Webinar

Integration of open data and artificial intelligence in the development of smart cities in Africa

  • 5 July, 2022
  • Online
Session I: 10am - 12pm GMT+1

Artificial intelligence for smart cities

Session II: 2pm - 4pm GMT+1

Artificial Intelligence for big data

Overview

In the era of new technologies, the growth of African cities will not only be sustainable but also smart. The rapid urban growth represents one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century in Africa. A new paradigm of urban development is taking place, where intrinsic challenges remain. The role of digital tools and smart cities as key urban development actors in Africa is yet to be established. Can artificial intelligence present opportunities to address issues related to demographic growth and to the complexity of developing solutions for fast growing of infrastructure and urban housing services? In this webinar, you will discover:
  • The importance of collecting and analyzing big data in the context of African cities
  • IA applications in the different aspects of African cities
  • Best practices in the implementation of AI for African cities

Speakers

Dr Nesrine Chehata
MC, Bordeaux INP Specialist in Geomatics and IA Earth Observation
Is a lecturer at Bordeaux INP since 2006 and specializes in geomatics and AI for Earth observation. She defended her thesis in 2005 with CNES (Centre National des Etudes Spatiales) and IGN (Institut Géographique National) on 3D modeling of buildings from satellite data THR. She is president and founding member of the association AGEOS - African Association for Geospatial Development since November 2016. She organizes many seminars of awareness and technology watch in geospatial in Tunisia and open to the African scale. She advocates for opengeodata in Tunisia and the animation of the community of reusers via the organization of Tunisia Opengeodatahack. She coordinates several projects to support ministries and local authorities in Tunisia for the implementation of their GIS, with the inclusion of citizens via openstreetmap.
Mr. Tariq AKDIM
Doctoral student, Researcher
Mr. Tariq AKDIM is a doctoral researcher at UIT Ibn Tofail, president of the LOGOS club, economist expert in territorial development and associate professor at SupMTI Rabat.
Ms Christelle Gbado
PhD student
Christelle GBADO is a PhD student in urban and regional planning at Sorbornne University. Since 2019, she has been studying and analysing quality of life issues in the construction of smart cities in Africa through the study of some cases of emerging smart cities. She holds a Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Development and Foresight from the Sorbonne University. She has worked on many projects related to urban planning and urban programming in Benin and as part of her studies at Sobornne University.
Mr Willy Franck SOB
Founder GeOsm Family - The First Open Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure
Graduated in 2013 from the school of surveyors in Le Mans (France). He is the promoter of GeOsm (https://geo.sm/) the very first geolocated social network aimed at players in the digital ecosystem in order to achieve sustainable development through open innovation. Recently deployed on a global scale, this open platform for technological innovations aims to accelerate the appropriation of geospatial data by those actors who depend heavily on it (startups, universities, municipalities, civil society). His expertise is recognized by several international institutions where he regularly works as a consultant. These include: The World Bank, GIZ, UNESCO, UN-Habitat, AFD, etc.
Dr. Oualid Ali
Founder and President at the Future Cities Council
He's a futurist, technologist, future cities expert, and considered as one of the international well-recognized experts in the fields of Future foresight, Scenarios planning, Trends watching, Emerging technologies & innovations, Industrial Revolution 4.0, Future cities (Smart, Sustainable and innovative Cities), Education 4.0, Artificial Intelligence (AI), etc.
Mr. Vitor Pessoa Colombo
Architech and PhD student EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland
He has a Master degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and an undergraduate Education degree in Geography and Mathematics from the same. He is a Graduate Member of the Town and County Planners Association of Kenya and a member of the International Society of Urban and Regional Planners (ISOCARP). He has previously worked at the Strathmore University Advancement Office and as the Executive Director of Kilimani Project Foundation.
Dr. Anastasija Nikiforova
Researcher , PhD in Computer Science – Data Processing Systems and Data Networking
Assistant professor of Information Systems at University of Tartu (Institute of Computer Science), a part of European Open Science Cloud Task Force FAIR Metrics and Data Quality and a visiting researcher at Delft University of Technology, Faculty Technology Policy and Management. Expert of the COST – European Cooperation in Science & Technology, as well as Latvian Council of Sciences in Natural Sciences – Computer Science and Informatics, Engineering and Technology-Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and Social Sciences – Economics and Business.
Mr. Constant CAP
Senior Product Manager at Code for Africa's sensors AFRICA citizen science program
He has a Master degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and an undergraduate Education degree in Geography and Mathematics from the same. He is a Graduate Member of the Town and County Planners Association of Kenya and a member of the International Society of Urban and Regional Planners (ISOCARP). He has previously worked at the Strathmore University Advancement Office and as the Executive Director of Kilimani Project Foundation.
Mr. Vivien Deparday
Disaster Risk Management Specialist, Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery
Vivien Deparday is a Disaster Risk Management Specialist with the World Bank’s Urban, Resilience, and Land Global Practice, currently working in the Africa region. In his current role, Vivien leads urban resilience investment operations focused on cities in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, and Mali engaging in integrated flood risk management, urban upgrading, solid waste management, and urban planning at the national and subnational level. He also leads the Africa Disruptive Technology Program for Urban Resilience bringing open innovation and youth engagement to resilience projects.

On the agenda

***This program is temporally

Language:
French subtitled English

Introduction and welcome

Speaker: Jérôme CHENAL

10.00 - 10.40 AM

AI for Urban Geo-Information and its applications for smart cities in Africa

Speaker: Dr Nesrine Chehata

MC, Bordeaux INP Specialist in Geomatics and IA Earth Observation
10.40 - 11.00 AM

What kind of city is the smart city about? Actors and construction processes in the African context

Speaker: Mr Tariq Akdim

11.00 - 11.20 AM

Emergence of smart cities in Africa and quality of life

Speaker: Ms Christelle Gbado

PhD student
11.20 - 11.55 AM

Impact and challenges of the digitalisation of African cities on AI integration: The case of Anglophone and Francophone countries

Speaker: Mr Willy Franck SOB

CEO of GeOsm and World Bank Consultant
QUESTIONS & DISCUSSION

Moderator: Dr Stéphane C.K. Tékouabou

Language:
English subtitled French
2.00 - 3.40 PM

Smart Cities Strategies in Africa and AI integration: Issues, opportunities and challenges

Speaker: Dr Oualid Ali

Prof. & CEO of Future Cities Council, Toronto, Canada
2.40 - 3.00 PM

Using Open-Access Data to Explore Relations between Urban Landscapes and Diarrhoeal Diseases in Côte d’Ivoire

Speaker: Mr Vitor Pessoa Colombo

Architech and PhD student EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland
3.00 - 3.30 PM

Open data and crowdsourced data as enablers and drivers for smart African cities.

Speaker: Pr. Anastasija Nikiforova

University Professor at Tartu, Latvia
3.30 - 4.00 PM

Low-cost data solution and citizen initiatives for AI integration in African smart cities

Speaker: Mr Constant CAP

CEO Open data Africa
QUESTIONS & DISCUSSION

Moderator: Ms Christelle Gbado

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