Research Director, Technology Horizons Program for Institute for the Future
Dr. Anthony Townsend is research director at the Institute for the Future, an independent research organization based in California’s Silicon Valley. His research focuses on the impact of new technology on cities, infrastructure and public institutions and the role of technology in economic development. His recent forecasts have addressed smart cities and internet of things, big data and inclusive urban development, a national innovation strategy framework for a major emerging economy, cloud computing and the restructuring of a major state court administrative agency and the evolving role of science and technology parks in economic development.
Townsend additionally holds the post of senior research fellow at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management, where he is investigating the impacts of mobile information services and communications on travel behavior and long-term shifts in mobility demands in megacities, and the impacts of both trends on transportation planning and policy analysis. Townsend's return to NYU resumes his earlier collaboration with the Taub Urban Research Center, where from 2000-2005 he directed research sponsored by the National Science Foundation on urban technology and the Department of Homeland Security on crisis communications.
Townsend is actively involved in policymaking and economic development organizations around the world. In 2004 he was a Fulbright Exchange Scholar at the Seoul Development Institute in South Korea, studying the social impacts of broadband on the Seoul metropolitan region. He was one of the original founders of NYCwireless, a pioneer in the municipal wireless movement that promotes the use of public-access Wi-Fi in the development of local communities. He testified at a United States Senate hearing on “Research Parks and Job Creation” in December 2009, and serves on the advisory board of the International Association of Science Parks. He has served on mayoral municipal broadband advisory boards in both New York City and San Francisco and advises technology and economic development agencies in several global cities. He was recently named one of Planetizen’s Leading Thinkers in Urban Planning & Technology and Top 100 Thinkers tracking the internet of things by Postscapes.
His first book, “Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia” is published by W.W. Norton & Co.
Townsend holds a doctorate degree in urban and regional planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in urban planning from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in urban studies with a minor in physics from Rutgers University.
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