To build upon the individual research, development & deployment projects underway across the network, MetroLab is developing focused groups within the network where practitioners engaged in specific domains can coordinate their activities. These Labs will include MetroLab member cities and universities as well as researchers and practitioners from civic-minded technology companies and startups; policy experts; lawyers; and non-profit organizations. The initial Labs are being launched over the next 6 to 12 months and as they develop will be listed below.

DC Water Green Roof at Fort Reno Park

The Water and Green Infrastructure Lab focuses on research, development and deployment of technology and analytics solutions to address urban water issues, ranging from the maintenance of cities’ built environments to increasing cities’ environmental sustainability.  The Lab will explore topics such as measuring green infrastructure performance, to mapping underground infrastructure, to developing sensed and controlled sewer systems.  The Lab was kicked off at a workshop in Washington DC in October, 2016 that brought together more than 60 practitioners from cities, utilities, universities, industry, and non-profits.  Read more about the workshop.


This lab focuses on the intersection of data science and human services.  It will bring together academics, city and county practitioners, and non-profits to consider technology and analytics solutions to most effectively deploy human services. This lab kicked off with a workshop co-hosted by the City of Seattle and the University of Washington. Read more about the workshop.