2019 Deep Learning Conference - September 13th 2019


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga



The Center of Urban Informatics and Progress (CUIP) is a new nexus of research and innovation at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga that will engage experts from across the statewide UT system in cross-disciplinary research focused on solutions to urban challenges. The vision for CUIP centers around research initiatives related to Energy, Mobility, Healthcare, Public Safety, Water, and Waste that will directly or indirectly benefit local citizens while developing methods and models for use around the world. CUIP is housed at UTC as an independent research entity, underscoring Chattanooga’s emergence as an innovation hub.


Urban Pioneers & Sustainable Development

The city of Chattanooga has emerged as a pioneer in urban renewal and sustainable development. As part of this renewal an extraordinary infrastructure has been put in place that includes high-speed, high bandwidth information networks that connect a large number of citizens to the internet. This infrastructure provides the foundation for the collection and exploitation of large amounts of heterogeneous data intended to improve city services. It allows for more effective transportation systems, energy efficiency, production and delivery, and for improving quality of life in general, including human wellness and health management and care delivery. As a regional partner, CUIP has many ties and collaborations with the city of Chattanooga and plays a major role in the Chattanooga Smart Community Collaborative.

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Our Partners



our Approach

With our particular approach to collaborative and informative research that will benefit the local community, CUIP’s focus areas: Energy, Mobility, Healthcare, Public Safety, Water, & Waste are also designed in alignment with the goals of the Chattanooga Smart Community Collaborative.


CUIP is led by Mina Sartipi

Mina also serves as a UC Foundation Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department and has led numerous interdisciplinary research initiatives as a leader of UTC’s Smart Cities and Urban Science & Technology program. Dr. Sartipi has been awarded major grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), the State of Tennessee and industry towards her research in data analytics and smart communities