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Guest Lecture Series

University of Alberta
University of Calgary​

British Columbia Institute of Technology
University of British Columbia
Simon Fraser University


March 26-April 5, 2024

Join Dr. Vicente Carabias and Kristi Shalla at your location and online as they share their smart cities exepertise with students, faculty and general audiences.


Vicente Carabias

Professor, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) / Smart City Responsible, City of Winterthur

Vicente Carabias is a Professor of the School of Engineering and the Deputy Head of the ZHAW Institute of Sustainable Development, where he coordinates the Sustainable Energy Systems and Smart Cities research group. He coordinates the ZHAW Platform Smart Cities & Regions for the implementation of Smart Sustainable Cities. Since completing Master Studies in Environmental Sciences at the ETH Zurich in 1996, he has been involved in sustainability research, services, and teaching (Technology Foresight) at ZHAW. Since 2019, he has supported the transformation of the City of Winterthur as the Smart City Responsible. Winterthur was one of the first Swiss cities to adopt a Smart City strategy in 2018. He manages WinLab, the Living Lab of the City of Winterthur, which offers the systematic testing of social and technological innovations in public-private-people partnerships and he is the contact person for WinLab collaborations in applied research and innovation development.

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Kristi Shalla 

Innovation Commissioner, Swiss Business Hub USA

Kristi Shalla is a Senior Smart City Consultant with 15 years of development experience in the US, Asia and Europe. She is an expert in global economic development and building innovative ecosystems and currently holds the position of Innovation Commissioner at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington DC. Before relocating to DC in 2020, Kristi was Head of Project Development at the Center for Innovation in Transport (CENIT) in Barcelona where she built public and private partnerships in transport and smart city research for projects around the globe. Kristi is an experienced speaker, lecturer and contributor on the topic of urban mobility, smart city development and international expansion. She is also the co-author of the book Seoul: Tale of a Smart City, coming out in April 2024.


Transformation to Smart Cities

Dr. Vicente Carabias

In this seminar, an introduction to the Swiss Smart City Guide is provided containing three main phases in the transformation process. The concept of Smart City is perceived as expansion of system transformation. It shows how a Smart Sustainable City can be initiated and promoted with pilot projects, how a holistic strategy can be developed and how it can be established in the city on a long-term basis. Each phase is underpinned with interesting use cases, best practices and supporting approaches from Switzerland, collected through the Swiss Smart City Survey and in particular from Smart City Winterthur.

Tuesday, April 2, 1:15 PM (PDT)

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
Building SW05, Room 1850, BCIT Burnaby Campus, 3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BCC



Wednesday, April 3, 1:00 PM (PDT)

University of British Columbia

Fred Kaiser Building - Room 2020 & 2030

Friday, April 5, 12 PM (PDT)

Virtual hosted by Simon Fraser University 
Pacific Water Research Centre

A Tale of Smart Cities

Kristi Shalla

Cities around the world are making great efforts to improve the quality of life for their residents after decades of uncontrolled and chaotic growth. As congestion and increased population begin to tax city infrastructure, city governments are looking to find ways to revitalize their urban spaces. Seoul, South Korea can serve as an example of effective urban development policy. After a period of dynamic growth and expansion in the last decades of the 20th century, Seoul has spent the last 20 years solving urban problems through the build out of smart city interventions. At this talk, you will hear and overview of Seoul’s policies related to transport and mobility, greening of urban spaces, design, affordable housing, the sharing economy and data-driven decision making.


Thursday, April 4th, 2024 at 4PM (PDT)

University of British Columbia

Place of Many Trees at UBC Liu Institute for Global Issues

Co-hosted by The Centre for Korean Research (CKR), The School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA), The School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), and Consulate General of Switzerland in Vancouver

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