Urbanisation, Infrastructure, Transportation

Dr. Laura Forlano

Designer at the intersection of Technology, Culture and Cities

Dr Forlano is an Assistant Professor of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology where she is Director of the Critical Futures Lab. A Fulbright and National Science Foundation-funded scholar, her research for the past 10 years has focused on the intersection between emerging technologies and the future of cities in the US, Canada, Hungary, Germany, Spain, Australia and Japan. 

She is a frequent speaker on topics related to smart cities and the ‘internet of things’ and is regularly interviewed by the mainstream media; including the New York Times, New York Post, New York Press and New York Observer.

Current funded projects include Driverless City to develop social scenarios, technical solutions, infrastructure prototypes, and model urban codes that transform city streets into 21C century human infrastructure and an urban sensing project called “Array of Things” that improve quality of decisions in realtime for people living in and using the city’s services thanks to IoT-enabled infrastructure.

She is widely published and co-editor of From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen: Urban Informatics, Social Media, Ubiquitous Computing, and Mobile Technology to Support Citizen Engagement. 

She serves as a board member of NYCwireless and the New York City Computer Human Interaction Association and is advisor to the Institute for the Future. Forlano received a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University, a Diploma in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s in Asian Studies from Skidmore College. 

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