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Professor Chris Pettit is the inaugural Chair of Urban Science, Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales (UNSW). Prof Pettit is the Director of the City Analytics Masters (MCA) Program which upskills the next generation of practitioners and policy-makers with the ability to harness the power of data-driven approaches for understanding the inherent complexity of the city. Prof Pettit is also the Director of the City Analytics Lab (CAL), a dedicated space designed to support collaborative city planning and user centred design He is also an Associate Director of the City Futures Research Centre, which as been conducted world class urban research for over 12 year. Prof Pettit is also the Director of Smart Cities, FrontierSI and leads the Rapid Analytics Interactive Scenario Explorer (RAISE) toolkit. He is on the Board of Directors of CUPUM (Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management) and on the international advisory board for “Geo for all” and co-founder for the OpenCitySmart – Open platform for Smart Cities initiative. Prof Pettit’s expertise is in the convergence of the fields of city planning and digital technologies including Geographical Information Sciences (GIS). He has given numerous keynote addresses at conferences around the world and has published more than 180 peer reviewed papers. For the last 25 years, he has been undertaking research and development in the use of digital planning tools to support the envisioning of future city scenarios. His research expertise also spans into applications, development and the evaluation of geographical visualization tools including, advanced spatial decision support systems and city dashboards. Prof Pettit was previously the national coordinator for the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network which provides access to over 4,000 city datasets across Australia. He is also the academic lead for the online What if? Scenario GIS based Planning Support System which has been applied in over 50 countries around the world