is the Cofounder and CEO of Glancee
, a mobile app that makes it
easy to meet people with common friends and similar interests. Previously he worked at Google on Maps, and at MIT and SFI to investigate
people's lifestyle through their interaction with digital technologies. His work has been exhibited at the MoMA in New York City and the
Design Museum in Barcelona, Spain.
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is a location-based mobile app that helps you discover the hidden connections you
share with the people around you. Glancee highlights people that have friends in common, that went to the same school you attended, that
work in your same company, or that share interests similar to yours.
You can use Glancee to explore the profiles of people nearby, or you can keep it in your pocket and be notified if someone interesting
is nearby. When you notice someone, text, call, and meet up for coffee. Create new, meaningful connections with people important to you.
Photo by Ambrogio Bergamaschi
is a celebration of the President's election. With the MIT
Senseable City Lab we analyzed the activity of the mobile phone network to characterize the movements and emotional reaction of the
crowd that gathered in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2009.
The results of our data analyses are presented in two visualizations that answer the questions: Who was in Washington, D.C. during
Obama's Inauguration Day? When did they arrive, where did they go, and how long did they stay?
is a study of contemporary tourism in the region of the
Iberian Peninsula. It is based on the analysis of the geotagged photos that were taken by visitors in the area, and uploaded to Flickr,
which allowed to uncover the evolution of the presence and flows of tourists.
The analysis and mapping of this data was useful at multiple levels. It allowed to quantify the popularity of leisure cities and their
points of interests, as well as characterize the type of activities and trails of different nationalities.
is an interactive structure made of digitally controlled
water curtains that was built in occasion of the World Expo in Zaragoza, Spain in 2008, under the supervision of Prof. Carlo Ratti and
Prof. William Mitchell of the MIT.
The project is the first example of reconfigurable architecture that allows spaces to expand and shrink based on necessity and use.
Behind the scences, a real-time control system uses sensors to detect the presence of people and open passages, or to control the
ceiling's height to avoid splashing.Photo by Claudio Bonicco
illustrates the global flow of information by visualizing
the volumes of long distance phone calls and Internet data exchanged between New York and other cities around the world. The project was
exhibited for four months at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for the Design and Elastic Mind exhibition.
NYTE involved the analysis of large data sets of telecommunication logs at the scale of the local exchange. Our results revealed the
relationships that New Yorkers entertain with the rest of the world, and showed how behavioral data can be used to better profile
is a real-time interactive map that was installed in Rome in
occasion of the Notte Bianca to provide city dwellers with actionable insights about the people and public services around them. It was
built to illustrate the idea of the city as a real-time control system.
The map showed the estimated distribution of people in the area (through cellphone activity analysis), the position of busses and cabs,
and real-time updates by the journalists of the major Italian newspaper which were broadcasted live from the location of the events.