Cities’ Forum speakers Dr. Natalia Bystriantseva/RU & Dr. Andrey Bondarchuk/RU

Dr. Natalia Bystriantseva/RU, ITMO University

Dr. Natalia Bystriantseva has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Architecture and Environmental Design. In 2014, she was honoured with the National Award ‘Architecture and Design’ and started to develop the Master’s programme on Lighting Design at ITMO University. She completed her Ph.D. in Architecture at Moscow Architectural Institute/RU and is currently Head of the Creative Lighting Department at ITMO University, a centre of applied research and international postgraduate education in the field of Lighting Design in St. Petersburg.

Dr. Bystriantseva has 10+ years of professional experience and worked on more than 20 research papers on Lighting Design. She has also managed applied research and development projects for the local authorities of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Her work focuses on an integrated approach to the sustainable development of an urban environment in a long-term perspective with the accent on the creation of concepts and analytical solutions that can be adapted to changes in an investment climate and the tasks of local authorities or decision-makers. The latter include solutions such as Big Data and Analytics Software for Urban Lighting – a Lighting Planning Platform for Quality of Life in a City, which was implemented this year for the City of St. Petersburg.

Dr. Andrey Bondarchuk/RU, Chairman of the Committee for Energy and Engineering Support of the Government of St. Petersburg

Dr. Andrey Bondarchuk studied Engineering with a focus on “Electric drive and automation of industrial installations and technological complexes” at St. Petersburg Mining University/RU, followed by Ph.D. degree in Technical Sciences. In 2012, he was appointed Chairman of the Committee for the Fuel and Energy Complex of the Government of the Leningrad Region. Since January 2013 to the present time, he has been Chairman of the Committee for Energy and Engineering Support of the Government of St. Petersburg. His wide range responsibilities include the implementation of the state policy on energy saving and improving energy efficiency, ensuring the functioning and development of water supply and sanitation, gas supply, heat supply, electricity and outdoor lighting systems, and providing the architectural and construction design, construction and/or reconstruction of engineering infrastructure facilities in St. Petersburg.

Dr. Bondarchuk also coordinates the activities of the executive bodies of St. Petersburg state authorities in this area, and manages the Scientific and Technical Council of the Committee with the goal of improving the efficiency of the use of the scientific and technical potential of St. Petersburg, promoting the introduction of science and technology achievements and coordinating the activities of industry enterprises. He is a co-initiator and coordinator of the innovative St. Petersburg project “Big Data and Analytics Software for Urban Lighting”, implemented by ITMO University and SPb GUP “Lensvet”, the state unitary enterprise for urban lighting in St. Petersburg.


Dr. Bystriantseva and Dr. Bondarchuk will hold a presentation at the Cities’ Forum:

Big Data and Analytics Software for Urban Lighting

Presentation date: 25. October
Presentation time: 10:15

The City of St. Petersburg and ITMO University are presenting a smart planning platform for better long-term lighting strategy and goals fulfilment.

The software provides city authorities with a decision-making tool based on aggregated urban data, foresight methods and unique metrics to quantify the quality of urban lighting environment and energy efficiency. By setting up quantified goals which are automatically converted into one-year work plans a city can now monitor its performance and keep to its initial strategy over time.

In addition to the basic metrics such as safety, comfort and energy efficiency the software helps to quantify and maintain the approved city branding strategy at night regardless of changes in the investment climate and government.

The platform serves as an objective common ground for both city authorities and designers to support sustainable and consistent development of the urban lighting environment in a 30 to 50 year perspective.