The University of Chicago announced today that the National Science Foundation has awarded a $3.1 million grant to support the development of Array of Things, an urban sensing instrument that will serve as a fitness tracker for the city. Starting next year, 500 Array of Things (AoT) nodes will measure data on Chicago’s environment, infrastructure and activity to scientifically investigate solutions to urban challenges ranging from air quality to urban flooding.
The latest innovations in big data and computation don’t just change the tech world, they also push forward the frontiers of science. With tools such as cloud computing, urban sensors, and machine learning, scientists are asking important questions and finding new discoveries in medicine, urban studies, biology, astronomy, and beyond. Researchers from the Computation Institute, a joint initiative of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, will discuss these advances at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), running February 13th through 17th in Chicago.