Lecture and Discussion: The Informed City

  • 01:00 PM
  • The Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago

CSCI is sponsoring the University of Chicago’s discussion The Informed City: Data-Driven Approaches to a More Just, Equitable and Sustainable City at The University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center on Tuesday, March 4 from 1-5 p.m., followed by a reception from 5-6 p.m.

As a precursor to the World Urban Forum 7 in Medellín, Colombia, in April 2014, please join regional thought-leaders in Chicago for a provocative discussion about cutting-edge practices for realizing the global city of tomorrow. Leading public, private, academic and non-profit sector experts will share their insights on data-driven approaches to urban planning, design, health, education, water infrastructure and crime prevention.

Pre-registration is required to attend. Click here to pre-register.


1:00 p.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Ian H. Solomon, Vice President, Office of Global Engagement, University of Chicago
  • Alaina Harkness, Program Officer, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

1:30 p.m. Computation, Data, and Mobile Devices to Understand, Design, Sustain, and Enhance the City

  • Charlie Catlett, Director, Urban Center for Computation and Data, Senior Computer Scientist, Mathematics and Computer Science Division, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory (Moderator)
  • Brenna Berman, Commissioner and CIO, Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT), City of Chicago
  • Kate Cagney, Associate Professor, Sociology and Health Studies, Director, Population Research Center, NORC & University of Chicago
  • Melissa Gilliam, Co-Founder, Game Changer Chicago Design Lab, Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Pediatrics Chief, University of Chicago
  • Stacy Lindau, Associate Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Medicine-Geriatrics, Director, South Side Health and Vitality Studies (SSHVS), University of Chicago
  • John Tolva, former Chief Technology Officer, City of Chicago, President, PositivEnergy Practice

2:45 p.m. Sustainable Water in the 21st Century City

  • Seth Snyder, Section Leader, Process Technology Research in the Energy Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratory (Moderator)
  • Mary Ann Dickinson, President and CEO, Alliance for Water Efficiency
  • Dr. Manian Ramesh, Chief Technology Officer (retired), Water and Energy Services, Nalco Company
  • Debra Shore, Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • David St. Pierre, Executive Director, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Karen Weigert, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago

3:45 p.m. Harnessing Data for Violence Prevention, Safety and Opportunity: Who are you going to trust, the data or your lying eyes?

  • Maurice Classen, Program Officer, Community & Economic Development, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (Moderator)
  • Jonathan Guryan, Associate Professor of Human Development and Social Policy in the Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University; Co-Director, University of Chicago Urban Education Lab
  • Jens Ludwig, McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy; Director, University of Chicago Crime Lab; Co-Director, University of Chicago Urban Education Lab
  • Mark Saint, Site Director, Match Education

4:45 p.m. Concluding Remarks

  • Richard Longworth, Senior Fellow, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • Derek R.B. Douglas, Vice President, Office of Civic Engagement, University of Chicago

Sponsored by the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement and the Global Engagement Office, in partnership with Chicago Sister Cities International, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, UN Habitat and the MacArthur Foundation.