SCV SSIT Chapter Meeting--Urban Poverty Meets Complexity Science


August meeting of the SCV SSIT Chapter featureing Daniel Lottis as the speaker

  Date and Time




  • Online
  • San Jose, California
  • United States
  • Starts 28 July 2020 09:05 PM
  • Ends 24 August 2020 09:05 PM
  • All times are US/Pacific
  • No Admission Charge


Daniel Lottis
Daniel Lottis


Urban Poverty Meets Complexity Science

Many contemporary engineers are noticing an apparent rise in activity devoted by fellow professionals acting as volunteers in the IEEE sustainable development or “humanitarian technology” space.   Similarly, we note a small but non-trivial population of engineers who are gainfully employed in social enterprises, NGO’s, or government agencies focused on addressing the challenges faced by developing countries, as well as those faced by impoverished residents of wealthy nations.   This seminar uses our experience within IEEE as a starting point, and will review ways in which globally accepted standards for sustainable development have guided both volunteer and professional efforts.   A further focus in this discussion will be on the rising importance of cities as both population centers and engines for the global economy.    Indeed, “Urban Poverty” is a massive challenge to sustainable development worldwide.   We will conclude with an exploration of general guidance that may be available from Complexity Science and the results of studies conducted on the scaling properties of cities, and how these compare to living organisms, companies, and social networks.


Daniel Lottis currently serves as Past Chair of the IEEE SIGHT Steering Committee, as well as Treasurer for the SCV SSIT chapter.    He previously served on HAC’s precursor ad hoc HAHC, as well as being a founder and the first Chair of the SCV SIGHT committee.    Daniel’s involvement with IEEE Humanitarian Technology Activities began in 2013, when he joined the organizing committee for the 2013 GHTC (San Jose).  Daniel continued serving the Global Humanitarian Technology Conference in 2014, again identifying and recruiting invited speakers for both plenary and break-out sessions.   He was been employed as a Principal Engineer at Western Digital Technologies from 2013 to 2019.   Daniel is currently active at CLSE Consulting.    Daniel earned a PhD in Physics at the University of Minnesota, preceded by a Bachelor’s degree in Physics at the Federal University of Parana in Curitiba, Brazil.  He is author or co-author of two patents,  dozens of papers in peer-reviewed journals, and has delivered 5 webinars spanning a range of topics to audiences in 4 countries since the start of the 2020 pandemic. 


6:00 PM PT Introduction of Speaker

6:10-7:00 PM PT Speaker Presentation

7:00-8:00 PM PT Questions and Discussion