An ongoing Intelligent Cities project, URL: Urban Research Lab explores the implications of emerging technologies and distributed computing for urban infrastructure. While infrastructure supports many different human activities, the lab studies the potential of ubiquitous and context-aware computing, defined as “media of communication functionally bound to a location”---and, more specifically, of intelligent infrastructure---adaptive systems used to organize people and practices in real time and on the go. Unlike historical, fixed infrastructure, mobile communication and information networks enable a personal infrastructure that is becoming increasingly embedded within everyday interactions. This Internet of Things facilitates a connected culture that is simultaneously social as well as technical. URL develops the notion that both visible and invisible elements are critical to understanding today’s urban environment, because all aspects -- information, energy, transportation, housing, social practices -- are now inextricably linked and interconnected.

 

- Therese Tierney, Director
URL: Urban Research Lab