CHAIR ON SMART CITIES
The chair on Smart Cities is organized by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences and Solvay Business School, and imec-SMIT (Studies in Media, Innovation and Technology), together with her partners Joyn, Belfius, Befimmo, and Proximus.
The main goal of the chair is to increase and deliver knowledge exchange between experts, public and private stakeholders on how to involve and incentivize citizens and other communities, how to work with data in a privacy-friendly way and how to ensure compelling use cases that have real impact on social and economic processes in areas such as mobility, retail and so on.
As part of the chair, Master Classes in Smart Cities are organized to bring together city experts that have the ambition to develop smart city projects.
The Master Classes are neutral, state-of-the-art sessions where scholars and city experts come together to discuss and where cases from the business world are addressed.
master classes of 2019
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PROF. DR. PIETER BALLON
Throughout a career spanning almost twenty years, Pieter has demonstrated academic excellence and taken up significant responsibilities both within and outside the university, gradually becoming one of the thought leaders on ICT Innovation in Flanders while also gaining international acclaim.
He is Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He currently lectures on Critical Issues in Media Economics, New Media Economics and Media Economics and Media Structures. Pieter is also the Director of research centre SMIT (with currently more than 60 researchers), as well as Scientific Director Living Labs at imec, the internationally leading research institute for ICT innovation. In this capacity, he is leading various national and international programmes on Living Labs, Smart Cities, and Business Models for new media services and platforms.
Pieter Ballon has a publication record of well over 100 peer-reviewed papers published in scholarly books, academic journals and conference proceedings; a citation index that is considered as ‘very high performing’ for humanities and social sciences; and membership of the editorial boards of Telecommunications Policy, the Journal of Media Innovation, and the Journal of Theoretical and Applied E-commerce Research. In addition, he has won best paper awards at important conferences including IEEE Dyspan, the International Conference on Mobile Business (ICMB) and the International Conference on E-Business (ICE-B). He acted as Conference Chair for the International Telecommunications Society Europe (June 2014) and for a series of four IBBT-MIT Joint International Workshops on Cognitive Radio Standardization and Markets between 2009 and 2011, besides acting as Programme Chair at a number of conferences.
He was appointed the first Brussels Smart City Ambassador and is also the International Secretary of the European Network of Living Labs. His expertise lies in the Smart City area for both Brussels and the Flanders Region, on the subject of which he has recently published the book “Smart Cities : hoe technologie onze steden leefbaar houdt en slimmer maakt". Since October 2016, Pieter holds the academic Chair on Smart Cities at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
SCHOLARS & CITY EXPERTS
presentations - networking - workshops - conferences