Housed in the UT School of Architecture’s Community and Regional Planning department, the Urban Information Lab (UIL) focuses on understanding the built environment through spatial analysis and big data in order to provide solutions for better living. The lab was formed in 2014 in order to provide a space for deep-dive investigations of urban form by harnessing innovative technologies. Directed by Dr. Junfeng Jiao and Dr. Robert Paterson, the lab employs a team of five graduate students who explore how urban design influences human behavior. Since the lab’s inception, UIL researchers have analyzed big data to assist in bicycle infrastructure planning, engaged in physical planning and development in the South Shore area of Austin, investigated tourist perceptions of the city in cyberspace through geo-referenced Tweets, evaluated people’s access to healthy and unhealthy food sources in Austin, and identified transit deserts in four Texas cities, among other projects.