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2018 MIT Information and Communication Technologies Conference

April 11-12, 2018
 
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Bruna Braga
Partnerships Manager at Solve
MIT Solve
Day 1, 11:35
Bruna Braga serves as the Partnerships Manager at Solve. In this capacity, Bruna leads fundraising and partnership efforts, developing and managing relationships with sponsors and partners to contribute to the advancement of Solve’s mission of solving the world’s biggest challenges through collaboration. Bruna also oversees the relationships between Solve and its advisors and other members of the MIT community. Prior to joining Solve, Bruna served as an International Manager at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), where she worked on CGI’s expansion into Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. She holds an MS in Marketing from New York University, where she graduated with distinction, and a BA in Business Administration from the Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo - Fundação Getulio Vargas (EAESP-FGV) in São Paulo, Brazil. Bruna is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
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Sheri Brodeur
Director of Corporate Relations
MIT Corporate Relations
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Day 2, 9:00
Sheri Brodeur is director of Corporate Relations at MIT. Prior to this she spent 22 years at Hewlett-Packard Company in several roles. Her most recent position was in the HP Labs Strategy and Innovation Office. The role of this organization is to set HP Labs research strategy and extend HP's internal research capacity by partnering with universities, governments and other companies on a global scale to much more rapidly advance the positive impact of technology on the world.

Sheri spent 15 years with HP Labs, HP's corporate researcher center, managing major university alliances and programs, including a $25M program with MIT. She has been responsible for managing global higher education technology programs in the areas of Security, Digital Libraries (DSpace), Information Management, and Sustainability.

Prior to this role she spent the previous eight years at Hewlett-Packard in the sales organization moving from the position of Field Sales Engineer to Global Account Manager. In this role she was responsible for selling, supporting and delivering high end test and measurement solutions for the communications industry.

Brodeur has a BS in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University and an MS in Solid State Science from the Materials Research Laboratory at Penn State University.
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Vladimir Bulovic
Associate Dean for Innovation, School of Engineering
Fariborz Maseeh Professor of Emerging Technology
MacVicar Faculty Fellow
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Vladimir Bulovic is the associate dean for innovation in MIT’s School of Engineering. He is a professor of electrical engineering at MIT, holding the Fariborz Maseeh Chair in Emerging Technology, leading the Organic and Nanostructured Electronics laboratory, co-leading the MIT Innovation Initiative and co-directing the MIT-ENI Solar Frontiers Center. He is an author of over 180 research articles (cited over 30,000 times) and an inventor of over 90 U.S. patents in areas of light emitting diodes, lasers, photovoltaics, photodetectors, chemical sensors, programmable memories, and micro-electro machines, majority of which have been licensed and utilized by both start-up and multinational companies. He is a co-founder of several start-up companies that together employ over 200 people, including QD Vision,Inc., producing quantum dot optoelectronic components; Kateeva, Inc., focused on development of printed organic electronics; and Ubiquitous Energy, Inc., developing nanostructured solar technologies. Bulovic received his PhD from Princeton University, where his academic work and patents contributed to the launch of the Universal Display Corporation and the Global Photonics Energy Corporation.

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Leo Celi
Principal Research Scientist, MIT Institute for Medical Engineering and Science
Clinical Research Director, Laboratory of Computational Physiology
Co-Director, MIT Sana
Staff Physician, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Leo Anthony Celi has practiced medicine in three continents, giving him broad perspectives in healthcare delivery. As clinical research director and principal research scientist at MIT Laboratory of Computational Physiology (LCP), he brings together clinicians and data scientists to support research using data routinely collected in the intensive care unit (ICU). His group built and maintains the Medical Information Mart for Intensive Care (MIMIC) database. This public-access database has been meticulously de-identified and is freely shared online with the research community. It is an unparalleled research resource; over 2000 investigators from more than 30 countries have free access to the clinical data under a data use agreement. In 2016, LCP partnered with Philips eICU Research Institute to host the eICU database with more than 2 million ICU patients admitted across the United States. The goal is to scale the database globally and build an international collaborative research community around health data analytics.

Leo founded and co-directs Sana, a cross-disciplinary organization based at the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science at MIT, whose objective is to leverage information technology to improve health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. At its core is an open-source mobile tele-health platform that allows for capture, transmission, and archiving of complex medical data (e.g. images, videos, physiologic signals such as ECG, EEG and oto-acoustic emission responses), in addition to patient demographic and clinical information. Sana is the inaugural recipient of both the mHealth (Mobile Health) Alliance Award from the United Nations Foundation and the Wireless Innovation Award from the Vodafone Foundation in 2010. The software has since been implemented around the globe including India, Kenya, Lebanon, Haiti, Mongolia, Uganda, Brazil, Ethiopia, Argentina, and South Africa.

He is one of the course directors for HST.936—global health informatics to improve quality of care, and HST.953—secondary analysis of electronic health records, both at MIT. He is an editor of the textbook for each course, both released under an open access license. The textbook Secondary Analysis of Electronic Health Records came out in October 2016 and was downloaded over 48,000 times in the first two months of publication. The course “Global Health Informatics to Improve Quality of Care” was launched under MITx in February 2017.

Leo was featured as a designer in the Smithsonian Museum National Design Triennial “Why Design Now?” held at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York City in 2010 for his work in global health informatics. He was also selected as one of 12 external reviewers for the National Academy of Medicine 2014 report “Investing in Global Health Systems: Sustaining gains, transforming lives”.
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Matthew Claudel
Research Fellow, Department of Urban Studies and Planning and MIT Lab for Innovation Science; Head of Civic Innovation, MIT DesignX
Matthew Claudel is a designer, researcher, and writer focused on the opportunities and challenges of urban innovation. Matthew has been published widely in the fields of architecture, innovation science, technology, and art, and co-authored two books: Open Source Architecture and The City of Tomorrow. Matthew has given a Talk@ Google, taught at the Politecnico di Torino e Milano, lectured at the Harvard Business school, and was featured in the BBC Future series. He is a World Economic Forum ‘Global Shaper,’ serves as a part of the United Nations' Digital Technologies for Sustainable Urbanization Network, and is an active protagonist of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s 89plus. Matthew is a strategic advisor to Future Cities Canada and the McConnell Foundation's "Cities for People" initiative, and he is the Head of Research at Beco, a spatial data analytics company. Matthew is co-affiliated between the MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning and the MIT Lab for Innovation Science & Policy for his PhD, and is on the leadership team of DesignX, a new initiative in the MIT School of Architecture + Planning that accelerates innovation for the built environment. He studied architecture at Yale, where he received the Sudler Prize, the highest award for creative arts.
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Munther Dahleh
Director, IDSS
William A. Coolidge Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society
Munther Dahleh was appointed director of the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, effective July 1, 2015. (See MIT News article with full details.) He was previously the associate department head of EECS. He is also a member MIT’s Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS).

Prof. Dahleh joined LIDS as an assistant professor of EECS in 1987 and became a full professor in 1998. He spent the spring of 1993 as a visiting professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, and has held consulting positions with several companies in the U.S. and abroad.

Prof. Dahleh is internationally known for his fundamental contributions to robust control theory, computational methods for controller design, the interplay between information and control, the fundamental limits of learning and decision in networked systems, and the detection and mitigation of systemic risk in interconnected and networked systems.
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Marcus Dahllöf
Program Director
MIT Startup Exchange
Marcus Dahllöf facilitates connections between MIT-connected startups and corporate members of the MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) through networking events, workshops, the STEX25 accelerator, and opportunity postings. He is a two-time tech entrepreneur (one exit in cybersecurity), and has previously held roles in finance, software engineering, corporate strategy, and business development at emerging tech companies and Fortune 100 corporations in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. Dahllöf was a member of the Swedish national rowing team and he is a mentor at the MIT Venture Mentoring Service.
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Sharon Goh
EMBA Candidate 2018, MIT
Sharon Goh helps retailers optimize their distribution center experience through software integration and automation. Most recently, she managed the global support and implementation teams for Amazon’s robotic warehouse fleet. Managing a team of humans that maintained an army of robots, she saw firsthand the impact front line managers will have on the future of work. Sharon is currently an MBA candidate at MIT’s Sloan School of Management graduating May 2018. Prior to MIT, she implemented automation for retailers such as The Home Depot, Macy’s and Tiffany’s. She has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech. She currently lives in a log cabin in New Hampshire with her wife and three cats where she embraces the grey area between luddite and futurist.
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Sangbae Kim
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sangbae Kim, is the director of the Biomimetic Robotics Laboratory and an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. His research focuses on the bio-inspired robot design by extracting principles from animals. Kim's achievements on bio-inspired robot development include the world's first directional adhesive inspired from gecko lizards, and a climbing robot, Stickybot, that utilizes the directional adhesives to climb smooth surfaces featured in TIME's best inventions in 2006. Recent achievement includes the development of the MIT Cheetah capable of stable outdoor running up to 13mph and jumping over any obstacles autonomously. This achievement was covered by more than 200 media articles. He is a recipient of best paper award from International Conference on Robotics and Automation (2007), King-Sun Fu Memorial Transactions on Robotics (2008) and IEEE/ASME transactions on mechatronics (2016), DARPA Young Faculty Award (2013), NSF CAREER award (2014), and Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching (2015).
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Karl Koster
Executive Director
MIT Corporate Relations
Karl Koster is the executive director of MIT Corporate Relations. MIT Corporate Relations includes the MIT Industrial Liaison Program, which celebrated 69 years of service to the Institute and its corporate partners in 2017, and MIT Startup Exchange.

In that capacity, Koster and his staff work with the leadership of MIT and senior corporate executives to design and implement strategies for fostering corporate partnerships with the Institute. Koster and his team have also worked to identify and design a number of major international programs for MIT, which have been characterized by the establishment of strong, programmatic linkages among universities, industry, and governments. Most recently these efforts have been extended to engage the surrounding innovation ecosystem, including its vibrant startup and small company community, into MIT's global corporate and university networks.

Koster also served as the Chairman of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP), an organization that seeks to enhance the value of collaborative partnerships between universities and corporations.

Koster graduated from Brown University with a BA in geology and economics, and received an MS from MIT Sloan School of Management. At MIT Sloan he concentrated in international business management and the management of technological innovation. Prior to returning to MIT, Koster worked as a management consultant in Europe, Latin America, and the United States on projects for private and public sector organizations.
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Thomas Malone
Patrick J McGovern (1959) Professor of Management
Founding Director, Center for Collective Intelligence (CCI)
MIT Sloan School of Management
Thomas W. Malone is the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management, a professor of information technology, and a professor of work and organizational studies at MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence and was one of the two founding co-directors of the MIT Initiative on "Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century." Malone is the author of The Future of Work and more than 100 articles, research papers, and book chapters. He has also been a cofounder of four software companies; an inventor on 11 patents; and a co-editor of three books.
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David Mindell
Frances and David Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing
Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems
Founder & CEO, Humatics
MIT Program in Science, Technology, and Society
Dr. Mindell, an engineer and historian, is Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing at MIT. An expert in human relationships with robotics and autonomous systems, he has led or participated in more than 25 oceanographic expeditions. From 2005 to 2011 he was Director of MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society. He is the author of five books, including Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy (2015) and Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight (2008). He is co-founder of Humatics Corporation, which develops technologies to transform how robots and autonomous systems work in human environments.
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Bhaskar Pant
Executive Director
MIT Professional Education
Bhaskar Pant is the Executive Director of MIT Professional Education, the arm of MIT that provides technical professionals a gateway to MIT expertise via education courses and programs designed for them. More than 1,500 professionals from over sixty countries arrive on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, every summer to attend courses of a diverse set of technical disciplines. In addition, over 10,000 professionals worldwide are now attending MIT’s online professional courses that include topics such as Big Data. MIT Professional Education is also offering select MIT courses in locations in Asia, Latin America, and Europe

Prior to joining MIT, Mr. Pant held several leadership positions such as serving as Managing Director, Asia Pacific, for the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the world’s foremost academic testing organization headquartered in Princeton, N.J. As managing director, he was responsible for overseeing the company’s English language testing operations throughout Asia. This included the opening of a subsidiary in China that administered the TOEIC English proficiency test for engineers and other working professionals in the nation.

Previously, Mr. Pant led the global corporate training arm of the World Learning Graduate Institute in Vermont and held senior management positions at media and media technology companies such as Sony Corporation and Turner Broadcasting/CNN. Mr. Pant was the first President of Turner Broadcasting’s subsidiary in India.

Mr. Pant holds an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Rochester and a graduate degree in communications and management from Indiana University in Bloomington. Besides managing MIT Professional Education, Mr. Pant teaches intercultural communication to engineering students at MIT and management students at the Harvard University Extension School.
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Jeanne W. Ross
Principal Research Scientist
Director, Center for Information Systems Research
MIT Center for Information Systems Research
Jeanne W. Ross directs and conducts academic research that targets the challenges of senior level executives at CISR's (Center for Information Systems Research) approximately 100 global sponsor companies. She studies how firms develop competitive advantage through the implementation and reuse of digitized platforms. Her current work examines how established companies are transforming for the digital economy. She is widely recognized as an expert on enterprise architecture.

Jeanne has coauthored three books and is a regular columnist for MIT Sloan Management Review. Her work has also appeared in major practitioner and academic journals, such as Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, MISQ Executive, MIS Quarterly, the Journal of Management Information Systems, IBM Systems Journal, and CIO Magazine. Her prize-winning 2006 book, Enterprise Architecture as Strategy: Creating a Foundation for Business Execution, has provided guidance for enterprise architecture efforts at organizations like Aetna, ANZ, Bemis, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, PepsiCo, and Schindler. She regularly appears as a speaker at major conferences for technology and business executives.

Dr. Ross earned a BA at the University of Illinois, an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She is a founding senior editor and former editor in chief of MIS Quarterly Executive.
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Max Shulaker
Emanuel E Landsman (1958) Career Development Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Max Shulaker began as assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2016, where he leads the Novels (Novel Electronic Systems Group) at MIT. Prior to joining MIT, he was at Stanford University where he received his BS, Masters, and PhD in Electrical Engineering. Shulaker’s research interests include the broad area of nanosystems. His research group focuses on understanding and optimizing multidisciplinary interactions across the entire computing stack – from low-level synthesis of nanomaterials, to fabrication processes and circuit design for emerging nanotechnologies, up to new architectures – to enable the next generation of high performance and energy-efficient computing systems. His research results include the demonstration of the first carbon nanotube computer(highlighted on the cover of Nature and presented as a Research Highlight to the US Congress by the US NSF), the first digital sub-systems built entirely using carbon nanotube transistors (awarded the ISSCC Jack Raper Award for Outstanding Technology Directions Paper), the first monolithically-integrated 3D integrated circuits combining arbitrary vertical stacking of logic and memory, the highest performance carbon nanotube transistors to-date, and the first highly-scaled carbon nanotube transistors fabricated in a VLSI-compatible manner.
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Kalyan Veeramachaneni
Principal Research Scientist
MIT Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems
Kalyan is a principal research scientist in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS, MIT). Previously he was a research scientist at CSAIL (CSAIL, MIT). His primary research interests are in machine learning and building large scale statistical models that enable discovery from large amounts of data. His research is at the intersection of big data, machine learning, and data science. He directs a research group called Data to AI in the new MIT Institute for Data Systems and Society (IDSS). The group is interested in big data science and machine learning, and is focused on how to solve foundational issues preventing artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions from reaching their full potential for societal applications.
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Manuel Ventero
Data Scientist at BBVA Data & Analytics, and Lead Data Scientist at Trust·u
Manuel Ventero is the Lead Data Scientist at Trust·u. He is a computer systems networking and telecommunications engineer working at BBVA Data & Analytics, the center of excellence in Big Data Analytics at BBVA. At the moment working for the Risk Innovation program, his work is now focused on disrupting SME online lending by applying innovative, fast and accurate credit scoring algorithms.

Previously to switching to the wonderful and dusty world of data analytics, he worked at Telefonica’s startup program and wholesale services afterwards, while working at a startup that he co-owned, Golsie, The Social Network of Achievement.
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Stephen Walter
Program Director, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics
City of Boston
Stephen Walter researches and designs civic media and technology. At Boston’s Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, he helps lead efforts around experiments in civic technology, storytelling, third spaces, and various research collaborations, like the Local Sense Lab.

Previously, Walter was the founding managing director of the Engagement Lab, an applied research lab for reimagining civic engagement in a digital era. There he led the design and development of online engagement platforms like Community PlanIt, digital games like Civic Seed, analog games like UpRiver, and initiatives like the UN Gamechanger Fellowship and Games for Social Change Program. He’s conducted action research projects in places like Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia, Moldova, Zambia, Egypt, and Bhutan, and has worked with the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, the United Nations Development Programme, the US Department of State, and the PBS television shows Frontline and Nova. His research appears in the books Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice (MIT Press) and Meaningful Inefficiencies: Encounter, Dialogue and Relation in the Smart City (Oxford University Press), and he is a research affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society
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Randall Wright
Program Director
MIT Office of Corporate Relations/Industrial Liaison Program
Randall S. Wright is a Senior Liaison Officer with MIT's Industrial Liaison Program. He manages the interface between the managements of companies, headquartered in the United States and Europe, and the senior administration and faculty of MIT.

As a Senior Liaison Officer for MIT, he leads teams of researchers and faculty members in providing on-going emerging technology intelligence and strategic advice for the world's leading technology companies. He is a sought-after speaker, delivering keynote speeches focused on emerging technology opportunities and challenges, and counter-intuitive insights in executive panels and discussions. Randall draws on extensive experience advising executives on a range of emerging technology areas including green buildings, water efficiency, energy storage, biofuels, advanced materials, and photovoltaics. He provides navigation and recommendations on the emerging technologies and adoption landscapes critical to future business growth, as well as creation, development, and execution of programs of research between industry and MIT.

Prior to becoming a Senior Liaison Officer for MIT, Randall was a Marketing Manager for Pfizer, Inc., a major U.S. pharmaceuticals company. He was also a Strategic Planning Analyst for Pennzoil Company--a Fortune 500 oil and natural resources company.

Randall is an invited lecturer at Northeastern University's Executive M.B.A. Program where he lectures on innovation and corporate strategy.
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