Housed in the UT School of Architecture, the Urban Information Lab (UIL) uses emerging information technologies to better understand, measure, plan and develop our urban environments. Dr. Junfeng Jiao founded the lab in 2013. Since the lab’s inception, UIL researchers have investigated Uber's price surge in Austin during a special event, quantified the spatial distributions of Airbnb rentals in five major US cities, explored bike sharing in NYC, Chicago, DC, and Boston, identified transit deserts in the top 52 US cities, investigated tourist perceptions of the city in cyberspace during a superbowl weekend, and evaluated people’s access to healthy and unhealthy food sources in major Texas cities, among other projects.