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MIT SENSEable City Lab Newsletter

It's that time again: when MIT students and researchers, armed with Senseable paraphernalia, start working on new cities across the world in the Senseable City class and workshop. In February, Dennis Frenchman, Assaf Biderman and Carlo Ratti will kick off the 2012 course--an opportunity for students to develop proposals, at the city and neighborhood scales, that integrate urban design, planning, and digital technology. This workshop aims to create more efficient, responsive, and liveable urban places and systems that combine the physical form with digital media, sensing, and advanced communications. Research will be supported by lectures, case studies of digital city design, involving both subject experts and representatives of focus cities.


The next evolution of LIVE Singapore!, called Data Browser and carried out at Senseable in Singapore, will be presented of the Future Urban Mobility Symposium on 23-24 January, 2013, organized by SMART (Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology) in Singapore

Is the newsletter not enough for you? The Senseable City Lab is working on an anthology on the efforts of the Lab in formulating new data-driven models of the city. "Die Stadt entschlüsseln" (edited by Dietmar Offenhuber and Carlo Ratti) will soon be on bookshelves in German by Swiss publisher Birkhauser and Bauverlag in Germany.

Several projects including Trash Track, New York Talk Exchange and LIVE Singapore! were included in The Human Face of Big Data, a media project focusing on humanity's new ability to collect, analyze, and visualize vast amounts of data in real time..

Cloud computing is increasingly popular, and with our work we think we can better plan its deployment. On-going work in the Lab is using cellular network data to numerically and statistically quantifying the geographical distribution of content consumption with per-service classifications, impacting how we deploy these technologies.

"How the World Uses Its Data" was published in this month's Wired UK. The article explored patterns from anonymised data from Ericsson, harvested from 7,727,358 users around the world.

Building on our work with Kinect Kinetics, we turned the cameras on ourselves to create this special New Year's greeting. We wish you a fantastic 2013!
  • 17 January, The Lab is proud to take part at the Urban Future Conference at the Université Paris Est Marne La Vallée.
  • 18 January, Assaf Biderman will be presenting the keynote at Bau 2013, the forum on the future of building, in Munich.
  • LIVE Singapore! and other projects will be part of the Future Urban Mobility Symposium on 23-24 January, organized by SMART (Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology) in Singapore.
  • 27 January, Carlo Ratti will help to rethink cities through technology, connectivity & philosophy as part of MaD 2013, in Hong Kong.
  • The Financial Times profiled Carlo Ratti who joins the jury of the FT/Citi Urban Ingenuity Awards on 5 December.
  • A few of our projects highlighted by the writers at Crowd City, the "Smart City magazine".
  • Port Magazine profiled the Lab, and the "Architecture of Technology".
  • Members of the Senseable City Lab were featured hard at work on Italian TV, Rai2.
  • Fast Company explained why the Lab was observing people's movements for Kinect Kinetics.
  • MIT Energy Initiative's Energy Futures featured the Lab's work on the relationship of wi-fi usage and energy consumption.
  • The USA Today featured Trash Track among the projects it highlighted in an article about big data.


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