Research Clusters

IMI is thrilled to support three interdisciplinary research clusters.  With a pool of primary and associated faculty members who conduct research and are actively engaged in topics related to healthy communities, sustainability, big data and AI - all of which require systems thinkers with strong inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches - IMI is uniquely poised to bring researchers together to tackle complex problems. 

Healthy Communities & Cities

This research cluster focuses on policy innovations pertaining to the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of cities, and operates in collaboration with IMI's new Master of Urban Innovation program.

Sustainability Triangle

Named for its consideration of the three dimensions of sustainability that grounds it, the Sustainability Triangle encompasses economic, environmental, and social dimensions of sustainability. Its mission is to foster a culture of sustainability so that UTM becomes a global leader in sustainability with a vision to become a global attraction for its unique philosophy, culture, civic engagement, academic programs, and inter-disciplinary research on sustainability. Sustainability is also the value orientation that IMI embraces in its activities and incorporated in many aspects of its research focus, academic programs, and outreach.   


The BDAIH’s mission is to be an interdisciplinary unit where people from across campus—including faculty, professionals, alumni, students and administrators—can connect on the social, technological, and governance issues relating to big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. The BDAIH will serve as a place for cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary research and teaching. 

Learn more about the BIGDataAIHUB here.