Press Release

This week in Chicago, the Array of Things team begins the first phase of the groundbreaking urban sensing project, installing the first of an eventual 500 nodes on city streets. By measuring data on air quality, climate, traffic and other urban features, these pilot nodes kick off an innovative partnership between the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, and the City of Chicago to better understand, serve, and improve cities.

Charlie Catlett, Urban Center for Computation and Data
April 14, 2016
Columbia College Chicago, Conaway Center


In The News
Chicago Tonight et al.

This month's announcement of a $3.1 million National Science Foundation for Array of Things inspired a wave of enthusiastic coverage about the urban sensing project. The plan to install 500 sensor nodes, collecting data on Chicago's environment, infrastructure, and activity, was touted as an important step towards creating a "smart city," boosting data-driven public policy and community engagement. 

Press Release

The University of Chicago announced today that the National Science Foundation has awarded a $3.1 million grant to support the development of Array of Things, an urban sensing instrument that will serve as a fitness tracker for the city. Starting next year, 500 Array of Things (AoT) nodes will measure data on Chicago’s environment, infrastructure and activity to scientifically investigate solutions to urban challenges ranging from air quality to urban flooding.

Charlie Catlett, Urban Center for Computation and Data; Douglas Pancoast, SAIC
February 18, 2015
Searle 240A, University of Chicago & Adobe Connect

Abstract: The Array of Things (AoT) is a network of interactive, modular sensor boxes to be deployed over the next 30 months in and around Chicago, collecting real-time data on the