Track / Overview

Building on the success of the previous “AI & Cities” editions at AMLD 2019 and AMLD 2020, we want to continue the conversation on challenges and opportunities of the AI revolution on cities around the globe. “AI & Cities” has always been a discussion platform for both urban theorists and practitioners - and we seek to continue this tradition, intersecting views from academics, the public sector and industry.

The year 2020 has brought a global reckoning for cities, with the Coronavirus pandemic not only testing urban resilience and response mechanisms, but also disrupting social dynamics and urban infrastructure; the major “pull-effects” accelerating urbanization throughout the last decades. Challenges such as climate change further amplify the need for AI-derived tools to inform urban planning and empower city agencies.

So how can AI & ML technology help us to adapt to and mitigate the effects of these global events? And how will challenges differ across geographic, economic and cultural spaces? “AI & Cities” 2021 will tackle these and many more pressing questions, featuring a range of talks and panels with leaders in academia, industry and the public sector. As in previous years, we also want to feature young blood and ideas, such as early-career researchers and startups.

To access the 'AI & Cities' online track, you can register with a 'Online access – Dec 2 – AI & Cities' or a 'Online access – AMLD 2021 season pass (13 tracks)' ticket.

Track / Schedule


With Robert West

Keynote – AI and the Future of Cities

With Michael Batty

Coffee break

Application of AI in cities

With Abdinassir Sagar

It's time to urbanize technology

With Hubert Beroche

Urban governance of AI, a review

With Myriam Guillemette

Data Governance Clinics

With Shazade Jameson

AI and Climate Change: Opportunities, challenges, and recommendations

With David Rolnick

AI & Cities: the Role of Public Health

With Catherine Regis

Applied AI for Urban Analytics

With James Haworth

AI governance for Cities & People

With Gilles Fayad


With Abdinassir Sagar, Gilles Fayad, David Rolnick, Myriam Guillemette, Hubert Beroche, James Haworth, Catherine Regis & Shazade Jameson

Track / Speakers

Robert West

Professor, EPFL

Catherine Regis

Professor, University of Montreal

Shazade Jameson

PhD Candidate, Tilburg University

Michael Batty

Professor, University College London

Abdinassir Sagar

Innovation, UN-Habitat

David Rolnick

Assistant Professor, McGill University

Gilles Fayad

Initiatives Director, AI Commons

Myriam Guillemette

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Montreal

Hubert Beroche

Founder, Urban AI

James Haworth

Associate Professor, University College London

Track / Co-organizers

Konstantin Klemmer

PhD Student, University of Warwick / NYU

Shin Koseki

Assistant professor, University of Montreal

Nicholas Jones

Data Scientist, World Bank / GFDRR

Eun-Kyeong Kim

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Zurich

AMLD EPFL 2021 / Tracks & talks

AI & Democracy

Robert West, Roy Gava, Victor Kristof, Steven Eichenberger, Alexandra Siegel, Lucas Leemann, Rayid Ghani, Sophie Achermann, Alexander Immer, Jacques Savoy, Oana Goga, Christine Choirat, Arianna Ornaghi, Irio Musskopf

10:00-18:00 January 25Online

AI & Food and Nutrition

Marcel Salathé, Fabio Mainardi, Tome Eftimov, Sharada Mohanty, Philippe Glénat, Timon Zimmermann, Mireille Moser, Ugo Gentile, Christoph Trattner, Enrico Zio, Yamine Bouzembrak, Christian Nils Schwab, Carrol Plummer, Patrizia Catellani, Matthias Graeber, Lorijn van Rooijen, Kristina Gligorić, Lydia Afman, Nourchene Ben Romdhane, Talia Salzmann, Thomas Chen, Gjorgjina Cenikj, Gorjan Popovski, Sola Shirai

09:00-17:00 March 01Online

Clinical Machine Learning

Marcel Salathé, Bastian Rieck, Matteo Togninalli, Damian Roqueiro, Christian Bock, Daniel Rueckert, Michael Menden, Stephanie Hyland, Steve Jiang, Danielle Belgrave, Julia Vogt, Tobias Gass, Alistair Johnson, Assaf Gottlieb, Finale Doshi-Velez, Bernice Elger, Vanessa Schumacher

09:10-18:00 March 18Online

AMLD / Global partners