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
Professor Gonzalez's research is focused on the analysis of vast data collections gathered from different human-driven activities and the formulation of models that elucidate the underlying principles of the observed scenarios. She adapts statistical physics approaches to understand and model cities. She analyzes passive data generated from human activities and reduce it, extracting only the most important statistical information. The end result is computer models that can accurately capture urban activity patterns to develop solutions based on information technology. In contrast to individual surveys, she focuses in the flow of instant information from communication technologies, such as: social media, mobile phones, or gps traces... Her methods inform decisions towards better cities, through alternative modes of transportation or more sustainable energy usage.
-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.
- 1.204 Computer Modeling: Human Mobility and Networks