From May to August 2013, Gary Graham, Lecturer in Operations Management at University of Leeds was seconded to MIT, Boston, funded by NEMODE and the RCUK DE Sustainable Societies initiatives.
Some of his thoughts from the experience can be found here: Is anyone asking people what they want from the smart cities of the future? (Reprinted on the Guardian Website: Too-smart cities? Why these visions of utopia need an urgent reality check)
As part of his secondment he worked with Dr Chris Caplice and the staff of the Center for Transportation & Logistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Daniel Desai produced a case study on “How will the transport system in and around Boston develop in the next 25 years, and how will this contribute to the city and region’s ease of mobility and quality of life?”
The full case study can be found here: Desai 2013 FUTURE SMART CITY MOBILITY
During the secondment a research investigation (based on urban logistics prototyping) was also undertaken in Cambridge and down town Boston. This culminated in a report on future cities, technologies, products and new economic models. The full report can be found here: Graham 2014 Exploring Future Cityscape Models through Urban Logistics Prototyping