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January 29, 2018

How Pittsburgh is using analytics to predict fire risk in commercial buildings

In this installment of the Innovation of the Month series (read last month’s story here), we explore how Pittsburgh’s Bureau of Fire is using predictive analytics to help their department prioritize commercial building inspections. Working with Metro21, Carnegie Mellon University’s Smart Cities Initiative, the partnership has allowed graduate students to work on real-world problems facing the city and has helped the Bureau of Fire think about how data can facilitate their work.

MetroLab’s Executive Director Ben Levine sat down with Karen Lightman, executive director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Metro21; Michael Madaio, a Ph.D. student in CMU’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute; and Thomas Cook, assistant chief for operations at the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire.

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