Piyushimita “Vonu” Thakuriah is Dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and Distinguished Professor in Rutgers University. Her research interests are on transportation, smart cities, and urban informatics. She is more widely interested in the role of automation and AI on our daily lives and on jobs, and in analytics of emerging sources of data for knowledge discovery to better address complex urban problems. More recent research has focused on data sharing, access to data, and building data infrastructure. Vonu is also an Honorary Professor of University of Glasgow, UK, where she was previously Ch2M Chair Professor of Transport, and (founding) director of the Urban Big Data Centre, a seven-university consortium funded by Research Council UK’s Economic and Social Research Council. The center has researchers from ten academic disciplines in the social sciences, data sciences and engineering and operates a unique UK-wide data service to support innovations in smart and connected cities.