Robert Goodspeed is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He teaches in the areas of geographic information systems, collaborative planning, and scenario planning. His research investigates how new information technologies can be used to improve the planning process and planning outcomes. His dissertation analyzed the relationship between the use of planning support systems and participants’ social learning through mixed-methods research in Boston, Mass. and Austin, Texas. Rob earned a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.C.P. from the University of Maryland, and a B.A. in history from the University of Michigan. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., Rob worked as a research analyst at the Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council, and co-founded three award-winning websites, ArborUpdate, DCist, and Rethink College Park.