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Sandy Pentland, MIT — MIDAS Seminar Series
December 11, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
This talk was recorded. Title: Social Physics: Harnessing Big Data and Machine Learning in Support of Human Goals Abstract: The convergence of big data and machine learning is giving rise to a new computational social science. I will describe some of the insights gained in the areas of collective action, management, and decision science, and how my group is integrating these insights into monitoring and shaping investment in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and formulation of new privacy and security regulations in both the EU and US. Bio: Professor Alex “Sandy” Pentland directs the MIT Connection Science and Human Dynamics labs and previously helped create and direct the MIT Media Lab and the Media Lab Asia in India. He is one of the most-cited computational scientists, and Forbes recently declared him one of the “7 most powerful data scientists in the world” along with Google founders and the Chief Technical Officer of the United States. He has received numerous awards and prizes such as the McKinsey Award from Harvard Business Review, the 40th Anniversary of the Internet from DARPA, and the Brandeis Award for work in privacy. He is a founding member of advisory boards for Google, AT&T, Nissan, and the UN Secretary General, a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded more than a dozen companies including social enterprises such as the Data Transparency Lab, the Harvard-ODI-MIT DataPop Alliance and the Institute for Data Driven Design. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and leader within the World Economic Forum. Reception at 5:00 pm. For more information on MIDAS or the Seminar Series, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. MIDAS gratefully acknowledges Northrop Grumman Corporation for its generous support of the MIDAS Seminar Series.