Faculty
Marta González

 Marta González’s research focuses on urban computing, particularly in the intersections of people with the built environment as well as with their social networks. A recent leader in this emergent field, González has introduced new tools into transportation research during her time at MIT. Her current research explores human mobility patterns using mobile phone communication, propagation of mobile phone viruses, and urban transportation models. In the same manner, González integrates methods of complex systems with a physics approach, combining computation, geographic information systems, and network theory to model human interaction. Her ultimate goal is to design urban mobility solutions, which will pave the way for sustainable development of smart cities. In the past few years, she has twice received the Best Paper Award in the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining International Workshop on Urban Computing. Marta holds a PhD from the University of Stuttgart in Computational Physics of Complex Systems.