Marta C. Gonzalez is Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning, Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Physics Research faculty in the Energy Technology Area (ETA) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).
With the support of several companies, cities and foundations, her research team develops computer models to analyze digital traces of information mediated by devices. They process this information to manage the demand in urban infrastructures in relation to energy and mobility. Her recent research uses billions of mobile phone records to understand the appearance of traffic jams and the integration of electric vehicles into the grid, smart meter data records to compare the policy of solar energy adoption and card transactions to identify habits in spending behavior.
Prior to joining Berkeley, Marta worked as an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT, a member of the Operations Research Center and the Center for Advanced Urbanism. She is a member of the scientific council of technology companies such as Gran Data, PTV and the Pecan Street Project consortium.
Computational Urban Sciences refer to the use of information and communication technology and data in the context of cities and urban environments. First, I present methods to identify patterns of behavior in energy consumption and credit card transactions. Then I show how this is a more complex task when working with environmental data. I finalize with open questions and proposed research to study human-natural systems interactions.