Assaf Biderman
SENSEable City Lab, MIT
Introduction by Mark Shepard
Recorded: October 2, 2009

Presented as part of the public program series organized in conjunction with the Architectural League’s fall 2009 exhibition Toward the Sentient City.

Assaf Biderman,of MIT’s SENSEable City Lab, discusses the extensive research underlying their project “Trash Track,” organized as part of the League’s exhibition Toward the Sentient City, as well as initial observations gleaned from the accumulated data. “Trash Track” deploys a set of smart tags on different types of trash and follows these through the city’s waste management system to reveal the end-of-life journey of our everyday objects.

Assaf Biderman is the Assistant Director of the SENSEable City Lab at MIT. Following his early education in physics, Assaf became involved in research and development of human computer interaction schemes. He spent several years at the MIT Media Lab and has been a researcher at the SENSEable City Lab since its establishment in 2004. Assaf has authored several papers in HCI, registered 3 patents, and won design awards. His work was featured in museums and exhibitions such as the 2006 Venice Biennale of Architecture, Centre Pompidou — Paris, and Ars Electronica Center — Austria. In addition to his direct involvement in research, Assaf is also in charge of technology transfer and commercialization at the SENSEable City Lab.

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