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Over the past decade the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at MIT have developed a strong research and teaching agenda focused on understanding the role of information technologies, data, sensors and networks in the planning and development of urban environments. We have also developed new technologies and tools to model, envision, and communicate information about the city. We have recently established a new joint undergraduate major in urban and computer science of which these positions would be central. (see: http://news.mit.edu/2018/mit-faculty-approves-new-urban-science-major-0605).
We are searching for candidates who can build on and extend this agenda through teaching and research involving advanced geographical information systems and analytics, communication and media, and/or simulation technologies related to urban planning and computer science. Applicants should be able to interrelate theory, research, and professional practice. They should also show demonstrated capabilities in interdisciplinary endeavors as well as to local, national, and international service.
The candidate’s experience should bridge across an urban science related fields — such as knowledge representation, geosciences, or simulation and modeling — and a planning related fields such as the design of places, spatial patterns, metropolitan networks and infrastructure, or participatory planning and policies. The use of information and communication technologies in meeting the needs of cities and communities, as well as in teaching and connecting to urban design, is of utmost importance.
Closing date: December 3rd, 2018