Technology buzzwords fill our lives and it can be hard to know which words really mean something and will have a positive impact on our lives. You may have heard the term “Smart cities” and wondered “What does it mean? Is it a real thing? Will it do anything useful?” In this short talk, Nick Falkner will demystify the buzzwords, tell you what he thinks it all means, let you know what’s already going on in SA in this area, and also share his enthusiasm with you about the possibilities for everyone living and working in our state. That includes whether they actually live in the city or not – we don’t want to leave out the 25% of South Australians who live outside of Adelaide!
Nick is an Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science at the University of Adelaide. He is the Director of the Australian Smart Cities Consortium, a University-wide project with many external partners that is bringing together multi-disciplinary teams to solve challenging problems in human habitation. Nick’s research areas include networks, Internet of Things, cybersecurity, blockchain applications, and educational research in student behaviour and motivation. He is also an award winning teacher and is heavily involved in innovative educational projects, including the University’s on-line offerings and creative project courses.