By 2030 over 60% of the world population is expected to live in urban areas. This rapid rate of urbanization is putting additional strain on our urban systems, and posing new challenges across a multitude of sectors. To address such challenges New York University Abu Dhabi activated in September 2019 the NYUAD Center for InteractIng urban networks (CITIES - مدن). CITIES promotes fundamental and applied research focused on the interactions between physical, digital, and social networks. Our ultimate goal is to develop new ideas for increasing the Livability and Sustainability of our cities, with a special emphasis in Abu Dhabi and the UAE. The First CITIES Symposium will provide a forum to learn and discuss some of these new ideas, and how they can contribute in propelling our cities into a richer and more sustainable future. 


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  • Time Details
    9 to 9:15am Welcoming from NYUAD leadership.

    9:15 to 9:30am

    Monica Menendez, NYUAD Engineering
    CITIES Introduction

    9:30 to 10:30am

    Jeffrey Bohn, SwissRe Research Institute
    Keynote Presentation

    10:30 to 11:00am

    Coffee Break
    Institute Conference Center, Meeting Room Foyer

    First Session | The Physical Network

    Time Details
    11:00 to 11:10am Saif Eddin Jabari, NYUAD Engineering
    Intro to Physical Network

    11:10 to 11:45am

    Nikolas Geroliminis, EPFL
    Traffic Management in the New Era of Mobility Services

    11:45am to 12:20pm

    Paul Waddell, UC Berkeley
    Information Infrastructure and Models for Metropolitan Land use and Transportation Modeling

    12:20 to 1:50pm

    Lunch Break
    Institute Conference Center, Meeting Room Foyer

    Second Session | The Digital Network

    Time Details

    1:50 to 2:00pm

    Azza Abouzied, NYUAD Science
    Intro to Digital Network

    2:00 to 2:35pm

    Chandrasekaran Mohan, IBM Almaden Research Center
    Blockchain: A Fabric for Enabling Orderly and Secure Social, Digital and Physical Interactions in a City

    2:35 to 3:10pm

    Alfredo Morales, MIT
    Social Fragmentation in Urban Areas

    3:10 to 3:40pm

    Coffee Break
    Institute Conference Center, Meeting Room Foyer

    Third Session | The Social Network

    Time Details

    3:40 to 3:50pm

    Kinga Reka Makovi,  NYUAD Social Science
    Intro to Social Network

    3:50 to 4:25pm

    Maya Abou Zeid, AUB
    Modeling Social Norms and Travel Behavior with Application to Car Ownership Intentions

    4:25 to 5:00pm

    Marcia Castro, Harvard
    Urban Growth and Public Health: Challenges and Opportunities


The Symposium is supported by the NYUAD Center for Interacting Urban Networks (CITIES), funded by Tamkeen under the NYUAD Research Institute Award CG001 and by the Swiss Re Institute under the Quantum Cities™ initiative.


Convened by
Monica Menendez
Director of CITIES, Associate Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering, NYUAD
Azza Abouzied
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, NYUAD
Saif Jabari
Assistant Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering, NYUAD
Kinga Makovi
Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy

Administrative Support
Nada Hariz, Conference Logistics
Jacqueline Menezes, Conference Design
Sajina Lal, Conference Design
Pauline Conaghan, Conference Management

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