Geographies of Urban Automation II: Transport and infrastructure

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group, Cyberinfrastructure Specialty Group, Transportation Geography Specialty Group
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Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Studio 7, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Federico Cugurullo, SIMON MARVIN, Alan Wiig
Chairs: Federico Cugurullo


The physical and social structure of the city is being increasingly shaped by autonomous technologies. Self-driving cars, drones, smart power grids and robots driven by an artificial intelligence, are expected to become part of the everyday life of cities over the next couple of decades, thereby generating a substantial socio-political, environmental and economic impact. Far from being a homogeneous phenomenon, urban automation varies in extent and nature across different geographical spaces, and this session aims to explore its multiple incarnations and variegations.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Pauline McGuirk*, University of Wollongong, Australia, Robyn Dowling, University of Sydney, Test Beds, Trials and Transport: Autonomous Vehicle Experimentation Shaping and Being Shaped by the City 20 5:20 PM
Presenter Luis F Alvarez Leon*, Clark University, Counter-Mapping the Spaces of Autonomous Driving 20 5:40 PM
Presenter Federico Cugurullo*, Trinity College Dublin, Sustainable urbanism in an era of shared autonomous cars 20 6:00 PM
Presenter SIMON MARVIN*, University of Sheffield, The second order cybernetic city? - Automating the modulation of driver behaviour 20 6:20 PM
Discussant Alan Wiig University of Massachusetts, Boston 20 6:40 PM

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