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  • team
  • Carlo Ratti Director
  • Assaf Biderman Assoc. Director
  • Dietmar Offenhuber Team Leader
  • Eugenio Morello Team Leader, Concept
  • Musstanser Tinauli Team Leader, First Phase
  • Kristian Kloeckl Team Leader, Second Phase
  • Lewis Girod Engineering
  • Jennifer Dunnam
  • E Roon Kang
  • Kevin Nattinger
  • Avid Boustani
  • David Lee Programming
  • Alan Anderson
  • Clio Andris
  • Carnaven Chiu
  • Chris Chung
  • Lorenzo Davolli
  • Kathryn Dineen
  • Natalia Duque Ciceri
  • Samantha Earl
  • Sarabjit Kaur
  • Sarah Neilson
  • Giovanni de Niederhausern
  • Jill Passano
  • Elizabeth Ramaccia
  • Renato Rinaldi
  • Francisca Rojas
  • Louis Sirota
  • Malima Wolf
  • Eugene Lee
  • Angela Wang
  • Armin Linke Video
  • Advisors
  • Rex Britter
  • Stephen Miles
  • Tim Gutowski
  • Lead Volunteers
  • Tim Pritchard
  • Jodee Fenton
  • Lance Albertson
  • Chad Johansen
  • Christie Rodgers
  • Shannon Cheng
  • Jon Dreher
  • Andy Smith
  • Richard Auger
  • Michael Cafferty
  • Shalini Ghandi
  • Special Thanks
  • Jodee Fenton
  • Tim Pritchard


A list of publications on Trash Track and its results:

Boustani, A., Girod, L., Offenhuber, D., Britter, R.E., Wolf, M., Lee, D., Miles, S., Biderman, A., and Ratti, C. (2011) .
Investigation of the waste-removal chain through pervasive computing.
IEEE, IBM Journal of Research and Development, 55(1.2), 1-11.
Keywords: Trash Track, GSM, pervasive monitoring, waste removal chain, and environmental sustainability

Offenhuber, D., Lee, D., Wolf, M., Girod, L., Boustani, A., Dunham, J., Kloeckl, K., Morello, E., Britter, R., Biderman, A., and Ratti, C. (2011).
Urban Digestive Systems. Towards the Sentient City.
Sentient City: Ubiquitous Computing, Architecture, and the Future of Urban Space, 90-109. MIT Press
Keywords: Trash Track, waste removal chain, talk back, and citizen engagement

Offenhuber, D. Lee, D. Wolf, M. I. Phithakkitnukoon, S. Biderman, A. Ratti, C. (2012) .
Putting matter in place: tradeoffs between recycling and distance in planning for waste disposal.
Journal of the American Planning Association, 1-42.
Keywords: Waste management, environmental impact, pervasive sensing, recycling, and transportation emissions

Phithakkitnukoon,S. Offenhuber, D. Wolf, M. Lee, L. Biderman, A. and Ratti, C. (2013) .
Tracking Trash.
IEEE Pervasive Computing, 1-10. Volume pending.
Keywords: Trash Track, self reporting tag, removal chain, behavior, and waste

Offenhuber, Dietmar, Malima I. Wolf, and Carlo Ratti. (forthcoming).
Trash Track - Active Location Sensing for Evaluating E-waste Transportation.
Waste Management & Research.
Keywords: e-waste, environmental impact, transportation