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 Venipedia.org, which contains twenty years of detailed geospatial data collected by over 600 WPI students who produced over 130 research projects in Venice since 1988.
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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.
Travel Tourism News interviewed Professor Fabio Carrera, director of WPI’s Venice Project Center, for the article, “How Venice is managing Europe’s worst tourism crisis.” “It is this focus on the livability of a city that Venetian data scientist Fabio Carrera believes is the key to Venice’s future. Because if a city cannot retain its own populace, no amount of tourist tax will be able to avert its inevitable decline and death,” the article stated. “As such, Carrera has dedicated 30 years of his academic life working on the Venice Project Centre, dividing his time between Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the prestigious Santa Fe Institute and Venice. During that time, he has supervised over 250 projects examining the city’s challenges: mapping every bridge, bell tower, well and water bus.”