Summit to explore future of education through ‘smart’ solutions for cities

Wei Li

Tech industry experts, community leaders and Texas A&M scholars in the design, engineering, teaching and planning disciplines will gather in College Station May 14, 2019 for the ENDEAVR Tech Summit, an event exploring the anticipated future of education as realized through “smart” cities – efficiency optimized communities with a digitally networked infrastructure for managing resources, utilities, transportation and more.

The event is co-hosted by the Colleges of Architecture and Engineering and will be held at the Memorial Student Center on the Texas A&M campus.

Li is the head of ENDEAVR, an interdisciplinary project engaging students from the colleges of architecture and engineering to envision and design plans for “smart” infrastructures in real Texas cities. 

Students seek technology-based solutions for challenges including climate change, transportation, aging populations, governance, economic growth and societal inclusion.

Designs for the aspirant “smart town” of Nolanville, Texas will be showcased at the summit, where representatives from the town will be present to discuss the project.

In addition to workshops on how to benefit from “smart”-city solutions, attendees will tour the Texas A&M University System’s RELLIS “smart” campus and see students’ tech demo work featuring autonomous vehicles.

The summit is also in partnership with the Center for Teaching Excellence, College of Education and Human Development, Institute for Sustainable Communities, Texas Target Communities and the Texas Transportation Institute.

Additional contributing faculty include Anatol Bologan, College of Architecture visualization professor; Theodora Chaspari and Ben Hu, both assistant professors in the College of Engineering's Department of Computer Science and Engineering; Chanam Lee, College of Architecture landscape architecture professor; and Alireza Talebpour, assistant professor in the College of Engineering. 

The event is free, but a RSVP is required by May 9, 2019.


Sarah Wilson


posted April 18, 2019