Shin Koseki, UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape at the Université de Montréal and assistant professor at the Fac-ulty of Planning – School of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture of the Université de Montréal has been named co-head researcher of the environment, smart cities, territory, and mobility research theme of OBVIA, the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technologies. “After a call for proposals in the Environment, Smart Cities, Territory and Mobility research theme, the OBVIA Scientific Committee unanimously decided on September 17 to recommend Professor Shin Koseki as co-head researcher of this re-search theme” comments the Observatory on Twitter. The young professor will lead this research theme alongside Professor Thierry Badard of Université Laval. Comprised of several dozen members, this theme addresses the posi-tive and negative outcomes of artificial intelligence on the natural, social, and built environment.
This nomination demonstrates Shin Koseki’s engagement to reflect upon the potential and risks of new technologies in this era which is defined by vast transitions on a global scale. It is within that mindset that the University of Montre-al professor has initiated in 2019 the “IA & Cities” round table which has been presented every year at the Applied Machine Learning Days, the largest artificial intelligence conference in Europe. It is also within this spirit that Shin Koseki has taken part in the reflection group on the smart systems of the IEEE as a founding member.
This announcement arises during the launch by Shin Koseki of a vast project pertaining to the usage of artificial intelligence in the practices of urban planning and design. This project, conducted by the UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape, is being carried out with the collaboration of many key actors of the artificial intelligence field in Montre-al, such as MILA and IVADO. This initiative follows an analysis using artificial intelligence of pictorial representations of the Roman urban space of the 17th century, initiated by Shin Koseki with the collaboration of the Center of Digital Visual Studies of the University of Zurich and the Max Planck Institute for Art History — Biblotheca Hertziana in Rome
Link to the news on the OBVIA website: https://observatoire-ia.ulaval.ca/en/shin-koseki-new-co-head-researcher-of-the-environment-smart-cities-territory-and-mobility-research-theme/