The last decades have witnessed unprecedented development of ICT (information and communication technologies), Data Science with its big data and data mining methodologies, IoT (Internet of Things), and AI (artificial intelligence). These have the potential to revolutionize the dynamics and structure of cities and the lives of those who inhabit them. However, although the smartification of cities implies an integration of the real and virtual worlds, data integration is key. There is an urgent need to understand the multiple aspects of cities and urbanism, while on the other, to develop state-of-the-art theories, methodologies, data repositories, data analytics, and improved technologies to deal with the complexity of the new urban era. To address these challenges, Insight brings together researchers studying cities and urbanism, urban planners, policy makers, governmental officials, managers in related industries and other stakeholders in order to develop solutions in areas ranging from scalable data infrastructure, supply chain management, energy consumption, spatial configuration as key to urban dynamics, digital twins, more efficient transportation/mobility and better handling of environmental issues.
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