19 January 2015 - 20 January 2015

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Hosted by Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, Singapore University of Technology and Design


The Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities has organised its first Roundtable of Thought Leaders on Innovation in Cities in Singapore on the 19th and 20th of January 2015. The topic is Data. Social Behaviour. Policy.

Big data is both a challenge and an opportunity. Cities and states that take the lead to harness data can potentially realize innovative urban solutions and improve urban governance, bringing more sustainable and better lives to their people. We believe smart cities and big data also go hand-in-hand. Cities and states that embrace big data are likely to be more competitive on the global stage.

Our participants included thought leaders and key decision makers from academia, government, and business, both in and beyond Singapore. Together, we discussed big data and its implications for cities and citizens. We organised our discussion around four themes: understanding big data and how to realize a data society and economy; how big data can improve urban services and build smart cities; how big data relates to issues concerning citizens, such as privacy and participation; and how public policies can facilitate big data solutions that enable sustainable futures.


Welcome Note
Professor Thomas Magnanti, President of Singapore University of Technology and Design



Keynote Speech
Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Minister-in-Charge of Smart Nation Programme Office, Prime Minister’s Office


Session 1: Understanding Big Data
Speakers: Dr Steven Koonin, Director of Center for Urban Science and Progress, New York University and Chief Science Officer in the first Obama Adminstration (2009 – 2012)
Mr Peter Ho, Chairman of Urban Redevelopment Authority
Professor David Chan, Lee Kuan Yew Fellow, Professor of Psychology and Director of Behavioural Sciences Institute, Singapore Management University
Dr Ng See Kiong, Programme Director of Urban Systems Initiative Science and Engineering Research Council, A*STAR
Moderator: Professor Chan Heng Chee, Ambassador-at-Large and Chairman of Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, Singapore University of Technology and Design


Session 2: Big Data and Smart Cities 
Speakers: Professor Brian Collins,Professor of Engineering Policy and Director of International Centre for Infrastructure Futures, University College London
Professor Paul Waddell, Professor and Chair of Department of City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley
Dr Jong Sung Hwang, Head of the Center for Gov 3.0, National Information Society Agency, Republic of Korea
Mr Bill Chang, Country Chief Officer, Singapore and Chief Executive Officer, Group Enterprise, Singapore Telecommunications Limited
Moderator: Mr Philip Yeo, Chairman of SPRING Singapore and Chairman of Economic Development Innovations Singapore Pte Ltd


Session 3: Big Data and The Citizen
Speakers: Ms Jacqueline Poh, Managing Director at Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
Mr Piyush Gupta, Chief Executive Officer of DBS Group
Professor Erick Stephens, Chief Technology Officer of Asia-Pacific Microsoft Public Sector
Professor David De Roure, Professor of e-Research at University of Oxford, Director of Oxford e-Research Centre, and Strategic Advisor to the Economic and Social Research Council
Mr Andrew Grant, Director at McKinsey & Company
 Moderator: Mr Desmond Kuek, President and Group Chief Executive Officer of SMRT Corporation Limited


Session 4: Enabling Policies That Facilitate Big Data Solutions For Sustainable Futures
Speakers: Dr Zheng Yu, Lead Researcher at Microsoft Research and Chair Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Mr Steve Adler, Chief Information Strategist of IBM
Professor David Gann, Vice-President (Development and Innovation) of Imperial College London and Chairman of Smart London Board
Professor Richard de Neufville, Professor of Engineering Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Visiting Professor at Singapore University of Technology and Design
Moderator: Dr Beh Swan Gin, Chairman of Economic Development Board


Programme booklet

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Welcome – Professor Thomas Magnanti

Keynote Speech – Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan

Session 1 – Dr. Steven Koonin

Session 1 – Mr. Peter Ho

Session 1 – Dr. Ng See Kiong

Session 2 – Professor Brian Collins

Session 2 – Professor Paul Waddell

Session 2 – Dr. Jong Sung Hwang

Session 2 – Mr. Bill Chang

Session 3 – Ms. Jacqueline Poh

Session 3 – Mr. Piyush Gupta

Session 3 – Professor Erick Stephens

Session 3 – Professor David De Roure

Session 3 – Mr. Andrew Grant

Session 4 – Dr. Zheng Yu

Session 4 – Mr. Steve Adler

Session 4 – Professor Richard De Neufville

Session 4 – Professor David Gann