Carnegie Mellon University

Using Technology and Policy to Transform City Life

Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. By 2050, The United Nations anticipates that this proportion will surge to 68 percent. Already, exponential population growth in global metropolitan areas has only emphasized the need for a robust and human-centered infrastructure. To address the current and future critical challenges facing cities worldwide, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are transforming the urban experience through connect, intelligent infrastructure – or smart cities.

Metro21: Smart Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon tasks a forward-looking creative approach to bringing people, technology and policy together to significantly improve quality of life in metropolitan areas. This multidisciplinary effort employs research, development and deployment tactics with key partners to create and implement smart city solutions around the world.

In collaboration with the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and other government agencies, Metro21 has set the standard with an interoperable global model for smart city solutions.

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As a founding member of the MetroLabs Network, CMU works closely with 35 other city-university partnerships to scale effective solutions, accelerate best practices and advance the understanding of urban science.

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