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:
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.
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…