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ORNL, City of Oak Ridge Partner on Sensor Project to Capture Trends in Cities

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are partnering with the city of Oak Ridge to develop UrbanSense, a comprehensive sensor network and real-time visualization platform that helps cities evaluate trends in urban activity. The project, initiated by ORNL’s Urban Dynamics Institute, centers on addressing cities’ real-world challenges through applied urban science. “Preparing for urban growth and planning for future infrastructure development and resource demands are global problems, but cities need ways to be proactive on a local level,” said UDI director Budhendra Bhaduri. “Our goal in bringing science to cities is to put the right tools and resources in the hands of city managers and urban planners so that they can assess local impacts and make strategic decisions to get the best return on future investments.”

UDI’s Femi Omitaomu Recognized for Mentorship at 2017 UT-Battelle Awards Night

Olufemi “Femi” Omitaomu was honored as an individual award winner at the October 28 UT-Battelle Awards Night as an outstanding “Mentor of Student Researchers.” One winner is selected annually for the award, which recognizes “exceptional mentoring of student researchers through skills training, critical thinking, professional development, and continuous inspiration and encouragement that has led students to pursue advanced degrees or to join research institutions as scientists and engineers.”

Olufemi Omitaomu: Using Big Data to Build Better Cities

At the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Olufemi “Femi” Omitaomu is leveraging Big Data for urban resilience, helping growing cities support future infrastructure and resource needs.

Amy Rose: Tracing the Footprints of Human Activity across the Globe

For the last 10 years Amy Rose, a researcher at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has captured the evolving trends of human activity across the globe. As a population research scientist working with the lab’s Geographic Information Science and Technology group and the Urban Dynamics Institute (UDI), Rose helps to characterize the development of human settlements and generate insights on human activity.

High-Resolution Modeling Assesses Impact of Cities on River Ecosystems

New mapping methods developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) can help urban planners minimize the environmental impacts of cities’ water and energy demands on surrounding stream ecologies. In an analysis published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an ORNL-led team used high-resolution geospatial modeling to quantify the effects of land, energy, and water infrastructures on the nation’s rivers and streams.