Faculty - Marta C. González

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Marta C. González

Associate Professor

Room 1-153
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

Telephone: 617.715.4140 Email: martag@mit.edu Research Website: http://humnetlab.mit.edu/ Assistant: Roberta Pizzinato / robertap@mit.edu

(link to CV)


  • Licentiate in physics, Universidad Simon Bolivar, 1999
  • Magister Sc. in physics, Central University of Venezuela, 2001
  • Ph.D. in physics (Dr. rer. nat), Stuttgart Univarsität, 2006

Research Interests

     Professor Gonzalez works in the area of urban computing, with a focus on the intersections of people with the built environment and their social networks. Her ultimate goal to design urban mobility solutions and to enable the sustainable development of smart cities. Prof. González has injected new tools into transportation research and is a leader in the emergent field of urban computing. 

Teaching Interests

-To introduce the undergraduate population of Civil and Environmental Engineering to the field of network science and data analytics.

-To teach  methods that extract useful information from digital traces of human activity. Numerical methods to cluster the structure inherent in daily activities within a population and to devise data driven models of for developing City Science.

Courses taught:

- 1.204 Computer Modeling: Human Mobility and Networks

- 1.041 Transportation Systms Modeling

- 1.00 Intro Comp & Engr Prob Solving

(link to class projects of 1.041 and 1.204)

Awards and Honors

  • Gilbert Winslow Career Development Professorship Award. January 2012
  • Best Paper Award in the ACM SIGKDD International Workshop on Urban
  • Computing, KDD'12, Beijing (w. Students). August 2012
  • Best Paper Award in the ACM SIGKDD International Workshop on UrbanComputing, KDD'13, Chicago. (w. Students) August 2013
  • NEC and Buchbaum Fellowships MIT Research Support Committee (April, 2010) 
  • DAAD Fellowship for PhD Studies (2002-2006)

Selected Publications

  1. "Limits of Predictability in Commuting Flows in the Absence of Data for Calibration" (Yingxiang Yang, Carlos Herrera, Nathan Eagle and Marta C. González), Scientific Reports, 4 : 5662 doi:10.1038/srep05662 (2014)
  2. "A Review of Urban Com