27 October 2021

International experts on sustainable city development convene at 2nd CAIC-SIUD 2021

AUN Writer Team

By Janesza Kaye Santos, AUN Intern

From 13-15 October 2021, the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Development, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Indonesia, as the Secretariat of AUN-SCUD Network, held its CSID AUN-SCUD International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure and Urban Development (CAIC-SIUD) via Zoom Online Conference with the theme "Shaping Resilience and Sustainable Future Through Digitalization, Technologies and Added Value." The event focused on fostering collaborative study, research, and educational programs in sustainability and urban development by strengthening the sustainable city's network of experts, researchers, and policymakers.  It also aimed to raise sustainability awareness and enhance regional collaboration to provide a higher quality of life and more sustainable society. 

The topics delivered in the keynote sessions of the conference are:

  • Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) in Smart Cities presented by Prof. Dr. Pekka Leviäkangas from University of Oulu, Finland 
  • Smart Infrastructure and Digital Twin presented by Dr. Mohammed Ali Berawi from Universitas Indonesia, Director of AUN-SCUD
  • Creating Climate-Resilient and Equitable Buildings presented by Dr. Amy Kim from the University of Washington
  • Indicators for Smart Sustainable Cities presented by Dr. Svetlana Gutman and Dr. Rytova Elena from Saint-Petersburg State Polytechnic University

Dr. Choltis Dhirathiti, Executive Director of ASEAN University Network, also delivered his opening remarks, which focused on Smart Cities being ASEAN's central policy thrust and the challenges of digitalization in the industry, especially during the pandemic. 
In addition, the parallel sessions gave opportunities to authors to present their research about Infrastructure, Development, Disaster Management & Climate Change, and Smart City. 

At this event, the keynote speakers discussed how the Southeast Asian region already has the necessary technologies in transitioning to smart cities. However, corporations must collaborate to create an environment that is somewhat profitable and at the same time sustainable. They also focused on the role of cities as centers of economic development and on how these technological developments affect the environment. Simultaneously, Digital Technology and Smart Infrastructure can increase performance and improve people's quality of life while preserving the environment. AUN-SCUD and the participants anticipate how the event's outcomes will be disseminated throughout Southeast Asia and help design a better, smart, and sustainable society.