城市规划中的智慧城市与大数据 | 2019IKCEST-iCity国际培训班成功举办



In order to further promote the International Knowledge Centre for Engineering Sciences and Technology under the Auspices of UNESCO (IKCEST)  and the knowledge of urban planning, IKCEST and the College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Tongji University jointly held the training programme 2019 International Training Workshop for Innovative Training on Smart City and Big Data in Urban Planning  in Shanghai from October 23 to October 27, 2019.


The Member of Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) and Vice President of Tongji University, Prof. Wu Zhiqiang, attended the opening ceremony and delivered an opening remark. The workshop attracted 24 trainees from more than 17 countries including Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Sierra Leone, South Korea, Spain, Sudan, United States, comprising of 15 men and 9 women.


Group photo of workshop opening


Professor Wu said that cities are faced with three big challenges: “the conflict between city and nature , the conflict between multiple systems, and the conflict between historical heritage and its future development . Since 2014, Professor Wu has led a team to identify the characteristics of global cities through artificial intelligence and developed City Tree for the study of the cities all over the world. He hoped that the students make joint efforts to promote the development of smart cities with the advancement and innovation of the cutting-edge technologies.


After the opening ceremony, the trainees introduced themselves one by one, which increased their understanding of each other and laid a good foundation for the smooth progress of the following courses.


The programme attracted a large number of applicants from many countries and a total of 24 students were on the shortlist for training. The programme combined class teaching, group discussion and field visit. It was a big success and was highly praised by the participants not only because of the efficient organization and management but also the fact that the world’s top scholars and experts were invited as lecturers and judges for the programme, and the teaching assistants were also very qualified and dedicated.


Self introduction by trainees


Theoretical learning - October 23-25


(6 high-level wonderful lectures)

中国工程院院士吴志强教授、德国工程院院士Otthein Herzog教授、同济大学曹布阳教授、谢俊民副教授、周新刚助理教授、沈尧博士等分别就人工智能与城市规划、IKCEST建设理念和发展概述、人工智能与智慧城市、城市感知模型及可视化、环境规划、未来城市规划等相关内容给学员们做了精彩授课。学员们认真听讲,并积极与老师互动,提出具有批判性的观点。智能城市是当今的热点话题,此次培训带来的饕餮学术盛宴充分点燃了学员们对于智能城市的热情,高度契合IKCEST-iCity的“在全球范围内传播智能城市知识”的精神。

CAE Member Wu Zhiqiang, Professor Otthein Herzog, Fellow of the German Academy of Science and Engineering, Professor Cao Buyang, Associate Professor Xie Junmin,  Assistant Professor Zhou Xingang, and Dr. Shen Yao from Tongji University respectively introduced artificial intelligence and urban planning, IKCEST founding philosophy and current practice, artificial intelligence and smart cities, urban perception models and visualization, environmental planning, future urban planning and other related content. The trainees listened carefully and actively interacted with the lecturers to present critical views. Smart city is a hot topic today, the academic feast brought by this training has fully ignited the students' enthusiasm for smart cities and is highly compatible with IKCEST-iCity's spirit of “transmitting smart city knowledge on a global scale”.


Panel Discussion - October 23-25 

(International thoughts collision)


During the off-class discussion, the students were divided into several groups, each of which consists of three or four members, and had discussion on the evaluation system of smart city based on their hometown. The teaching assistants had a face-to-face interaction with the trainees and put forward suggestions on the topic for discussion.


Results - October 25 (fruitful results)


Participants conducted online exams on the IKCEST platform, and gave presentations on their thoughts on smart cities and the development of cities in the future.


After three days of study, the trainees completed all the courses and passed the graduation examination before being conferred graduation certificates jointly issued by IKCEST and Tongji University.


City tour - October 26-27


The city is a complex giant system, and the trainees need to combine theory with practice to better understand the city. Through the previous three days of theoretical knowledge learning, the trainees had a basic understanding of the knowledge of smart cities. With field visit,the students would feel the city directly and better understand it.


On October 26th, the participants visited Anting New Town, Jiading New Town, and visited the Jiading Old Town for comparative analysis. Finally, they walked around the Poly Theatre in Jiading New Town Center to investigate the history, role and future development of Shanghai Satellite Town and project future development.


On October 27th, the participants also visited the Expo Park, Expo Axis and China Arts Museum in Pudong New Area of Shanghai, which was designed by the Wu Zhiqiang during Shanghai Expo 2010. They felt the urban transformation influenced by the big event, explored the massive scale of cities and buildings, strolled the waterfront space of riverside, and got to know the successful industrial heritage transformation stories. The participants learned about the design concept, the status quo and the plan for the post-expo use of the Park. Finally, everyone visited the community garden project initiated by Professor Liu Yuelai, which aims at return the building right of landscape back to the residents, making the dream of “returning to the garden” in the city possible.


Summary and reflections


In the questionnaire concerning the training programme and the IKCEST platform, the trainees all gave a high evaluation and expressed their praise and thanks to the teachers for their wonderful lectures. The participants said that they would apply the knowledge they have learned to their study and work, and continue to explore cities and new technologies in the future.


      IKCEST is a category II centre under theauspices of UNESCO. IKCEST was established on June 2, 2014. The Chinese Academyof Engineering is responsible for the operation and management of the IKCEST. IKCEST aims at providing knowledge-based services at a global scale in the formof consultation, scientific research and education for policy-makers andengineering science and technology professionals in the world, with particularreference to the developing countries.