The SMART Infrastructure Facility is to host an international panel of experts to discuss their experience of the smart city revolution.

Two visiting experts from the University of Toulouse will join Wollongong City Council General Manager, David Farmer and SMART Director Senior Professor Pascal Perez on the panel.

Visiting from Toulouse, France, Senior Professor Marie-Pierre Gleizes will first introduce the neOCampus scientific operation, which intends to transform the campus of the University of Toulouse III Paul Sabatier into a smart, innovative, connected and sustainable campus.

neOCampus is an interdisciplinary project involving researchers from 11 research laboratories. These laboratories aim to cross their skills to improve the comfort of the everyday life for the university community while decreasing the ecological footprint of buildings by reducing the costs of functioning (fluid, water, electricity) and engaging users.

Following this, Senior Professor Pascal Perez will give an overview of the smart city concept and the University of Wollongong’s work in this space through the Digital Living Lab, a network of LoRaWAN gateways that has transformed Wollongong into a smart city connected by the Internet of Things. He will talk about how the initiative has fostered partnerships between the community, industry and researchers that has helped create a range of projects from a mapping tool for wheelchair users to what is believed to be a world-first shark warning system.

Following both presentations, SMART will host an expert panel discussion where Snr. Prof. Marie-Pierre Gleizes will be joined by fellow colleague from University of Toulouse III Paul Sabatier, Dr Pierre Glize as well as Snr. Prof Pascal Perez and Wollongong City Council General Manager, David Farmer.

Dr Glize works on multi-agent and complex systems. He will argue that a smart campus is a complex system and possesses multiple dynamics. His team promotes the idea that the complexities in smart cities can only be addressed through an evolutionary and adaptive approach because such a complex system must be regulated by multiple devices.

Senior Professor Perez said the visiting French academics would bring a valuable perspective on the ground-breaking research into smart cities already occurring at the University of Wollongong.

“It will be such a privilege to be able to swap ideas with some of the global leaders in this field,” Professor Perez said.

“Smart cities should not just be about technology, they should be about finding ways to make our cities more liveable.

“Whether that is through smarter planning processes, better and faster transport or transforming the spaces we inhabit for our work and play, we should be about creating the cities of tomorrow, today.”

From Smart Campus to Smart City – seminars and panel discussion will take place at the SMART Infrastructure Facility, the University of Wollongong, on Thursday, December 6 from 2pm-6pm. Networking and drinks will follow.