About this Event
As we rapidly transition into an era dominated by technological innovation, it becomes increasingly evident that our cities are becoming interconnected ecosystems of intelligence. However, one of the fundamental barriers to the adoption of these technological advancements is psychological, deeply rooted in our capacity to trust. In the landscape of smart cities, where sensors serve as the invisible connective tissue and autonomous technologies promise efficiency and convenience, trust is more than a component—it is the cornerstone. The willingness to rely on technology, to believe in its reliability, security, and beneficial potential, largely defines our readiness to embrace this new urban reality. Trust bridges the gap between humans and the digital world, serving as the catalyst for the seamless integration of technology into our daily lives. If we can foster this trust, we can truly unlock the transformative potential of autonomous technologies in smart cities.
Associate Professor Doina Olaru is the Head of Management and Organisations at the UWA Business School at The University of Western Australia. Her research focuses on transport planning methods, travel and activity analysis, alternative fuel and vehicle technologies, business networks, environmental and social impacts of transport, and exposure to traffic related air pollutants.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Durty Nelly's Irish Pub, 397 Murray Street, Perth, Australia