By João Caldeira, Alex Fout, Aniket Kesari, Raesetje Sefala The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 1.25 million people die each year in traffic accidents. Nearly 2000 such fatalities occur annually in Jakarta, Indonesia alone, making it one of the most dangerous cities in the world for traffic safety. These deaths are tragic, but many [...]
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By Jerica Copeny, Samantha Fu, Rebecca Johnson, and Teng Ye This summer, our team of Data Science for Social Good fellows at the University of Chicago has partnered with the New York City Mayor’s Public Engagement Unit (PEU) with the goal of helping them better target their outreach to tenants who may be experiencing housing-related [...]
2018 Data Science for Social Good Goes Global, Tackling Diabetes, Tenant Harassment, Unemployment, and More Fellows in Chicago and Portugal adapt data science and AI approaches for projects with non-profits and international governments In Chicago and Portugal this summer, the science behind self-driving cars, virtual assistants, and targeted advertising will be repurposed for nobler pursuits: [...]
The Multiple Housing team in San Jose’s Code Enforcement Office is tasked with protecting the occupants of properties with three or more units, such as apartment buildings, fraternities, sororities, and hotels. They do so by conducting routine inspections of these properties, looking for everything from blight and pest infestations to faulty construction and fire hazards. [...]
Behavioral science and psychology can help explain the underlying reasons for seemingly irrational behavior which cities aim to address, such as using payday loans or committing property crimes. Unfortunately, determining the underlying causes of human behavior is difficult for a single individual, let alone an entire population. However, the vast amounts of data collected by [...]
The most vulnerable individuals in society often struggle with long-lasting, multi-faceted challenges such as mental illness, substance abuse, chronic health conditions, and homelessness. Individuals experiencing these difficulties tend to interact with public services and departments frequently, yet many communities struggle to identify them and meet their needs in meaningful and cost-effective ways. At times [...]
Around the world, cities are showing signs of old age. For urban areas, one of the first signs of advancing years comes in its circulatory system -- the water infrastructure -- as pipes laid underground over a century ago start to break down. Beyond the direct cost of repairing water main breaks and replacing the [...]
In recent years, the issue of police violence and misconduct has repeatedly made headlines and inspired protests across the United States. With each incident, the trust between police departments and the communities they protect takes damage, and the work of police officers in the field becomes more difficult and dangerous. As a result, police departments [...]
This is the true story of 42 strangers picked to live in a dorm, work together, and have their lives taped to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real. Welcome to The Real World: DSSG. Okay, so we don’t tape their lives (except for when they’re playing ping pong). [...]
Every year, some 1 million people die because they do not have access to hygienic sanitation. Among other problems, poor sanitation causes diarrhoea, which is the second largest cause of death worldwide for children under 5 years and the seventh largest cause of death overall. Poor sanitation goes beyond dirty toilets; it’s characterized by an [...]