By 2030 over 60% of the world's 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 many sectors. The NYUAD Center for Interacting urban networks (CITIES - مدن) at NYUAD aims to address such challenges by leading the development of new sustainable approaches. CITIES is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to advancing urban science and promoting cutting-edge research that is translated into practical, real-world solutions for the benefit of society. Our ultimate goal is to develop new ideas for increasing the livability and sustainability of our cities, with a particular emphasis on Abu Dhabi and the UAE. The Second CITIES Symposium will provide a forum to learn and discuss some of these new ideas and how they can contribute to propelling our cities into a more prosperous and sustainable future. The symposium will last two days and focus on research related to mobility, inequality, and misinformation.

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  • Day One: Sunday November 20, 2022

    Time Details
    9 to 9:05am Monica Menendez, NYUAD Engineering
    CITIES Introduction

    9:05 to 9:15am

    Welcoming from NYUAD Leadership

    9:15 to 9:25am

    Maha Al Dhaheri, Abu Dhabi Executive Office
    Welcoming Speech

    Morning Session | Mobility

    Time Details
    9:30 to 10:10am Monica Menendez, NYUAD Engineering
    Traffic Capacity of Cities: Are We There Yet?

    10:10 to 10:50am

    Juliana Freire, NYU
    Democratizing Urban Data Exploration

    10:50 to 11:20am

    Coffee Break
    Institute Conference Center A6, Meeting Room Foyer
    11:20 to 12pm Constantinos Antoniou, Technical University of Munich (TUM)
    Open Data and Transport Modeling: Where are we at?
    12 to 12:40pm Discussion Panel
    Saif Jabari, Monica Menendez, Juliana Freire, Constantinos Antoniou
    12:40 to 2pm Lunch Break
    Institute Conference Center A6, Lower Lobby

    Afternoon Session | Inequality

    Time Details

    2 to 2:40pm

    Kinga Reka Makovi, NYUAD Social Science
    Segregated Mobility Patterns Amplify Neighborhood Disparities in the Spread of COVID-19

    2:40 to 3:20pm

    Norman Garrick, University of Connecticut
    Car Dependency, Transportation Equity and Neo-Colonialism

    3:20 to 3:40pm

    Coffee Break
    Institute Conference Center, Meeting Room Foyer

    3:40 to 4:20pm Marton Karsai, Central European University in Vienna
    Socioeconomic Networks, Segregation Patterns and their Dynamics
    4:20 to 5pm Daniel O’Brien, Northeastern University
    The Pointillistic City: Well-Being and Equity in Communities and their Places

    Day Two: Monday November 21, 2022 [Half Day]

    Morning Session | Misinformation

    Time Details
    9 to 9:22am Azza Abouzied, NYUAD Computer Science
    Tactics, Threats and Targets: Disinformation through a Cybersecurity Lens

    9:22 to 9:44am

    Paolo Papotti, EURECOM
    Crowdsourced Fact-Checking: Analysis of the Birdwatch Program at Twitter

    9:44 to 10:06am

    Preslav Nakov, Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence
    Detecting the "Fake News" Before It Was Even Written, Media Literacy, and Flattening the Curve of the COVID-19 Infodemic

    10:06 to 10:28am

    Mohsen Mosleh, University of Exeter Business School
    Understanding and Reducing the Spread of Misinformation Online

    10:28 to 11am Coffee Break
    Institute Conference Center, Meeting Room Foyer
    11am to 12pm Discussion Panel
    Azza Abouzied, Paolo Papotti, Preslav Nakov, Mosleh Mohsen
    12 to 12:05pm Monica Menendez, NYUAD Engineering
    Conclusion Remarks

    12:05-1:30pm Lunch Break
    Institute Conference Center A6, Lower Lobby


The Symposium is supported by the NYUAD Center for Interacting Urban Networks (CITIES), funded under the NYUAD Research Institute Award CG001.


Organizing Committee

  • Monica Menendez
    Director of CITIES; Associate Dean of Engineering for Graduate Affairs; Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering
  • Azza Abouzied
    CITIES Principal Investigator; Associate Professor of Computer Science
  • Saif Jabari
    CITIES Principal Investigator; Associate Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering
  • Kinga Makovi
    CITIES Principal Investigator; Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy
  • Federico Bernardini
    Assistant Director for Research Strategy CITIES & C-BID
  • Adela Kovarova
    CITIES Center Coordinator

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