Who are we?
Founded in 2005, The Friendly Cities Lab is an active research group within the Departments of Interactive Computing and Urban Planning at Georgia Tech. FCL is a Smart Cities initiative that studies interpersonal relationships in geographic space. We create a new measure of geographical nearness called ‘social distance’ to measure how ‘close’ places based on their connections instead of how close they are on a map. We use innovative data sets ranging from chocolate, online dating, phone calls, and photos of living rooms to learn just a little bit more about the planet and its people.
Our research themes include Social Flow Theory, Social Distance, Spatial Networks, and love, friendship, family, and relationships in the city. Check some of our projects out!