Yuan Shan Globalize Online Lecture: Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
The Yuan Shan Globalize Online Lecture is back! The Office of International Affairs held another Yuan Shan Globalize Online Lecture on December 2, 2021. This time, through the invitation of Professor Wen-I Lin, Dean of Office of International Affairs, we invited Dr. Federico Cugurullo from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) to give us an online lecture on " Frankenstein Urbanism and the End of the City - Eco, Smart, Autonomous Cities, and Artificial Intelligence. "
In the very beginning, Dr. Cugurullo introduced his college to us. Trinity College Dublin (TCD)was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth and has been established for over 400 years, organized into three constituent faculties: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, and the Faculty of Health Sciences. TCD is one of the most prestigious academic institutions in Europe. Dr. Cugurullo is an Assistant Professor in Smart and Sustainable Urbanism, Department of Geography in TCD, currently researching how artificial intelligence (AI) impacts urban governance and planning, thereby influencing the sustainability of cities. He also wrote a book called“Frankenstein Urbanism: Eco, Smart, and Autonomous Cities, Artificial Intelligence and the End of the City”, and has extensive experience in academic publications.
Dr. Cugurullo said that the last time he visited National Taipei University was in 2015. He thinks that Taipei is a fantastic city and he is also a fan of our university. He enjoyed his time in Taipei and it was a pity that he couldn’t attend the lecture in person due to the epidemic. During the online lecture, Dr. Cugurullo introduced the concept of smart cities, Autonomous Cities, and Artificial Intelligence to the participants and explain how sustainability is cultivated and implemented with smart and eco-cities.
More than 60 students, including students from the Graduate Institution of Urban Planning and the Department of Real Estate & Built Environment joined the lecture online and in person. To accommodate the time difference, the lecture started at 5:00 pm and lasted for almost two hours. Dr. Cugurullo highly appreciated the positive attitude of our students and hoped that through this lecture, they would have a new understanding of the impact of smart cities and AI on urban governance. Moreover, to further enhance their knowledge in exploring international issues.