CITY IN VITRO Open synthesis city platforms

Cities are the most complex constructs created by humanity, yet the way we design and build them is not resonant with principles of complexity. CITY IN VITRO will look at the evolution of built ecologies at the intersection of In Vitro of computational engines and In Vivo of pressured cities in the race for net zero.

It will gather representatives from leading industry, governance and city alliances to discuss the capacity of collaborative, AI-powered simulation platforms to uncover possible futures for the built environments as true ecologies of complex systems.

About the event

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CITY IN VITRO is an exciting opportunity for those interested in future city strategies, AI, the physical and digital intersection, the built environment, and even the future of creativity to learn about the latest innovations in the field and network with industry leaders. Attendees can expect insight into how AI and metaverse platforms are changing how we design and build cities and how these changes will impact the possible futures of built environments. 10 min presentations by guests will set the stage for a 45 min panel discussion, and up to 15 min Q&A. Professor of Design Innovation RMIT Architecture Dr Alisa Andrasek will be moderating the panel. The event will be live-streamed and recorded for future viewings online.

Sponsored By:

  • RMIT College of Design and Social Context, Research and Innovation
  • RMIT School of Architecture and Urban Design
  • RMIT Design and Creative Practice Enabling Impact Platform
  • SmartCow
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Speakers info

Portrait of Alisa Andrasek

Alisa Andrasek
Professor Design Innovation RMIT Architecture and Urban Design
RMIT University
Melbourne, Australia

A Professor at RMIT School of Architecture and an award-winning design leader with over two decades working across disciplines and geographies (NY/London/Melbourne) - bridging between design, technology and ecology, bringing complexity science, AI and robotics to the forefront of AEC and cities. Founder of Biothing and AIARCH, with over 70 publications and 50 exhibitions worldwide, including recent City X at the Venice Biennale, Coder Le Monde at the Centre Pompidou Paris, and the design for the Croatian National Pavilion in Venice, featuring one of the world’s largest robotically printed structures.


Portrait of Thomas Osdoba

Thomas Osdoba
Director NetZeroCities EU and Senior Advisor at Climate KIC
NetZeroCities EU / Climate KIC
Madrid, Spain

Thomas is a social entrepreneur with a legacy of innovative progress to advance sustainability, and building and managing organizations and communities. He serves as the Director of NetZeroCities EU, and as a senior advisor to cities as part of Climate-KIC, Europe’s top innovation community on sustainability and climate change. 


Portrait of Kaveh Vessali

Kaveh Vessali
Partner at PricewaterHouseCoopers
PWC
UAE

After almost 15 years in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur and product exec at Siebel, SAP, and Salesforce, Kaveh has now led Digital Transformation, Data & AI, and Smart Cities initiatives across the Middle East for the past 10 years. He is a former U.S. Diplomat, having served as Deputy Chief for Political and Economic Affairs in Dubai, and started his career as an urban planning and policy economist.


Portrait of Charbel Aoun

Charbel Aoun
Smart Cities and Spaces Director at Nvidia
NVIDIA
London, United Kingdom

Charbel spent 25 years in Fortune 500 and technology startups, making digital transformation happen. Currently leading NVIDIA smart Cities & Spaces business for EMEA, helping customers & partners to realize the benefit of Artificial Intelligence. Previously worked for Accenture, Cisco & Schneider Electric in similar global executive roles.


Portrait of Joe Dignan

Joe Dignan
IDC Assoc VP and Head of Government Insights Europe at IDC
IDC
London, United Kingdom

A recognized Cities subject matter expert with global experience in the digital transformation arena, regional government, universities, technology vendors such as Microsoft and EDS and technology accelerators such as the Future Cities Catapult and is a Research Fellow at Kings College London's Centre for Urban Science and Progress.


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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.