Professor González’s research focuses on urban computing, particularly in the intersections of people with the built environment as well as with their social networks. A leader in this emergent field, González has introduced new tools into transportation research. Her current research explores human mobility patterns using mobile phone communication, propagation of mobile phone viruses, and urban transportation models. In the same manner, González integrates methods of complex systems with a physics approach, combining computation, geographic information systems, and network theory to model human interaction. Her ultimate goal is to design urban mobility solutions, which will pave the way for the sustainable development of smart cities.