We recently asked a number of alumni to share their reflections on the value of their DUSP education. From time to time, we will feature their responses in this space.
Judy Layzer will be taking over as director of the MIT Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability, a program supporting a multi-disciplinary research of environmental sustainability at the graduate level. Martin Fellows are dedicated to a collaborative approach to the critical issues associated with environmental sustainability.
Starting Fall 2013, Jinhua Zhao is the Edward H. and Joyce Linde Career Development Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at DUSP. He holds Master of Science, Master of City Planning and Ph.D. degrees from MIT and a Bachelor's degree from Tongji University. He studies travel behavior and transportation policy, public transit management, and China’s urbanization and mobility. He sees transportation as a language, to describe a person, to characterize a city, and to understand an institution.
An MIT team is providing new understanding of the growing interconnections among three critical resources: energy, water and food. The work focuses on Pakistan's Indus Basin, where irrigation water is increasingly pumped from underground, a practice that is intensifying a preexisting shortage of energy.
This fall, MIT will select an urban-design firm to help it develop and complete a design plan for the redevelopment of Institute-owned property in Kendall Square.
A paper entitled "A Review of Urban Computing for Mobile Phone Traces: Current Methods, Challenges and Opportunities," presented by DUSP's Shan Jiang was awarded the "Best Paper" award at the 2nd ACM SIGKDD International Workshop on Urban Computing (UrbComp 2013). The paper was authored by three students (Jiang, Gaston Fiore, and Yingxiang Yang) with thier faculty advisors (Joseph Ferreira, Emilio Frazzoli, and Marta González).
Being the (partially) recovered transcripts from a groundbreaking effort in artificial intelligence and urban simulation. See "Preface" of attached pdf for additional background.
[Draft/work-in-progress; see title page for date of latest compile.]