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  • The collaboration between TCS Research and Stanford University has resulted in a model that uses machine learning and remote sensing data to assess urban resource utilization. 
  • Understanding urban metabolism—a field that assesses urban waste, emissions, and urban resource consumption.
  • How a model developed to estimate water consumption of an urban area, using remote sensing technology, can also be extended to other industries.
Space technology for building sustainable cities


In the spirit of World Space Week, this TCS Research podcast talks about how space technology can be used to assess urban resource utilization, better plan and manage city infrastructure, and predict risks on account of natural disasters. 

Cities have been personified as living, breathing entities in literature and stories. And science agrees. Cities use resources to flourish even as they generate effluents, solid waste, air pollutants, and so on. Urban metabolism is a field of study that looks at emission estimations and resource consumption across urban landscapes. 

Civil departments involved in urban planning and development use time-series-based accounting data to estimate and forecast urban growth, resource consumption, and waste. Urban metabolism offers a better and smarter approach based on ‘what-if’ scenarios and remote sensing technology.

Scientists at TCS Research have been working on remote sensing and space technology for enterprises, with a focus on sensing platforms like satellites, ground station, and data processing. 

In the spirit of World Space Week (WSW)—October 4-10, 2022—we tune in to a conversation with Shailesh Deshpande, Senior Scientist at TCS Research and Anirudh Vijay, a PhD scholar at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, as they discuss their collaborative work on urban metabolism, sustainable urban planning, and development. Read the joint paper at  

They spill the story behind the premise of their collaboration and how it led to the development of a technological model to understand urban water consumption from satellite images, and how its use can be extended across industries and research areas. The conversation is fresh and in line with WSW’s theme for 2022, “Space and Sustainability”. Listen in.