Andrea Chegut, director of MIT’s Real Estate Innovation Lab, shares the work going on at the lab, the built environment’s biggest challenges and the renowned university’s tech tracker, launched on the MIPIM PropTech stage in New York with JLL.
‘Helping to resolve climate change and autonomous futures, these are two big challenges’
‘We’re working on how entrepreneurship, cities, places and people come together to create a conglomeration, a true productive economic system in cities’
‘We’re trying to understand what data science ecosystem we need to actually have in place. We have something called the white data experiment where we have 4,000 variables for every single building in Manhattan’
‘The tech tracker looks at what technologies are rising or making a lot of activity or noise. What the chart is trying to do is capture events, not necessarily when someone mentions it, but more a thesis was written about it, a company was founded, funding was achieved, a pattern occurred’
In partnership with global property giant JLL, the MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab has created the first version of a web tool, known as the MIT Technology Tracker, to gather, track, define and connect technologies that impact the built environment.
Chegut and chief research officer of JLL Ben Breslau presented the tool at the fourth annual MIPIM PropTech New York event, much to the excitement of the crowd. JLL launched the innovation lab with MIT back in 2016 to help determine the future of communities and cities by identifying innovations in design and technology.
Chegut has been with MIT Center for Real Estate since 2013, first as a visiting researcher, then as a research scientist, before becoming head of research for MIT’s DesignX programme and founding the Real Estate Innovation Lab.
Andrea Chegut was attending MIPIM PropTech New York at the time of the interview.