His research focuses on the relationship between design, technology, and urban governance. Dietmar is the author of the award-winning monograph Waste is Information – Infrastructure Legibility and Governance (MIT Press), works as an advisor to the United Nations Development Programme and published books on the subjects of Urban Data, Accountability Technologies and Urban Informatics. His PhD dissertation received the Outstanding Dissertation Award 2014 from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, his research received the Best Paper Award 2012 from the Journal of the American Planning Association and the ASCINA young PI award.
Dietmar Offenhuber is Associate Professor at Northeastern University in the departments of Art + Design and Public Policy, where he directs the Information Design and Visualization graduate program. He holds a PhD in Urban Planning from MIT, a Master degree from the MIT Media Lab, and a Dipl. Ing. in Architecture from the Technical University Vienna. Dietmar was Key Researcher at the Austrian Ludwig Boltzmann Institute and the Ars Electronica Futurelab and professor in the Interface Culture program of the Art University Linz, Austria.
In his artistic practice, Dietmar frequently collaborates with sound artists Sam Auinger and Hannes Strobl under the name
stadtmusik. His artistic work has been exhibited internationally in venues including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Sundance and the Hong Kong International Film Festivals, ZKM Karlsruhe, Secession Vienna, the Seoul International Media Art Biennale. His awards include the first prize in the NSF Visualization Challenge, the Jury Award at the Melbourne International Animation Festival, the Art Directors Club Silver Award, a Special Mention at the 12th International Media Art Biennale, and Honorary Mentions from File Festival, Ars Electronica and Transmediale, Berlin.