Urban Connectedness

Richard Newton Rooms
Level 5, Electrical Engineering Building
The University of Melbourne


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Melbourne Knowledge Week Public Forum

Connectivity is driving rapid change in the urban landscape. The increased proliferation of sensor networks and connected devices is allowing the development of deeper insights into how people engage with cities supporting improvements in the planning of urban environments, as well as smarter interactions with their urban environment.

This public forum brings together a panel of experts to discuss how the networked society is transforming our cities and critically examine how urban connectedness can increase productivity, sustainability and liveability.

This event is part of Melbourne Knowledge Week, 19 – 25 October 2015, proudly presented by the City of Melbourne.


Date: Wednesday 21 October 2015
Time: 5:30pm to 6:30pm, followed by refreshments.
Venue: Chemical Engineering Theatre, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building, Monash Road, the University of Melbourne


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Susan Harris

Chief Executive Officer, ITS Australia

With over 20 years' experience across transport and supply chain sectors Susan is eager to harness the benefits that technology can deliver to business and the Australian community. 

Through the global network of ITS Associations and participating as a member of the Board of the ITS World Congress, Susan has strong linkages with the international ITS community, ensuring Australian advances can be shared overseas while also keeping abreast of international developments in this rapidly evolving field.  Other affiliations include: Convenor of the Austroads Cooperative ITS Industry Reference Group; Member of the national Transport Commission Industry Advisory Group, Member of Monash University Institute of Transport Studies Industry Advisory Board. 

Susan has built a career in consulting and in industry to look at collaborative solutions involving government, industry and academia.  This industry experience is combined with professional qualifications including a Bachelor degree majoring in Environmental Management and an MBA from Melbourne Business School. 

Lorraine Tighe

Smart City and Innovation Program Manager, City of Melbourne

Lorraine is leading a number of initiatives to enhance Melbourne's reputation as a smart city, including city Wi-Fi and open-data; and co-founded CityLab, an innovation lab that brings together ideas, people, knowledge and data to explore solutions to urban challenges.

Lorraine has worked in IT related fields for over 15 years across private and public sectors here and in Europe, gaining knowledge across most facets of IT including program and project management, customer service and relationship management, vendor management, IT governance and information management. Prior to joining the City of Melbourne, she worked with the Port of Melbourne.

Lorraine has a degree in Business and a postgraduate in IT and has studied Strategic Foresight & Innovation Management through Swinburne executive education.

Matt Low

City Planner

Matt is a City Planner passionate about applying technology to solve urban problems. He develops data intensive web-based services combining his knowledge of the built environment, data and technology to create impact in the era of 'The Internet of Things'. Matt is a seasonal lecturer at the University of Melbourne in property and planning courses where he focusses on the future of cities including technology implications.

Matt has developed a number of innovative digital city planning tools and research studies including a number of online data portals for the City of Melbourne, "The mood of places" a visual analysis of mood around public spaces and infrastructure, as well as a number of digital strategies for governments in Australia and Malaysia.

Stephan Winter

Institute Fellow (Urban Connectedness), Melbourne Networked Society Institute

Stephan Winter is a world-wide recognized researcher in spatial information science, an interdisciplinary field between artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, linguistics, information science, geography and philosophy. Within spatial information science he is specializing on human spatial cognition and communication, with a vision of developing intelligent spatial machines especially in the context of navigation and intelligent transport. Stephan Winter is Discipline Leader, Geomatics, and Professor in Spatial Information Science at the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne. He holds a master degree (Dipl.-Ing., 1991) and a PhD (Dr.-Ing., cum laude, 1997) from the University of Bonn, and a habilitation from the Technical University Vienna (2001).