Impact Engines | Intelligent Solutions to Urban Pollution for Equity and Resilience 

Healthier Air and People: Intelligent Solutions to Urban Pollution for Equity and Resilience

The Healthier Air and People: Intelligent Solutions to Urban Pollution for Equity and Resilience (iSUPER) Impact Engine will pair low-cost, adaptable sensing technologies with novel pollution prediction models to accurately identify hyperlocal pollution hot spots in real time.

THE CONTEXT

Air pollution remains a major global health risk throughout densely populated urban centers. Existing air pollution sensor locations are biased against lower socioeconomic communities based on geographic location and are sparsely located throughout urban areas. Current modeling approaches provide data on a 1km² scale, yet to be more representative of urban communities, modeling must operate at hyperlocal level on a 100 m² scale.

THE PROBLEM

Hyperlocal data is critically needed to make sound policy decisions and recommendations for air pollution control, environmental justice, and urban infrastructure improvement at the city level. 

THE SOLUTION

The Intelligent Solutions to Urban Pollution for Equity and Resilience (iSUPER) Impact Engine will pair low-cost, adaptable sensing technologies with novel pollution prediction models to accurately identify hyperlocal pollution hot spots in real time. This innovative use of these technologies will generate neighborhood-level data that will help guide decisionmakers towards effective governance and policymaking. The pilot program will measure data in two Boston neighborhoods representing communities with different socioeconomic characteristics.

THE IMPACT
iSUPER will build digital, climate-smart infrastructures with advanced data analytics, AI/WIoT-enabled AP monitoring devices and sensors
and real-time surveillance systems.
This Impact Engine will provide data, science, and tools for cities to reduce air pollution, improve health, and address inequity.
iSUPER will co-design implementation strategies with city-level managers, planners, and other stakeholders to address city-scale challenges.
LEADERSHIP

Yang Zhang, PhD

Professor and Distinguished Fellow and Associate Chair for Research, Civil and Environmental Engineering

BIO
CROSSDISCIPLINARY TEAM
Haris N. Koutsopoulos

Haris N. Koutsopoulos

Professor & Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Affiliated Faculty, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Qi “Ryan” Wang

Qi “Ryan” Wang

Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Affiliated Faculty, School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs

Matthew J. Eckelman

Matthew J. Eckelman

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering;<br /> Affiliated Faculty, Chemical Engineering; Affiliated Faculty, Marine and Environmental Sciences; Affiliated Faculty, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Amy Mueller

Amy Mueller

Assistant Professor and Vice Chair for Graduate Studies, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Assistant Professor, Marine and Environmental Sciences; Affiliated Faculty, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ming Wang

Ming Wang

COE Distinguished Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Director, VOTERS

Jennifer Dy

Jennifer Dy

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Director of Experiential AI Postdoc Education, Roux Institute

Stratis Ioannidis

Stratis Ioannidis

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Khoury College Courtesy Appointment

David Kaeli

David Kaeli

COE Distinguished Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Program Director, Data Science; Affiliated Faculty, Bioengineering; Affiliated Faculty, Khoury College of Computer Sciences

Sara Wylie

Sara Wylie

Associate Professor Sociology and Health Science

Julia Varshavsky

Julia Varshavsky

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences; Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Daniel T. O'Brien

Daniel T. O'Brien

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Criminology and Criminal Justice; Director, Boston Area Research Initiative; Director, PhD in Public Policy Program

Becca Berkey

Becca Berkey

Lecturer of Human Services; Director of Service-Learning,College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Community-Engaged Teaching & Research

PARTNERSHIPS

Northeastern Ecosystem

College of Engineering
College of Science
Bouve College of Health Sciences
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

External Partners

The City of Chelsea
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Yale University
University of Massachusetts, Boston
The Research Center for the Atmospheric Environment at the University of Paris (CEREA), France

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