October 18, 2019
In fall 2019, Metro21: Smart Cities Institute, Mobility21 partner, teamed up with the Policy Innovation Lab, a new initiative at CMU’s Heinz College to offer a new course. Co-taught by Professor Christopher Goranson and Metro21 Executive Director, Karen Lightman, students investigated smart city policy, including intelligent transportation systems, using technology to predict landslides and smart traffic signal implementation challenges across different municipalities around the world. The Policy Innovation Lab is based on the premise of user-centered research through human-centered design. The goal is to connect students with actual policy challenges and through an agile, design-driven framework to rapidly create solutions to those challenges.