Keeping cities economically prosperous, livable, healthy, and environmentally sustainable will require new approaches and innovations in all city systems. Herman D’Hooge, senior principal engineer and innovation strategist at Intel, will provide a sampling of existing and future design innovations enabled by the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the urban environment and how these innovations contribute to improving livability, economic prosperity, health of its citizens and visitors, and environmental sustainability.
D’Hooge will show how city systems function as a single integrated “system of systems,” and why it is important to consider the city as the unit of study. He will provide a sampling of existing and future design innovations enabled by the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) in the urban environment. He will also address some of the common arguments made against making cities smart.
D’Hooge has been at Intel for thirty-one years. During his career he has been involved in numerous computer hardware and software technology research and development projects. Over the past decade, his interests have shifted from technology development to human-centered methods to product definition involving ethnographic methods, and industrial and interaction design, and ultimately, to identify opportunities where information technology can be used to address real-world social and environmental challenges. He holds MS degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Ghent, Belgium.