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The Future of Urban Mobility

A Global Collaboration to Make Urban Transport Sustainable
An example of the sort of visualization of real time information that will be part of the Future of Urban Mobility research effort; this image illustrates the emotional flow of Obama's inauguration as measured by the number of cell phone calls during the event.
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An example of the sort of visualization of real time information that will be part of the Future of Urban Mobility research effort; this image illustrates the emotional flow of Obama's inauguration as measured by the number of cell phone calls during the event.

The School of Architecture + Planning is one of three schools at MIT taking part in a global collaboration with the National Research Foundation of Singapore to develop new models and tools for the planning, design and operation of future urban transportation.

The central theme of the effort is to bring together recent advances in information technology and transportation science to increase the efficiency of urban transportation systems while at the same time ensuring a sustainable and livable environment — first in Singapore, and ultimately on a global scale.

At the heart of the project is SimMobility — a simulation platform with an integrated model of human and commercial activities, land use, energy use, transportation and environmental impacts — linked with a range of networked computing and mobility innovations.

The modeling initiative is akin to a new project recently funded by the MIT Energy Initiative on reducing urban energy consumption. Led urban planning professors Carlo Ratti and Christopher Zegras, working with Moshe Ben-Akiva of Civil and Environmental Engineering, that project aims to develop an integrated model of land use, transportation and energy use that will enable evaluation of a range of policies and projects for reducing energy consumption in metropolitan areas.

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