About the Center

From smart utilities to intelligent transportation systems to social networks on sites like Facebook and YouTube, the infrastructures of tomorrow will heavily utilize information technology. While these “smart” infrastructures promise many benefits, they often require new kinds of interaction between people and the machines meant to serve them. Yet the social, cultural, economic and political side of these relationships often receives little attention.

The Center for People and Infrastructures seeks to address these issues by better understanding social norms, market structures, public policies and human capabilities that shape and are affected by the development of smart infrastructures. The center brings together experts in engineering, design, the social sciences, and computer science.

This research effort is based in the Coordinated Science Lab at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


To reach the Center, you can email any of the Co-Directors directly or contact Associate Professor Kevin Hamilton (kham@illinois.edu).