Great Problems, Great Minds Seminar: Artificial Intelligence Enabled Urban Planning

Join the Department of Social Sciences for this Great Problems, Great Minds seminar series event featuring guest speaker Zhong-Ren Peng, professor of urban and regional planning and director of the International Center for Adaptation Planning and Design (iAdapt) at the College of Design, Construction, and Planning at the University of Florida online via Zoom on September 29 from .

His major research interests include transportation planning, adaptation planning for climate change, and artificial intelligence-enabled urban planning. He has published extensively with two books, 10 book chapters, and 167 papers across multiple disciplines, and many of them are “extremely highly cited” and very impactful according to Dimensions Analytics. The event will take place on September 29 at 12:40 p.m.

AI is emerging as an important technology to enhance and reshape urban planning research and practices. However, questions remain unaddressed about what AI can do to urban and regional planning, what issues are involved, and how we plan for it. This presentation provides a framework to characterize how AI enables the urban planning process and explore the roles of AI and planners in a taxonomy of AI-enabled urban planning: from AI-assisted, AI-augmented, AI-automated, to AI-autonomized planning. Finally, we identify potential issues and challenges like equity, ethics, representation, and trust about AI in planning process, education, and research, and provide some suggestions to address them.

This event will take place on Zoom.

To see the full schedule and videos from previous events, visit the seminar series page.