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New Degree at MIT Combines Planning and Computer Science

This could be a sign of a deepening, but already inextricable, link between planning and the field of computer science.
June 12, 2018, 10am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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The School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced a new degree, the Bachelor of Science in Urban Science and Planning with Computer Science.

The new major will be jointly administered by the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), according to an announcement posted on the MIT website, and will be offered to students beginning in Fall 2018.

Combining urban planning and public policy, design and visualization, data analysis, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, pervasive sensor technology, robotics, and other aspects of both computer science and city planning, the program will reflect how urban scientists are making sense of cities and urban data in ways never before imagined — and using what they learn to reshape the world in real-time.

The hope is that this interdisciplinary approach helps shape a "unique area of knowledge."

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Published on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 in MIT News
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