Prof. Carlo Ratti

An architect and engineer by training, Carlo Ratti practices in Italy and teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK. Ratti has co-authored over 200 publications and holds several patents. His work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum Barcelona, the Science Museum in London, GAFTA in San Francisco and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. His Digital Water Pavilion at the 2008 World Expo was hailed by Time Magazine as one of the Best Inventions of the Year. He has been included in Esquire Magazine’s Best and Brightest list, in Blueprint Magazine’s 25 People who will Change the World of Design and in Forbes Magazine’s People you need to know in 2011. Ratti was a presenter at TED 2011 and is serving as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Urban Management. He is a regular contributor to the architecture magazine Domus and the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. He has also written as an op-ed contributor for BBC, La Stampa, Scientific American and The New York Times.

Prof. Noam Shoval

His main research interests are tourism and culture as tools for urban regeneration, models of hotel location, and tourism management policies in heritage cities. In recent years, he has begun to explore and write about the implementation of advanced tracking technologies in various areas of spatial research such as tourism urban studies and medicine.

Prof. Harvey J. Miller

His research and teaching focus on the intersection between geographic information science and transportation science. He wants to understand how people use mobility and communications technologies to allocate scarce time among activities in geographic space. He is also interested in the social dimensions of transportation, and the collective implications of human mobility and accessibility for sustainable transportation, livable communities and public health. His main approach to these questions is the development and application of GIS and spatial analytical techniques to extract information from fine-grained data on mobile objects and related spatio-temporal phenomena.

Prof. Kay Axhausen

He has been involved in the measurement and modelling of travel behaviour for the last 25 years contributing especially to the literature on stated preferences, microsimulation of travel behaviour, valuation of travel time and its components, parking behaviour, activity scheduling and travel diary data collection. His current work focuses on the microsimulation of daily travel behaviour and long-term mobility choices and the response of the land-use system to those choices. This work is supported by analyses of human activity spaces and their dependence on the traveller’s personal social network.

Prof. Gennady Andrienko

He is lead scientist responsible for the visual analytics research at Fraunhofer IAIS and full professor (part-time) at City University London. He co-authored monographs “Exploratory Analysis of Spatial and Temporal Data” (Springer, 1996) and “Visual Analytics of Movement” (Springer, 2013), more than 60 peer-reviewed journal papers, 20 book chapters, and about 100 conference papers.

He is chairing the Commission on GeoVisualization of the ICA – International Cartographic Association (since 2007). Together with Natalia Andrienko, he co-organized scientific events on visual analytics, geovisualization and visual data mining, and co-edited 11 special issues of major journals.

Prof. Matthew Zook

For the past several years he has studied how the geoweb is produced (particularly the practices surrounding user-generated data) in order to better understand where, when, and by whom geo-coded content is being created.  He focuses on how code, space and place interact as people increasingly use of mobile, digital technologies to navigate through their everyday, lived geographies.  Of special interest is the complex and often duplicitous manner that code and content can congeal and individualize our experiences in the hybrid, digitally augmented places that cities are becoming. As an economic geographer he also studies how flows of material goods in the global economy are shaped by immaterial flows of information.  His interest is in the range of ways in which material and virtual flows are intertwined: sometimes complementary, sometimes contradictory, but always central to the evolution of spatial relations in the economy.

Prof. Pnina Plaut

University of Tartu