About the Livehoods Project

The Livehoods Project presents a new methodology for studying the dynamics, structure, and character of a city on a large scale using social media and machine learning. Using data such as tweets and check-ins, we are able to discover the hidden structures of the city with machine learning. Our techniques reveal a snap-shot of the dynamic areas that comprise the city, which we call Livehoods.

Livehoods allow us to investigate and explore how people actually use the city, simultaneosly shedding light onto the factors that come together to shape the urban landscape and the social texture of city life, including municipal borders, demographics, economic development, resources, geography, and planning. Livehoods is a research project from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Our Research Team

Justin Cranshaw

Ph.D. Student,
School of Computer Science,
Carnegie Mellon University
Urban & Ubiquitous Computing

Raz Schwartz

Ph.D. Student,
Bar-Ilan University
Visiting Scholar, HCII,
Carnegie Mellon University

Jason Hong

Associate Professor, HCII,
School of Computer Science,
Carnegie Mellon University
CHIMPS Lab Director

Norman Sadeh

Professor, ISR,
School of Computer Science,
Carnegie Mellon University
Mobile Commerce Lab Director
  • News and Press

    • Livehood at ICWSM

      Our work with Livehoods won the best paper award at ICWSM in Dublin this June! Watch the video from our presentation.
    • Livehoods on CBC Radio

      Justin was on the CBC Radio program Spark talking with host Nora Young about the Livehoods Project. Listen to the full interview.
    • Livehoods in the Atlantic

      Livehoods appeared as the Map of the Day on the Atlantic's Cities blog. See their post about us.
    • Wired Insider

      Wired's Insider blog says Livehoods is "taking a big swing" at minining insights into "cultural habits and how societies flow." Read the full post.
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