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Brief Bio

M. Elena Renda received the MS degree in Computer Science from the University of Pisa, and the Ph.D. Degree in Information Engineering from the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa.

She is an IT Researcher within the WiNeMA Research Team at IIT - CNR in Pisa, Italy since 2005, and a Visiting Scholar at the JTL Urban Mobility Lab, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), Cambridge (MA) - USA, since 2016.
She has also been a Research Associate at the Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione - CNR in Pisa (2001--2005), a visiting Ph.D Student at the Language Technologies Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh (2003), a Visiting Research Scholar at the BarabásiLab - Center for Complex Networks Research, Northeastern University, in Boston (2013--2014), and a Visiting Researcher at the Senseable City Lab at MIT-DUSP.

She started her research career working within the Information Retrieval field, to later include P2P and Vehicular Ad-hoc Networks, Wireless Mesh Community Networks, and efficient and scalable algorithms for Bioinformatics applications, within the latter also developing web tools for the bio-community.
In the last decade she has grown her interest towards Intelligent Transportation Systems, and she is currently actively (and enthusiastically!) involved in several projects related to Smart Cities and Public Transportation. In particular she is working on defining, studying and exploiting new mobility paradigms (such as mobility sharing) and evaluating their environmental, economic, and social effects.
Privacy issues and their implications within the smart mobility realm is one of her most recent research interests.

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