The Urban Information Lab (aka Smart City Lab) uses emerging information technologies to better understand, measure, plan and develop our urban environments. Dr. Junfeng Jiao founded the lab in 2013. Since the lab’s inception, lab researchers have investigated Uber's price surge in Austin during a special event, quantified the spatial distributions of Airbnb rentals in 50 major US cities, explored bike sharing in NYC, Chicago, DC, Boston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, identified transit deserts in 52 US cities, investigated tourist perceptions of the superbowl host city, and evaluated people’s access to food sources in major Texas cities, among other projects.

We always welcome motivated graduate students with strong backgrounds in informatics, GIS, coding and statistics. If you are interested in working with large scale urban data. Please feel free to reach out. We are also looking for junior or senior undergraduate students, who are interested in doing a senior project in the area of urban informatics and smart city.

Visit our lab's GIS Dashboards for our forefront of urban data and analyses.