CMU’S METRO21: SMART CITIES INSTITUTE AWARDED NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION ‘CIVIC INNOVATION CHALLENGE’ GRANT

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) announced today that Metro21: Smart Cities Institute at CMU’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, has been awarded one of only 19 Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC) awards by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).

The project, “Leveraging Existing Fiber-Optic Cables to Identify and Manage Urban Environmental Hazards,” of which Karen Lightman, executive director of Metro21, is co-principal investigator, seeks to develop a new way to identify underground hazards such as sewer leaks, sinkholes, and landslides. The project applies new technology to interpret signals from existing underground telecommunication fiber-optic cables that allow the detection of hazards in real-time across a city. For the initial pilot testing, the team worked with the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh Water and Serer Authority…

Led by principal investigator Tieyuan Zhu of Pennsylvania State University, the project team includes co-principal investigators Karen Lightman (Carnegie Mellon University), Zhen Lei (Pennsylvania State University) and Lauren McPhillips (Pennsylvania State University).

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