One of my favorite things about MSR is that we get to collaborate with talented PhD students from around the world who come to intern with us during the summer. For me, it’s also a great opportunity to explore and learn about new research areas. This summer, we have five talented grad students joining us. Justin Cranshaw is the first of them.
Justin is a Computer Science PhD student at Carnegie Mellon studying urban computing. In his research, he’s seeks to better understand and better engage with urban processes through new forms of ubiquitous and social computation. You might know one of his previous projects: Livehoods, a system to understand urban dynamics using social media data from Foursquare. Livehoods received a best paper award at ICWSM 2012.
This summer, we will be investigating ways of helping individuals and communities track their own mobility patterns. We are calling this the Quantified Mobility Project for now.
We are particularly interested in public transit, and ways of reducing environmental impact, supporting healthier lifestyles, and finding opportunities for sharing excess resources (à la UberX).
Look for follow up blog posts as we document our progress!