The Rutgers Urban and Civic Informatics Lab

Data structure and information tools for networking business

The Rutgers Urban and Civic Informatics Lab was establishedat Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy in February 2020. The Lab aims to research and build capacity in leveraging technology and data analytics to address grand challenges facing global cities. Our vision is to support socially-just, environmentally resilient, and healthy cities.

Through emerging technologies and data-driven decision-making, and by working with academic institutions, and government agencies, industry and nonprofit organizations, we hope to impact the future of work and society in cities, and to encourage a dialog on critical issues relating to automation, AI, ethics, and information privacy.

At the core of RUCI Lab is a multidisciplinary analytics capability that links data-driven strategies for a forward-looking approach to better urban futures, and for improved wellbeing and daily lives of urban residents. Our key focus areas are smart mobility, smart and future cities, automation and the future of work, energy and environmental analytics, mobile health and health informatics, data for development in the global south, and public policy analytics.

The Lab serves as a resource for the Master of Public Informatics (MPI) degree program, and the Master of City and Regional Planning/Master of Public Informatics (MCRP/MPI), and Master of Public Policy/Master of Public Informatics (MPP/MPI) dual degree programs. In addition, the mission of the Public Informatics Student Group, is to create exploration “within the student body by applying and using information, computing technology, and data in the contexts of public service and the urban environment.”

Who We Are

Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah

The Lab is directed by Prof. Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah, Distinguished Professor and Dean of the Bloustein School. Her research interests are smart, socially-just and sustainable transportation and traveler behavior.

Read More

Clint Andrews

Clint Andrews is Director of the Rutgers Green Building Center, and a Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the Bloustein School. He teaches public informatics and environmental planning.

Read More

Soumitra Bhuyan

Soumitra Bhuyan is an Assistant Professor in the Bloustein School’s Health Administration program. He is interested in understanding the role of emerging technologies on the management of people with chronic conditions.

Read More

Gavin Rozzi

Gavin Rozzi joined the RUCI Lab in March 2020. He has conducted data analysis for polls and co-authored a research report on the underground construction on New Jersey’s economy.

Read More

Wenwen Zhang

Wenwen Zhang is an assistant professor of Public Informatics at the Bloustein School. Her research centers on understanding the social and policy impacts of emerging transportation technologies, such as autonomous vehicles, e-scooters, and ride-hailing.

Read More