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Northeastern’s Beltway insiders




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

Published On: September 18, 2015 |
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