WElcome to FRIENDLY CITIES !  state college, PA

The Friendly Cities Lab is an active research group within the Department of Geography at Penn State. FCL is a Smart Cities initiative that studies interpersonal relationships in geographic space. We create a new measures 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.


Keywords: geographic information systems (GIS), social networks, complexity, social capital,  urban planning.


Key Sponsors: The Hershey Company & The Knight Foundation. 


Data used: Telecommunications (especially mobile phone/CDRs), migration, transportation, commutes, interior images, consumer behavior, mentorships, real estate, online social media, political data, college admissions and sports, online reviews, restaurants and third places, personal interviews and surveys.


Team: Geographers, architects, engineers, sociologists, statisticians & information scientists


Developments: Social flow theory, social distance matrices, GIS + social networks, metrics for dyadic interaction in geography.


Director: Clio Andris, PhD (MIT 2011)


Founded: 2015 as part of the Penn State GeoVISTA Center



Penn   State    Dept.   of   Geography

Walker Building

University Park, PA 16802

Rooms 212-213

Phone:  (814) 865-1175

Email:   clio@psu.edu