DigHum Lecture Series: First talk by Susan J. Winter on 8 November 2019!
The first invited talk held whithin the framework of the Lecture Series on Digital Humanism (supported by the Vienna Science and Technology Fund WWTF) will be given by Susan J. Winter (University of Maryland) and will take place on 6 November 2019, 5 P.M. at EI9 Hlawka Lecture Hall (Gußhausstraße 25-29 - stairs 1, ground floor, room number: CAEG17).
Title: "Cui bono? A Sociotechnical View of Smart Cities"
Technologies that were a fantasy decades ago, such as AI and mobile devices, are now integral to the way we live, work, and interact with our environment. This has brought remarkable new capabilities to all sectors of the economy and fueled calls for the transformation of urban living through Smart Cities. The professionals who are develop and deploy these technologies are held to ethical standards to contribute to society and human well-being, but many Smart Cities efforts fail to benefit those residents who are most in need. A sociotechnical view of cities clarifies the ethical dilemmas created by smart cities, identifies challenges that must be overcome, and illuminates a path toward ensuring that everyone benefits.
Short CV of Susan J. Winter:
Dr. Susan Winter, Associate Dean for Research and Co-Director of the Center for Advanced Study of Communities and Information. My research focuses on technology and the organization of work especially the social and organizational challenges of data reuse and collaboration among information workers and scientists acting within highly institutionalized sociotechnical systems. My work has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation and by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. I was previously a Science Advisor in the Directorate for Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences, a Program Director, and Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation supporting distributed, interdisciplinary scientific collaboration for complex data-driven and computational science. I received my PhD from the University of Arizona, my MA from the Claremont Graduate University, and my BA from the University of California, Berkeley.