Carnegie Mellon University

Using Technology and Policy to Transform City Life

Exponential growth is taxing global metropolitan areas. Cities face critical challenges from this rural-to-urban migration. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are reshaping urban living to create connected, intelligent communities — or Smart Cities.

CMU's Metro21: Smart Cities Initiative takes a forward-looking creative approach to bringing people, policy and technology together to significantly improve the quality of life for metropolitan area citizens. The multidisciplinary effort employs research, development and deployment tactics with key partners to create and test smart city solutions.

CMU's collaborative relationship with the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and other government agencies has produced successful outcomes that are already being implemented in additional metro areas. Cities worldwide face the same imminent challenges. The work of Metro21 provides a global model for innovative future cities.

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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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Metro21 Partners