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SmartStatistics4SmartCities Conference

We are pleased to invite you to the International Conference which will be held from 5-6 October 2018, in Kalamata.

The title of the conference is 'SmartStatistics4SmartCities' and it is co-organised by Eurostat, the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), the National Documentation Centre (EKT), the 2nd Lykeio of Kalamata and the City of Kalamata.

The Conference will take place in Hotel FILOXENIA.

Speakers from various countries come from City administrations, academic institutions, private sector, and statistical offices.

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SmartStatistics4SmartCities Conference

Aim/ scope

Increasingly, developments in Smart Cities and Official Statistics follow independent parallel paths despite their common basic ingredient which is ‘data’, let it be open data, big data, smart data, linked data.... but in essence.... data.

The modest aim of this conference is to raise awareness about the importance of building sustainable partnerships between official statistics, municipalities, academic institutions, citizens and businesses. Only then we can maximize the potential of data analytics for informed policy decisions on cities and, for the wellbeing of the people living, working and / or visiting them, and for the operation of the businesses with activity in and with them.

Smart Statistics can be seen as the future extended role of Official Statistics in a world impregnated with smart technologies. Smart technologies involve real-time, automated, interactive technologies that optimize the physical operation of appliances and consumer devices. Statistics themselves would then be transformed into a smart technology embedded in smart systems that would transform "data" to "information".

Programme

The conference will start around 13:00 (tbc) on 05 October 2018 and end around 14:00 (tbc) on 06 October 2018.

For further details, please consult the full conference programme, which will be made available online as soon as presentations are confirmed.

Topics

The topics to be addressed during the International Conference on SmartStatistics4SmartCities include:

  • Examples of using IoT, open data, and big data in a number of cities (Athens, Den Hague, Helsinki, Heraklion, Rome, Trikala);
  • Innovative data analytics applications and tools for urban mobility, tourism, tracking of ships, health, etc.;
  • Developments in European City Statistics;
  • An introduction to Trusted Smart Statistics;
  • Best practices in developing urban data centers, functional and innovative cities, models of co-creation and digitalization, etc.;
  • Cross-cutting issues like standards for smart and sustainable cities, and ways for succeeding the smart city innovation & digital disruption journey;
  • Challenges in using Artificial Intelligence, big data and open algorithms for human development.

Day 1 | Friday 5 October 2018

  • 13:00 - 13:40

    Registration

  • 13:40 - 14:30

    Welcome and introduction by organisers

  • 14:30 - 16:00

    SESSION I

    Chair: Athanasios C. Thanopoulos, President of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT)

    • Breathing cities - mobile positioning data for smart statistics and cities.
    Marek Rannala, Mobility statistics product manager, Positium LBS, Estonia
    Abstract
    • Urban data centres in The Netherlands.
    Barteld Braaksma, Innovation Manager, Statistics Netherlands; Hedwig Miessen, Programme Manager, ‘ICT in the City’, The Hague
    Abstract   Presentation
    • Tracking ships using AIS data – A visualized example in the area of Kalamata.
    Christine Pierrakou, Head of the Coordination and Programming Section, ELSTAT
    Abstract   Presentation
    • Smart Tourism statistics: improving the range of service offering in Rome.
    Massimo De Cubellis, Researcher, Information and Applications Architecture, Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT)
    Abstract   Presentation
  • 16:00 - 16:30

    Coffee break

  • 16:30 - 18:00

    SESSION I


    • Functional and innovative city through co-creation and digitization: the case of Helsinki.
    Ilpo Laitinen, Director of Administration, City of Helsinki
    Abstract   Presentation
    • Data for Athens: A city data strategy.
    Konstantinos Champidis, Chief Digital Officer, City of Athens
    Abstract   Presentation by Antonis Papadopoulos
    • Experimenting with Data and IoT in the urban space: the case of Trikala.
    Leonidas Anthopoulos, Associate Professor, Mayor’s Special Advisor, Municipality of Trikala
    Abstract   Presentation
    • IoT and open data in the municipality of Heraklion.
    Konstantinos Mochianakis, Planning and IT Director, Municipality of Heraklion
    Abstract   Presentation

Day 2 | Saturday 6 October 2018

  • SESSION II

    Chair: M. Skaliotis, Eurostat, Head of Task Force Big Data

  • 9:00 - 9:20

    Keynote speech

    Mrs Saskia Bruines, Deputy Mayor, The Hague’s alderman for education, knowledge economy and international affairs
    Abstract   Presentation
  • 9:20 - 10:50

    SESSION II


    • Standards for Smart and Sustainable Cities.
    Panos Fitsilis, Professor, School of Business and Economics, University of Applied Sciences of Thessaly (UAST)
    Abstract   Presentation
    • European City Statistics - Prospects for the Future.
    Teodora Brandmueller, Statistical Officer, Regional Statistics and Geographical Information, Eurostat
    Abstract   Presentation
    • Developing smart statistics for urban mobility: challenges and opportunities.
    Konstantinos Ampountolas, Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow
    Abstract   Presentation
    • Trusted smart statistics: What it is, why it comes and where it brings us.
    Fabio Ricciato, Big Data Task Force, Eurostat
    Abstract   Presentation
  • 10:50 - 11:10

    Coffee break

  • 11:10 - 12:40

    SESSION II


    • Innovation & digital disruption journey in Greece & Cyprus: 6 ways to ensure we don't miss opportunities for smart city development.
    Georgios Karamanolis, Co-founder & CTO / CIO CROWDPOLICY EL-CY, Hellenic blockchain Hub Chairman
    Abstract    Presentation
    • Objective monitoring and analysis of the obesogenic behaviour in relation to the Local environment: A tool facilitating decisions by public health authorities.
    Anastasios Delopoulos, Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
    Abstract   Presentation
    • Big data, open algorithms, and artificial intelligence for human development.
    Emmanuel Letouzé, Co-Founder, Director, Data-Pop Alliance and Visiting Scholar MIT Media Lab
    Abstract   Presentation
    • Earth Observation (EO) for Smart Cities: The SMURBS/ERA-PLANET EU Project and the contribution of EO to the SDGs frame.
    Evangelos Gerasopoulos, Research Director, National Observatory of Athens, Director of the Greek GEO Office.
    Abstract   Presentation
  • 12:40 - 13:30

    Panel discussion: The way forward

    Chair: Eduardo BARREDO CAPELOT, Director, Methodology; Dissemination; Cooperation in the European Statistical System, Eurostat
    Panellists: Panos Fitsilis, Barteld Braaksma, Ilpo Laitinen, Emmanuel Letouze

Our Speakers

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Athanasios C. Thanopoulos

President of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT)

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Dr. Evi Sachini

Director of the National Documentation Centre (EKT)

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Eduardo BARREDO CAPELOT

Director, Methodology; Dissemination; Cooperation in the European Statistical System, Eurostat

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Michail Skaliotis

Eurostat, Head of Task Force Big Data

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George Dretas

Professor of Economics, 2nd Lyceum of Kalamata

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Marek Rannala

Mobility Statistics product Manager, Positium LBS

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Barteld Braaksma

Innovation Manager, Statistics Netherlands

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Hedwig Miessen

Programme Manager of ‘ICT in the City’, municipality of The Hague

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Christine Pierrakou

Head of the Coordination and Programming Section, ELSTAT

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Massimo De Cubellis

Researcher, Information and Applications Architecture, Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT)

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Ilpo Laitinen

Director of Administration, City of Helsinki

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Konstantinos Champidis

Chief Digital Officer, City of Athens

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Leonidas Anthopoulos

Associate Professor, Mayor’s Special Advisor, Municipality of Trikala

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Konstantinos Mochianakis

Planning and IT Director, Municipality of Heraklion

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Saskia Bruines

Deputy Mayor, The Hague’s alderman for education, knowledge economy and international affairs

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Panos Fitsilis

Professor, School of Business and Economics, University of Applied Sciences of Thessaly (UAST)

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Teodora Brandmueller

Statistical Officer, Regional Statistics and Geographical Information, Eurostat

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Konstantinos Ampountolas

Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow

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Fabio Ricciato

Big Data Task Force, Eurostat

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Georgios Karamanolis

Co-founder & CTO / CIO CROWDPOLICY EL-CY, Hellenic blockchain Hub Chairman

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Anastasios Delopoulos

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

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Emmanuel Letouzé

Co-Founder, Director, Data-Pop Alliance and Visiting Scholar MIT Media Lab

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Evangelos Gerasopoulos

Research Director, National Observatory of Athens, Director of the Greek GEO Office

VENUE

Filoxenia Hotel Kalamata

GRECOTEL HOTELS and RESORTS

Navarinou Street ,GR 241 00 Kalamata, Peloponnese, Greece

Access to Filoxenia Hotel

Filoxenia hotel is located in Kalamata beach in Messinia Gulf and offers luxury hotel accommodation in Southern Peloponnese. Kalamata is located in southern Greece, on the Peloponnese.

Accommodation

Below you find a list of hotels near the place where the Conference will be held.

FILOXENIA Hotel ***** / Luxury Hotel

(the hotel where the Conference will be held)

  • Navarinou Street
  • GR 241 00 Kalamata, Peloponnese, Greece
  • Tel: +30 27210 23166
  • Fax: +30 27210 23343
  • E-mail: reservations.fl@grecotel.com
  • http://www.filoxeniakalamata.com

Elite Hotel****

  • 2 Navarinou str.
  • GR 241 00 Kalamata, Peloponnese, Greece
  • Tel: +30 27210 22434
  • Fax: +30 27210 84369
  • E-mail: info@elite.com.gr
  • http://www.elite.com.gr/

HORIZON BLU Hotel ****

  • 217 Navarinou str.
  • GR 241 00 Kalamata, Peloponnese, Greece
  • Tel: +30 27210 80099
  • Fax: +30 27210 90027
  • E-mail: info@horizonblu.gr
  • https://www.horizonblu.gr/

Participation and registration

Participation to the Conference is free of charge, but registration via the online interface is a precondition for attendance.

Register Here!

Via that interface, you will be able to submit a registration request.

Please note, that as the number of places is limited, organizers reserve the right to decide on registrations. You are hence advised not to make any firm travel arrangements until you have received a message confirming that your registration request has been approved.

Organised by

ELSTAT
Eurostat
EKT
Municipality of Kalamata
2nd Lyceum of Kalamata

Contact Us


ELSTAT: ss4sc[at]statistics.gr

More info of the area

Peloponnese

Kalamata is located in southern Greece, on the Peloponnese, 238 km SW of Athens. It is the capital and central port of Messinia, is situated at the site of ancient Farai. Built in the heart of the Messenian gulf near the ancient city of Farai mentioned by Homer, the land of "kalamatianos" traditional dance and the silk kerchief; of succulent dark olives and honey eyed figs.
Today, Kalamata makes important exports of local products such as raisins, olives and olive oil. There are numerous historical and cultural sights to see in Kalamata, such as the Ville-hardouin castle, the Ipapandis (Purification of the Virgin) Byzantine church, the Church of Saint Apostoloi, the Kalograion Monastery with its famous silk-weaving workshop where the beautiful Kalamata scarves are made, and the municipal railway park. It is also worth seeing the art collections housed at the Municipal Gallery, the Benaki Archaeological Museum and the Folk Art Museum.
Messinia is bounded on the east by Mount Taygetus, on the north by the river Neda and the Arcadian Mountains, and on the west and south by the Mediterranean Sea, more specifically on the west by the Ionian Sea, and on the south by the Gulf of Messenia.
The plain is bounded on the north by Mt. Nomia (mod. Tetrasi, 1,800 m, 5210 ft.) and other mountains, on the west by the mountains of Cyparissia (1,550 m, 4000 ft.) the southern continuation of which forms the peninsula of the Morea, attaining its greatest height in Mt. Mathia (mod. Lykódimo about 950 m, 3160 ft.), its current tallest point is Taygetos located to the east. Off the south coast of this peninsula lie the three Oenussae islands and the islet of Theganussa (Venetikó).
About less than half of the population live within GR-7, in places from Allagi to south of Kalamata, along with the plain as the Kalamata-Messene metropolitan area, Peloponnese's third largest metropolitan city. Kalamata has an airport 5 km west of Kalamata. A harbor and port named from this city is not far from the downtown, originally connected with train tracks. It is one of the largest waterfronts in the peninsula.
Ancient Olympia was the birthplace of the Olympic Games in classical times. The games were held every four years and date back possibly further than 776 BC. The archaeological site of Ancient Olympia had been buried under river silt until it was re-discovered in 1766. German archaeologist Ernst Curtius started the excavations in 1829 when a great number of treasures were unearthed including the exquisite statue of Hermes that was placed in the Temple of Hera. Start your visit from the Olympic Games Museum, where you can learn about the history of the Games.
Among the many astonishing exhibits of the new Museum, are the statue of Hermes sculptured by Praxiteles and the “Nike” of Paionios, as well as many beautiful bronze ornaments and items from the temples. A walkway leads from the Museum to the archaeological site.
Messene is a significant ancient city in terms of its size, form, and state of preservation, and still has much to offer. It possesses not only sanctuaries and public buildings, but also imposing fortifications, and houses and tombs. It enjoys, amongst other things, the advantage of never having been destroyed or covered by later settlements, and is located on an unspoiled inland site. Its natural setting combines the grandeur of the mountains of Delphi with the low-lying, riverine tranquillity of Olympia, the dominating bare limestone mass of Ithome, the site of the ancient acropolis, with the low fertile valley around the ancient city.
Ancient Messene was protected at its Northeast from mountain Ithomi, like a natural wall. The rest of the city was surrounded by strong walls about 9,5 km length, which can be admired up to date.
Descending from Mavromati village, we reach the Museum. Passing through the vineyards and the olive fields, we see on the right the theatre of ancient Messene with its spectacular walls, and on the left, the Arsinoi Fountain. Moving on to a narrow path, we see on our left the Market, and after that, the sacred area of Asklipieion.
The buildings of the city of Ancient Messene have the same orientation and follow up the grid which is formed by parallel (orientation EW) and perpendicular (orientation NS) roads. This system of city planning is the so called Hippodameian system named after its original inventor, Hippodamus from Miletus, an architect, geometrician and astronomer of the 5th c. B.C. This plan was pre-determined, strictly geometric in nature, and based on the virtues of the democratic constitution, that is, the principles of isonomy (equality before the law), of isopolity (equal civic rights) and of isomoiria (equal share in landownership); still, it could afford to adapt to the peculiarities of the landscape and the particular climatic conditions of each site so that it conformed smoothly with the natural environment.
It is according to these very principles that Ancient Messene, the new capital of the free and independent Messenia, was built in 369 B.C. by Epameinondas from Thebes. Messene was worshipped as a goddess. She was one of the principal deities of the city together with Zeus Ithomatas and, in the Hellenistic times (3rd-2nd c. B.C.) when the Asklepieion was built, she was worshipped probably together with Asklepios who was also a chthonic deity of fertility, of life and death historically linked to the pre-dorian past of the land of Messene.

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