Daniel T. O’Brien, an assistant professor who holds joint appointments in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Phil He, associate vice provost for graduate education, attended the White House Smart Cities Forum on Monday, Sept. 14.
The pair represented the city of Boston and the Boston Area Research Initiative’s new partnership with the MetroLab Network. The network was recently created to convene communities and their respective colleges to work on the research and development of tools that will address urban areas’ most pressing needs.
“The MetroLab Network will be a special opportunity for the city-university collaborations being undertaken by the Boston Area Research Initiative and the city of Boston, including many involving faculty at Northeastern, to benefit from similar work being done in other cities,” O’Brien said.
O’Brien, who is the BARI’s research director, is the Boston academic community representative on the MetroLab Network’s executive committee. His research involves using Big Data—most often in the form of large administrative data sets generated by city government—in conjunction with traditional methodologies to explore the behavioral and social dynamics of urban neighborhoods.
Northeastern is among the 25 national universities that are founding members of the MetroLab Network.
-By Joe O’Connell