Roberto Rovira Participates in Frost Museum of Science Innovation & Engineering Weekend


Roberto Rovira, Chair of FIU Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design, will be a moderator, panelist, and workshop participant in Innovation & Engineering Weekend: Building the City of the Future, a weekend of events hosted by The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, which is expected to open in 2016.

Rovira will participate in the following two events, the latter of which is open to the public:

Thursday, February 19th – CappSci Press Conference
Location: Ten Museum Park

The Museum will invite regional media to an informative press conference and panel discussion announcing a five-year, $1 million Inventor-in-Residence program for the new museum’s Innovation Center. Funded by CappSci, founded by Dr. Ted Caplow & Pascale van Kipnis Caplow, the program will seek solutions to sustainability challenges. Information and details on the program and prize will be unveiled at the press conference, followed by a formal panel discussion featuring local and international luminaries in the field of innovation and sustainability. A welcome will be provided by Trish and Dan Bell.

The panel theme is “How Science Advances Through Competition.”

Panelists include:
Gillian Thomas, CEO and President of Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science
Maurice Ferre, Former Mayor of Miami
Ted Caplow, PhD, CEO and Co-Founder of CappSci
Susan Skemp, Executive Director of Florida Atlantic University’s Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center


Science-Up-Close-IEFrost-February-19Thursday, February 19thScience Up Close:  Inhabiting the Internet of Things (Open to the public)
Estimated Guest Count: 80-100
Time: 6:30 PM to 9 PM
Location: Space Gallery

Join us for the second installment of the Museum’s popular Science Up Close event series, an evening of casual science conversations, with this edition featuring Dr. Rodolphe el-Khoury, Dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture. Dean el-Khoury is an architect and designer who researches architectural applications for information technology. His goal is to develop enhanced responsiveness and sustainability in buildings and cities with the idea of embedded technologies. His ideas are at the forefront of the field and he is leading the way as an innovator for the city of the future. Rodolphe el-Khoury describes a not-too-distant future in which “the internet of things” will become a reality, and the line between the digital and real worlds is increasingly blurred. In this world, our homes, workplaces, and the objects within them will all be wirelessly connected, intelligent, and responsive.

After this presentation, enjoy small group discussions led by leaders in innovating the city of the future, including: Wifredo Fernandez, MDC Idea Center, CREATE Accelerator; Robert Garfinkle, Science Museum of Minnesota; Pandwe Gibson, EcoTech Visions; Jane Gilbert, Wells Fargo; Erica Halverson, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ric Herrero, MIAMad; Tameka Linnell, The Human Collective; Laura Maydon, Endeavor Miami; Maria Nardi, MDC Parks; Roberto Rovira, FIU.

The event takes place in a casual atmosphere with live performances by the Frost School of Music and craft beers courtesy of Wynwood Brewing Company. Light refreshments will also be provided. Complimentary admission via RSVP.

Friday, February 20th – City of the Future Workshop
Location: Space Gallery

Invited guests will join in a workshop about the city of the future led by Gehl Studio. Attendees will participate in a constructive and informative dialogue, responding to artists’ interpretations and other visual prompts displayed on the walls of the Space Gallery to contribute their ideas and express their opinions about how they envision energy, environment, transportation, and architecture and design in the city of the future. Please see separate list for attendees.


All information about the events mentioned in this article, in addition to all images in this article, are provided courtesy of The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.

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