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Hack the City: Computational Urban Science for Pandemic Response

Limited to 20

This 2-day IAP workshop introduces computational urban science in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first day contains a lecture to introduce the current application and relevant research in urban science, particularly related to COVID-19 and cities. Students will gain a high-level understanding of data sources, computational thinking,  and socio-technical awareness involving data-driven urban problem-solving.  Then an in-class tutorial will teach students to use an online virtual collaboration tool for brainstorming. Students will form into teams by the end of the first day.

On the second day, students will brainstorm in groups on potential computational urban science research or digital applications for post-COVID cities. Students will report back with a brainstorm sketch (or prototype) with identified data sources, computational methods, potential outcomes (either for urban science research or civic tech prototypes), as well as concerns or conflicts regarding underlying social impacts with justice, equity, and trust. Final projects will be review by a panel of Urban Science faculty and invited health experts.