Carlo Ratti




SENSEable City Lab


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)



Carlo Ratti, PhD

Carlo Ratti directs the MIT SENSEable City Lab a the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) which explores the "real-time city" by studying the way sensors and electronics relate to the built environment. He's opening a research center in Singapore as part of an MIT-led initiative on the Future of Urban Mobility.

Carlo Ratti is a civil engineer and architect who teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the SENSEable City Laboratory. This lab studies the built environment of cities -- from street grids to plumbing and garbage systems -- using new kinds of sensors and hand-held electronics that have transformed the way we can describe and understand cities.

Other projects flip this equation -- using data gathered from sensors to actually create dazzling new environments.


Ratti earned himself a place on Esquire Magazine’s Best and Brightest list in 2008 and was featured in Seed Magazine’s Salon, together with mathematician Steven Strogatz.

He presented as a delegate in January 2009 to the World Economic Forum in Davos.

In 2011, he spoke at a TED conference in Longbeach, California, USA.



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