October 4 | 11:30 AM-1:15 PM
Hilton Cleveland Downtown Hotel
Hope D/E Ballrooms
Join your colleagues for the Conference Luncheon, featuring Anthony Townsend, an internationally-recognized expert on the future of cities and information technology. He is the founder of the Asterisk City Group, a strategic advisory practice based in New York City that focuses on technology-enabled urban development. His new book Ghost Road: Beyond the Driverless Car will be released in 2020. His first book, Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for A New Utopia was published in 2013. Townsend’s research focuses on autonomous vehicles and the future of mobility, how data and artificial intelligence are reshaping urban life and urban governance, and how cities are planning for technology. He was recently named one of Planetizen’s Leading Thinkers in Urban Planning & Technology and one of the Top 100 Thinkers tracking the Internet of Things by Postscapes.
Townsend will share with us the numerous ways in which smart city technology manifests itself. He sees comprehensive planning as a critical tool to preserve human values and ethics in an age of rapid technological change. These “Digital master plans” can help communities effectively balance the need for local development and innovation with the understandable caution regarding the unknown - prioritizing smart city functions and outlining the steps required to achieve them.
|Dr. Anthony Townsend|
Dr. Townsend is an internationally recognized expert on the future of cities and information technology. He is the founder of the New York City-based firm Bits and Atoms, which helps smart cities think for themselves, and author of the 2013 book Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for A New Utopia.
His smart cities strategy consultancy and planning studio works with industry, government and philanthropy on economic development, digital placemaking, and strategic technology forecasting. Townsend’s research focuses on autonomous vehicles and the future of mobility; how data and artificial intelligence are reshaping urban life and urban governance; and how cities are planning for technology.
Anthony holds a PhD in urban and regional planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in urban planning from New York University, and a B.A. in urban studies with a minor in physics from Rutgers University. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Learn more about Anthony here.