Academic Venture Fund - 2014

Healthy Living in Smart Cities

Traffic on multi-lane highway

Urban communities face major sustainability challenges that affect public health and quality of life, including snarled traffic, greenhouse gas emissions, and pollution. The researchers will design a comprehensive information infrastructure: a network of fixed and mobile sensors to monitor environmental quality, along with communication and modeling tools to interact with the network and end users. For example, joggers could record street-level air quality with mobile devices to help others plot a healthier route through the city. This advanced system will inform locals and city planners in real time—making crowded cities a lot more livable.

Investigators: Huaizhu Gao, John Cawley, Susan Christopherson, Johannes Gehrke, Michal Lipson