Assaf Biderman

Associate Director

SENSEable City Laboratory

Assaf Biderman is a technology inventor, author, and entrepreneur. He teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he is the Associate Director of the SENSEable City Lab - a research group that explores the "real-time city" by studying the increasing deployment of sensors and networked miniaturized electronics, as well as their relationship to the built environment. Assaf holds multiple patents and has co-authored over 40 publications and book chapters. His work has been exhibited worldwide in venues such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Design Museum Barcelona, the Science Museum in Boston in London and the Venice Biennale.


The Signature of Humanity: Over the past decade digital technologies have begun to blanket our cities, forming the backbone of a large, intelligent infrastructure, and connecting citizens to their places of inhabitance in new ways. As a direct consequence, people, networks, and devices generate vast quantities of data that are increasingly becoming available in real time. This provides profound new opportunities for exploring the city: how it operates, how urban dwellers make use of the space and how we can ultimately better design cities. Join us in exploring recent observations in the use of such data to study some of the hidden complexities of cities.

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