Dr. Sachit Mahajan

Senior Researcher and Lecturer
Computational Social Science (COSS)
Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences (D-GESS)
ETH Zurich, Switzerland

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About Me

My research sits at the cutting edge of Ubiquitous Computing, Environmental Sensing, and Data Science, aiming to develop innovative, data-driven solutions to pressing societal challenges. I am passionate about exploring the critical interfaces between technology, the environment, and society, focusing on urban analytics and spatial data science to enhance smart cities and promote environmental sustainability. By integrating technological citizenship, ethics, and participatory approaches, my work empowers communities to co-create smarter, more resilient urban environments.

Currently, I am working at the Computational Social Science group at ETH Zurich. My research focuses on the intersection of technological citizenship, ethics, and participatory approaches to address key societal challenges related to smart cities and environmental sustainability. By leveraging principles of self-organization and the 'wisdom of crowds,' I aim to promote environmental resilience and sustainability. My work involves field and lab experiments to understand how value-sensitive design can be integrated into environmental monitoring and IoT systems. This integration seeks to foster collective intelligence and support the interests of civil society. Additionally, I explore the role of citizen science and co-creation, empowering individuals and communities to actively participate in the development and implementation of smart city technologies.

Before coming to ETH Zurich, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Cambridge's Department of Sociology, where I worked with Prof. Jennifer Gabrys. Prior to that, I worked as a Research Fellow at the GCARE Lab at the University of Surrey.

I was awarded a Taiwan International Graduate Program Fellowship for my PhD (2015-2019). I conducted my research at the  Network Research Lab at Academia Sinica's Institute of Information Science, under the supervision of Prof. Ling-Jyh Chen. I was enrolled in the Social Networks and Human Centered Computing Program.