Senseable Stockholm Lab

A week that infused new strength into a unique collaboration

Through collaboration between KTH Royal Institute of Technology, MIT and the City of Stockholm –supported by Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and Newsec, and hosted by Kista Science City and the Stockholm Room – the week starting with 4 October 2021 became Senseable Stockholm Lab Week.

After two years of working together remotely, researchers from both universities finally got to meet and work together with City representatives, on location in Stockholm, the object of the joint research. They got to experience different facets of the city and had the opportunity to share the results of their research and visions for recently started projects with the city, the Stockholm business community as well as residents in Stockholm.

Highlights from the week included

  • Monday: A visit to KTH Campus, including the signing of the agreement to continue financing the lab until 2024, by KTH’s president Sigbritt Karlsson, Anna König Jerlmyr, the mayor of Stockholm and Andreas Hatzigeorgiou, CEO of Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. There was also a “fika” with cinnamon buns*.

Anna König Jerlmyr, the mayor of Stockholm, Sigbritt Karlsson, president of KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Andreas Hatzigeorgiou, CEO of Stockholm Chamber of Commerce signed the agreement to continue funding Senseable Stockholm Lab until 2024. Photo: Fredrik Persson

Anna König Jerlmyr, the mayor of Stockholm, Andreas Hatzigeorgiou, CEO of Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Sigbritt Karlsson, president of KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Carlo Ratti, director MIT Senseable City Lab, Mikael Östling, deputy president, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Anna Scheibe Lorentzi, city planning director in Stockholm. Photo: Fredrik Persson

  • Tuesday: Presentations of the lab projects by the researchers and the city’s experts, broadcast live from the City Hall on Tuesday (soon available on the lab website). This was followed by study visits to the Stockholm room in Stockholm House of Culture as well as Stockholm Royal Seaport – with transportation in Bzzt pod taxis, some of them equipped with City Scanners that continuously collect environmental research data.

Panel debate with city of Stockholm representatives and researchers from KTH Royal Institute of Technology and MIT. Photo: Susanne Kronholm

  • Wednesday: Workshop with invited representatives of the Kista business community during Kista Data Day, arranged in collaboration with Kista Science City.

Kista Data Day being documented during the workshop. Photo: Kista Science City

  • Thursday: Meetings with other KTH research groups and initiatives, the first step towards future research collaborations.

Throughout the week, Stockholm residents and visitors also had the opportunity to experience the lab’s research presented on screens in the Stockholm room.

The lab week was a highly anticipated event, that had been long postponed due to the pandemic. The opportunity to meet, get together and discuss the research in person set a great foundation for the coming years’ work of taking on the City of Stockholm’s challenges with cutting edge-research and innovative thinking.

*4 October is the day of the cinnamon bun in Sweden

KTH Royal Institute of Technology: “With focus on the future city”

Senseable Stockholm Lab Day, 5 October 2021

Senseable Stockholm Lab Day will allow you to experience Stockholm in unexpected ways. During two years of collaboration, MIT and KTH researchers have used sensors on moving vehicles, geotagged social network data and analyses of travel time to get new perspectives and to address challenges defined by the city. Their results – so far – will be presented as part of “The Innovation Week”, broadcasted from Stockholm City Hall and hosted by the City of Stockholm.

Senseable Stockholm Lab is a collaboration between KTH, MIT and the City of Stockholm, that investigates urban socio-economic and environmental challenges in the growing city. Since 2019, the lab has studied Stockholm with unconventional methods, taking advantage of e.g. internet of things, big data and artificial intelligence. The purpose is to develop methodology and build knowledge that can be used for long-term sustainable urban development and to investigate the conditions for the development of the smart city of the future. The lab’s findings and insights can be used to improve the way the city works in areas like segregation, sustainability and transport.

During the day, Senseable Stockholm Lab, ongoing research and findings so far will be presented. Professor Carlo Ratti, MIT Senseable City Lab, Mayor Anna König Jerlmyr and the president of KTH, Sigbritt Karlsson participate in the program.

Date & Time: 5 October 2021, 11.30 am to 2 pm, CEST
Location: Web broadcast from Stockholm City Hall
Event link:
Contact: Lukas Ljungqvist, City of Stockholm

During the week, 4 to 9 October, you will also be able to see the lab’s findings in the Stockholm Room in the Stockholm Culture House.

Interview with Barbro Fröding: “Both technology and ethics are needed in the smart city”

Barbro Fröding, associate professor in philosophy at KTH, researches the ethical perspective on when new technology and people meet. Her ongoing project is about the City of Stockholm’s work with “smart city” and about the research in Senseable Stockholm Lab.

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