IIIT-Delhi hosted the second version of the Digital Delhi Conclave on December 5, 2020. The theme was “URBAN SCIENCE FOR SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES”. This was the second version of the institute’s annual conclave following the success of the inaugural version in 2019. The theme for the first Digital Delhi Conclave was “IT and Health For All”.
The day-long occasion was hosted on-line attributable to the ongoing pandemic. The Conclave introduced collectively a number of main academicians, trade leaders, nationwide and worldwide know-how and AI builders, public intellectuals. They got here collectively to deliberate on some of the most urgent themes referring to Delhi together with the points of air air pollution and mobility challenges in the rising metropolis.
The occasion started with the welcome remarks from the Director IIIT-Delhi, Prof. Ranjan Bose. While sharing IIIT-Delhi’s imaginative and prescient and the Institute’s dedication in direction of fixing societal issues, Prof. Bose added, “The Conclave is designed to deliver collectively all the vital stakeholders – people who find themselves going through challenges, IT innovators, trade professionals, authorities officers, and coverage makers to deliberate upon some of the urgent issues plaguing the NCR and the potential options. IIIT-Delhi being an Institute acknowledged for its cutting-edge analysis in info know-how and allied areas is in a singular place to create a public platform the place change-makers from completely different domains can come collectively and talk about potential instructions for sustainable improvement of the nationwide capital area.”
In his presentation, the Director additionally launched the not too long ago launched Urban Research Lab at IIIT-Delhi.
The first session of the occasion was Developing DiverCities workshop, by Faiz Ullah, School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Participants of the workshop had been taken via the course of of creating the Divercity web-archive for Mumbai, to be able to finally pose the query, can an analogous platform be developed for Delhi? Can we additionally develop an open supply repository for Delhi?
The first panel dialogue was on the subject “Urban Mobility and Communities”. The audio system had been Anurag Mazumdar, Ph.D. scholar at the Department of Geography and Geographical Science, University of Illinois; Prof. Dinesh Mohan, Honorary Professor at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi; Dr. Pravesh Biyani, ECE, IIIT-Delhi; Piyush S. Girgaonkar, International Fellow at International Metropolitan Institute, Founder, Plannogram; and Sarayu Natarajan, Founder, Aapti Institute. The panel mentioned upon some essential query on transportation for poor, mobility wants of the metropolis, how the workforce travels, are the metropolis masterplans actually working, and many extra.
The second panel was themed round Air Pollution Menace And The Future Of Delhi’s Communities which included Kartik Ganesan, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW); Sruti Modekurty, Platform Lead, OpenAQ; Sagnik Dey, Associate Professor, Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, IIT Delhi; and Rohit Negi, Associate Professor, School of Global Affairs, Ambedkar University, Delhi as audio system.
The panel mentioned the subject of air high quality as a public well being and human rights points. The subject of interdisciplinary understanding of the drawback of air air pollution and environmental justice was additionally deliberated upon by the panelists.
There had been two Keynotes for the occasion. The first was delivered by Prof. Ok. Gopinath, Computer Science & Automation, IISc, Bangalore, on ‘Smart Enough Cities’ and the second by Prof. Awadhendra Sharan, Professor, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies spoke on the subject ‘From Chimneys to Smog Towers: Technology and Air Pollution in Modern India’.
Prof. Ok Gopinath spoke on the position of info know-how in the reimagining of good cities, their prospects and associated issues. And Prof. Sharan spoke about historic features of Delhi’s response to the theme of air air pollution and highlighted the colonial antecedents which proceed to form the public and coverage response to the subject. The conclave concluded with the movie screening of ‘Cities of Sleep’, a documentary by Shaunak Sen who additionally engaged in a full of life Q&A with the viewers.
Having established itself as a torchbearer of technological improvements in the nation, IIIT-Delhi as a analysis institute needs to take each step potential for fulfilling key sustainable improvement targets (SDGs) in city India, particularly in Delhi. Moreover, as a public establishment, situated in the coronary heart of India’s largest metropolis, the establishment should play the position of an agenda-setter for points of AI and IT and how they’re associated to the key SDGs for our shared future. The Digital Delhi Conclave 2020 supplied a glimpse of how social and city sciences, together with IT and innovation, are the key to offering solutions to some of the urgent challenges of our occasions.
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