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2016.11.07

Meetings in Europe

Bristol University

Visits were paid to Bristol University which is in charge of "Bristol is Open(BIO)", a smart city project of the UK, and the International Regions Benchmarking Consortium held in Stockholm where we had information exchange meetings with organizations from industry, academia and government in Europe.

We had a information exchange meeting with Bristol University on October 10th(Mon), 2016.
They are developing an ICT platform called City OS, which is targeted for the social systems as we are doing in the COI project.
Professor Dimitra Simeonidou, Director of Performance Network Group of Bristol University is in charge of the project in which they are building wired and wireless high speed networks managed with SDN(Software-Defined Networking) in the city. SDN is a function to flexibly control networks with software which can be used for communication in the city. We had discussions on developments of automated driving and energy related applications utilizing the communication platform. In addition we introduced the Urban OS of Kyushu University and had discussions on the collaboration among industry-academia-government, establishment of the business model and agendas for practical application.

After the meeting we took a look at Bristol Data Dome in the city.
The Data Dome is a facility which has a new visual system in a renovated planetarium so that many kinds of big data are visualized.
In the spherical shaped room we can see the 3 dimensional images of the data from Bristol city or the environmental big data in the world.
The images are developed by a venture company in Bristol which is an example of the collaboration among industry-academia-government.

Stockholm(Sweden)

We participated in a conference in Stockholm organized by the International Regions Benchmarking Consortium(IRBC) on October 12th(Wed) , where we made a presentation on our COI project and status of the collaboration with Fukuoka city.
IRBC has members such as Fukuoka, Stockholm, Barcelona, Munich, Helsinki and Seattle.
This year it was held in Stockholm where discussion was done on the collaboration among industry-academia-government.

From Kyushu University Mr. Matuso, research fellow, had a presentation in the session "BUILDING GRIDGES BETWEEN THE ACADEMIA AND THE PUBLIC" on the first day of the event.
Also Dr. Yasuura, Executive Vice President of Kyushu University, Dr. Kazuaki Murakami, Associate Director of Institute of Systems, Information Technologies and Nanotechnologies (ISIT), Mr. Takayuki Kubo, Senior researcher of Fukuoka DC and Mr. Tetsuhiro Toyoshima, Director of Fukuoka DC had presentations and participated in a panel discussion.

Through the meetings we were able to have understanding of the progresses and problems of the smart city projects and the collaboration among industry-academia-government in Europe.

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