Violet Whitney

Associate Director, Design , Sidewalk Labs

Violet Whitney is Associate Director of Design at Sidewalk Labs where she leads generative design and research. Violet is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, where she teaches urban data analytics courses (Data Mining the City course website). Her research analyzes the ways by which recommendation systems generate spatialized filter bubbles and the potential for data-driven techniques like location awareness and natural language processing to reveal unseen patterns in everyday social media, video, and images.

Prior to joining Sidewalk, Violet created a humanitarian mapping project that geolocates civilian journalist YouTube videos for the Center for Spatial Research; led research and development of interactive and immersive environments at SOFTlab; and developed sustainability analytics tools as a LEED Specialist at SmithGroupJJR.

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