Autonomous systems are disruptive technologies that shape the built environment and affect people and places. These technologies include transportation, the development of smart buildings, structures and roads, and the automation of the workplace. The School of Planning, Design and Construction has interdisciplinary expertise around the development and implementation of autonomous systems, with current interests including:
- Public attitudes to autonomous systems.
- Urban and transport planning for autonomous vehicles.
- Use of autonomous vehicles for public transit.
- Autonomous transportation for those with disabilities.
- The use of autonomous vehicles in predictive policing.
- Smart cities and infrastructure that facilitates autonomous systems.
- Community engagement around technological change.
The Autonomous Futures research group at SPDC draws from many fields, including urban and transportation planning, urban design, engineering and geography.
For more information about this group, contact Mark Wilson.
Assistant Professor, Center for Economic and Spatial Analysis for Planning and Management
Mohamed El-Gafy, PE
Associate Professor, Construction Management
Professor, Urban & Regional Planning and Interim Director, Center for Global Change & Earth Observations
Adjunct Professor, Urban & Regional Planning and Global Urban Studies Program
Associate Professor and Program Director of Landscape Architecture and Master of Arts in Environmental Design Programs
Zeenat Kotval-Karamchandani, AICP
Associate Professor, Urban & Regional Planning
Rex L. LaMore
Senior Specialist - Outreach, Urban & Regional Planning Program; Director, MSU Center for Community & Economic Development
Holly Madill, AICP
Director, National Charrette Institute
Assistant Professor, Interior Design; Program Coordinator, Crime Prevention through Environmental Design Program
Tongbin "Teresa" Qu
Adjunct Associate Professor, Urban & Regional Planning Program
Vanessa Warren, ASLA
Assistant Instructor, Landscape Architecture
Professor, Urban & Regional Planning
Dong Zhao, LEED®AP
PhD Program Director; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Published on July 8, 2020
Michigan State University will provide opportunities for a diverse group of talented undergraduate students from across the United States to engage in a wide range of research studies related to “sociomobility” as part of a recently funded grant.
Workshop on Autonomous Vehicles in Society comes to MSU May 18-19
Published on April 11, 2018
It is co-sponsored by the MSU Center for Business and Social Analytics, in cooperation with the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, and the School of Planning, Design and Construction.
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