As a Master in City Planning student at MIT with a background in urban design and analytics, Tianyu is equipped with insights and methods to study the human mobility in buildings, open space, and cities. As a researcher with the City Science Group at MIT Media Lab, Tianyu applied his skills of data analytics, user experience design, and augmented reality into designing, prototyping, and implementing the Shanghai LivingLine Project. Also, Tianyu has been working side by side with Prof. Anne Whiston Spirn on the WPLP project at Department of Urban Studies and Planning in MIT and Prof. Andres Sevtsuk on the Innovation Field Lab project at Harvard GSD to test possibilities to apply data analysis into better support decision-making process, at different scales.
Tianyu joined the Office of Sustainability in May 2019, working as an Analytics and Visualization Fellow. He is helping conduct data analysis on transportation and commuting preference of MIT community based on data of parking permits, MBTA transits, Blue Bike, etc, in order to identify the potential opportunities for commuter mode shifting. Tianyu has joined the lab from September 2019, continuing his research under the supervision of Prof. Jinhua Zhao.