Engaging Data 2013


  • Assaf Biderman Associate Director, MIT Senseable City Lab Assaf Biderman teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is the Associate Director of the SENSEable City Laboratory, a research group that explores the "real- time city" by studying the increasing deployment of sensors and networked hand-held electronics, as well as their relationship to the built environment. At the 2006 Venice Biennale, the group revealed the world's first city-scale dynamic maps, describing the movement of pedestrians, busses, and taxis in real-time. In preparation for the 2009 U.N. Summit on Climate change in Copenhagen, the lab developed a hybrid bicycle wheel which captures the energy of braking to give riders an extra push. Biderman's work focuses on engaging city administrations and industry members worldwide to explore how pressing issues in urbanization are being impacted by a wave of new distributed technologies, and how these can be harnessed to create a more sustainable future living in urban environments.
  • Marco Bressan Open Platforms Director, BBVA Dr. Marco Bressan is in charge of BBVA’s Big Data global initiative, whose work includes the promotion and development of data services, data-centric operations and analytical competencies within the group. Until 2012, Marco was Chief Innovation Officer, Transporta¬tion and Government for Xerox Corporation, one of the leading providers of parking, tolling, enforcement and public transit services to governments globally. Dr. Bressan was also responsible for the Services Innovation Laboratory at Xerox Research Centre Europe, where he contributed to aligning world-class research teams to support and nurture Xerox’s rapidly growing services business. Over 30 scientific publications and 10 patents are the result of Marco’s work as a researcher. Dr. Bressan holds a BA in Applied Mathematics from the University of Buenos Aires, a M.Sc. in Computer Vision from the Computer Vision Centre in Spain and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
  • Noam Chomsky Institute Professor & Professor of Linguistics (Emeritus), MIT Noam Chomsky was born on December 7, 1928 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his Phd in linguistics in 1955 from the University of Pennsylvania. During the years 1951 to 1955, Chomsky was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows. The major theoretical viewpoints of his doctoral dissertation appeared in the monograph Syntactic Structure, 1957. This formed part of a more extensive work, The Logical Structure of Linguistic Theory, circulated in mimeograph in 1955 and published in 1975. Chomsky joined the staff of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1955 and in 1961 was appointed full professor. In 1976 he was appointed Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy. Chomsky has lectured at many universities here and abroad, and is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards. He has written and lectured widely on linguistics, philosophy, intellectual history, contemporary issues, international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. Among his more recent books are, New Horizons in the Study of Language and Mind; On Nature and Language; The Essential Chomsky; Hopes and Prospects; Gaza in Crisis; How the World Works; 9-11: Was There an Alternative; Making the Future: Occupations, Interventions, Empire, and Resistance; The Science of Language; Peace with Justice: Noam Chomsky in Australia; Power Systems, Power Systems; and On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare (with Andre Vltchek).
  • Barton Gellman Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation Barton Gellman is a critically honored author, journalist and blogger. He has twice won the Pulitzer Prize, and his bestselling Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency was named a New York Times Best Book of 2008. In 2010 he left The Washington Post to begin a new book project and take up a position as contributing editor at large for TIME magazine. Gellman writes the CounterSpy blog about digital privacy and security, and he is working with Spring Creek Productions ("Recount," "Blood Diamond") to adapt his Cheney book for an HBO movie. He holds appointments as Lecturer and Author in Residence at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.
  • Simon Giles Director of Intelligent Cities Strategy, Accenture Simon is Accenture's global lead for Intelligent Cities Strategy and is currently advising cities, government and developers on economic development, citizen centered design and digital masterplanning. He runs a global advisory team, based in London, that works with interdisciplinary teams of architects, engineers and digital designers to develop new development strategies for existing and new build cities. Simon led Accenture’s advisory work with the World Economic Forum on Smart Grids, Low Carbon Finance and Future Urban Development. He is currently working on projects in the UK, Colombia, Brazil, India, Denmark and Japan.
  • Geoff Hollingworth Director of New Business, Ericsson Region North America. Geoff Hollingworth leads Ericsson’s contributions into AT&T and their foundry initiative which is living AT&T’s brand promise of “re-thinking possible.” Prior to that, Geoff was Head of IP Services Strategy North America and was responsible for the rollout of the new Ericsson brand in North America. Five years before that, Geoff led Ericsson’s next generation multimedia initiative to drive the three screen experience for the Volvo Ocean Race. He joined Ericsson 17 years ago and has been actively involved in delivering and promoting Mobile Broadband software. During his career, Hollingworth has worked in software R&D, mobile network deployment and was Director of Marketing for Ericsson in North America. He has also worked in London and moved to Sweden when Ericsson opened its mobile telephony headquarters in Stockholm. Geoff holds a 1st Class Honours Bachelors Degree in Computing Science and has won the Computing Science Prize of Excellence from Aston University in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
  • Nigel Jacob Co-Founder, Office of New Urban Mechanics, Boston City Hall With an extensive background in collaborative, citizen-facing technology projects, Nigel Jacob co-founded the Office of New Urban Mechanics - a civic innovation incubator adn R&D Lab within Boston’s City Hall. Nigel also serves as Mayor Menino's advisor on emerging technologies. In both of these roles, Nigel works to develop new models of innovation for cities in the 21st century. Prior to joining the City of Boston in 2006, Nigel worked for and launched a series of technology start-ups in the Boston area. Nigel is a board member at Code For America as well as a fellow at the Center for the Advancement Public Action at Bennington College. Nigel has received a number of awards for his ground breaking work in Boston, including being named a Public Official of the year in 2011 by Governing Magazine and the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation award for 2012
  • Jack Kendall Senior Program Officer, Research and Innovation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Jake Kendall leads the Research and Innovation initiative of the Financial Services for the Poor team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Jake’s team manages FSP's major research grants, data collection activities, and technology and innovation projects. Previous to joining the Foundation, he spent time as an Economist with the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) housed in the World Bank. Jake holds a PhD in Development Economics from UC Santa Cruz and a BS in Physics from MIT. Just after graduating from MIT he volunteered for two years in Zambia as a fisheries extension agent with the US Peace Corps. Jake has also worked as a Brand Analyst for a major advertising firm, in the field of public key cryptography, and as a commercial fisherman.
  • Dietmar Offenhuber Assistant Professor, Northeastern University Dietmar Offenhuber is Assistant Professor at Northeastern University in the departments of Art + Design and Public Policy. His research focuses on the role of visualization and representation in urban governance and civic discourse; he has recently published three books on this subject. Dietmar led a number of research projects on infrastructure legibility and waste systems. He holds degrees from the Technical University Vienna and the MIT Media Lab and is is PhD Candidate at the MIT Senseable City Lab. Previously, he was key researcher at the Austrian Ludwig Boltzmann Institute and the ars electronica futurelab and Professor for Visualization at the Art University Linz, Austria. His artistic work has been exhibited internationally, in venues including the Sundance Film Festival, ZKM Karlsruhe, Secession Vienna, the Seoul International Media Art Biennale, and the Centre Georges Pompidou. He has won several awards including the NSF Visualization Challenge, the Paper of the Year Award from the Journal of the American Planning Association, the Jury Award at the Melbourne International Animation Festival, the Art Directors Club Silver Award and received Honorary Mentions from Ars Electronica and Transmediale Berlin.
  • Michael Rappa Director of the Institute for Advanced Analytics, North Carolina State University Michael Rappa is Director of the Institute for Advanced Analytics and Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. As head of the Institute, he leads the nation’s first Master of Science in Analytics as its founder and principal architect. Before joining NC State in 1998, for nine years he was a member of the faculty at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Dr. Rappa has 25 years of experience as a professor working across academic disciplines at the intersection of management and computing. An accomplished researcher and instructor, his passion is to bring an entrepreneurial and forward-thinking mindset to innovation in higher learning. His current role is to prepare a new generation of data savvy professionals for leadership in a digital world.
  • Carlo Ratti Director, MIT Senseable City Lab An architect and engineer by training, Carlo Ratti practices in Italy and teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the SENSEable City Lab. He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK. Ratti has co-authored over 200 publications and holds several patents. His work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum Barcelona, the Science Museum in London, GAFTA in San Francisco and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. His Digital Water Pavilion at the 2008 World Expo was hailed by Time Magazine as one of the Best Inventions of the Year. He has been included in Esquire Magazine’s Best and Brightest list, in Blueprint Magazine’s 25 People who will Change the World of Design and in Forbes Magazine’s People you need to know in 2011. Ratti was a presenter at TED 2011 and is serving as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Urban Management. He is a regular contributor to the architecture magazine Domus and the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. He has also written as an op-ed contributor for BBC, La Stampa, Scientific American and The New York Times.
  • Saskia Sassen Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University (www.saskiasassen.com). Recent books are Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages ( Princeton University Press 2008), A Sociology of Globalization (W.W.Norton 2007), and the 4th fully updated edition of Cities in a World Economy (Sage 2011). The Global City came out in a new fully updated edition in 2001. She organized the research for and edited the volume on Human Settlement of the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (Oxford, UK: EOLSS Publishers) [http://www.eolss.net ]. Her books are translated into over twenty languages. She has received multiple honors and awards, including several doctor honoris causa from universities in the US and other countries. Her books are translated into over twenty languages.
  • Curt Savoie Principal Data Scientist, City of Boston Defined by a passion for finding meaning in the noise, using cutting edge data science techniques to derive valuable insights and turn data into information. A Boston University computer science graduate with an academic emphasis on data, logic, and mathematics applied to 15 years of real world analytics and R&D experience in manufacturing, healthcare, finance, and government. Currently leading the City of Boston’s effort around technical innovation and policy development with data, analytics, and research as well as advising other government officials on a local and national level on the use of data to further civic engagement and increase operational efficiency.
  • Ludwig Siegele Online Business and Finance Editor, The Economist Ludwig is the Economist's online business and finance editor and the deputy editor of the newspaper's international section. He joined The Economist as US technology correspondent in 1998. In 2003 he was sent to Berlin as the newspaper's Germany Correspondent, before relocating to London in 2008 to cover the IT industry until 2011. Mr Siegele started his journalistic career in 1990 as the Paris Business Correspondent of Die Zeit, a Germany weekly. In 1995 he moved from France to California to write about the internet for several German publications. He holds a degree in economics and political science from Cologne University and degrees in journalism from the Kölner Journalistenschule as well as the Centre de Formation des Journalists (CFJ) in Paris. He is also co-author of a book on SAP ("Matrix der Welt - SAP und der neue globale Kapitalismus"). In 2010 he won the Olin Corporate Strategy Prize from the Olin Business School for his article “The world according to Chambers”, a profile of Cisco Systems. He is married and lives in London with his wife and two children.
  • David Weinberger Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School David Weinberger, Ph.D., writes about the effect of the Internet on ideas. He is a co-author of the bestseller, "The Cluetrain Manifesto" (2000) and is the author of "Small Pieces Loosely Joined" (2002) and "Everything Is Miscellaneous" (2007). His new book, "Too Big to Know" (2012), looks at h0w the networking of knowledge is changing what it means to know or understand our world; it has won two international "book of the year" awards. His work has appeared in everything from Wired, Scientific American and Harvard Business Review to TV Guide. Dr. Weinberger is a senior researcher at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and is co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. He has been a marketing adviser to many high tech companies, and adviser to several presidential campaigns, and was for two years a Franklin Fellow at the U.S. State Department. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Toronto, and lives in Boston.
  • Ben Wizner Director of the Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, ACLU Ben Wizner (@BenWizner) is director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, which is dedicated to protecting and expanding the First Amendment freedoms of expression, association, and inquiry; expanding the right to privacy and increasing the control that individuals have over their personal information; and ensuring that civil liberties are enhanced rather than compromised by new advances in science and technology. He has litigated numerous cases involving post-9/11 civil liberties abuses, including challenges to airport security policies, government watchlists, extraordinary rendition, and torture. He has appeared regularly in the media, testified before Congress, and traveled several times to Guantánamo Bay to monitor military commission proceedings. Ben is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Law and was a law clerk to the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.