Dietmar Offenhuber, faculty member in the College of Art, Media & Design at Northeastern University, is a media artist and a former research fellow in the Senseable City Lab at the Department for Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In his research, he focuses on accountability technologies and emerging roles of the user in urban infrastructural systems. He has been leading various research projects using participatory sensing and spatial analysis to investigate, and improve formal and informal waste systems.
In his talk, he will speak about the role of visualization in urban governance, using examples of controversies around waste infrastructures. Accountability technologies encompass citizen-driven practices of distributed data collection, the collective analysis through visualization of these data, and finally, their strategic use in the public discourse, in the legal system or political processes.