Over the past decade, the development of digital networks and operations has produced an unprecedented wealth of information. Handheld electronics, location devices, telecommunications networks, and a wide assortment of tags and sensors are constantly producing a rich stream of data reflecting various aspects of urban life.
This constant stream of 0s and 1s allows unprecedented research opportunities. Through phone calls we can see cities making bold ‘handshakes’ during business hours, and then becoming introverted during the evening. With SMS texts, we capture crowds cheering and sharing their emotional highs in special events. These digital traces also reveal the migratory magnetism of coastal city hotspots and the drudgery of a gridlocked commute.
The 'Network & Society' project at the MIT Senseable City Lab employs these large-scale digital datasets to explore physical mobility, social networks and urban places.
Carlo Ratti, lab director
Dominik Dahlem, group leader
Markus Schläpfer - Christian Sommer
Clio Andris - Francesco Calabrese
Giusy Di Lorenzo - Gautier Krings
Mauro Martino - Santi Phithakkitnukoon
Daniele Quercia - Jonathan Reades
Francisca Rojas - Stanislav Sobolevsky
Airsage - AT&T - BT - Orange - Telecom Italia
For more information, please contact: