Fulbright Talk with Iva Bojic: Self-synchronization inspired by fireflies: When nature meets the Borg

The Shidler College of Business and the Hawaii Urban Innovation Lab would like to invite every interested person to a Fulbright Talk with Iva Bojic about “Self-synchronization inspired by fireflies: When nature meets the Borg”. The lecture will be held on June 24, 2015 2-3:30pm at the Shidler College of Business, Faculty Lounge, D207. Please register at http://goo.gl/GJGd4q. About … Continue Reading »

Selective city slowdowns and the city-suburb growth gap

In a recent post from the Brookings Institute, William Frey wrote about an observation, that the city growth appears to have peaked. Evidence for a slowdown can be seen in the nation’s three largest cities: New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago (Figure 1). After experiencing very modest growth in 2000-2010, New York’s growth rate jumped to a … Continue Reading »

Hawaii Proposes 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2045

Hawaii House Bill 623 passed by a 74-2 vote, and if Gov. David Ige signs the bill into law, Hawaii will become the first U.S. state to make a total commitment to renewable energy sources. Hawaii’s energy today is composed of 80 percent fossil fuel sources, and some projections say a target of 40 percent … Continue Reading »

Symposium – Urbanization and Urban Planning in Asia

Symposium participants will share their research and/ or report on the current state of urbanization and urban planning responses in Asia and the Pacific region. Scholars from the College of Architecture & Urban Planning (CAUP), Tongji University; San Francisco State University (SFSU); DURP; and other departments at UHM will present their work. A highlight of … Continue Reading »

Methodologies Behind Analytics Success Stories

The Data Innovation Day 2015, held on January 22, 2015 and hosted by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Data Innovation, discussed topics about the economic and social opportunities made possible by data-driven innovation. The event questioned data insiders about savvy methodologies in analytics. And the panelists, drawn from both the private and public sectors, were tasked with elaborating on a … Continue Reading »

The downside of Open Data

I recently read an article at FutureGov written by Joshua Chambers about the downside of OpenData: Inaccurate public datasets can cause big problems, because apps that feed off of them could be giving out false information. I was struck by this when we reported on an app in Australia that was issuing alerts for forest fires that didn’t … Continue Reading »

What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Urban Institute published a new book called What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities, which “outlines opportunities and challenges for the strategic use of data to reduce poverty, improve health, expand access to quality education, and build stronger communities. It is a response to both the explosive … Continue Reading »

Smart Public Safety in New York City

Rudolph Giuliani, who became mayor of NYC in 1993, and William Bratton, the New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner, jointly revolutionized policing in New York. Their approach was based on actively preventing crimes, rather than reacting to criminal activity. The model they implemented, CompStat (COMPuter STATistics or COMParative STATistics), strategically uses data to fight against … Continue Reading »

How to Fingerprint a City

I found an interesting post from Frank Jacobs on how to create a fingerprint of a city. It is based on a paper from Rémi Louf and Marc Barthelemy that was published in arXiv in October 2014. From the post: Thanks to Big Data, a new “Science of Cities” is emerging. Urban processes that until now could … Continue Reading »

Social maps that reveal a city’s intersections — and separations

Every city has its neighborhoods, cliques and clubs, the hidden lines that join and divide people in the same town. What can we learn about cities by looking at what people share online? Starting with his own home town of Baltimore, Dave Troy has been visualizing what the tweets of city dwellers reveal about who … Continue Reading »