The university stated their objective is to "focus on finding solutions to urban problems by tapping into technology-based 'smart solutions' that aim not only to improve economic growth for the (Pune) city of approximately six-million but also to create a more sustainable and resilient region".
Distinguished Urban Systems professor to head Pune project
Mark Fox, Professor of Urban Systems Engineering at the University, is leading the project and would arrive in Pune in December.
AI would be deployed to "standardize" Pune's data. The University said developing "data standards" can help Pune as well as other cities to "improve the analysis, design, and delivery of city services."
Over 220 faculty members in the university work in urban research.
According to the university's statement, Fox is an expert "on ontologies (information science) that provide precise city data, analyzed and culled from many different sources - key to digital systems interoperability - and designs computational searches that can look for solutions to urban problems."