Urban Sensing Platform

    What is a City Scanner?

    The city scanner is a project by Senseable City Lab at MIT. The device captures granular, street level polllution within a city by taking an opportunistic approach. The project takes advantage of existing vehicles in the city such as taxis, garbage trucks and municipal vehicles in order to continuously collect environmental data of the city.
    The enviornmental data enables identifying insights about the city to help improve the city experience. The city scanner can help to identify temperature hot spots within a city, provide insights on how trees are helping to keep streets cool and identify pollution hotspots.

    Re-design of Blackburn
    I led the redesign of Blackburn city scanner and management of the fleet during deployment and colocation with EPA mointoring stations. The new design enabled superior robustness that enabled the device to survive through a Hurricane. The design is not yet released publically, and more details will follow or can be provided upon request. Key design considerations included manufacturability in remote development during COVID environment, waterproofing and modularised design. The modularity enables an easy implementation of new sensing modules without overhall of the whole design.
    Manufactured 14 city scanners and managed deployment to the city of Stockholm, New York and several more. Tested devices to ensure it is functional and reliable, and is capable of recharing using its solar panel.

MIT Senseable City Lab

Duration   2 years 8 months

Date   Nov. 2020 - Current

Skills Gained / Used   Outdoor product design, Waterproofing, Research
Mechanical Engineering; Hardware design;
Project Management; Project Lead;


  Yuki is an Innovation Designer and Technologist working on creating products and experiences that create positive futures. He is a Design Researcher at the EPFL+ECAL Lab, where he is working on Digital Innovation to bring emerging technologies from the research labs at EPFL to people who need it. Yuki is a graduate from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, holding an MA and MSc in Innovation Design and Engineering and an MEng in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently pursing a Masters of Advanced Studies at EPFL and ECAL in Design Research in Digital Innovation. He is passionate about using Design Thinking and Human Centred Design to create positive impact. Since his childhood he was inspired by technology and design. He is also interested in start-ups and getting new ideas to market. He is a Design London Fellow, which allowed him to attend Executive MBA lectures at Imperial Business School and to work on projects along side MBA students. With the Lines team he was fortunate to attend the European Innovation Academy and the Intel Make it Wearable Challenge to learn about patents, marketing, business and design.