Mischa Dohler, who was appointed as Professor in Wireless Communications in the Department of Informatics in 2013, is already making a splash in London, with a forthcoming speaking appearance at TEDxLondon’s CITY 2.0 event on 6 December 2013. Having come from the Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC) in Barcelona, a technology centre in telecommunications where he was Director of Research, and on the Board of Directors of Worldsensing, which he cofounded, he is well qualified to discuss some of the most important issues of urban data (big data, open data and privacy), urban manufacturing, and the urban citizen. In his talk “Smart Cities – The Untold Story”, Mischa will challenge some common views around the recent hype of smart cities, and outline some viable steps to address the challenges and misconceptions to facilitate the emergence of truly smart cities.
In preparation for the talk, Mischa has been doing some background research, as I discovered while running down the road to grab a sandwich for lunch. Here he is, acting as a “chugger” on the Strand, trying to grab passers by for interviews. Armed with a camera in the background to record and film interviews, when I found him Mischa was beginning to understand the challenges faced by the charity muggers one normally encounters on this stretch of the pavement. He had only had one successful interview in about 4oo people. But it’s still only lunchtime!
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