Cooperation Agreement between MIT and Research Studios Austria

bridges vol. 17, April 2008 / Noteworthy Information

MIT SENSEable City Lab and Research Studio iSPACE are starting a collaboration in the area of GIScience, specifically in the following areas of applied research: creation of "sensible infrastructures," combination of live data sources, interoperability, process integration, real-time data integration, analysis of ecological phenomena integrating a socio-demographic viewpoint, integration and processing of diverse heterogeneous data sources, location-based services, and mobile applications.

The SENSEable City Laboratory is a research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that studies the urban impact of new technologies. The increasing deployment of sensors and hand-held electronics in recent years has led to a completely new approach to the study of the built environment, which also changes the way cities are described, designed, and understood.

{access view=guest}Access to the full article is free, but requires you to register. Registration is simple and quick – all we need is your name and a valid e-mail address. We appreciate your interest in bridges.{/access} {access view=!guest} The Research Studio iSPACE, located in Salzburg, specializes in geo-referenced technologies supporting strategic decisions and operative planning. iSPACE identifies concerns and problems of the energy industry; urban, regional, and site planning; and risk management and shows them on digital maps to support innovative and analytic strategies as well as decision making. The spatial approach is used as a key to combine various pieces of information.

The knowledge of conceptual fundamentals (rule types, system components) and control of interfaces, scaling, and interoperability with the help of interface languages such as GML makes iSPACE a competence center for spatial data infrastructures (SDI).

It is involved in standardization of geodata (ÖNORM, OGC) and develops applied solutions for different purposes. Recently iSPACE has been focusing on serverside processing, which means that several GIS functions are integrated in Web mapping and Web feature services.

The studio was founded in 2002 and is a division of the Austrian Research Centers GmbH - ARC, the leading non-university research institution in Austria.

In 2008, iSPACE employee and Austrian scientist Bernd Resch joined his colleague Kristian Kloeckl at MIT; both work as part of the WikiCity project team.

Research Studio iSPACE

MIT SENSEable City Lab