Innovative, Sustainable and Livable Cities of Tomorrow

Fraunhofer’s Urban Futures Conference   Fraunhofer’s Urban Futures Conference, which takes place in Berlin on November 25 and 26, 2015, will offer participants a glimpse of the urban future. Scientists, engineers, politicians and economists will present new concepts for intelligent and sustainable urban innovation. The aim is to help transform our cities into clean and … Continue Reading »

Enabling the Data Revolution: An International Open Data Roadmap

This morning I found the report of the 3rd International Open Data Conference held in Ottawa, Canada May 28-29, 2015. We are excited to introduce the 3rd International Open Data Conference Final Report titled “Enabling the Data Revolution: An International Open Data Roadmap”. This report draws upon the many discussions that took place in Ottawa at IODC, … Continue Reading »

Rethinking urban traffic congestion

In a recent post Robert Puentes commented on the last semi-regular report on urban traffic congestion from Texas A&M Transportation Institute and concluded, that we need a new approach in thinking about solutions for the metropolitan traffic congestion. He wrote: We need to make places more efficient by joining uptransportation with the housing, real estate, commercial, and industrial decisions it drives. We need to … Continue Reading »

Privacy Concerns Jeopardize ‘Smart’ Cities

In a recent Wall Street Journal article Mike Weston raised concerns of privacy violations that will accompany ‘smart’ cities. While technology of the present has already crossed privacy boundaries, Mike Weston says the difference is that future ‘smart’ cities will allow our information to be much more “centralized and easy to access.” Private businesses who pay … Continue Reading »

Fulbright Talk with Iva Bojic: Self-synchronization inspired by fireflies: When nature meets the Borg

The Shidler College of Business and the Hawaii Urban Innovation Lab would like to invite every interested person to a Fulbright Talk with Iva Bojic about “Self-synchronization inspired by fireflies: When nature meets the Borg”. The lecture will be held on June 24, 2015 2-3:30pm at the Shidler College of Business, Faculty Lounge, D207. Please register at About … Continue Reading »

Selective city slowdowns and the city-suburb growth gap

In a recent post from the Brookings Institute, William Frey wrote about an observation, that the city growth appears to have peaked. Evidence for a slowdown can be seen in the nation’s three largest cities: New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago (Figure 1). After experiencing very modest growth in 2000-2010, New York’s growth rate jumped to a … Continue Reading »

Hawaii Proposes 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2045

Hawaii House Bill 623 passed by a 74-2 vote, and if Gov. David Ige signs the bill into law, Hawaii will become the first U.S. state to make a total commitment to renewable energy sources. Hawaii’s energy today is composed of 80 percent fossil fuel sources, and some projections say a target of 40 percent … Continue Reading »

Symposium – Urbanization and Urban Planning in Asia

Symposium participants will share their research and/ or report on the current state of urbanization and urban planning responses in Asia and the Pacific region. Scholars from the College of Architecture & Urban Planning (CAUP), Tongji University; San Francisco State University (SFSU); DURP; and other departments at UHM will present their work. A highlight of … Continue Reading »

Methodologies Behind Analytics Success Stories

The Data Innovation Day 2015, held on January 22, 2015 and hosted by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Data Innovation, discussed topics about the economic and social opportunities made possible by data-driven innovation. The event questioned data insiders about savvy methodologies in analytics. And the panelists, drawn from both the private and public sectors, were tasked with elaborating on a … Continue Reading »

The downside of Open Data

I recently read an article at FutureGov written by Joshua Chambers about the downside of OpenData: Inaccurate public datasets can cause big problems, because apps that feed off of them could be giving out false information. I was struck by this when we reported on an app in Australia that was issuing alerts for forest fires that didn’t … Continue Reading »