Maturepolis Lab is part of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at KAIST, in Daejeon, South Korea. We apply ideas from urban information systems, data analysis, planning, and design towards making cities resilient and sustainable, able to support a diverse and deep array of activities and residents.


A shot of the beautiful Falls on the Reedy park in Greenville, South Carolina, where we presented our research (co-authored with Prof Karl Kim of University of Hawaii, Manoa) at the ACSP annual conference.


Wonjun delivered a fantastic presentation at Seoul Mapo district on our research on school location and social infrastructure. We received great feedback from the panel of stakeholders on what is important for students to have walkable access to near their schools, and will present a final report to the city by end of the year.


We delivered our findings to an Urban Land Institute (ULI) advisory panel on the future revitalization of the Sewoon Sangga district in Seoul. We hope that this information helps inform stakeholders of the importance of that cluster of small-scale machining, electronics, and wholesale industries to the innovative capacity of the city.


Zurich meets Seoul! We participated in a workshop organized by the Swiss Embassy in Seoul, on re-thinking cities in the age of responsive technologies. Along with colleagues from ETH Zurich's Future Cities Laboratory, David ran a discussion group on civic tech and citizen design science, identifying several research questions important to both Korea and Switzerland in supporting more inclusive civic life.


David presented a paper (co-authored with Seolha Lee) on the diverging online search patterns of different age groups, and what that reveals about neighborhood character, at PURBA 2019 (part of Ubicomp 2019) in London. It was selected as best paper of the workshop!


Welcome to Korea, Hans! We met with the Mapo district office in Seoul to discuss our ongoing research on school location and social infrastructure.


Wonjun and Junyong spent the day at the World Smart City Expo in Ilsan, Korea. They spoke with companies working on sensors for detecting urban air pollution, senior health, and shared mobility.


Junyong, Yeji, and Minchul won a preliminary startup funding package (예비창업패키지) funded by government of Korea. They will work on a smart sun shade that adjusts itself to the path of the sun, and gathers surrounding urban information.


NJ Namju Lee from ESRI gave a seminar at KAIST on computational design, data-driven decision-making, and visualization, as a guest of the lab.


David and Ryan Ramelo presented their paper on the effect of lighting on the walking speed of elderly pedestrians crossing roads, at the 15th International Congress of Asian Planning Schools Association in Seoul, Korea.