A joint project of the University of Michigan School of Education and College of Engineering to bring sensor technology to Detroit communities is a winner of the 2016 Knight Cities Challenge, an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
The U-M project was awarded $138,339. In all, 37 winners will share $5 million as part of the challenge. Each of the ideas centers on helping cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunities and create a culture of civic engagement.
U-M faculty members Elizabeth Birr Moje and Jerome Lynch worked together to develop a pilot program that empowers Detroit communities to observe their neighborhoods with sensors and analyze sensor data to address fundamental questions about complex urban issues.