Engaging residents, municipal workers, and other stakeholders through participatory design to explore the potentials and issues of smart city technologies and services


PARSE (Participatory Approaches to Researching Sensing Environments) combines design and social science methods to investigate the technologies and services of “Smart Cities.” By working together with communities, municipal government, and industry, the goal of this research is to collaboratively explore the issues and possibilities of distributed sensing in urban settings. Specifically, through co-design workshops and prototyping PARSE looks to identify and articulate the factors that shape and affect smart cities as socio-cultural systems, with implications for contemporary civics, sustainability, and diverse economies. The outcome of this research includes comparative case studies, frameworks for analysis and assessment, and use cases to inform engineering, policy, and strategy. The PARSE project is conducted in collaboration with MAPPD (Multi-Array Phased Participatory Deployment) and the Center for Urban Innovation at the Georgia Institute of Technology.