Spring 2015 UROP Opportunities Available

We have several UROP openings at the lab during the Spring. Join us by applying here.


Project Title: MIT Megacity Logistics Lab: KM2 and Compass

Project Description: We have developed prototype web tools that allow analysis and visualization of relevant urban logistics data at the square kilometer level (KM2) and at the company operational level (Compass). We are looking for two UROPs to help us implement new user interfaces, enhancements and visualizations.

Prerequisites: Technologies used in building these websites include Ruby on Rails, Yii Framework, Google MAPS API, Javascript (including HighCarts Library) with a PostgreSQL. Experience with some of them highly desired. Candidates with web development experience are also encouraged to apply.

Contact: Daniel Merchan (dmerchan@mit.edu)


Project Title: Megacity Logistics Lab: Big Data in City Logistics

Project Description: We have access to very large data sets of logistics activity in cities. We are looking for a UROP to help us analyze, implement prototypes algorithms and develop visualizations to help extract valuable insights from these data.

Prerequisites: Python and Relational Database Management Systems (MySQL, SQLLite, PostgreSQL).

Contact: Edgar E Blanco (eblanco@mit.edu)


Project Title: Megacity Logistics Lab: Building Megacity Profiles

Project Description: We are looking for a team of 5-10 UROPs that will help us build profiles of the top 25 megacities in the world: Tokyo, Delhi, Seoul, S o Paulo, Shanghai, Mumbai, Karachi, Mexico City, Beijing, Jakarta, New York City, Osaka, Manila, Cairo, Dhaka, Los Angeles, Moscow, Buenos Aires, Kolkata, London, Bangkok, Lagos, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro and Teheran. Creating these profiles requires reviewing secondary information on regulation, public transport, population, GDP, infrastructure, land use, retail sector and Open Street Maps. Minimum 8 hours per week, starting as early March 15th for 6-8 weeks. Please indicate multi-lingual skills (with level of knowledge) in your application. All backgrounds welcome. At least one students from Urban Studies and Planning will be part for the team.

Prerequisites: Preference will be given to students that can read the local language of any of the target cities. Familiarity with GIS systems a plus, but not required (you will be trained during the UROP).

Contact: Edgar E Blanco (eblanco@mit.edu)