Katja Schechtner

Visiting Scholar
Office: E15-391
Phone: + 1 617 253 9880
Fax: +1 866 740 3158
E-Mail: katjas@mit.edu

Katja Schechtner holds a dual appointment with MIT Media Lab and the Asian Development Bank to create and implement large-scale urban mobility and transport technology investment programs and to lead research projects to integrate qualitative parameters into quantitative urban analysis tools. 

In 2004 she founded a research group on crowd dynamics and transportation simulation at the Austrian Institute of Technology, which she led until 2012. Katja also serves as a consultant and advisor for several European research institutes and the EU Commission, lectures at universities in the US, Austria and China and has published widely, most recently two books on Urban Data and Accountability Technologies. She has a background in architecture, urban studies, management and technology assessment from Columbia University and Vienna University of Technology.

Katja's work is stimulated by her international work experience in Asia, Africa, North America and Europe and together with fellow researchers has won a special mention at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012. She also serves as a curator at Ars Electronica, the Technical Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna. Therefore, she travels extensively - and loves it. 

Selected Publications

Katja Schechtner, Answers from Within, Future Everything, eds. Drew Hemmet and Anthony Townsend, Manchester, UK, 2013 

Dietmar Offenhuber and Katja Schechtner, eds., Accountability Technologies: Tools for Asking Hard Questions, Ambra / Birkhäuser, 2013 

Philip Salesses, Katja Schechtner and César A. Hidalgo, The Collaborative Image of the City: Mapping the Inequality of Urban PerceptionPLoS ONE 8(7), 2013 

Dietmar Offenhuber and Katja Schechtner, eds., Inscribing a Square: Urban Data as Public Space, Vienna, New York: Springer, 2012 

Pu Wang, Timothy Hunter, Alexander Bayen, Katja Schechtner and Marta GonzálezUnderstanding Road Usage Patterns in Urban Areas, Scientific Reports, volume 2, 2012.