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Our ultimate goal is to enable a data-driven approach to ignite urban redesign initiatives and mitigate the adverse effects of future disruptive events to cities. Our Illinois Center of Excellence will help cities plan for a more resilient and equitable future by creating a big-data framework to:

  • Integrate and reconcile spatio-temporal data at different resolution levels, allowing stakeholders to gain insights and help fine-tune regulations, accelerate the emergency response organization, and optimize resource allocation
  • Empower communities to have a better picture of the actual impacts of different initiatives, identify their unique needs, voice their concerns, and and instigate proper policies
  • Study the impact on Chicagoans of two initial cases: the COVID-19 pandemic , and toxic emission from facilities in Chicago’s Southwest Side


Isabel Cruz

Isabel Cruz

University of Illinois at Chicago: Distinguished Professor (In Memoriam), Computer Science,

Fabio Miranda

Fabio Miranda

University of Illinois at Chicago: Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Sybil Derrible

Sybil Derrible

University of Illinois at Chicago: Associate Professor, Civil, Materials, and Environmental Engineering

Eunice Santos

Eunice Santos

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Professor and Dean, School of Information Sciences

Jong Sung Lee

Jong Lee

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Deputy Associate Director, National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Urban Data Integration

Late PI Isabel Cruz led research in big data and artificial intelligence, particularly in its application to geographical understanding. Here she speaks on data for analysis of the food-energy-water nexus in urban systems.

ICE-PRESUR in the News

Cruz, Wang use big data to track the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on college towns


The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on our lives this year, a fact that is especially salient to the students and faculty who abruptly shifted to online learning in March—and the parents and community members around them who also have been affected by the departure from normal college life.

Distinguished Professor Isabel Cruz and Zhu (Ellen) Wang, a doctoral student in the Advances in Data, Visual, and Information Science Research Laboratory (ADVIS) lab, which Cruz directs, wanted to know what the people in college towns, from students to business owners, were discussing and sharing about these changes during the spring and fall…