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Lectures and Colloquia

The Science of Cities

IBM Research & Development—Ireland

At the “City of Science” IBM Research Colloquium in October, the IBM Research & Development – Ireland lab in Dublin announced the opening of its new facility that combines IBM’s Smart City Technology Centre with risk anayltics, hybrid systems and exascale research.

Academic, industry and IBM leaders at the colloquium discussed how science helps make cities vibrant hubs of life – engines that drive the global economy and proving grounds for social and technological innovation – as well as how science can help solve problems such as pollution, resource inefficiencies, unreliability, crime, and social inequities.

“Our European cities have been at the forefront of many of the political and social movements that have changed the world,” said Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation, and Science.

“Now, we need Europe’s cities at the forefront of the fight to regain Europe’s competitiveness, and to solve the many challenges that our society faces. I am convinced that Europe’s talented researchers and scientists, working together with industry and with local authorities, can help us all find the answers.”

IBM Country General Manager Peter O’Neill thanked Richard Bruton TD, minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation; Barry O’Leary of the Industrial Development Agency (IDA); and Dublin City Manager John Tierney for their commitment in positioning Ireland and Dublin as an ideal location for the research and development lab.

Minister Bruton remarked at the event’s closing, “We can now build new intelligence around systems, allowing technology to make a real difference to our daily lives.”