Interdisciplinary and Global Studies

Contact Information

Project Center, 214B
Phone: +1-508-831-6059
Fax: +1-508-831-5485

Fabio Carrera

Fabio is the director of the Venice and Santa Fe Project Centers, as well as the founder and director of City Lab, an interdisciplinary research laboratory dedicated to Urban Technology and Information Systems. In addition to a number of scientific papers, his work has been repeatedly featured in National Geographic magazine (most recently in the August 2009 issue), MIT’s Technology Review magazine, the Smithsonian magazine, Wired, New Scientist and Science. He was also featured on BBC Radio and in a National Geographic video completely dedicated to his work in his hometown of Venice, Italy.

Ever since he earned his Ph.D. degree in Urban Information Systems and Planning from the  Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a dissertation entitled “City Knowledge: an emergent information infrastructure for sustainable urban maintenance, management and planning”, Fabio’s main research focus has been on emergent systems and in particular on the gradual and systematic accumulation of urban and environmental information for the creation of comprehensive municipal information infrastructures that will sustainably and continually support maintenance, management and planning operations, as well as education and outreach. He is currently working on the creation of, which contains twenty years of detailed geospatial data collected by over 600 WPI students who produced over 130 research projects in Venice since 1988.

Research Interests

  • Urban Information Systems
  • Urban Planning
  • Urban Studies
  • Emergent Systems
  • Complex Adaptive Systems


  • BS in ECE, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1984
  • MS in CS, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1995
  • Ph.D. in Urban Information Systems and Planning, MIT, 2004

Labs and Centers

  • City Lab

Professional Highlights

  • WPI John Boynton Young Alumni Award
  • WPI Ambassador Award
  • Advisor of 10 IQP award winning IQPs
  • Advisor to award winning MQPs
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