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BS ECE Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) 1984
MS CS Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) 1995
Ph.D Urban Information Systems and Planning Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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.

Professional Highlights & Honors



Italy's plan to save Venice from sinking

The Global School professor and Venice Project Center director Fabio Carrera spoke with the BBC about the different plans and proposals to help Venice survive an existential crisis. As climate change causes sea levels to rise, the city is sinking and it could be underwater in a matter of decades. Carrera talked about how Venice needs to be more forward-looking than it has in the past - that the time for temporary fixes is over, and a longer-lasting solution is now necessary in order to save the city.

Condé Nast Traveler
How Venice Is Retackling Overtourism After a Year Without Visitors

The director of WPI’s Venice Project Center, Fabio Carrera, was interviewed for the Conde Nast Traveler article. Carrera argues that developing tech and other entrepreneurial industries independent of tourism will create a more livable Venice—and a more attractive home base for new residents.