Milton Keynes is the fastest growing city in UK and an economic success story. However, such rapid growth is creating stress points in the city infrastructure and new intelligent solutions are needed to ensure that the forecast growth remains sustainable. MK:Smart is a £16M integrated innovation and support programme, which focuses on leveraging large-scale city data to provide solutions to key demand issues in MK. Central to MK:Smart is the state-of-the-art MK Data Hub, which provides a generic enabling infrastructure, available to academia and business alike, promoting data-intensive open innovation. In this presentation I will illustrate the key aspects of the MK:Smart project and will show examples of innovative data-driven solutions which are being developed in the project.
Prof Enrico Motta has a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from the UK’s Open University, where is currently a Professor in Knowledge Technologies. He has authored over 300 refereed publications and his h-index is 56. His research focuses on large scale data integration, pattern extraction and visualization, to enable users to make sense of large amounts of data and support robust decision-making processes. He currently leads MK:Smart, a £16M initiative which aims to tackle key barriers to economic growth in Milton Keynes, UK, through the deployment of innovative data-intensive solutions. He is also working on a novel environment for exploring and making sense of scholarly data, which leverages innovative techniques in large-scale data mining, semantic technologies and visual analytics. Prof Motta is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies and, over the years, has advised strategic research boards and governments in several countries, including UK, US, The Netherlands, Italy, Austria, Finland, and Estonia.