Innovation & Technology @UW

Do you have a project at UW addressing Innovation & Technology and cities, urbanism or the Seattle metropolitan region? If so we want to feature your work. Email us at urbanuw@uw.edu with the following information:   project title, brief description, link, image and relevant tags

The Cities Collaboratory's website

The Cities Collaboratory

The Cities Collaboratory is a transdisciplinary research and teaching laboratory for the study of multiple dimensions of cities and urban processes. Based at the University of Washington, the Cities Collab seeks to challenge the way that cities are understood and reimagined as they meet twenty-first century challenges. Cities have long served as sites and agents of economic expansion, social innovation,...

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CoMotion's website

CoMotion

CoMotion is the collaborative hub for expanding the societal impact of the UW community.We deliver the tools and connections that UW researchers and students need to accelerate the impact of their innovations.We are bringing together the broader community, to stimulate the collective impact that UW students and researchers are making in the world. Our goal is to provide...

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Technology & Social Change Group's website

Technology & Social Change Group

The Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School explores the design, use, and effects of information and communication technologies in communities facing social and economic challenges. With experience in 50 countries, TASCHA brings together a multidisciplinary network of social scientists, engineers, and development practitioners to conduct research, advance knowledge, create public resources, and improve policy...

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Center for Communication and Civic Engagement's website

Center for Communication and Civic Engagement

The Center for Communication and Civic Engagement is dedicated to understanding communication processes and media technologies that facilitate positive citizen involvement in politics and social life. CCCE is located in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington, and co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science. Students and faculty at the center work together on original research, new educational...

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Lake Union Lab's website

Lake Union Lab

Lake Union Laboratory (LULab) is a collaboratory research project created to explore the overlapping and interdependent social, environmental, economic and technological dynamics of the city, specifically the Lake Union area of Seattle, Washington. This project serves as a means to investigate how multi-disciplinary and transdisciplinary models of research can build on the foundations of explorations in the historical, the spatial,...

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Washington State Transportation Center's website

Washington State Transportation Center

The Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC) is a cooperative, interdisciplinary transportation research agency.Its members, Washington State University (WSU), the University of Washington (UW), and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), formed TRAC in 1983 to coordinate transportation research efforts—both state and commercial, public and private—and to develop research opportunities both nationally and locally. TRAC acts as a...

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Urban Infrastructure Lab's website

Urban Infrastructure Lab

Research from the Urban Infrastructure Lab includes: UW Solar, Husky Sustainable Storms, Climate Smart Capital Investment Planning, Smart Cities & Information Security, Transaction Cost Economics, and Homeland Security

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Change's website

Change

Change is a group at the University of Washington exploring how technology can improve the lives of underserved populations in low-income regions.Change’s members primarily come from Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Technology and Social Change (TASHA),Information School (iSchool), Evans School of Public Affairs (Evans), Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE), Bio and Health Informatics (BHI) and School...

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DataLab's website

DataLab

The DataLab is the nexus for research on Data Science and Analytics at the UW iSchool. We study large-scale, heterogeneous human data in an effort to understand why individuals, consumers, and societies behave the way they do. Our goal is to use data for the social good, in an ethical manner that can inform policy and impact lives for the...

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Tech Policy Lab's website

Tech Policy Lab

The Tech Policy Lab is a unique, interdisciplinary collaboration at the University of Washington that aims to enhance technology policy through research, education, and thought leadership.

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Computing for Development's website

Computing for Development

Research in information and communication technologies for development (ICTD) is a relatively new and important area in computing research. When deploying systems in highly resource-constrained environment (unsophisticated users, lack of reliable power, expensive or non-existent data connectivity, etc.) they must be designed to be much more robust than when designing for the developed world. This leads to a fuller exploration...

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Design Machine Group's website

Design Machine Group

We are a collaborative research studio aimed at exploring, fostering and developing ideas that will shape the future of design and information technology.

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The Biofuels and Bioproducts Laboratory's website

The Biofuels and Bioproducts Laboratory

The Biofuels and Bioproducts Laboratory is interested in all aspects of the bioconversion of lignocellulosic material to biofuels and bioproducts.We work with many types of biomass, from wood waste to agricultural residues (wheat straw, sugarcane bagasse) to energy crops (Giant reed, Arundo donax). By utilizing plant biomass that is either of low value for other products or can be...

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Integrated Design Lab's website

Integrated Design Lab

The Integrated Design Lab carries out research to advance knowledge and policies that support the healthiest and highest performing buildings and cities. It measures and analyzes modeled and actual building performance data so as to influence the building industry’s understanding of how to radically improve the design and operation performance of buildings. Our performance research includes energy efficiency, daylighting,...

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eScience's website

eScience

Over the course of the last decade many disciplines have evolved from recording observations in laboratory notebooks to the use of instruments capable of digitally recording many gigabytes of data in a day. This abundance of data provides unprecedented opportunities for discovery. Tapping its potential requires the application of sophisticated new computational techniques operating on large scale storage, computational and...

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Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (CIAC)'s website

Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (CIAC)

​The mission of the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (CIAC) will be to provide a forum for the collaboration of professors, professionals, industries, and students. A mission of the center is to identify, address, and promote visions and solutions for issues of information assurance and cybersecurity. The center will produce and be a catalyst for research, invention, innovation,...

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Clean Energy Institute's website

Clean Energy Institute

The mission of the Clean Energy Institute is to accelerate the adoption of a clean energy future by advancing next generation solar energy and electrical energy storage materials, devices and systems, as well as their integration with the grid. The CEI seeks to accomplish this mission by creating the ideas and forming the people needed to generate these innovations, while...

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Pacific Northwest Center for Construction Research + Education's website

Pacific Northwest Center for Construction Research + Education

With generous support from the local construction industry in Seattle, the Department of Construction Management took on an ambitious project to develop a nearby research and education center at the old naval base at Sand Point. CERC features 25,000 square feet of space on two levels, providing a home for three areas of research and activity: Virtual Construction Methods and Materials ...

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Center for Integrated Design's website

Center for Integrated Design

The mission of the Center for Integrated Design is to discover solutions that overcome the most difficult building performance barriers, and to meet the building industry’s goals of moving towards radically higher performing buildings and healthy urban environments.The Center for Integrated Design, composed of the Integrated Design Lab and the Discovery Commons, builds knowledge through discovery, advocacy and...

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Value Sensitive Design's website

Value Sensitive Design

Value sensitive design seeks to provide theory and method to account for human values in a principled and systematic manner throughout the design process.Tools and technologies are fundamental to the human condition. Increasingly, they constitute the infrastructure through which people from diverse communities and nations engage in dialog, educate their children, gain access to resources and systems of justice,...

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DO-IT Center's website

DO-IT Center

The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through technology and education. It promotes awareness and accessibility—in both the classroom and the workplace—to maximize the potential of individuals with disabilities and make our communities more vibrant, diverse, and inclusive.

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Design for Digital Inclusion's website

Design for Digital Inclusion

The DDI group researches diversity and technology from a design perspective. The group focuses on technology development for resource constrained environments in order to counteract what could be called a failure of imagination in terms of how devices, software, and services are designed. With the advent of newer, smaller, and cheaper technologies, the user base and use scenarios for information...

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The Taskar Center for Accessible Technology's website

The Taskar Center for Accessible Technology

The Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT) at the University of Washington Department of Computer Science & Engineering focuses on developing and deploying technologies that will increase independence and improve quality of life for individuals with motor and speech impairments. We aim to enhance access to everyday technologies through the development of user-focused novel interfaces, the addition of sensors and...

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Green Futures Lab's website

Green Futures Lab

The Green Futures Lab mission is to support interdisciplinary research and design that advances our understanding of, visions for, and design of a vital and ecologically sustainable public realm. Apply Green Futures research and designs to policy develop potential urban green infrastructure solutions within Seattle and the Pacific Northwest region and work with the University of Washington, local communities and...

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Center for Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety, and Regional Resilience (CoSSaR)'s website

Center for Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety, and Regional Resilience (CoSSaR)

The Center for Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety, and Regional Resilience (CoSSaR) is a multi-disciplinary facility and environment where professionals from a wide range of entities (federal, state, county, city, tribal, international, public and private) team with university experts to align strategies, processes and investments in systems for security, safety and resilience. CoSSaR is directed by Human Centered Design &...

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SeaGrant Washington's website

SeaGrant Washington

Washington Sea Grant (WSG) is a catalyst for innovative marine research and education opportunities. Research is the cornerstone of WSG’s mission to help people to better understand and address the challenges facing our oceans and coasts.As part of a national partnership funded and coordinated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through a federal–state partnership, WSG-sponsors...

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Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center's website

Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center

The Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center (SCTL) is headed by Barb Ivanov and Anne Goodchild and investigates the logistics and infrastructures for local and global supply chains critical to the economics and well-being of urban systems world-wide. The SCTL Center is a world leader in supply chain, transportation and logistics research and education serving the powerful nexus of industry,...

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Northwest Institutute for Advanced Computing's website

Northwest Institutute for Advanced Computing

Founded jointly by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Washington in 2013, the Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing, or NIAC, is both a physical and “virtual” collaborative center designed to maximize the impact of computing on transformative discoveries that fuel scientific and societal progress.

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Landscape Architecture (BLA, MLA)'s website

Landscape Architecture (BLA, MLA)

At the University of Washington, we strive to create a program that meets the complex social, environmental, political, and aesthetic challenges of our time. Our program emphasis on urban ecological design addresses the multiple dimensions of today’s environmental challenges – infrastructure, culture, ecological literacy, and human and environmental health. With our focus on the intersection of urbanism, ecology, and...

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Centre for Urban & Community Studies
University of Toronto
The Centre for Urban and Community Studies (CUCS) was established in 1964 to promote and disseminate multidisciplinary research and policy analysis on urban issues.The Centre's activities contributed to scholarship on questions relating to the social, economic and physical well-being of people who live and work in urban areas large and small, in Canada and around the world.
MaP+S
Harvard University
The Materials, Processes, and Systems (MaPS) Group, lead by Professor Martin Bechthold, is a research unit that promotes the understanding, development and deployment of innovative technologies for buildings. The group evolved from the previously established Design Robotics Group, and is located in a research cluster at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. MaPS looks at materiality as starting points for design research, with a special interest in robotic and computer-numerically controlled (CNC) fabrication processes as well as small scale work on nano-materials. Much of our current work studies ceramic material systems and design robotics. MaPS also runs the Adaptive Living Environments (ALivE) project jointly with Harvards REAL group. ALivE develops novel applications for nano-scale material systems developed jointly with scientists from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.The MaP+S Group works on funded research and other projects, and supports thesis research on the masters and the doctoral level. We work with industry partners and associations, students, faculty and staff of the GSD, as well as with other academic groups at Harvard University and beyond.
Energy, Environments & Design Lab
Harvard University
What does energy want from design? What role does design have in energy systems?As a part of the Research Advancement Initiative (RAI), at Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Energy, Environments & Design Lab investigates novel agendas for energy at a range of design scales. From overlooked thermal parameters at the molecular level to global scale emergy analysis, the design disciplines urgently need alternate intellectual frameworks, research methodologies, and practices for energy in the twenty-first century. Materials, buildings, landscapes, cities, and urbanization are all overtly connected energy hierarchies that must be lucidly understood as the basis of any design agenda for energy today.
Coastal Sustainability Studio
Lousiana State University
The LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio brings together academic disciplines that typically conduct research separately—such as designers, scientists, planners, and engineers—to intensively study and respond to critical issues of coastal settlement, restoration, flood protection, and economic development. Through its integrated design and systems thinking approach, programs, and projects, the CSS builds university capacity and transdisciplinary teams that work to develop strategies that address coastal problems.
Center for Advanced Urbanism
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Center for Advanced Urbanism is committed to fostering a rigorous design culture for the large scale; by focusing our disciplinary conversations about architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, and systems thinking, not about the problems of yesterday, but of tomorrow. We are motivated by the radical changes in our environment, and the role that design and research can play in addressing these. We embrace conversations with the world's top experts at MIT, to feed and foster our innovations. We take pride in the fact that participants in the center do not just talk about things; they create projects, build things, and actively change our society out in the real world; and then come together to learn from each other's experiences, publish, and debate about future directions. The Center for Advanced Urbanism has been established at the initiative of the Dean and department Chairs of the School of Architecture and Planning and reflects a renewed drive to excellence in urbanism.
P-REX
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
P-REX a research lab focused on environmental problems caused by urbanization, including the design, remediation, and reuse of waste landscapes worldwide. P-REX works to develop non-traditional design solutions to push the boundaries of conventional practice and incorporate resilient thinking into large-scale strategic planning & design.
Urban Systems Lab
Imperial College London
Cities are central to economic growth and social activity with a growing share of the global population. Increasingly, the need of cities to improve performance in services and infrastructure is creating not only technical, social, and business challenges, but also opportunities as new niches are opened on the basis of new technology and a better understand of the value of data. Information about infrastructure performance, capability, user activity, and intent is increasingly becoming a key-driver to improving efficiency and growth of new services, leading to the development of the smart city.The Urban Systems Lab aims to bring to bear a seriousness & scale commensurate with the societal challenges and opportunities within the 21st Century city. USL will focus on the new, holistic and cross cutting inter-disciplinary field of “Urban Systems Engineering,” and will play its part in creating the next generation of urban system integrators.
UChicago Urban Labs
University of Chicago
The University of Chicago's Urban Labs comprises 5 units: Crime Lab, Education Lab, Energy & Environment Lab, Health Lab, and Poverty Lab.Working in partnership with policy makers and practitioners worldwide, Urban Labs help evaluate and implement the most effective urban policies and solutions around the world, bringing improvements to people's lives in real time.Our deep partnerships with government and nonprofit agencies help us translate our research into direct policy action. We provide decision makers with persuasive empirical evidence and understanding to guide their actions and their use of public and private resources.Today, Urban Labs provide analytic support and strategic guidance to policy makers across the United States and India, carrying out large-scale experiments, shaping public policy, and improving the quality of life for urban residents on a broad scale. In the decade ahead, Urban Labs aspire to significantly improve public policy and human life worldwide.
Urban Design Lab
University of Tokyo
The objective of the Urban Design Lab is to strike a balance between scientific research, teaching, and practical urban design work in the field. We encourage students to develop practical skills as well as a sound theoretical knowledge in order to enable them practicing in all areas of urban design; in the contexts of spatial and structural design; as well as strategical and conceptual planning. Theoretical knowledge from scientific research and interdisciplinary teaching is also practically applied for urban design consultancy with local communities and the work on ‘real’ planning projects on site.Our scientific research includes urban morphology, urban and architectural history, historical and natural conservation, citizen participation, spatial analysis, urban sociology, community advocacy, place-making, renewal strategies for regional cities, as well international planning systems and Asian cities. Our ambition is to develop a more nuanced understanding of how urban spaces are perceived, used, appropriated, inhabited, designed, governed, and managed in order to contribute best to the evolution of livable cities. Based on the extensive research activities of our graduate students, we seek to propose new design processes that ultimately lead to more user friendly and sustainable urban spaces.