Invited Talk: An Interdisciplinary Framework for Citizen-Centered Smart Cities and Smart Living

Abstract: As populations grow, cities are faced with myriad of challenges and barriers including increased management and resource demands while maintaining quality of life for all citizens. Yet, individualized and inclusive smart city and smart living solutions that take into account the needs, opinions, backgrounds, and cultural differences of its city’s citizens, still have a long way to go. “One-size-fits-all” is no longer a viable option for smart city technologies; the vastly different customs, backgrounds, and contextual factors present among a city’s citizens and their environment necessitates more citizen-centric solutions. Inspired by our previous work in person-centered multimedia computing (PCMC), we propose a citizen-centered approach to smart cities and smart living, guided by an interdisciplinary and integrated framework that provides focus on the related technological, societal, and environmental research aspects. We propose research thrusts at the confluence of this areas including Citizen-Centered Design (Citizen, Technology, Society); Smart City Infrastructure and Dynamics (Citizen, Technology, Environment); and Socio-Environmental Practices and Policies (Citizen, Society, Environment). We show how smart testbeds to trial smart city solutions complement citizen-centered designs. Finally, we present several smart multimedia proofs-of-concept to demonstrate the value of citizen-centered approaches to tackle smart city and smart living challenges, including IoT Signage, a smart and connected environment for improved wayfinding and information discovery.

Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan
Executive Vice President, ASU Knowledge Enterprise Development
Chief Research and Innovation Officer
Director, Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing
Foundation Chair in Computing and Informatics

Panchanathan was the founding director of the School of Computing and Informatics and was instrumental in founding the Biomedical Informatics Department at ASU. He also served as the chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Department. He founded the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC) at ASU. CUbiC’s flagship project iCARE, for individuals who are blind and visually impaired, won the Governor’s Innovator of the Year- Academia Award in November 2004.In 2014, Panchanathan was appointed by President Barack Obama to the U.S. National Science Board (NSB) and is Chair of the Committee on Strategy. He was appointed by former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE). Panchanathan is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is also Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE). He is currently serving as the Chair of the Council on Research within the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Panchanathan was the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Multimedia Magazine and is also an editor/associate editor of many other journals and transactions. Panchanathan’s research interests are in the areas of human-centered multimedia computing, haptic user interfaces, person-centered tools and ubiquitous computing technologies for enhancing the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, machine learning for multimedia applications, medical image processing, and media processor designs. Panchanathan has published over 440 papers in refereed journals and conferences and has mentored over 100 graduate students, post-docs, research engineers and research scientists who occupy leading positions in academia and industry.