AI and Smart Cities: Paving the Path to a Connected Future

AI & Humanity

AI and Smart Cities: Paving the Path to a Connected Future
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Since the launch of ChatGPT in Nov 2022, the growth, adoption and integration of GenAI (“AI”) into our society has been exponential and exceptional.

AI has the potential to reshape urban landscapes, foster sustainability, and enhance the quality of life for citizens. With more than sixty percent of the world's population likely to reside in urban areas by 2050, AI can make city planning more efficient and tailored. Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, Shenzhen are examples of smart cities leveraging technology to enhance urban life.

AI tools are being used and tested for energy, infrastructure, housing and transport. For example, AI can improve transport services through autonomous vehicles and smart traffic management. It can manage smart buildings and track and evaluate the energy use of companies and citizens. AI is already deployed in policing like locating stolen automobiles or tracking criminals. AI can enhance public services by enabling personalized services and efficient public administration.

In this webinar, we discuss the different ways that AI is reshaping smart cities, as well as current and future applications.


Kok-Chin Tay

Chairman - Smart Cities Network, Executive Director (ASEAN) - Smart Cities Council

Kok-Chin is widely acknowledged as a global thought leader for smart and sustainable cities and provides consultancy services at the city and national level in a few countries in SouthEast Asia, as well as for start-ups for smart cities. A member of the Global Advisory Board of ESI ThoughtLab, a think-thank for Smart Cities based in Philadelphia, US.

He is the Founding Chairman of Smart Cities Network, a network of innovative solutions and services providers for smart cities, based in Singapore with a focus in Southeast Asia and youth development. Led SCN to a Global Partnership with UN-Habitat as an Implementation Partner of the Cities Investment Facility.

Concurrently, he is the Executive Director (ASEAN) for Smart Cities Council, one of the largest ecosystems of stakeholders for smart cities globally.

Kok-Chin has been involved with Smart Cities since 2011 when he was with IBM Leader for Smarter Planet and Smarter Buildings for ASEAN. He project-managed the Smarter Cities Challenge in collaboration with the Singapore government in 2012, and won the top IBM Centennial Grant Award to promote energy efficiency among schools in Singapore.

He is a visiting Professor for Smart City courses at the National University of Management (NUM) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and UNESCAP Smart City Consultant to help develop the National Smart City Policy Guidelines for Cambodia. Kok-Chin was awarded the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Ambassador as a “prime mover” by the Philippines Department of Science Technology (DOST) in Dec 2021, which launched a national movement for Smart & Sustainable Cities in March 2023.


Oliver Tian

Business and Technology Manager; Connecting Technology to Human Values

Oliver is a highly motivated business and technology manager with strong communication, negotiation, and stakeholder engagement skills. With over 35 years of experience working within the information technology sector (including public service), Oliver has delivered complex and large-scale projects in international markets and a variety of cultures. This has enabled him to develop a broad skill set including Management definition & implementation, Business Development & Technology Evaluation as well as operational & Business Strategy planning.

A self-starter who believes in creating something out of nothing, he is also a fond advocate of technology augmenting human capability and extending potential, in a responsible way. Humans MUST be the "Masters of Technology" and not to be displaced, sadly out of complacency. AI in Robotics will shape the brave new world, and it's time humans learn from the way machines work, while machines learn from our thinking process. Our mission is simple: to connect technology to human values. By providing innovative and cutting-edge technology solutions, we aim to make a positive impact on the world. We believe that technology should be used to improve the human condition, and we are committed to making that happen.


Wynthia Goh

Senior Partner, NCS NEXT, NCS Group

Wynthia Goh leads NCS NEXT and is responsible for the development, presales and service delivery of various capabilities in NCS both locally and regionally. She will also head the team to develop digital strategies to help clients transform their businesses through the implementation of innovative solutions.

Wynthia is a digital native with extensive experience in broad areas of digital business including strategy consulting, product management, innovation, analytics, venture investment, customer experience and digital platforms. She has led regional digital teams in Asia Pacific for companies such as Aviva, SAP, eBay and Nokia. She was the Chief Digital Officer for Aviva in Asia and set up their Asia digital centre of excellence in Singapore. She was most recently with NTUC Enterprise where she was seconded to FairPrice to lead and grow their B2B online business and partner ecosystem.

Wynthia leads the 5 growth pillars across NEXT which includes cloud, data, digital, products & platforms and solutions with the objective of helping customers harness digital technologies and frameworks to identify and unlock value in their organizations. She is passionate about the transformative value of digital and enjoys working with customers to help them become a truly digital business from how they engage their customers to how they leverage data and manage their business operations.

She holds a Bachelor of Business from Nanyang Technological University. She was a Fulbright scholar and completed her Masters in Public Policy in the State University of New York with a major in Systems Thinking. Outside of work, she continues her passion for digital advising and mentoring start-ups focused on innovative and AI-led solutions.


Nimisha Tailor

Competition and Regulation Specialist

Nishima is a competition and regulation specialist with international experience. She has advised tech companies, central banks and international organisations like World Bank and OECD in the areas of digital finance, digital trade, data governance, e-commerce and logistics.

Nimisha is passionate about developing the next generation of leaders and mentors young female professionals and university students with career planning.  As a mentor for the NexGen Keynote Women Speakers programme, she has supported talented women to make impactful speeches on stage by drawing on her work experience at consulting firms and government agencies in UK, New Zealand, Singapore and Australia (secondment).


Yen-Lu Chow

Founding Executive Chairman WholeTree Foundation; Over-The-Rainbow; Asia Institute of Mentoring | Founding Partner Fatfish MediaLab | Executive Mentor YSI SEA | Founder of the Deep Human Movement

Yen-Lu’s career spans nearly 40 years in the tech, media, venture capital, and more recently social entrepreneurship and philanthropy. A former Apple Distinguished Technologist, he is a successful entrepreneur with multiple tech start-ups and an active angel investor, spending many years mentoring and advising entrepreneurs, young businesses and serving on government panels on innovation. He served as a director of Business Angel Network SEA, executive mentor and adjunct professor to NUS Enterprise, mentor to INSEAD, numerous panels on entrepreneurship and innovation internationally, including IDA / SPRING, A*STAR, NRF, GMIC, NUS StartUp@Singapore, NUS Social Venture Competition, NTU Idea Inc, Thailand National Business Plan Competition, CrowdSourcing Week, etc. 

In a fast-paced world where the only constant is change, he believes there is an urgent need for each of us to draw on our strengths and creative potential as human beings, to connect with our higher self and our deeper purpose to contribute towards humanity in a positive and impactful way. He enjoys building ecosystems and mobilizing the community to create positive social change. As an early pioneer in the application of AI, he also has a strong base in the tech space. With the launch of his family foundation and other social impact initiatives, Yen-Lu devotes his time serving both society and the nation in his various capacities.

He is on a life mission to help bring about a kinder, gentler, more inclusive, more just, and sustainable world.

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April 27, 2024

11:00 AM 12:15 PM Asia/Singapore

Asia Institute of Mentoring (AIM) Ltd

+65 9628 9766

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