface informing people about smart charging decisions.

"The transparent charging station promises to improve the democratic oversight of algorithms in EV charging. By explaining charging algorithm inputs, procedures and outputs in a user interface, EV drivers should be able to determine the system's fairness and see who the responsible parties are". - Kars Alfrink | Doctoral Researcher | TU Delft

Thirdly, the Camera Shutter project originated based on the notion that people do not know if and when cameras in public space are recording or not*.* We wondered: would people like to live in a city where all city cameras clearly show or state when they’re not in use? What if, just like laptop shutters many people have placed over their webcam, this could be a way to make clear to citizens when a camera is not recording them?

For this third project, a timelapse camera at the office of AMS Institute was outfitted with a shutter. Subsequently, the effects of this small-scale pilot will be examined by interviewing staff and visitors.

Core values for responsible urban digitization
At the Responsible Sensing Lab, and for Responsible Urban Digitization program as a whole, we use the City’s values (TADA, Digital City Agenda) as our starting point. We will explore what these values mean when applied to actual digital software and hardware.

Also, we are inspired by the methodology of value sensitive design. This approach allows us to focus on design choices inherent in the type of sensing hardware, the distribution of intelligence between cloud and back-end, the physical design and placement of sensors in public space, and interaction possibilities for citizens.

Recently, a three year collaboration has been signed between the City of Amsterdam and AMS Institute. In this Lab, we’ll work closely with experts at TU Delft Industrial Design Faculty.

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Amsterdam Smart City Demoday Digital City x Circularity

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Demodays are part of our innovation process and intended to boost the progress of the various innovation projects, put requests for help on the table, share dilemmas and involve others in your projects or challenges. Invitations are sent, but you can join!

The Amsterdam Smart City team hosts demodays every 8-10 weeks. Our partners put out concrete questions about projects they are currently working on. We set up pitches and organize workshops with them and other partners to get them to get a step further in their processes.

This time on the agenda:
- Collaboration between startups and governments
- Mapping waste flows
- Responsible IT Lab
- AI to detect waste in cities

Time: 14.00 - 16.30h

This event is in Dutch and invitation only, however we are happy to be joined by others!

Do you feel like you should be there? Do you have knowledge or a network that could be useful for the session? Or do you want to learn more about one of the topics discussed? Please send an e-mail to info@amsterdamsmartcity.com and we might save you a seat!

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Cornelia Dinca, International Liaison at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

The Journey Continues — The Road to Smart City Live Reveals Lessons Learned and Opportunities for Follow-up

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The Road to Smart City Live was a three day program that featured more than 40 sessions covering a wide variety of smart city and urban innovation topics including smart governance, data platforms, digital twins, smart mobility and living labs. The goal was to bring together and connect the Dutch and Nordic smart city ecosystems, facilitate knowledge exchange, and help establish new collaboration opportunities.

The program was held in the lead up to this year’s digital alternative to the World Smart City Expo, Smart City Live. Amsterdam Smart City contributed to the program by organizing daily recap sessions together with Amsterdam Trade & Innovate and Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).  The intention was to create a casual setting for participants to reflect on lessons learned and discuss opportunities for follow-up.

Here are six key outcomes from the recap sessions:

  1. Outdated Regulations — Cities and innovators are struggling with outdated regulations.  The role of governments should be to ensure the right regulations are in place for stimulating the transition to sustainable and liveable cities.  This is much more important and effective than facilitating specific pilots, which can be left to the market when the right regulations and incentives are in place.  However, changing regulations is easier said than done.  The City of Amsterdam is collecting input on what regulatory changes need to be overcome to facilitate the energy transition.
  2. Public-Private Collaboration — Despite a strong appetite for public-private collaboration, organizing it in practice remains a challenge.  City of Amsterdam has developed innovative procurement programs like Startup in ResidenceInnovatie Partners and AI4Cities to enable collaboration with start-ups and scale-ups. And, the City of Amsterdam is now sharing these tools and lessons learned nationally and internationally, for example through the Startup in Residence Toolkit.
  3. Post Corona Recovery — How can the corona emergency be used to implement and accelerate ambitions for circularity and sustainability?  FME hosted a session exploring best practices which can help cities recover from corona and build back better.  FME will facilitate follow-up discussion and exchange among parties interested in collaborating on post-corona recovery.
  4. Digital Transition — Digital technology is increasingly part of all aspects of urban life and software innovation is key to a safe, responsible and inclusive digital transition. ITEA is currently preparing several innovative projects on topics like smart mobility and future of work which are still open for input from potential partners.
  5. Digital Inclusion & Data Control — Covid-19 has deepened the digital divide and highlighted the need for building digitally inclusive cities.  In order to become a digitally inclusive city, the City of Eindhoven is working to ensure all citizens have access to digital tools and are aware of what’s happening with their data.
  6. Scaling Living Labs — Netherlands and Sweden are leaders in smart city pilots and living labs, but in both countries scaling remains a challenge. While some stakeholders express “pilot fatigue”, others argue that this great diversity of pilots (including many failures) is an indicator of a healthy innovation ecosystem.  Cleantech Scandinavia and RVO are looking for ways to better capture and share lessons learned from past pilot projects, and ways to "resuscitate" and scale them when appropriate.

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) collaborated with ITEA, Cleantech Scandinavia and the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Eindhoven and The Hague to facilitate The Road to Smart City Live.  Video recordings from the different sessions will be made available in the upcoming weeks via the b2match platform.

For more information about any of the above lessons learned or follow-up opportunities, please connect with cornelia@amsterdamsmartcity.com.

Did you participate in (The Road to) Smart City Live?  Are there more insights or opportunities for follow-up which you would like to share with the community? Share your feedback in the comments below.

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Looking for partners on Inclusive and AI

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With Inclusive Algorithm, we would like to bring more inclusion and diversity in Artificial Intelligence revolution and business.

Our main objective is to generate more network and knowledge in the Artificial Intelligence field to better understand how artificial intelligence, algorithms and big data can be ethically developed for societal benefit by involving the marginalized groups (groups with migrant backgrounds & bi-culturals).

We just started this initiative and we are building alliances with people believing in our cause. Please feel welcome to reach out if you think we can add value to the work you do or vice versa.

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Francien Huizing, Program and Communication Manager at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Wicked Problems

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Te wicked? Niet voor ons.

Wij werken allemaal aan urgente, complexe, maatschappelijke uitdagingen. Issues die schier onoplosbaar lijken, van dilemma’s en paradoxen omgeven, nog niet duidelijk hoe het moet. Wel is duidelijk dát het moet, dat we elkaar nodig
hebben en dat we er NU aan moeten beginnen. Om met de woorden van Jan Rotmans te spreken; we leven niet in een tijdperk van verandering maar in een verandering van tijdperk. En hier hoort een nieuwe gereedschapskist bij.

En of je nou aan energietransitie werkt, andere mobiliteitssystemen, creëren van waterstofhubs, peer to peer autodeelsystemen, het maakt niet uit, we zien dat al deze opgaven op enig moment tegen gelijksoortige barrières aanlopen. Op samenwerking, financiering, privacy, onvoldoende aansluiting op de maatschappij, om maar een paar voorbeelden te noemen.

Unieke samenwerking
Als Amsterdam Smart City netwerk willen en kunnen we deze opgaven niet laten liggen. Door het bundelen van onze kennis en expertise kunnen we als netwerk iets unieks bieden en de wil en durf tonen om deze barrières te doorbreken. De betrokken partners die dit uitdenken en begeleiden zijn RHDHV, Kennisland, Drift, NEMO, Arcadis, Alliander, HvA en Metabolic. Zij bundelen hun expertise en ervaring om de echte vragen boven tafel te krijgen, tot nieuwe manieren van samenwerken te komen en barrières te doorbreken. We richten ons met name op de start van de samenwerking. Gezamenlijk ontwikkelen we een ‘wicked problem aanpak’. Op een nieuwe manier, lerend door te doen, exploratief.

Waar moet je aan denken?
Wat is eigenlijk het echte probleem? Wiens probleem is dit? Hoe kijken anderen er tegenaan? Welke andere partijen lijken nodig? Hoe vind je ze? Hoe ga je om met eigenaarschap en botsende frames? Hoe zorg je dat je al in
een vroeg stadium de maatschappij (bewoners, ondernemers, werknemers, etc) betrekt en hun ervaringen in het project trekt? Het wicked problem team zet nieuwe methoden in voor het beantwoorden van deze vragen. En het creëren van de benodigde commitment om het vraagstuk aan te pakken. Niets staat van te voren vast, want we passen ons aan aan wat we tegenkomen. Met elkaar ontwikkelen we een nieuwe aanpak om de barrières te doorbreken.

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State of the Region 2020

Deze editie zoomen we in op de economische gevolgen van de coronacrisis, de lessen die we hieruit leren, en de acties die partijen in en om Amsterdam nemen om uiteindelijk beter en duurzamer uit de crisis te komen. We kunnen het virus misschien nog niet de baas, wel kunnen we actie nemen om mensen snel opnieuw perspectief op werk te geven en in organisaties bedrijfsprocessen duurzaam in te richten.

State of the Region

Burgemeester van Amsterdam Femke Halsema spreekt haar jaarlijkse ‘State of the Region’ uit en prominenten uit bedrijfsleven, wetenschap en overheid gaan vervolgens met elkaar in gesprek over de toekomst van de regio en wat vandaag nodig en haalbaar is.

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Launch of this new online platform tomorrow! Join the event *in Dutch*

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Tomorrow morning we will officially launch this new online platform during the event 'Mindset voor een Menselijke Slimme stad'. It promises to become a really interesting event about the changes our world needs, the diverse values we need to achieve change, how to strengthen each other and a good dose of inspiration.

Want to join? Then join us from 09.30h onwards:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85274832895. Note: the event will be in Dutch!

Program
09.30 uur - opening
09.45 uur - keynote and Q&A Klaas van Egmond
10.15 uur - breakouts
10.40 uur - break
10.45 uur - start-up pitches, with Seenons, Asset Hubble and Geofluxus
11.10 uur - launch Amsterdam Smart City platform

More info, check https://amsterdamsmartcity.com/updates/event/de-mindset-voor-een-menselijke-slimme-stad.

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Considerations in datavisualisation & Responsible Sensing Lab

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This evening we have:

Thijs Turel is one of the initiators of the Responsible Sensing Lab, a collaboration between Amsterdam and AMS Institute. Goal of the lab is to use public values (such as tada.city) as a starting point for sensor system development. He will present thoughts on the role of hardware (as opposed to software) in safeguarding public interests and present two project as examples: a millimeter wave sensor for crowdedness sensing trying to push the notion of data minimization a quite a bit further than normally and the ShutterUp project, meant to democratize oversight on cameras in the city by outfitting public cameras with a shutter.

Aurore Paligot, besides her activity as a Data & Analytics Consultant (Positive Thinking Company, Tapp, Sonecom), Aurore Paligot conducts independent research projects on the interface between technology and the humanities. In this presentation, Aurore will propose a reflection on her practices as well as on the place of Data Visualization as an exploratory and reporting tool but also as a privileged point of contact with the public. She will address notions such as data literacy, inclusion, and data modeling, with illustrations from her own projects, the news, and other data visualization designers.

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De mindset voor een menselijke slimme stad

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Met dit evenement brengen Amsterdam Smart City, BTG en de Gemeente Almere de Smart City Expo Barcelona naar je keukentafel!

Dat technologie kan helpen om de stad duurzamer en beter te maken, is niet nieuw. Het is de gedachte achter het concept ‘Smart City’ en de Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona die deze maand plaats zou vinden. Maar niemand wil in een Smart City wonen die zich alleen richt op technologie. Natuurlijk wel in een veilige, groene en bruisende stad.

Hoe creëren we die duurzame en leefbare steden? Hoe kan technologie hierin een nuttig middel zijn? Hoe zetten we mensen centraal in deze steden en nemen we hun waarden mee in de ontwikkeling?

Klaas van Egmond, hoogleraar Geowetenschappen, neemt ons mee in een inspirerend verhaal over de tijdsgeest en de mindset die nodig is om uitdagingen in steden aan te gaan. Vervolgens gaan we in gesprek. Hoe pas je deze mindset toe in je werk? Zie je partijen bij wie dit al goed lukt of juist niet? Daarna is er een roadshow met start-ups die betere straten, buurten en steden realiseren, met behulp van technologie. En als deelnemer kun je hen ook weer een stap verder helpen.

Als kers op de taart hebben we iets heel speciaals op de planning staan.. Hét online platform waar jij dagelijks online inspiratie en kennis haalt is volledig vernieuwd. Dit zullen we gezamenlijk en feestelijk met je lanceren!

Kortom, een evenement vol nieuwe inzichten, netwerk en inspiratie.

Programma 17 november 2020:

09.30 uur – Introductie

09.45 uur – Keynote door Klaas van Egmond + Q&A

10.20 uur – Breakouts – keukentafelgesprekken – nieuwe inzichten toegepast

10.45 uur - Break

10.55 uur – Roadshow door Metropoolregio – initiatieven die met behulp van tech betere straten, buurten, steden maken

11.10 uur – Lancering nieuw Amsterdamsmartcity.com

11.25 uur - Afsluiting

Doe mee! https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85274832895

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Seeking smart city employment opportunities

Hello everyone,
I am seeking employment opportunities within the urban solution and smart city community. I am really eager to get some experience and expand my knowledge in Digitalisation, energy revolution, E mobility, Mobility as a service, sensors, open data. From November onwards, I am available to join an exciting and innovative project which I could collaborate with you on!

I just completed a Master's in Smart City Design from Macromedia university of applied science, Berlin. My master thesis is about the Optimization of existing EV charging infrastructure. I have worked on projects with companies on the topic of digitalization of city, Car-free city, and the use of blockchain. All of the projects include solutions to the challenge, business proposal, and urban solution.

Any known opportunities or advice would be greatly appreciated. Please email me on vrusti.kiri@gmail.com for my resume. Thanks in advance:)!

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MozFest's Call for Session Proposals is OPEN!

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MozFest is a unique hybrid: part art, tech and society convening, part maker festival, and the premiere gathering for activists in diverse global movements fighting for a more humane digital world.

That’s why I’m excited to invite you and your community to participate in the first-ever virtual MozFest! There will also be a local taster event in Amsterdam.

Submit A Session Idea for MozFest This Year: mzl.la/proposals2021

We’re excited to use the programming that we’ve honed over a decade of festivals – participant-led sessions, immersive art exhibits, space for spontaneous conversations, inspiring Dialogues & Debates – to address current and global crises. Through our Call for Session Proposals (where you're invited to propose an interactive workshop to host at the festival), we’ll seek solutions together, through the lens of trustworthy artificial intelligence.

Anyone can submit a session – you don’t need any particular expertise, just a great project or idea and the desire to collaborate and learn from festival participants.

If you or someone you know is interested in leading a session at MozFest this year, you can submit your session idea here! The deadline is November 23.

Details and submission page: mzl.la/proposals2021

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Kristina Gorr, Communications Manager , posted

MozFest Call for Session Proposals

MozFest is a unique hybrid: part art, tech and society convening, part maker festival, and the premiere gathering for activists in diverse global movements fighting for a more humane digital world.
That’s why I’m excited to invite you and your community to participate in the first-ever virtual MozFest! Details and submission page here: mzl.la/proposals2021
Anyone can submit a session – you don’t need any particular expertise, just a great project or idea and the desire to collaborate and learn from festival participants. Submit your session idea today! Deadline is November 23: mzl.la/proposals2021

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Cornelia Dinca, International Liaison at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

CityFlows Webinar #3 Crowd Management at Train Stations and Multimodal Hubs

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The EIT-KIC project CityFlows aims to improve the liveability of crowded pedestrian spaces through the use of Crowd Monitoring Decision Support Systems (CM-DSS) to manage pedestrian flows. To facilitate knowledge exchange between project partners and stakeholders, the CityFlows project is hosting a webinar series in four parts.

The focus during the third CityFlows webinar will be on crowd management simulations and innovations at train stations. Crowd-management researchers and practitioners are encouraged to join this interactive webinar and to share their best practices and lessons learned.

Program:

14:50 – 15:00 Zoom meeting room open

15:00 – 15:05 Welcome & introductions, Cornelia Dinca

15:05 – 15:20 Innovations in crowd modelling and forecasting at train stations by Roland Geraerts, Utrecht University

15:20 – 15:35 Improving security at transport hubs: the NATO SPS INSTEAD project by Luigi De Dominicis, ENEA Frascati Research Centre

15:35 – 15:40 Reflection from CityFlows partners

15:40 – 16:00 Q&A with the audience, moderated by Dorine Duives, TU Delft

16:00 Program end

For more information about the CityFlows project visit: <https://cityflows-project.eu>

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TechTalks #1 | Cams and the City

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Tijdens onze eerste TechTalks analyseren we gezichtsherkenningstechnologie en biometrische surveillance. Elke TechTalk gaat over hoe een bepaalde technologie de samenleving ten goede en slechte beïnvloedt en de vraag wie moet ingrijpen om de samenleving te beschermen tegen de uitwassen van technologische ontwikkelingen.

Wie de Buiksloterpont neemt en naar het Leidseplein wandelt, is geen moment buiten beeld van politiecamera’s. Ook in de Indische en Dapperbuurt, in wijken in Nieuw-West en bij de Arena wordt op straat permanent gefilmd. Met de nationale veiligheid en volksgezondheid als argument wordt surveillance en gezichtsherkenning steeds vaker door de overheid ingezet, bijvoorbeeld op Schiphol. Maar ook commerciële bedrijven en particulieren hebben toegang tot deze technologie. Supermarkten, voetbalstadions, juweliers en casino’s gebruiken deze gelaatsvergelijkende software om veelplegers en gokverslaafden te weren.

Het overzicht wie welke data en voor welk doel gebruikt, ontbreekt echter. Welke wetten en instanties reguleren facial recognition in Amsterdam en Nederland? Houdt de slimme camera bij het voetbalstadion zich aan de Algemene Verordening Gegevensbescherming (AVG)? En hoe kun jij als burger in de gaten houden hoe jij in de gaten wordt gehouden?

In een tijd van coronavirus-apps en demonstraties & protest in de openbare ruimte onderzoeken we samen met Lotte Houwing (Bits of Freedom), Aik van Eemeren (PublicTech), Rosalie Brand (advocaat), Tjerk Timan (onderzoeker en designer), Dries Depoorter (mediakunstenaar) en Jochem Kootstra (moderator) biometrische surveillance in Nederland.

Lotte Houwing is beleidsadviseur en onderzoeker bij Bits of Freedom. Zij richt zich vooral op de relatie tussen de Staat en de burger en de machtsverhoudingen die daarmee gepaard gaan. Zo werkt zij aan het dossier op de geheime diensten (de Sleepwet) en de opsporingsbevoegdheden van de politie. Zij zet zich in voor de bescherming van de burger tegen misbruik van deze macht.

Aik van Eemeren is de lead PublicTech bij het Chief Technology Office van de gemeente Amsterdam. Amsterdam’s PublicTech pogramma wil nieuwe technologie voor alle inwoners laten werken. Het Public Tech-programma onderzoekt de impact van nieuwe technologie in de stad en experimenteert hoe het de stad kan helpen.

Rosalie Brand is een privacy-expert die adviseert en procedeert over naleving van de privacywetgeving. Zij ondersteunt zowel Nederlandse als internationale ondernemingen en overheidsinstanties op het gebied van (EU) privacywetgeving. Verder adviseert zij over de impact van privacywetgeving op administratieve projecten en over de volledige implementatie van privacywetgeving in bedrijven en organisaties. Bovendien biedt zij ondersteuning bij onderzoeken en handhavingsprocedures van de kant van de toezichthouders AP en ACM.

Tjerk Timan is onderzoeker bij TNO en opgeleid als industrieel designer. Tjerk houdt zich onder andere bezig met de vraag hoe je vanuit ethiek en regelgeving technologie kan ontwerpen en implementeren en is betrokken bij projecten gerelateerd aan Privacy & Ethics by Design. Tjerk werkt o.a. aan fairness van AI en impact analyse binnen de publieke sector.

Dries Depoorter is een Belgische mediakunstenaar die thema’s behandeld als privacy, surveillance, sociale media en artificiële intelligentie. Dries maakt deze in de vorm van apps, interactieve installaties en browser games. De projecten zijn speels, kritisch en krijgen wereldwijde aandacht. Hij is de maker van de chat app ‘Die With Me’. Afgelopen jaren sprak hij op events in het MoMA, TEDx Brussels, SXSW Texas, KIKK-festival, STRP festival, Internet Week Denmark, Dutch Design Week, Night by Us, Web2Day en Creative Ville.

Jochem Kootstra (moderator) is tech & design antropoloog en schrijver. Hij houdt zich bezig met interdisciplinaire onderzoeken over de relatie tussen en verwevenheid van mens en technologie. Als onderzoeker en storyteller kijkt hij met een kritische blik naar de technologische ontwikkelingen, om te werken aan een meer humane toekomst met technologie.

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POSTPONED: Launch Responsible Sensing Lab & Opening Senses of Amsterdam Exhibit

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On Oct 27, we will officially launch the Responsible Sensing Lab during an interactive livestream event. This event also marks the opening of the interactive exhibit ‘Senses of Amsterdam’ at NEMO Studio: discover how sensors make Amsterdam a smarter city.
To celebrate this, we would like to invite you to join the interactive livestream of this event. Experts and guests will talk about what responsible sensing means to them, and we will present how the Responsible Sensing Lab wants to help design a better, more democratic, and more responsible digital future city.

Our keynote speaker Anthony Townsend will discuss the current state of Smart Cities through a livestream from the US. Deputy Mayor Touria Meliani will close the program with the official opening of the exhibit.

Program

16.00 Start live stream

16.05 - Welcome
| Thijs Turel | AMS Institute, Program Manager Responsible Digitization
| Coen Bergman | CTO, City of Amsterdam, Innovation Developer Public Tech

16.10 - Keynote: From parasite to symbiant: Redesigning our relationship with urban sensors
| Anthony Townsend, writer and researcher

16.30 - Talkshow: Introduction to Responsible Sensing Lab
| Coen Bergman | CTO Office, City of Amsterdam, Innovation Developer Public Tech
| Thijs Turel | AMS Institute, Program Manager Responsible Digitization

16.45 - Panel Discussion: Influence of Corona on surveillance in Amsterdam
| Beryl Dreijer | CTO Office, City of Amsterdam, Privacy Officer
| Judith Veenkamp | Waag, Head of Smart Citizens Lab
| Prof. dr. Gerd Kortuem | AMS Institute, Principal Investigator & TU Delft, Professor of Internet of Things
Moderator | Aik van Eemeren, CTO Office, City of Amsterdam, Head of Public Tech

17.00 - Interview: why do we need a Responsible Sensing Lab in Amsterdam?
| Deputy Mayor Meliani | responsible for Arts and Culture, and Digital City
Interviewer | Aik van Eemeren, CTO Office, City of Amsterdam, Head of Public Tech

17.10 - Official Opening 'Senses of Amsterdam'
| Deputy Mayor Meliani | responsible for Arts and Culture, and Digital City

17.15 - Closing

More information about the full program & registration here: <https://www.ams-institute.org/events/official-launch-responsible-sensing-lab-opening-exhibit-senses-amsterdam/>

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Official launch of the HvA Expertise Centre Applied AI during Month of the AAI

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Get to know the Expertise Centre Applied Artificial Intelligence (ECAAI) of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences! Launched in January 2020, ECAAI has turned November in the Month of the AAI, in which it will present itself and its labs officially.

We co-create to make AI work, that’s the motto of ECAAI. And together with you, the expertise centre will make its official launch work. You’re invited to join on Thursday the 5th of November. ECAAIs scientific director Nanda Piersma will tell more about the latest developments, there will be a keynote from Jann de Waal (founder of INFO & Chair Topteam Creative Industries) and ECAAIs advisory council will participate in a panel discussion. So if you want to know all about the expertise centre, please sign up via the event page.

Please note that the launch will be held in Dutch.

PROGRAM
16.00 | Start & Welcome by Frank Kresin, dean of the Faculty Digital Media and Creative Industries of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
16.05 | Introduction by Nanda Piersma
16.10 | Presentation labs
16.15 | Keynote by Jann de Waal
16.25 | Presentation labs
16.30 | Panel discussion with ECAAIs advisory council
16.50 | Conclusion by Geleyn Meijer, rector of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
17.00 | End plenary part + Possibility to have a chat with the experts of the labs in break-out sessions
17.30 | End launch

Curious about our experts? Please find the links to their break-out sessions here:
https://www.hva.nl/ecaai/gedeelde-content/evenementen/evenementen/2020/11/officiele-lancering-expertise-centre-applied-artificial-intelligence.html?origin=DIJGgOuoQ62GFFPyxqo2Ag?i

But that’s not all, a variety of activities is waiting for you in the Month of the AAI, where it’s all about applied AI, meaningful applications and different application domains. All activities will be listed here, including webinars with Amsterdam Data Science, live casts with Pakhuis de Zwijger and talks at SIAs congress and Gala van de Wetenschap. ECAAI even has the privilege to present its own Dutch Applied AI Award during the Computable Awards.

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For questions, you can reach out to <appliedai@hva.nl>

About the Expertise Centre Applied Artificial Intelligence

ECAAI encompasses all of the HvAs AI research and education activities. This centre drives the development of applications of AI technology in a responsible and inclusive manner. AI technology and its implications for companies, organisations, governments and people can only be understood in context and through experimentation. Each faculty of the HvA has created a lab that brings research, education and practices together to solve short and middle term challenges in the application of AI.

Curious about these labs, where you can work together? Please find them at www.hva.nl/ai

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Amsterdam and Helsinki launch AI registers to detail city systems

The cities of Helsinki and Amsterdam have worked together to each launch a first-of-its-kind Artificial Intelligence Register.

“Together with the city of Helsinki, we are on a mission to create as much understanding about algorithms as possible and be transparent about the way we – as cities – use them,” commented Touria Meliani, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam (Digital City).

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Amsterdam and Helsinki first cities in the world to launch open AI register

The City of Amsterdam, Helsingin kaupunki – Helsingfors stad – City of Helsinki, in collaboration with Saidot, launched the first Public AI Register. The Algorithm Register is an overview of the artificial intelligence systems and algorithms used by the Cities of Amsterdam and Helsinki. Through the register, you can get acquainted with the quick overviews of the city's algorithmic systems or examine their more detailed information based on your own interests.

If you're interested in learning more, here's something for you. The new white paper that was co-written by Linda van de Fliert, Pasi Rautio and Meeri Haataja. They really hope this will part some conversation and most importantly, help other government organisations address #transparency and take their first steps in implementing #AI #governance.

You can also give feedback and thus participate in building human-centered algorithms in Amsterdam. The register is still under development.

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A Successful Launch of the CityFlows Webinar Series — Crowd Management in Times of Corona

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On Tuesday, 8 September, forty-five participants gathered for the first CityFlows webinar on the topic of crowd-management in response to corona. Speakers came from three partner cities: Eelco Thiellier, Project Manager Crowd Monitoring System Amsterdam (CMSA); Valentino Sevino, Mobility Planning Director at City of Milan’s Environmental Mobility and Territory Agency (AMAT); and Aina Pedret, Mobility & Tourism Specialist at the City of Barcelona.

The participants were CityFlows project partners (37%), crowd-management researchers or academics (17%), crowd-management professionals working for public authorities (13%), crowd-management professionals working for companies or start-ups (10%), non-professionals interested in the topic (13%), and other (10%).

The meeting represented a successful launch of the EIT-KIC CityFlows webinar series which will continue with additional webinars in October, November and December.

Following a brief introduction to the CityFlows project, Eelco Thieller shared how the City of Amsterdam has quickly adapted its crowd monitoring infrastructure to respond to the corona crisis. Eelco showed the techniques that are used and how they are instituted throughout the city in crowded locations, or “hot spots”, such as shopping districts and market areas, the Red Light District, and in parks and at event locations. The focus is always on managing crowds or flows of people in the most privacy-preserving way with infrared sensors being a good example of how this is done in Vondelpark. Eelco also described the predictive models that were developed using the data which are helpful with determining what crowd-management actions should be undertaken by the City to ensure the health and safety of the residents and visitors.

Valentino Sevino shared a broader perspective on how the City of Milan has used data and modelling to respond to the corona emergency. Valentino showed how the modal-share in the city had drastically changed since the end of February through June as a result of the corona crisis. This shed light on levels on congestion throughout the city and showed a large reduction in all modalities during the lock down. Following the lock-down, public transport began operating at 25% which then required the city to undertake a complete rethinking of the mobility system with the goal of focusing on more temporal distribution, promotion of remote working, and promotion of active transport through street space reallocation to non-motorized transport. The data collected enabled them to predict and plan for different scenarios, especially considering the goal of abiding by social distancing guidelines during rush hours.

Aina Pedret from the City of Barcelona responded to the first two presentations by reflecting on the global challenge of ensuring confidence and safety for people in response to corona. To ensure this confidence and safety for both locals and tourists, the City of Barcelona is developing an application showing real time data of busyness at “hot spots”. And similar to the City of Amsterdam, the City of Barcelona is using cameras to monitor and manage occupancy and crowds at busy locations such as markets.

The webinar ended with an open discussion facilitated by Dorine Duives, CityFlows Principle Investigator at TU Delft.

Did you miss the webinar? It is possible to watch the recording via https://vimeo.com/460939134

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CityFlows is an EIT-KIC project aims to improve the liveability of crowded pedestrian spaces through the use of Crowd Monitoring Decision Support Systems to manage pedestrian flows. The project is led by AMS Institute and brings together crowd-management and mobility practitioners and researchers in Amsterdam, Barcelona and Milan. The CityFlows project tests and evaluates various innovative crowd monitoring techniques in real-life settings where large crowds meet, such as mass events, tourist spaces and transfer hubs. The CityFlows project also prepares a CM-DSS for market launch which incorporates state-of-the-art monitoring techniques.
Join us for one or all of the next CityFlows webinars:
• Tuesday, 13 October, 2020 – 12:00-13:00 CET
• Tuesday, 3 November – 15:00-16:00 CET
• Tuesday, December 1 – 15:00-16:00 CET

Are you a practitioner or researcher working on a relevant crowd-management project and would like to share your work and findings with the CityFlows network? Send a short email explaining your project to CityFlows Communications Officer, Cornelia Dinca via cornelia.dinca@ams-institute.org.

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CityFlows Webinar #2 Big Data & IoT for Crowd Management

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The EIT-KIC project CityFlows aims to improve the liveability of crowded pedestrian spaces through the use of Crowd Monitoring Decision Support Systems (CM-DSS) to manage pedestrian flows. In three partner cities, Amsterdam, Milan and Barcelona, the CityFlows project tests and evaluates various innovative crowd monitoring techniques in real-life settings where large crowds meet, such as mass events, tourist spaces and transfer hubs. The CityFlows project also prepares a CM-DSS for market launch which incorporates state-of-the-art monitoring techniques.

To facilitate knowledge exchange between project partners and stakeholders, the CityFlows project is hosting a webinar series. Through four, one hour webinars you will get insights from project partners and engage in a discussion with crowd-management researchers and practitioners.

Please note: this second edition of the CityFlows webinar series previously scheduled for October 6 has been postponed to October 13.

CityFlows Webinar #2: Big Data & IoT for Crowd Management

  • 11:50 – 12:00 Zoom meeting room open
  • 12:00 – 12:05 Welcome & introductions
  • 12:05 – 12:20 Best practices & lessons learned from Barcelona by Jordi Ortuño, Maziar Ahmadi & Chloe Cortés
  • 12:20 – 12:35 Data source integration for tourism flows governance and safety in Milan by Mauro Annunziato & Piero De Sabbata
  • 12:35 – 12:40 Reflection from Amsterdam
  • 12:40 – 13:00 Q&A with the audience
  • 13:00 Program end

To join this webinar, please register in advance via: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZclceqtqTopEtZ0cP35pYUMxda6Wu1wqDbK

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Save the date!

Two additional webinars are scheduled through the end of the year. Topics and speakers will be announced closer to the date:

• Tuesday, November 3, 15:00-16:00 CET

• Tuesday, December 1, 15:00-16:00 CET

Are you a practitioner or researcher working on a relevant crowd-management project and would like to share your work and findings with the CityFlows network? Send a short email explaining your project to CityFlows Communications Officer, Cornelia Dinca via cornelia.dinca@ams-institute.org.

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