Building Resilient Cities:

How Cities can Harness the Power of Urban Informatics Workshop

May 14-15, 2014  | Virginia Tech Research Center | Arlington, Virginia



This conference emphasized the Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience’s commitment to understanding the ethical and normative aspects of resilience as they may be manifested in urban or regional settings. Researchers and practitioners were invited to enter into a structured dialogue regarding a variety of topics. Specifically, the ethical and normative issues confronting decision-makers engaged in investing and creating more resilient places; the ethical and normative considerations in current policies and practices that address resiliency; the appropriate theoretical or conceptual frameworks for addressing normative issues in resilience research or practice; and an exploration of the evaluative frameworks appropriate for assessing normative questions associated with policy on resilience.

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    Presenter Bios

    Wednesday, 14 May 2014

    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Welcome Reception

    Residence of the Ambassador of Switzerland

    2920 Cathedral Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC

    Thursday, 15 May 2014

    9:00 am - 9:30am

    Welcome, Introductions, and Goals of the Workshop

    James Bohland and Paul Knox - Co-Directors, GFURR

    9:30 am - 10:15 am

    Keynote Address: Big Data Inform Urban Design

    Reinhard König - Chair of Information Architecture, ETH, Zurich


    10:30am - 12:15 pm

    Panel Discussion

    Facilitator: Jack Harrald - Associate Director - NCR, GFURR, Virginia Tech

    Arrietta Chakos - Policy Advisor, Association of Bay Area Governments Resilience Initiative


    Cyndy Comerford - Planning and Fiscal Policy Manager, Environmental Health Section, San Francisco Dept. of Public Health


    Steven Gray - Spatial Software Researcher and Developer, The Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London


    Lynn Goldstein - Chief Data Officer, CUSP, NYU's Center for Urban Science and Progress


    1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

    Keynote Address: "Urban Informatics, an Analyical Perspective"

    Sallie Keller - Director, Social Decision Analytics Lab, Virginia Tech


    2:00 pm - 3:45 pm

    Panel Discussion

    Facilitator: Stephanie Shipp - Deputy Director and Research Professor Social Decision Analytics Lab, Virginia Tech

    Charles Catlett - Director, Urban Center for Computation and Data, University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory


    Margaret Cowell, - Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Tech


    Peter Nõu, - Program Manager, VINNOVA - Sweden’s Innovation Agency


    Michael Meit - Program Area Director, NORC at the University of Chicago, Center for Public Health Research

    3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

    Workshop Wrap-Up and Next Steps

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