University of Toronto Alumni and Friends are invited to a presentation titled

Smart Cities Need Smart Citizens

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Professor Mark Fox
Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Engineering Senior Fellow, Global Cities Institute
University of Toronto


The urban population in 2014 accounted for 54% of the total global population, and will reach 66% by 2050 (UN, 2014). Faced with a rate of growth in demand for city services that exceeds the rate of growth of revenues, cities are looking for “smarter” ways in which to deliver services.

The “Smart City” has been proposed as a solution. What is a “Smart City”? How does it differ from a “dumb” city? In his talk, Professor Fox will explore what it means to be a Smart City. But rather than take just a city-centred perspective, it will examine the role that citizens must take in order to truly meet their service needs.

Dr. Fox’s current research focuses on the ontologies, common sense reasoning and their application to Smart Cities.

There is no cost to attend.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

5:30 pm - registration and refreshments
5:45 pm - presentation and Q&A

Twenty Toronto Street Conference Centre
20 Toronto St.
Suite 300
Toronto, ON M5C 2B8

REGISTER with your guest's name (acceptances only) by Thursday, February 5. Space is limited. For further information, contact Deirdre Gomes at

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