Advancing smart city studies in the Philippines: Opportunities and implications


  • Marissa Pastor Liponhay ACCeSs Laboratory, Asian Institute of Management


Smart cities have become increasingly popular in recent years, with many countries around the world launching initiatives to develop their own smart city projects. In the Philippines, however, smart city studies are still in their early stages, with only a few initiatives currently in place. This presents an exciting opportunity for researchers and stakeholders to contribute to the development of smart city projects in the country. To build successful smart cities in the Philippines, several components are needed, including the deployment of sensors and the internet of things, infrastructure, good governance and strong political will, funding, and technical skills in data engineering and data analyses. These components are essential for ensuring that smart city projects are sustainable and meet the needs of citizens. In this talk, we share our experience working on smart city projects in Baguio City, including our findings in data modeling and analysis. These insights can be valuable for policymakers to implement actionable strategies aimed at enhancing the quality of life of the citizens.

About the Speaker

Marissa Pastor Liponhay, ACCeSs Laboratory, Asian Institute of Management

Marissa P. Liponhay is a Senior Data Scientist at the ACCeSs Laboratory of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) with a PhD in Physics. Following her postdoctoral position at POSTECH University in South Korea, she joined the Physics Department of the University of San Carlos (USC), Cebu City for five years, where she served as the Chair during the last three years of her stay. Currently, she works as the technical lead of project MINERVA − a smart city project in collaboration with Baguio City LGU and University of the Philippines Baguio. Her research interests are geared toward Complexity Science and applications of machine learning and AI technologies in smart city and big data.



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MP Liponhay, Advancing smart city studies in the Philippines: Opportunities and implications, Proceedings of the Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas 41, SPP-2023-INV-1D-01 (2023). URL: