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2014 MIT Information and Communication Technologies Conference

April 23-24, 2014
 
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617-253-6003

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David Clark
Senior Research Scientist
Co-Director, MIT Communications Futures Program (CFP)
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

David Clark is a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, where he has worked since receiving his Ph.D. there in 1973. Since the mid 70s, Dr. Clark has been leading the development of the Internet; from 1981-1989 he acted as Chief Protocol Architect in this development and chaired the Internet Activities Board. His current research looks at re-definition of the architectural underpinnings of the Internet and the relation of technology and architecture to economic, societal and policy considerations. He is helping the U.S. National Science foundation organize their Future Internet Design program. Dr. Clark is past chairman of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies and has contributed to a number of studies on the societal and policy impact of computer communications. He is co-director of the MIT Communications Futures Program, a project for industry collaboration and coordination along the communications value chain.
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617-253-8828

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William Freeman
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Associate Department Head, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS)
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

William T. Freeman is Professor and Associate Head of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT, having joined the faculty in 2001. His current research interests include motion re-rendering, computational photography, and learning for vision. He received outstanding paper awards at computer vision or machine learning conferences in 1997, 2006, 2009 and 2012, and recently received "test of time" awards for papers from 1991 and 1995. He holds 30 patents.

He is active in the program or organizing committees of computer vision, graphics, and machine learning conferences and was program co-chair for ICCV 2005 and CVPR 2013.
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John Halamka
Chief Information Officer, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Co-Chair of the National HIT Standards Committee

John D. Halamka, MD, MS is Chief Information Officer of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chief Information Officer and Dean for Technology at Harvard Medical School, Chairman of the New England Health Electronic Data Interchange Network (NEHEN), CEO of MA-SHARE (the Regional Health Information Organization), Chair of the US Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), and a practicing Emergency Physician.

Dr. Halamka completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University where he received a degree in Medical Microbiology and a degree in Public Policy with a focus on technology issues. While at Stanford he served as research assistant to Dr. Edward Teller, Dr. Milton Friedman, and presidential candidate John B. Anderson. He authored three books on technology related issues and formed a software development firm, Ibis Research Labs, Inc. Additionally, he served as a columnist for Infoworld, technical editor of Computer Language Magazine and technology consultant to several startup companies.

In 1984, Dr. Halamka entered medical school at the University of California San Francisco and simultaneously pursued graduate work in Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on technology issues in medicine. During medical school and graduate training, he continued his business activities and developed Ibis Research Labs into a 25 person software consultancy, specializing in medical and financial information interchange. Ibis was sold to senior management in 1992.

Dr. Halamka served his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in the Department of Emergency Medicine. While at Harbor-UCLA he was an active member of the information systems team and developed a hospital-wide knowledge base for policies, procedures, and protocols. Further, he was instrumental in creating an online medical record, a quality control system, and several systems for medical education. His research focus during residency was building automated triage tools for patients infected with HIV.

In 1996, Dr. Halamka joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School and continues to integrate his knowledge of medicine and technology focusing on the use of the Internet to exchange clinical patient data. His research includes security / confidentiality issues, scalability issues, and implementation of standards for exchange of administrative and clinical information. As a clinician as well as researcher, Dr. Halamka uses these tools to improve the care of the patients he treats in the Beth Israel Deaconess Emergency Department. He is also an active teacher, lecturing on both medical and technology topics to the students, residents, and faculty of Harvard and MIT.

As Chief Information Officer at Beth Israel Deaconess, he is responsible for all clinical, financial, administrative and academic information technology serving 3,000 doctors, 12,000 employees and one million patients. As Chief Information Officer and Dean for Technology at Harvard Medical School, he oversees all educational, research and administrative computing for 18,000 faculty and 3,000 students.

As Chairman of NEHEN he oversees the administrative data exchange among the payers and providers in Massachusetts. As Chief Exchange Officer of MA-SHARE he oversees the Regional Healthcare Information Organization (RHIO), which develops clinical data exchange efforts in Massachusetts. As Chair of HITSP he coordinates the process of electronic standards harmonization among stakeholders nationwide.
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617-324-6027

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Dina Katabi
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Director, Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing (Wireless@MIT)
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Dina Katabi is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and the director of MIT’s new wireless research center, Wireless@MIT.

Katabi's work focuses on wireless networks, mobile applications, network security, and distributed resource management. She received her Bachelor of Science from Damascus University in 1995 and her MS and PhD from MIT in 1999 and 2003. Katabi's doctoral dissertation won an ACM Honorable Mention award and a Sprowls award for academic excellence. She has received best paper awards from ACM SIGCOMM and Usenix NSDI. She was awarded an NSF CAREER award in 2005, the NBX Career Development chair and a Sloan Fellowship in 2006, the IEEE William R. Bennett prize in 2009, a Faculty Research Innovation Fellowship in 2011, and the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award and a MacArtuher Foundation Fellowship in 2013. Her work on the sparse Fourier transform was selected by the MIT Technology Review as one of the top 10 Most Important Emerging Technologies.
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Cameron Kerry
Visiting Scholar, MIT Media Laboratory
Sara E. and Andrew H. Tisch Distinguighed Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution
Former General Counsel and Acting Secretary
U.S. Department of Commerce

Cameron Kerry is the Sara E. and Andrew H. Tisch Distinguighed Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Media Lab. His work there focuses on technology and innovation, especially the use of data and protection of data privacy. He previously served as General Counsel and Acting Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce, where he was a leader on a wide range of issues laying a new foundation for U.S. economic growth in a global marketplace.

Department of Commerce agencies touch the daily lives of the American people in many ways, with responsibilities that include international trade, economic development, technology, entrepreneurship and business development, environmental stewardship, and statistical research and analysis. Commerce agencies include the Patent & Trademark Office, National Institute of Standards & Technology, National Telecommunications & Information Administration, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, International Trade Administration, Economic Development Administration, Minority Business Development Agency, and Bureau of Economic Affairs, which includes the Census Bureau.

While Acting Secretary, Cameron Kerry served as chief executive of this Cabinet agency and its 43,000 employees around the world, as well as an adviser to the President. His tenure marked the first time in U.S. history two siblings have served in the President's Cabinet at the same time.

As General Counsel, he was the principal legal adviser to the several Secretaries of Commerce and Commerce agency heads, and oversaw the work of more than 400 lawyers across these agencies. He was a leader in the Obama Administration’s successful effort to pass the America Invents Act, the most significant overhaul of the patent system in more than 150 years. As co-chair of the National Science & Technology Council Subcommittee on Privacy and Internet Policy, he spearheaded development of the White House blueprint on consumer privacy, Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World. He then led the Administration's implementation of the blueprint, drafting privacy legislation and engaging on privacy issues with international partners, including the European Union. He helped establish and lead the Commerce Department's Internet Policy Task Force, which brings together agencies with expertise in the 21st Century digital economy.

He also played a significant role on intellectual property policy and litigation, cybersecurity, international bribery, trade relations and rule of law development in China, the Gulf Oil spill litigation, and many other challenges facing a large, diverse federal agency. He travelled to the People's Republic of China on numerous occasions to co-lead the Transparency Dialogue with China as well as the U.S./China Legal Exchange and exchanges on anti-corruption.

Before his appointment to the Obama Administration in 2009, Cameron Kerry practiced law at the Mintz Levin firm in Boston and Washington. His practice covered a range of complex commercial litigation and regulation of telecommunications. He tried cases involving significant environmental and scientific evidence issues and taught telecommunications law as an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School.

Prior to joining Mintz Levin, he was an associate at Wilmer Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. and a law clerk to Senior Circuit Judge Elbert P. Tuttle of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School (1978), where he was winner of the school's moot court competition and a law review editor. and a cum laude graduate of Harvard College (1972).

Cameron Kerry also has been actively engaged in politics and community service throughout his adult life. In 2004, he was a senior adviser and national surrogate in the U.S. Presidential campaign, traveling to 29 States and Israel. He has served on the boards of non-profits involved in civic engagement and sports.

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617-253-0439

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Karl F. Koster
Executive Director
MIT Office of Corporate Relations/Industrial Liaison Program

Karl F. Koster is the Executive Director of the MIT Office of Corporate Relations. The Office of Corporate Relations at MIT includes the Industrial Liaison Program, which celebrated 60 years of service to the Institute and its corporate partners in 2008.

In that capacity, he and his staff work with the senior administrative and faculty leadership of MIT in developing and implementing strategies for enhancing corporate involvement with the Institute. Mr. Koster has been involved with faculty leaders in identifying and designing a number of major international programs for MIT. Many of these programs focus on institutional development and are characterized by the establishment of strong, international, programmatic linkages between universities, industry, and governments.

Mr. Koster graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in geology and economics in 1974, and received a M.S. from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1980. At the Sloan School he concentrated in international business management and the management of technological innovation. Prior to returning to MIT, Mr. Koster worked as a management consultant for seven years in Europe, Latin America, and the United States on projects for private and public sector organizations.
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617-258-0269

Rachel Oberai-Soltz
Associate Director, Corporate Relations
MIT Industrial Liaison Program

Rachel Oberai-Soltz is Associate Director of the MIT Office of Corporate Relations and the MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP). Rachel manages relations with global product and service companies headquartered in Europe and in the US. Previously she engaged with MIT and industry leaders to create multi-year alliances with NTT, Microsoft, HP and to establish the MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. Rachel managed relations with Taiwan's leading technology companies. She was Director for Industry Relations at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science (now CSAIL) and for MIT Project Oxygen.

Before joining MIT, Rachel held management positions at university computer centers and in the medical imaging and IT industries in India, Israel and the US. She established and managed Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC)'s Biotech worldwide marketing, building a $30M business in the mid-1990s.

Rachel volunteers at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts where she gives tours of the museum galleries. Other interests are photography, adventure travel, snorkeling and Indian cuisine.
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617-253-0648

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Alex Pentland
Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences
Head, Human Dynamics Group
Director, Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program
MIT Media Laboratory

Alex "Sandy" Pentland directs MIT's Human Dynamics Laboratory and the MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program and advises the World Economic Forum, Nissan Motor Corporation, and a variety of start-up firms. He previously helped create and direct MIT's Media Laboratory, the Media Lab Asia laboratories at the Indian Institutes of Technology, and Strong Hospital's Center for Future Health.

Forbes magazine declared Pentland "one of the seven most powerful data scientists in the world," along with the founders of Google and the CTO of the United States. Pentland is among the most-cited computational scientists in the world, and a pioneer in computational social science, organizational engineering, mobile computing, image understanding, and modern biometrics. His research has been featured in Nature, Science, the World Economic Forum, and Harvard Business Review, as well as being the focus of TV features including "Nova" and "Scientific American Frontiers." His most recent book is Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread — The Lessons from a New Science.

Interesting experiences include winning the DARPA 40th Anniversary of the Internet Grand Challenge, dining with British Royalty and the President of India, staging fashion shows in Paris, Tokyo, and New York, and developing a method for counting beavers from space.
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Michael Reich
Director of Cancer Program Informatics
Broad Institute

Michael Reich is Director of Cancer Program Informatics at the Broad Institute. Since 2004, his group has developed bioinformatics software to address crucial needs in genomics research, from machine learning algorithms to workflow environments providing reproducible in silico reseach. His group’s software, developed in collaboration with the Institute’s computational biologists and research scientists, includes GenePattern, the Integrative Genomics Viewer Gene Set Enrichment Analysis, Molecular Signatures Database (MSigDB), Cancer Cell Line Encyclopedia, Genotype-Tissue Expression Project Portal, and GenomeSpace. These projects provide analysis and visualization of genomic data for tens of thousands of users worldwide.
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617-253-8040

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John Reilly
Co-Director, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change (JPSPGC)
Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management

Dr. John M. Reilly is a Co-Director of the Joint Program on Global Change and a Senior Lecturer at the Sloan School of Management. As an energy, environmental and agricultural economist, his research is focused on understanding the role of human activities as a contributor to global environmental change and the effects of environmental change on society and the economy. A key element of his work is the integration of models of the global economy as it represents human activity with models of the ocean, atmosphere, and terrestrial vegetation. By understanding the complex interactions of human society with our planet, the goal is to aid in the design of policies that can effectively limit the contribution of human activity to environmental change, to facilitate adaptation to unavoidable change, and to understand the consequences of the deployment of large scale energy systems that will be needed to meet growing energy needs.

Focused on the integrated assessment of climate change, Dr. Reilly’s work is published in more than 150 articles, reports and volume chapters. He has served in a variety of capacities on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was the Co-Chair of the US National Agricultural Assessment on Climate Variability and Change, served on early committees in the Federal government that shaped the direction of the US Global Change Research Program – along with a wide range of other advisory committees.

Prior to joining MIT in 1998, Dr. Reilly spent 15 years with the US Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, and previously for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Institute for Energy Analysis, Oak Ridge Associated Universities. He has a Ph.D. (1983) and M.S. (1980) in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS (1978) from the University of Wisconsin.
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617-715-4215

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Cynthia Rudin
Associate Professor of Statistics
MIT Sloan School of Management

Cynthia Rudin leads the Prediction Analysis Laboratory at MIT. She is an Associate Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management in the operations research and statistics group. She works on machine learning and knowledge discovery problems relating to data-driven prioritization.

Previously, Dr. Rudin was an associate research scientist at the Center for Computational Learning Systems at Columbia University, and prior to that, a National Science Foundation (NSF) postdoctoral research fellow at NYU. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University at Buffalo, and received a Ph.D. in applied and computational mathematics from Princeton University in 2004. Her most recent awards include the NSF CAREER award, a Solomon Buchsbaum Research Fund grant, and a best poster award at the International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications. Her recent work on energy grid maintenance was featured in articles appearing in IEEE Computer, ScienceNews, WIRED Science, U.S. News and World Report, Slashdot, Discovery Channel, CIO magazine, and Energy Daily.
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Klaus Schleicher
Senior Industrial Liaison Officer
MIT Industrial Liaison Program

Klaus Schleicher joined the Office of Corporate Relations in 2013. He has a Global Operations and Technology background that has delivered rapid profitable growth in the imaging systems, speech recognition, IT security and consulting, digital printing & media industries. He has executive experience in Sales, Marketing, Product Development, Strategy and Business Development and has held senior positions at Universal Wilde, Presstek Inc., Consul Risk Management B.V. (IBM), Lernout & Hauspie (Nuance), Agfa (Bayer Corp.) and Honeywell Inc. He holds a Master Degree in Computer Science and Engineering, from the Technical University of Giessen in Germany.
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Trond Undheim
Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management
Founder, Yegii, Inc.
Senior Industrial Liaison Officer & Lead, Startup Initiative
MIT Industrial Liaison Program

Trond heads up the Startup Initiative at MIT’s Industrial Liaison Program (ILP), facilitating productive relationships between industry and MIT’s startup ecosystem. He is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Trond is a serial entrepreneur with Scandinavian roots, and is currently the Founder of Yegii, Inc., the insight network, and Managing Director of Tautec Consulting.

Trond is a leading expert on technology development across industries such as IT, Energy, and Healthcare. His knowledge spans entrepreneurship, strategy frameworks, policy making, action learning, virtual teamwork, knowledge management, standardization, and e-government. He wrote the book Leadership From Below (2008). Trond speaks six languages and is a frequent public speaker on business, technology, and wine.

Trond was a Strategy/business development executive at Oracle Corp. (2008-12), and a policy maker in the EU (2004-8) where he built the ePractice.eu web platform with 120,000 members. He has worked with multinational companies, with mid-caps and startups in Brazil, China, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Norway, the UK, and the US. He has a PhD in Multidisciplinary Technology Studies from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Education
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
Dr. Polit. degree in Multidisciplinary Technology Studies
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617-253-0768

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Marshall Van Alstyne
Visiting Scientist
Associate Professor, Department of Management Information Systems, Boston University
MIT Sloan School of Management

Marshall Van Alstyne received a B.A. from Yale, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT. He is an Associate Professor at Boston University and a Visiting Professor at MIT.

His work concerns information economics. In designing information goods, this research concerns competitive strategy and network effects. In control over information, it concerns who has access to what information, when, and at what price. Work also balances open source principles against those that generate profits and stimulate innovation.

Professor Van Alstyne was among the first to document productivity effects of IT and communications at the individual desktop level. His work has received an NSF Career Award, two best paper awards, and has appeared in Science, Management Science, Harvard Business Review, and the popular press.
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617-253-9341

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Moe Win
Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems
MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Moe Win is a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prior to joining MIT, he was at AT&T Research Laboratories for five years and at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for seven years. His research encompasses fundamental theories, algorithm design, and experimentation for a broad range of real-world problems. His current research topics include network localization and navigation, network interference exploitation, intrinsic wireless network secrecy, adaptive diversity techniques, and ultra-wide bandwidth systems.

Professor Win is a Fellow of the AAAS, the IEEE, and the IET, and was an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He is an elected Member-at-Large on the IEEE Communications Society Board of Governors (2011-13). He was the Chair (2004-06) and Secretary (2002-04) for the Radio Communications Committee of the IEEE Communications Society. He was honored with two IEEE Technical Field Awards: the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award and the IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award (jointly with Professor R. A. Scholtz). He received the International Prize for Communications Cristoforo Colombo, the Copernicus Fellowship, the Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellowship, the Fulbright Fellowship, the Laurea Honoris Causa from the University of Ferrara, and the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
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