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TILEC supports and stimulates academic research on the governance of economic activity. It fosters academically path breaking and practically relevant research and aims to be a leading center worldwide.

TILEC Work in Progress: Brenda Espinoza Apraez

Exploring regulatory barriers for the use of Data-Driven Innovation in the management of key infrastructures
10:45-11:45, M 1003

The rise of Big Data has become a driver of innovation in multiple sectors in the recent years. The management of infrastructures employed for key services – such as water and energy - is one of the sectors that may benefit from the use of certain types of Data-Driven Innovation (DDI), like smart meters, sensors, Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, to name a few. This type of innovation allows infrastructure managers to obtain improved information about structural assets and their surroundings, resulting in better decision-making and contributing to the achievement of public values related to the provision of water and energy, such as reliability, affordability, safety and sustainability.

However, the introduction of DDI for infrastructure management gives rise to questions regarding the adequacy of current regulatory frameworks to account for the new possibilities enabled by technology, evidencing, among other issues, the existence of gaps in regulations. ‘Exploring regulatory barriers for the use of Data-Driven Innovation in the management of key infrastructures’, a paper by Brenda Espinosa and Saskia Lavrijssen, discusses regulatory gaps as a possible barrier for reaping the advantages of using DDI to operate and maintain key infrastructures employed in the provision of highly regulated services.

When: 03 October 2018 10:45

End date: 03 October 2018 11:45