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Huri te Ao - Smart Sustainable Cities Seminars

Discover AUT research that is changing the world and contributing to smart sustainable cities

Huri te Ao - Smart Sustainable Cities Seminars

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Thu 19 May 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Nationwide (more than one region)


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Huri te Ao - Smart Sustainable Cities Seminars

We’re living in a time of environmental, technological and social change. As the challenges of the 21st century grow more complex and more urgent, it becomes incumbent on universities to foster imagination, strategic thinking, research agendas and infrastructures at a scale that supports graduates to be creative and effective agents to build smart sustainable cities of tomorrow.

For Techweek’22 Huri te Ao, AUT’s school of Future Environments and Te Kura Mātai Pūhanga, Rorohiko, Pāngarau, AUT’s School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences are hosting a seminar series exploring smart sustainable cities.

Event registrants will receive a series of on-demand seminars sharing a range of AUT research that is contributing to smart sustainable cities at home in Auckland and around the world.

This live event draws the series to a close. Hosted by the heads of each school, the concluding seminar will weave the seminar presentations and further research together in a conversation exploring a holistic approach to sustainable smart cities and the opportunities for the future.

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Professor Charles Walker

Head of Huri te Ao, AUT's School of Future Environments

Charles Walker studied both engineering and fine art before graduating in architecture from Edinburgh College of Art. He has an MSc in Urban Development from the Faculty of Business, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, and a Ph.D. from the University of Auckland on ethics and professional accreditation.

He has practised and taught in the UK, Middle East, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2008, Charles co-founded Colab - a catalyst for trans-disciplinary research and practice across design, emerging technologies, philosophy, social innovation and entrepreneurship, at AUT.

In 2015, after an open design competition, he was appointed by the New Zealand Institute of Architects as Creative Director for the New Zealand exhibition at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibition also toured New Zealand through 2017-18.

After a brief spell as Director of Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Creative Intelligence at the University of Technology Sydney, Charles re-joined AUT to establish Huri Te Ao / the new School of Future Environments. His teaching and research centres around inclusive systems transformation and how we might live together, differently, in a changing world.

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Professor Aman Oo

Head of AUT's school of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Professor Aman Oo is currently Dean of Engineering & Head of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at Auckland University of Technology. Previously, he was the Dean and Head of School of Engineering at Deakin University Australia. He is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and has made significant research contributions in the area of electrical power engineering and renewable energy, engineering education and published more than 300 scholarly articles in the peer reviewed high impact journals, books, and conference proceedings.

Aman has research interests and expertise in Microgrid & energy storage system integration, hydrogen, smart grid communication, power system stability and control, energy management and efficiency, protection and security of smart grids, sustainable operation and control of microgrids as well as in Engineering Education.

He has supervised more than 20 PhD students to completion and is currently supervising several PhD students in the area of electrical power engineering and renewable energy engineering. Aman has been actively working with several international and national professional communities and industries. He is sought worldwide to deliver keynote addresses and presentations at workshops and conferences.

Jannat Maqbool

MC - Jannat Maqbool

Interim Executive Director at Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand

Jannat is an Australian born Punjabi and mother of three based in the Waikato, New Zealand. She is a CPA and former CIO with a Masters in Digital Business and is actively engaged in the New Zealand technology ecosystem. With a focus on leveraging technology in innovative ways to benefit people and planet.

Jannat launched IoT Waikato as an event series supporting innovation in IoT, smart cities and industry 4.0, which led to the role of Smart Cities Advisor at Hamilton City Council and Tech Sector Lead at Te Waka: Waikato Regional Economic Development Agency.

More recently Jannat was the Associate Director at the Artificial Intelligence Institute - University of Waikato where she led the launch of the Institute, planned and delivered the inaugural NZ Workshop on AI Research, and was involved in establishing the Artificial Intelligence Researchers Association.

Jannat is also a Trustee at Web Access Waikato Trust and Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust, Chair of the Waikato Intercultural Fund, on the Executive Council at TechWomen NZ, Deputy Chair at NZ IoT Alliance, an Advisory Board Member of the Waikato Wellbeing Project and HTK Group, on the Executive Committee of the AI Researchers Association, and Deputy Chair at NZ Tech.