The Rutgers Urban and Civic Informatics Lab was established at 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.”