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Luke Smith

Luke Smith

Deputy Director of the Urban Observatory, Newcastle University
Luke Smith leads the technical aspects of the Urban Observatory, a multi-million pound investment in ubiquitous urban sensing to inform design, analysis, science and policy-making in Newcastle upon Tyne, which was recently named ‘Smart City of the Year’. This includes the university’s Urban Sciences Building, where data from thousands of sensors is made available in real-time. He lecturers on data-centric civil engineering, was awarded a PhD in the use of supercomputers for flood simulation, and led software projects in industry for companies including IKEA, British Airways, and Royal Bank of Scotland.