Our research is grounded in the acquisition, integration, and analysis of big data from a diverse range of sources – from urban sensing arrays that we have developed to city administrative records and social media data – across real-world test-beds at the building, community, and city scale. Our current research program extends across three distinct, but inter-related, research areas:
- Urban energy dynamics. How do physical infrastructure, socio-economic conditions, local ecology, and human behavior impact energy use and air quality in cities? How can we utilize data-driven, evidenced-based design and planning strategies to maximize energy efficiency at the building and district scale, while reducing air pollution and improving public health?
- Urban social-ecological-technical system dynamics. What makes an urban place “successful”? Can we quantify the factors that drive human activity and mobility in diverse urban environments? Why and how does the environment in which you live affect your quality-of-life?
- Data-driven city operations and planning. How can cities use data to drive operational and policy decisions and enable a more complete understanding of service demands and resource consumption?