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Using urban data: understanding and solutions

Data analytics to help improve the quality of life in cities has become commonly employed by many city authorities and partners around the world. Advances in intelligent software tools, including AI, and computing technologies provide an opportunity to utilise enormous streams of data generated by citizens and activities in cities.

The Institute seeks to use urban data to help understand the challenges and opportunities in cities, and to work with commercial and civic partners to help fill some of the knowledge gaps around useful urban data.

We are currently being funded by the European Space Agency to help improve location accuracy for GNSS receivers in complex environments to help allow our construction sector partners Balfour Beatty (see projects), contributing to UN Steering Group on Earth Observation toolkit (see news) and led a ‘sensing the city‘ project exploring how to capture mobile air quality data.

Such research is helping to make a difference in cities, to maximise new opportunities, and tackle urban problems  – including street crime and urban tourism (see visualisations).