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I am a Ph.D. student at MIT interested in cities. I study the effect that the physical environment has on people. In particular, my research focuses on how the form of cities and buildings shape behavior, social interactions, and people’s access to economic and social opportunity. I study these topics primarily through the use of spatial techniques of analysis on large datasets gathered from social media or collected by sensors and remote sensing.

Before my Ph.D., I completed a Master of City Planning degree at MIT and was awarded the Outstanding Master Thesis Prize for the 2016/17 academic year. My thesis analyzed the relationship between urban form and segregation. Recently, I co-founded Bitsence, a startup that develops technology to understand human behavior and measure the impact of urban interventions. For this initiative, I was named one of the Innovators Under 35 by the MIT Technology Review in Latin America. 

I am a researcher at Senseable City Lab and the Urban Economics Lab at MIT. You can download my CV or reach me through one of the contacts below.

My skills

  • Spatial Data Analysis

  • Statistical Software (Stata, R)

  • Photoshop, Illustrator & Design

  • Video Editing & Photography

  • 3D Modeling

  • Programming (Python, HTML, CSS)



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