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ASU Smart Region Summit

AI and the future of the city

March 26, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ 

SkylineEach year, the Smart Region Summit – convened by ASU and a diverse set of community and corporate partners – focuses on the application of human-centered innovation strategies that put into action the future of the smart city and region.

We’re proud to announce that the highly-anticipated 2024 Summit is back, and this year we’re focusing on artificial intelligence (AI) and the future of the city.

The sixth annual Smart Region Summit will convene at the Phoenix Art Museum on Tuesday, March 26 to explore how disruptive advances in AI challenge to rethink the intersection of urban planning, technology and equity. Community leaders, elected officials, urban planners, technologists, and students are all invited to participate and contribute to what’s next for advancing smarter communities, cities, regions and beyond.


**All times are MST  

8:30 a.m. | Doors Open for Networking and a Light Breakfast
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9:00 a.m. | Welcome 

Lev GonickWellington "Duke" Reiter

ASU CIO Lev Gonick and  Wellington “Duke” Reiter, Executive Director, Ten Across Initiative, will welcome participants to the Smart Region Summit and share opening remarks and announcements to kick off the day.

9:15 a.m. | Keynote: Generative Urban Design and Operation: Building and Managing the City of Data 

Phillip Bernstein


Phillip Bernstein, Associate Dean and Professor Adjunct at Yale University, FAIA, will examine the key opportunities of AI across the delivery continuum, from design through construction and smart city management, through the lens of AI but at the scale of the city.

9:45 a.m. | Urban Futures and Emergent Technology Panel

During this deeply insightful discussion, smart city leaders will provide their input on Generative Urban Design and Operation: Building and Managing the City of Data. 

Phillip Bernstein, Associate Dean and Professor Adjunct at Yale University  Paula GomezHonorata Grzesikowska, Founder, CEO, Urbanitarian


10:45 a.m. | Fireside Chat with Mayor Kate Gallego

Mayor Kate Gallego

11:15 a.m. | AI and the Future of the City Through an Equity Lens Panel

Hear from local technology leaders, researchers, faculty, students and changemakers who are innovating with AI and smart technology to develop cities of the future.

Wanda Dalla Costa Gigi Sohn Nicol Tuner Lee


12:00 p.m. | Lunch Brought to you by Waymo

12:45 p.m. | City Experiences Panel

Hear from local technology leaders, researchers, faculty, students and changemakers who are innovating with AI and smart technology to develop cities of the future.

Tom van Arman Liz Crowe Stephanie DeitrickJose Antonio Ondiviela GarciaSteen Hambric


1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. | Breakout Sessions

Energized and informed by the discussions from our morning speakers, we’ll jump into four workshops for dedicated discussions that explore how we can partner together to create smarter cities, regions, countries and the world – grounded in conversations around AI and the future of the city. 

  • Closing the Data Gap for Sustainable Urban Development: How can we address data gaps and promote data-driven decision-making to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals while integrating varied capital inputs and upholding data sovereignty across diverse communities and contexts. 

Presented by:  Biayna BogosianPaul CoseoAndrew WhitcombAna Herruzo

Biayna Bogosian, Assistant Professor, The Design School & School for the Future of Innovation in Society Faculty, ASU

Paul Coseo,Program Head & Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Environmental Design, The Design School, ASU

Andrew Whitcomb, Assistant Professor, The Design School, ASU

Ana Herruzo, Coordinator of MIX Center Programs & Associate Professor of Immersive Experience Design, The Design School, ASU

  • Digital Twins: Shaping Smart Regions - Insights from Unity and ASU Next Lab - This session offers a comprehensive look into the evolving world of digital twins technology. Our speakers will delve into the current state of digital twins, with global and local examples, demonstrating their transformative impact on smart regions.

Presented by: Jeff MelansonDan MunnerleyKelly Chung Mukherjee Ciera Parkhurst

Jeff Melanson, Strategic Partner, Unity

Dan Munnerley, Executive Director and Lead Design Architect, Next Generation Learning, Next Lab

Kelly Chung Mukherjee, Director, ASU Enterprise Technology, Broadband and Digital Inclusion

Ciera Parkhurst, Spatial Data Analyst, ASU Enterprise Technology

  • Equity and Access in AI-Driven Urban Futures: What strategies can ensure equitable access to AI tools and data for marginalized communities, considering emotional implications and non-human entities shaping urban spaces?

Presented by: Tejaswi GowdaRJ Millhouse


Tejaswi Gowda, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Arts Media and Engineering, ASU

RJ Millhouse, Assistant Professor, The Design School, ASU


  • Reimagining AI for Life-Sustaining Cities with Integrated Capitals: How can we reorient AI applications to prioritize the integration of broad capitals (social, ecological, intellectual, emotional, somesthetic, human, symbolic) in urban development, ensuring that the diverse needs of communities and ecosystems are met?

Presented by: Wanda Dalla CostaMarysol Ortega Pallanez

Wanda Dalla Costa, Director of the Indigenous Design Collaborative & Institute Professor, The Design School, ASU

Marysol Ortega Pallanez, Assistant Professor of Design at ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, ASU

3:15 p.m. | Closing

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Menu Options

A light breakfast will be available at 8:15 a.m. 

Sponsored by Google Cloud

  • Assorted Breakfast Pastries | Butter Croissants, Muffins (GF), Danish
  • Fruit Preserves & Whipped Butter
  • Seasonal Fresh Fruit
  • Orange Juice, Water and Coffee

Lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Waymo

  • Apricot Chicken Salad Sandwich | Minced Onion, Celery, Lemon–Sage Aioli, Tomato, Field Greens on a Croissant
  • Chimichurri Grilled Fillet of Beef Sandwich | Shaved Thin with Fresh Mozzarella, Arugula, Tomatoes, Greens, Cracked Pepper Aioli, Torta Roll
  • Grilled Breast of Chicken Sandwich | Italian Herb Marinade, Avocado, Prosciutto, Tomato, Lettuce, with Sundried Tomato and Artichoke Spread on Whole Wheat (GF option available)
  • BBQ Chicken Wrap | Jalapeño Ranch Slaw, Red Onion, Romaine, Tomatoes, Bourbon Cheddar, Red Chili Tortilla
  • Portobello Caesar Wrap | V, VG, GF| Red Onions, Roma Tomatoes, VEGAN CHEESE, Romaine Lettuce, Crispy, Gluten Free Croutons, Vegan Caesar Dressing, Vegan Gluten Free Tortilla 
  • Mediterranean Wrap | V | Garbanzo Beans and Spinach, Lemon Oregano Vinaigrette, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Red Onion, Peppers, Kalamata Olives, Feta Cheese & Hummus, on a Spinach Tortilla
  • Greek Farro Salad | V, GF | Vegetables, Artichokes, Olives & Feta, Lemon Oregano Vinaigrette
  • Fresh Fruit & Berry Salad | V, VG, GF
  • Assorted Desserts | GF & Vegan options available
  • Water, Iced Tea and Coffee Available

Need directions to the Phoenix Art Museum? 

Address: 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

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Visit:  for museum details and directions to the venue. 

The Phoenix Art Museum is easily accessible via the Valley Metro Lightrail. The Smart Region Summit planning team highly encourages using alternative transportation such as carpool and public transportation. 


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Need a hotel?

Coming to Phoenix, AZ from out of town? Welcome! The following hotels are located near the The Phoenix Art Museum. For additional information about airports and hotels, please visit ASU's Travel information for ASU campus visitors at 

Hampton Inn and Suites Phoenix Downtown
77 E.  Polk Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Downtown
15 E Monroe St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 343-0006
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Hyatt Place Phoenix/Downtown
150 W Adams St. Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 388-4888
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