• An example of the sort of visualization of real time information that will be part of the Future of Urban Mobility research effort; this image illustrates the emotional flow of Obama's inauguration as measured by the number of cell phone calls during the event.

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The Future of Urban Mobility

A Global Collaboration to Make Urban Transport Sustainable

The School of Architecture + Planning is one of three schools at MIT
taking part in a global collaboration with the National Research
Foundation of Singapore to develop new models and tools for the
planning, design and operation of future urban transportation.

The central theme of the effort is to bring together recent advances in
information technology and transportation science to increase the
efficiency of urban transportation systems while at the same time
ensuring a sustainable and livable environment — first in Singapore,
and ultimately on a global scale.

At the heart of the project is SimMobility — a simulation platform with
an integrated model of human and commercial activities, land use,
energy use, transportation and environmental impacts — linked with a
range of networked computing and mobility innovations.

The modeling initiative is akin to a new project recently funded by the
MIT Energy Initiative on reducing urban energy consumption. Led urban planning professors Carlo Ratti
and Christopher Zegras, working with Moshe Ben-Akiva of Civil and Environmental
Engineering, that project aims to develop an integrated model of land
use, transportation and energy use that will enable evaluation of a
range of policies and projects for reducing energy consumption in
metropolitan areas.

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Topics: Architecture, Collaboration, Energy, Environment, Sustainability, Technology and society, Urban studies and planning, Transportation


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