The discussion will bring together leading global experts who will reveal how the dynamic interaction of innovative technologies in urban digital twins is changing the planning, design and management of our cities.

Speakers will present ideas related to the innovative potential of urban digital twins and AI and inspiration from their synergy to overcome the challenges of developing modern cities and making them a better place for people to live.

The keynote of the session will be delivered by Sisi Zlatanova, professor at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia.

The discussion will be moderated by Bernd Ketzler, Research Coordinator of the Digital Twin Cities Center at the University of Technology, Charmers.

The speakers are: Desislava Petrova-Antonova – professor of software engineering at the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” and head of the research area “Data Management” and the applied area “Future Cities” at GATE; Anders Logg – Professor of Computational Mathematics at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden; and Prof. Mila Koeva, who works in the field of 3D earth data at the Faculty of Geoinformation Sciences and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente.

The topics from the panel will be further developed in a workshop where GATE researchers will present use cases related to the role of urban digital twins in achieving sustainable city goals such as reducing air pollution and promoting green urban environments, designing user-friendly living urban spaces – creating 15-minute walkable cities and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, climate resilience.

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