Zegras Named to SMART Investigator Post

P. Christopher Zegras SM ’01, MCP ’01, PhD ’05 has been named the lead principal investigator for the Future of Urban Mobility Interdisciplinary Research Group at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART).

An associate professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), Zegrasresearches sustainable mobility from the standpoints of human behavior, strategic planning, and policy, finance, and implementation and heads the Mobility Futures Collaborative at MIT.

The mission of the Future of Urban Mobility group, or SMART FM, is to develop, in and beyond Singapore, new paradigms for the planning, design and operation of future urban mobility systems that simultaneously tackle two opposing objectives:

  • To improve the safety, comfort and time associated with transportation, getting individuals and goods where they need to be, when they need to be there; and

  • To reverse the alarming, unsustainable energy and environmental trends associated with transportation, and devise transportation systems that materially enhance sustainability and societal well-being at a global scale.

Launched in 2007, the SMART has research groups in five areas: biosystems and micromechanics; environmental sensing and modeling; urban mobility; infectious diseases; and low-energy electronics systems.

The FM group has been in operation for five years. Zegras takes over as lead PI from Emilio Frazzoli, a professor Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT.