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Overview


The Science of Cities represents a dynamic and interdisciplinary approach to view cities as a system of systems. With emerging technology and big data, new insights supported by scientific principles can provide evidence-based solutions for shaping liveable and sustainable cities.

Inaugurated at the World Cities Summit 2022, the Science of Cities Symposium aims to bring together international academic researchers, urban practitioners and industry experts to share their scientific knowledge, novel research methodologies and insights on tackling current and emerging urban challenges. The Symposium also includes the Science of Cities Poster Exhibition, featuring innovative research projects submitted by the Research Community.

Thematic Panels


Held on 2 June 2024, the WCS Science of Cities Symposium 2024 will feature two panel sessions:

Panel 1: Science of Climate Adaptive Cities

Climate change and the escalating challenges posed by rising temperatures, sea-level rise, and extreme weather events, require cities to adapt the way its planned, designed and managed. The complexity of the urban ecosystem requires the cities to employ integrated solutions rooted in science, technology and partnership with stakeholders, to address both the short-term challenges and impacts of climate change, and the long-term sustainability for a resilient, adaptive city that thrive in the face of climate change. The science of climate adaptive cities continually evolves, driven by ongoing research, innovation, and collaboration among experts from diverse fields, and this session will focus on how cities are employing science to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Keynote Speakers


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Professor Barbara Norman
Emeritus Professor of Urban and Regional Planning,
University of Canberra
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Professor Thomas Schroepfer
Professor, Architecture and Sustainable Design,
Singapore University of Technology and Design;
Director, Singapore-ETH Centre Future Cities Laboratory Global



Oral Presenters


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Dr Chen Song
Senior Research Scientist, Centre for Climate Research Singapore,
Meteorological Service Singapore,
National Environment Agency
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Professor Kristina Orehounig
Professor, Architecture and Sustainable Design,
Lead-PI Cooling Singapore 2.0 Project, Singapore-ETH Centre;
Professor in Building Physics, Vienna University of Technology


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Professor Yuan Chao
Associate Professor, Director of Research in NUS Cities,
National University of Singapore (NUS)


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Dr Srilalitha Gopalakrishnan
Associate Director Research,
Singapore-ETH Centre Future Cities Laboratory Global


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Dr Sergi Sauri
Director of Centre for Innovation in Transport-CENIT at CIMNE; Associate Professor, Department of Civil Environmental Engineering, UPC BarcelonaTech



Panel 2: Science of People-Centric Cities

People-centric cities prioritise the well-being, needs, and experiences of its residents in its planning, design, and implementation. As the demographics, needs and preferences of people change, cities also need to adapt to maintain their relevance and efficiency to ensure high quality of life and well-being of the residents. Applying science-based approach for data-driven decision-making and innovative solutions to support the changing needs of people is fundamental to create liveable cities that are adaptable, sustainable, and conducive for the continued well-being of the people. This session will focus on how cities are employing science to develop people-centric cities.

Keynote Speakers


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Dr Bree Trevena
Australasia Foresight Leader and Associate Principal, Arup


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Professor M Jae Moon
Underwood Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Management; Director of the Institute for Future Government, Yonsei University



Oral Presenters


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Professor Heng Chye Kiang
Deputy Dean (Research and Innovation),
College of Design and Engineering (CDE);
Provost’s Chair Professor, Department of Architecture, NUS;
Director of the Centre for Sustainable Asian Cities (CSAC)
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Dr Litian Xie
Senior Data Scientist (Transport)
Urban Planning & Design Technology Centre of Excellence,
Urban Redevelopment Authority


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Dr Felicity Hwee-Hwa Chan
Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities,
Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)


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Professor Filip Biljecki
Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture,
National University of Singapore (NUS)

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Professor. Dr. Christoph Hoelscher
Chair of Cognitive Science, ETH Zurich



WCS Science of Cities Symposium 

2 June, Sunday, Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre


Duration Programme
12pm - 1pm SOCS Networking Lunch
*By invite only
1pm - 2pm Poster Exhibition
2pm - 2.10pm Opening Address by Professor Lily Kong, President, Singapore Management University
2.10pm - 3.50pm
Panel 1: Science of Climate Adaptive Cities
  • Keynote addresses
  • Presentations by 5 oral presenters
  • Moderated Panel Discussion
3.50pm - 4.10pm Networking tea break
4.10pm - 5.50pm;
Panel 2: Science of People-Centric Cities
  • Keynote addresses
  • Presentations by 5 oral presenters
  • Moderated Panel Discussion
5.50pm - 6.00pm Closing Remarks

Science of Cities Poster Exhibition

Posters Exhibited at WCS 2024 


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P1. Geoai Unravels the Effects of Urban Thermal Environment on Utility-Scale Floating Photovoltaic Electricity Generation
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P2. Natural Ventilation in Tropical Climate: A Case Study of a Heritage Building with Site Measurements
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P3. Effects of Tree Plantings With Varying Street Aspect Ratios on The Thermal Environment Using A Mechanistic Urban Canopy Model
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P4. Towards High-Resolution Urban Weather and Climate Modelling for Singapore: Overview of Effort at CCRS
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P5. Integrating Solar Photovoltaics and EVs to Decarbonize Singapore
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P6. The Impact of Natural Urban Terrain on Urban Wind Environment in High-Density Neighborhoods
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P7. Mapping Urban Spatial Resilience: First Steps Towards Spatially Adaptable Cities
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P8. 100-M Resolution Urban-Scale Modelling of Extreme Rainfall in Singapore
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P9. Cooling Singapore 2.0
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P10. Investigation of the Impact of Urban Planning Regulations on Distributed Energy System Performance
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P11. Elevating Urban Ecology: Assessing the Connectivity of Skyrise Greenery in Singapore
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P12. Urban Densification for Liveable Cities: A Case Study in Zurich
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P13. Strategies for Implementation of Green Spaces in Cities and Urban Mobility Planning
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P14. 100m uSINGV Modelling of the Record-Breaking Extreme Heat in Singapore on May 2023
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P15. Cooling Capacity of Urban Vegetation With Diverse Densities and Spatial Patterns in Tropical Cities
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P16. Advancing Human-Centered Urban Planning: Incorporating Human Perception
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P17. Mapping Urban Belonging in Places of Flux
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P18. Global Streetscapes - A Comprehensive Dataset of 9 Million Street-Level Images Across 688 Cities for Urban Science and Analytics
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P19. Developing Trip Generation Models Using Secondary Data
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P20. An Enhanced Transit Accessibility Evaluation Framework by Integrating Public Transport Accessibility Levels (PTAL) and Transit Gap
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P21. Complexity Science in Policymaking: Why the Promise Falls Short
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P22. A 5-Minute Interlaced Township
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P23. Architectural Cognition in Practice
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P24. Mapping Spatial Analysis Methods to User Cognition and Behaviour
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P25. Examining Health Inequalities
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P26. Singapore’s Collaborative Modelling Approach to Support Integrated Land Use-Transport Planning
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P27. The Effects of Activity Centre Design, Ownership and Governance on Neighbourhood Complexity in Singapore
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P28. The Prospect of Collective Climate Action: Knowledge, Perceptions, and Expectations of Net Zero Amongst Singapore’s Citizenry
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P29. What Kind of Nature Does Foster Social Ties
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P30. Enhancing Social Well-Being and Public Health in Urban Environments: Insights From Singapore Neighbourhoods
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P31. Movable Assets Localisation Within Buildings Using Real World Coordinates
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P32. Descartes Program

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Launched in November 2022 by the Centre for Liveable Cities and the World Scientific Publishing Co., the International Journal on Smart and Sustainable Cities is a biannual publication which aims to provide a unique platform for all to freely access global inter-disciplinary research that is at the nexus of urban science and technology, sustainable development, urban planning and resilience, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. It accepts high-quality research papers, review papers, insights, and opinion from practitioners and policy makers.

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