Socio-Technical Systems

 

A socio-technical system refers to the interrelatedness of social and technical aspects of a community. This interaction of social and technical factors creates the conditions that are beneficial to the community. Communities in the US and around the world are entering a new era of transformation in which residents and their surrounding environments are increasingly connected through rapidly-changing intelligent technologies. Our research is centered on exploiting this intelligent technology now accessible to the end users to improve their health and well-being. In particular, we are focusing on environmental justice communities faced with planned built environment disruptions.

 

 

 

 

 

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Empowering Environmental Justice Communities with Smart and Connected Technology: Air and Noise Pollution, Wellbeing, and Social Relations in Times of Disruption

 

The goal of this project is to build a socio-technical system comprised of environment sensors, smartphone platforms, and a data analytics server equipped with predictive modeling and visualization to 1) understand the personal environment (air and noise pollution), individual wellbeing, and social relations of environmental justice communities affected by a major planned disruption in their built environment, 2) mitigate negative impacts of a planned disruption, and 3) equip policy and decision makers with information in advance about potential negative impacts of upcoming disruptions to help them plan appropriate safeguards.

 

This project will study two planned built environment disruptions in Denver, the C70 project and the NWC redevelopment. The Central 70 project (C70) is a 10-mile stretch of the I-70 interstate through northeast Denver where the interstate is being widened, an underground viaduct removed, and a section lowered. The National Western Center (NWC) redevelopment is doubling the complex footprint and land acquisition. The three affected environmental justice communities, Globeville, Elyria-Swansea, and Cole have a long legacy of environmental contamination. This project is a partnership of the residents, local community organizations, government entities, and three University of Colorado faculty from computer science, air quality engineering and sociology departments. By providing communities access to data with smart and connected cutting-edge tools and the ability to interact with these tools, the project aims to improve community members personal environment, wellbeing, and social relations while enabling evidence-based responses to community members experiences and informing policy and decision makers in real-time.