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2014 The Second Machine Age Conference

September 10-11, 2014
 
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617-252-1464

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Sinan Aral
David Austin Professor of Management
MIT Sloan School of Management

Sinan Aral is the David Austin Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management where he holds a joint appointment in the IT and Marketing groups and co-leads the Initiative on the Digital Economy.

Sinan is a leading expert on Social Networks, Social Media and Digital Strategy. He has worked closely with Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft, the New York Times, Nike, IBM, Cisco, Intel, Oracle, SAP and many other leading Fortune 500 firms on realizing business value from social media and information technology investments.

Sinan's research focuses on social contagion, product virality and measuring and managing how information diffusion in massive social networks such as Twitter and Facebook affects information worker productivity, consumer demand and viral marketing. This research has won numerous awards including the Microsoft Faculty Fellowship, the PopTech Science Fellowship, an NSF CAREER Award and multiple Best Paper Awards. He was also recently named one of the “World’s Top 40 Business School Professors Under 40” by Poets & Quants.

Sinan has been a Fulbright Scholar and served as Chief Scientist and on the board of directors of SocialAmp, a social commerce company that enables targeting and peer referral in social media networks (which was sold to Merkle in January, 2012). He is currently Chief Scientist at Humin, the smart social navigation startup that is creating the Google Maps for your social world. He is also the Scholar-in-Residence at the New York Times R&D Lab, and an organizer of the Workshop on Information in Networks (WIN) and the Conference on Digital Experimentation (CODE).

He is a frequent speaker at such thought leading events as Data Gotham, TEDxSiliconValley, TEDxColumbia Engineering, TEDxNYU, ADSCon, Wired’s “Nextwork” and PopTech and has been the keynote speaker at executive gatherings such as Omnicom’s Global “Emerge” Summit. His work is often featured in popular press outlets such as the Economist, the New York Times, Businessweek, Wired, Fast Company and CIO Magazine.

Sinan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University, holds masters degrees from the London School of Economics and Harvard University, and received his PhD from MIT.

You can find him on Twitter @sinanaral.
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617-253-2473

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William Aulet
Managing Director
Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
MIT Sloan School of Management

Bill Aulet is the managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship at MIT and also a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. The center is responsible for entrepreneurship across all five schools at MIT starting with education but also extending well outside the class room with student clubs, conferences, competitions, networking events, awards, hackathons, student trips and most recently accelerators.

Bill teaches at least three different classes per year (introductory to advanced entrepreneurship classes) in addition to his responsibilities of running the center. His work has won numerous awards and most recently, in April 2013, Bill was awarded the Adolf F. Monosson Prize for Entrepreneurial Mentoring at MIT.

During his three year tenure as the head of the Trust Center, he has conceived, designed, and overseen the implementation of many new innovative programs including: MIT Clean Energy Prize, Trust Center TV, Energy Ventures Class, Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP), MIT Entrepreneurship Review, Entrepreneurial Product Marketing and Development Class, Linked Data Ventures Class, Founders Skills Accelerator, t=0 Entrepreneurship Festival, Beehive Cooperative, Entrepreneurs Walk of Fame, Corporate Innovators Sponsor Group, Applications of Advanced Entrepreneurial Techniques "GSD Ninjas," and Global Founders’ Skills Accelerator.

Prior to joining MIT, Bill had a 25 year track record of success in business himself. He has directly raised more than $100 million in funding for his companies and more importantly has led to the creation of hundreds of millions of dollars in market value in those companies.

Bill started his career at IBM getting training and experience in technical, marketing, sales, financial, and international business operations and management. After 11 years, he was named an MIT Sloan Fellow which resulted in him attending MIT for a one year degree program. Upon graduation, he resigned from IBM and became a serial entrepreneur running two MIT spinouts as the president/chief executive officer (Cambridge Decision Dynamics and then SensAble Technologies). The latter became a two-time Inc. Magazine 500 Fastest-Growing Private Company. With a presence in over 20 countries, SensAble also won more than 24 awards and was featured in FortuneMagazine, BusinessWeek,TheWall Street Journal, and many other publications for its innovative products and strong business foundation.

In 2003, he was recruited as chief financial officer to co-lead a turnaround of Viisage Technology, a security technology company with a dual focus in the areas of drivers’ licenses and facial recognition. During his tenure of two and a half years, Viisage developed a new strategy, overhauled its operations, made three major acquisitions, executed two major fundraising rounds and as a result, its market value increased from $50 million to over $500 million.

Today, in addition to his work at MIT, Bill works with individuals and companies to become more successful through innovation-driven entrepreneurship. From single entrepreneurs trying to launch new ventures all the way up to large multi-billion dollar corporations seeking to achieve their goals through entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, and innovation, the same fundamentals have been successfully applied. He also serves on the board of directors or advisors for a number of companies. He is a regularly featured speaker at management leadership programs on topics such as entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, entrepreneurial marketing, technology innovation, creating sustainable and rapid profitable growth, financing strategies, and operational excellence. He writes as much as possible in places such as Xconomy.com, MIT Sloan Experts, The Boston Globe, the Kauffman Foundation, The Huffington Post and the MIT Entrepreneurship Review.

A former professional basketball player, Bill lives in Belmont, Massachusetts with his wife and has four grown sons. Mr. Aulet holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Harvard University and an SM from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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David Autor
Professor of Economics
Associate Department Head, Economics
MIT Department of Economics

David Autor is a Professor and Associate Department Head of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Economics. He is also a Faculty Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Economic Perspectives (pub­lished by the American Economic Association), and has served on the Board of Editors at the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics and the Journal of Labor Economics.

Professor Autor received a B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University in 1989 and a Ph.D. in Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 1999. His cur­rent fields of spe­cial­iza­tion include human cap­i­tal and earn­ings inequal­ity, labor mar­ket impacts of tech­no­log­i­cal change and glob­al­iza­tion, dis­abil­ity insur­ance and labor sup­ply, and tem­po­rary help and other inter­me­di­ated work arrangements.

Professor Autor is the recip­i­ent of an NSF CAREER award for his research on labor mar­ket inter­me­di­a­tion, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, and the Sherwin Rosen Prize in 2008 for out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions in the field of Labor Economics. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists and was a recip­i­ent of both the John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Award given by the Labor and Employment Relations Association (2006) and MIT Undergraduate Economics Association Teaching Award (2005). Professor Autor is cur­rently a mem­ber of the American Economic Association’s Standing Committee on Oversight and Operation of Programs (SCOOP).
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Allen Blue
Vice President of Product
Co-Founder
LinkedIn
Keynote #2: LinkedIn
Day 1, 9:45 - 10:30

Allen is Vice President of Product Management and co-founder at LinkedIn, where he currently focuses on strategy and future-facing product development. Allen was a part of the founding team at SocialNet in the late 90s, and has worked as a product manager and designer at PayPal and elsewhere.

He sits on the board of The Hope Street Group, a non-profit group which convenes government, philanthropy, industry and entrepreneurship to provide economic opportunity for all Americans. He focuses on bringing Silicon-Valley style innovation to Hope Street’s solutions and their Jobs and Workforce initiative.

Before entering technology, Allen was a scenery and lighting designer for the stage, and lectured on theatrical design at Stanford University.

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617-253-4319

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Erik Brynjolfsson
George and Sandra Schussel Professor of Management Science
Director, Center for Digital Business
MIT Sloan School of Management

Erik Brynjolfsson is the Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, the Schussel Family Professor at the MIT Sloan School, Research Associate at the NBER, and Chairman of the MIT Sloan Management Review. His research examines the effects of information technologies on business strategy, productivity and performance, Internet commerce, pricing models and intangible assets.  At MIT, he teaches courses on the Economics of Information.

Professor Brynjolfsson was among the first researchers to measure the productivity contributions of IT and the complementary role of organizational capital and other intangibles.  His research also provided the first quantification of the value of online product variety, often known as the “Long Tail” and developed pricing and bundling models for information goods.  His recent work examines the social networks revealed by digital information flows, such as email traffic, and their relationships to information worker productivity. Brynjolfsson’s research has appeared in leading economics, management and science journals.  It has been recognized with nine Best Paper awards and five patents.

Brynjolfsson is the author or co-editor of several books including Wired for Innovation: How IT is Reshaping the Economy, Understanding the Digital Economy, Intangible Assets, and Strategies for eBusiness Success and editor of SSRN’s Information System Network. He has served on the Editorial Boards of numerous academic journals as well as Time magazine's Board of Economists and the Academic Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Professor Brynjolfsson holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Harvard University in Applied Mathematics and Decision Sciences and a PhD from MIT in Managerial Economics. He has also taught at Harvard and Stanford.  His papers can be found at http://ebusiness.mit.edu/erik
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César Hidalgo
Asahi Broadcast Corporation Career Development Assistant Professor in Media Arts and Sciences
Head, Macro Connections Group
MIT Media Laboratory

César A. Hidalgo is the head of the Macro Connections group at the MIT Media Lab and the ABC Career Development Professor at MIT. An antidisciplinary academic by choice, and a poet at heart, Hidalgo's efforts focus on improving our understanding of the world's complexity. His tools include the construction of visualization engines that make available unwieldly volumes of data, the development of data collection methods and metrics that make visible hitherto neglected aspects of our reality, and the development of theories and narratives that can help put together the pieces that reductionist approaches have pulled apart.
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617-715-4366

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Joi Ito
Director
MIT Media Laboratory

Media Lab director Joi Ito is a leading thinker and writer on innovation, global technology policy, and the role of the Internet in transforming society in substantial and positive ways. A vocal advocate of emergent democracy, privacy, and Internet freedom, Ito has served as both board chair and CEO of Creative Commons, and sits on the boards of Sony Corporation, Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The New York Times Company, and The Mozilla Foundation. In Japan, he was a founder of Digital Garage, and helped establish and later became CEO of the country’s first commercial Internet service provider. He was an early investor in numerous companies, including Flickr, Six Apart, Last.fm, littleBits, Formlabs, Kickstarter, and Twitter. Ito’s honors include TIME magazine’s "Cyber-Elite” listing in 1997 (at age 31) and selection as one of the "Global Leaders for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum (2001). In 2008, BusinessWeek named him one of the "25 Most Influential People on the Web." In 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute. In 2013, he received an honorary D.Litt from The New School in New York City.

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617-253-0439

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Karl F. Koster
Executive Director
MIT Office of Corporate Relations/Industrial Liaison Program
Welcome and Introduction
Day 1, 8:50 - 9:00

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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Andrew McAfee
Principal Research Scientist
MIT Sloan School of Management

Andrew McAfee studies the ways that information technology (IT) affects businesses and business as a whole. His research investigates how IT changes the way companies perform, organize themselves, and compete. At a higher level, his work also investigates how computerization affects competition, society, the economy, and the workforce.

He and Erik Brynjolfsson are co-authors of the ebook Race Against the Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy. The book brings together a range of data, examples, and research to show that the average US worker is being left behind by advances in technology.

He coined the phrase “Enterprise 2.0” in a spring 2006 Sloan Management Review article to describe the use of Web 2.0 tools and approaches by businesses. He also began blogging at that time, both about Enterprise 2.0 and about his other research. McAfee’s blog is widely read, becoming at times one of the 10,000 most popular in the world (according to Technorati). He also maintains a Facebook profile and Twitter account.


In addition to the blog that is part of this site, McAfee also writes a blog as part of harvardbusiness.org’s “HBR Voices.” His posts are also regularly reprinted at forbes.com.

McAfee’s book on Enterprise 2.0 was published in November 2009 by Harvard Business School Press.

In the July / August 2008 issue of Harvard Business Review McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson published “Investing in the IT that Makes a Competitive Difference,” a summary of their research investigating IT’s links to changes in competition. This work was the first to reveal that competition began to heat up in the US in the mid 1990s – to become faster paced, more turbulent, and more winner-take-all – and that this acceleration was greater in industries that spent more on IT. This research continues, and continues to highlight that technology appears to be significantly reshaping the landscape of competition.

McAfee is the author or co-author of more than 100 articles, case studies and other materials for students and teachers of technology. This work has convinced him that modern information technology is the most powerful tool available to business leaders, yet also the most misunderstood and under-appreciated resource at their disposal.

He has written columns for the Washington Post, the Financial Times, and Canadian Manager, and been a guest on the Charlie Rose show.

In 2008 McAfee was named by the editors of the technical publishing house Ziff-Davis number 38 in their list of the “100 Most Influential People in IT.” He was also named by Baseline magazine to a separate, unranked list of the 50 most influential people in business IT that year. In 2009 he was the only non-executive in the Everything Channel’s group of the 100 most influential executives in the technology industry.

He speaks frequently to both academic and industry audiences, and has taught in executive education programs around the world.

McAfee is currently a principal research scientist at the Center for Digital Business in the MIT Sloan School of Management. He was previously a professor at Harvard Business School and a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

He received his Doctorate from Harvard Business School, and completed two Master of Science and two Bachelor of Science degrees at MIT.

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Fiona Murray
Associate Dean for Innovation, Sloan School
Co-Director MIT Innovation Initiative
Alvin J Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship
Faculty Director, Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship
MIT Sloan School of Management

Professor Fiona Murray is the Associate Dean of Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Faculty Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. She is the Co-Director of MIT’s Initiative for Innovation. She is also an associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Murray holds an MA in chemistry from Merton College, University of Oxford, and an MS and PhD in engineering and applied sciences from Harvard University.

She is an international expert on the transformation of investments in scientific and technical innovation into innovation-based entrepreneurship that drives jobs, wealth creation, and regional prosperity. She has a special interest in entrepreneurship, the commercialization of science and the economics of entrepreneurship and innovation. She has done extensive work with entrepreneurs, governments, large corporations and philanthropists designing and evaluating the policies and programs that shape vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems: prizes competitions, accelerators, patent licensing rules and proof of concept funding programs.

A former scientist trained at Harvard University and the University of Oxford, Murray has taught and published extensively on fostering cultures that bridge scientific innovation and entrepreneurship, building effective entrepreneurial strategies for science-based businesses (in biotech and biomedical companies and recently, clean energy), and evaluating the commercial potential of novel scientific ideas. Closely tied to real world problems, Fiona works with public policy makers and entrepreneurs designing and evaluating the policies and programs that shape vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems: prizes competitions, accelerators, patent licensing rules and proof of concept funding programs.

She also works with large global corporations who seek to leverage the ideas of a wide range of internal scientists as well as external entrepreneurs through novel programs such as prize competitions. Her recent engagements have focused on relationships that span the public and private sectors. She is particularly interested in new emerging organizational arrangements for the effective commercialization of science, including public-private partnerships, not-for-profits, venture philanthropy, and university-initiated seed funding and innovation-focused competitions and prizes.

After a short time on the faculty of Oxford University’s Said Business School, Murray joined MIT Sloan where she is now Faculty Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. In this role, Fiona works on the design and delivery of entrepreneurship education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She teaches the “Innovation Teams” course, which assembles teams of students from across MIT to learn the process of technology commercialization, with a focus on evaluating a technology’s potential for significant commercial and social impact. She has recently started the REAL course – Regional Entrepreneurial Acceleration Lab - which gives students practical and academic insights into the design and development of entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world. These courses encourage cross-campus collaborations that move scientific discoveries closer towards marketable products and allow for students from different stakeholder perspectives to understand the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem. She also has a particular interest in the entrepreneurial education of scientists and engineers, and in the role of women in entrepreneurship and commercialization of science.

Fiona has spoken at events worldwide about building entrepreneurial capacity built upon the engine of scientific research. She also speaks in academic and policy settings on innovation and intellectual property in the scientific community. She has been published in a wide range of journals, including Science, Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Biotechnology, American Journal of Sociology, Research Policy, Organization Science, and the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

Murray has served on the faculty at MIT Sloan since 1999. In 2006 she was promoted to Associate Professor in the Technological Innovation & Entrepreneurship Strategic Management Group and in 2009 became Faculty Director of the Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. Previously, Murray held positions at Harvard University, the University of Oxford, the Asian Development Bank, and United Nations Environment Program in Kenya.

Murray received her B.A. (1989) and M.A. (1990) from the University of Oxford in Chemistry. She subsequently moved to the United States and earned an A.M (1992) and Ph.D. (1996) from Harvard University in Applied Sciences.
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Gill Pratt
Program Manager
Defense Sciences Office
DARPA
Keynote #4
Day 1, 5:00 - 5:45

Dr. Gill Pratt joined DARPA as a Program Manager in the Defense Sciences Office in January 2010. His primary interest is in the field of robotics. Specific areas include the development of declarative design methods that enhance the symbiosis between designer and design tool, hyper-rapid fabrication methods, interfaces that significantly enhance human/machine collaboration, mechanisms and control methods for enhanced mobility and manipulation, low impedance actuators, and improved platforms for post-secondary robotics education. He also has a strong interest in the application of neuroscience techniques to robot perception and control.

Dr. Pratt holds a Doctor in Philosophy in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His thesis is in the field of neurophysiology. He was an Associate Professor and Director of the Leg Lab at MIT. Subsequently, he became a Professor at Franklin W. Olin College, and before joining DARPA, was Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Research. Dr. Pratt holds several patents in series elastic actuation and adaptive control.
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Tim Rowe
Founder and CEO
Cambridge Innovation Center

Tim Rowe is the Founder and CEO of Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), the largest facility in the world dedicated to housing early stage technology businesses. More than US $2B has been invested in companies that grew up at CIC. The best known startup coming out of CIC to date is Google Android, which was co-founded at CIC by Rich Miner. Approximately $7B of venture capital is headquartered within CIC's two main buildings in Massachusetts, which would place it on par with many countries. Tim also serves as a venture partner with New Atlantic Ventures, and sits on the Board of the New England Venture Capital Association.

Previously, Tim has served as a Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, a Manager with the Boston Consulting Group and an analyst with the Mitsubishi Research Institute. Tim speaks Spanish and Japanese fluently, and holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a BA from Amherst College.
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Deb K Roy
Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT
Co-founder & Chairman, Bluefin Labs

Roy is an Associate Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is Chief Media Scientist of Twitter. He conducts research at the MIT Media Lab on language, games, and social dynamics at the intersection of artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology. In 2008 he co-founded and was the founding CEO of Bluefin Labs, a social TV analytics company, which MIT Technology Review named as one of the 50 most innovative companies of 2012. Bluefin was acquired by Twitter in 2013. An author of over 100 academic papers in machine learning, cognitive modeling, and human-machine interaction, his TED talk, Birth of a Word, has been viewed over 3 million times. A native of Canada, Roy received a Bachelor of Applied Science (computer engineering) from the University of Waterloo and a PhD in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT. He is @dkroy on Twitter.

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Daniela Rus
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Director, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)
Co-Director, CSAIL Center for Robotics
MacArthur Fellow
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
One Robot for Every Task
Day 1, 3:15 - 4:00

Daniela Rus is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT. Prior to her appointment as Director, she served as Associate Director of CSAIL from 2008 to 2011, and as the Co-Director of CSAIL’s Center for Robotics from 2005 to 2012. She also leads CSAIL’s Distributed Robotics Laboratory. Rus is the first woman to serve as director of CSAIL, and its predecessors the AI Lab and the Lab for Computer Science.

Rus’ research interests include distributed robotics, mobile computing and programmable matter. At CSAIL she has led numerous groundbreaking research projects in the areas of transportation, security, environmental modeling and monitoring, underwater exploration, and agriculture.

Her research group, the Distributed Robotics Lab, has developed modular and self-reconfiguring robots, systems of self-organizing robots, networks of robots and sensors for first-responders, mobile sensor networks, techniques for cooperative underwater robotics, and new technology for desktop robotics. They have built robots that can tend a garden, bake cookies from scratch, cut a birthday cake, fly in swarms without human aid to perform surveillance functions, and dance with humans. Rus is also a champion of youth outreach, spearheading several programs that encourage students to pursue careers in computer science.

Rus is the recipient of the NSF Career Award and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow. She is a Class of 2002 MacArthur Fellow and a fellow of AAAI and IEEE. She serves on the scientific advisory board for the Max Planck Institute, on the editorial board for the Journal of Autonomous Robots, and on the long-term planning board for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.

Rus earned her PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University. Prior to coming to MIT, Rus was an assistant professor, associate professor, and professor in the Computer Science Department at Dartmouth College.
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Julie Shah
Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Julie Shah is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and leads the Interactive Robotics Group of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Shah received her SB (2004) and SM (2006) from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, and her PhD (2010) in Autonomous Systems from MIT. Before joining the faculty, she worked at Boeing Research and Technology on robotics applications for aerospace manufacturing.

Prof. Shah has developed innovative methods for enabling fluid human-robot teamwork in high-intensity domains, ranging from manufacturing to surgery to space exploration. Her group draws on expertise in artificial intelligence, human factors, and systems engineering to develop interactive robots that emulate the qualities of effective human teams to improve the efficiency of human-robot teamwork. This work has been successfully applied to multiple robot testbeds, including the NASA ATHLETE Rover, a mobile, dexterous humanoid robot in the MIT Media Laboratory, and assembly manufacturing applications.

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Scott Stern
School of Management Distinguished Professor
Chair, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management Group
MIT Sloan School of Management

Professor Stern is the School of Management Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Stern works widely with both companies and governments in understanding the drivers and consequences of innovation and entrepreneurship, and the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in regional clusters and economic performance. Stern received his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University, and started his career at the Sloan School from 1995-2001. Stern has previously held positions as a Professor at the Kellogg School of Management, and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Stern is the director of the Innovation Policy Group at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

In 2005, Stern was awarded the Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship. He returned to MIT in 2009.
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David Verrill
Executive Director, Initiative on the Digital Economy
MIT Center for Digital Business
Welcome and Introduction
Day 2, 8:30 - 8:45
David Verrill is Executive Director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy, and its sister organization the Center for Digital Business which he helped launch in 1999. David has worked and consulted at MIT for more than 25 years. Prior to his work at MIT, he was a research scientist at the Center for Blood Research in Boston, focusing on the human immune system. David has also worked at Xerox Adaptive Products, where he was Manager of International Sales and Business Development. He has also helped start two companies, including Winchester International Group and the Hub Investment Group, which continues to invest in startup companies in the New England region. David has degrees from Bowdoin College and the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he received a Master of Science.
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