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Special Event: Alex Pentland: Social Physics and Urban Computing
October 28, 2014 @ 6:30 pm
Special Data Science/IoT Event
Alex Pentland, MIT Media Lab
100 Mathilda Place
Plenty of parking available under the building and on the street.
NOTE This talk is on a Tuesday!
6:30 Doors Open, Pizza & Networking
7:00 Announcements & Presentation
By using `big data’ we can better understand what makes cities more healthy safe, and innovative. These insights form a sort of `social physics’ that can be used to design better cities, and create IT infrastructure that both encourages greater sharing and better protects individual privacy.
Alex `Sandy’ Pentland has helped create and direct MIT’s Media Lab, the Media Lab Asia, and the Center for Future Health. He chairs the World Economic Forum’s Data for Development council, is Academic Director of the MIT-Harvard-ODI Big Data and People Project, and is a member of the Advisory Boards for Google, Nissan, Telefonica, Monument Capital, and the Minerva Schools.
In 2012 Forbes named Sandy one of the ‘seven most powerful data scientists in the world’, along with Google founders and the CTO of the United States, and in 2013 he won the McKinsey Award from Harvard Business Review. He is among the most-cited computational scientists in the world, and a pioneer in computational social science, organizational engineering, wearable computing (Google Glass), image understanding, and modern biometrics. His research has been featured in Nature, Science, and Harvard Business Review, as well as being the focus of TV features on BBC World, Discover and Science channels. His most recent book is `Social Physics,’ published by Penguin Press.