Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Envisioning A Great City: Public Realm & Economic Impact
Public realm and economic impact are two critical concepts found in successful nations. Over time, cities in regions all around the world have experienced significant changes for various reasons. These include redesigning city layouts, replacing old buildings by new ones, creating investment opportunities, and using technologies for improved operation efficiency and management. However, urban environments that did not prosper failed to focus on the public realm and creating opportunities for economic impact.
In this presentation, we will first provide a historical perspective on cities and their development. The second point is a focus on factors for economic impact. This covers a review of progress in technologies and their implementation to help facilitate the operation and management of cities and nations. These include examples in the areas of transportation, water, energy, and health. Limitations of the current technologies will also be addressed. Finally, we will focus on the public realm and its important role in the success of cities and nations.
Kamal Youcef-Toumi is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT. He is Co-Director of the Center for Complex Engineering Systems at KACST and MIT, and Director of the Ibn Khaldun Fellowship program for Saudi Women. His M.S. and Sc.D. degrees are from MIT. Youcef-Toumi's research focuses on design, modeling, simulation, instrumentation, and control theory with applications to manufacturing, robotics, automation, and metrology. He made significant contributions to MIT international research and education collaborations, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore. Professor Youcef-Toumi is the recipient of the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator award from President Ronald Reagan. He served on many professional committees and as a consultant for multinationals. He is an IEEE member and an ASME Fellow. He served as Editor of several symposia/conference proceedings. He is author of over 320 publications, and about 50 registered/pending patents. He was invited to lecture at over 200 seminars worldwide.