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FC Barcelona at MIT: Barça Innovation Hub

July 24, 2017
4:00pm - 6:00pm
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Yaneer Bar-Yam
New England Complex Systems Institute
Prof. Yaneer Bar-Yam received his SB and PhD in physics from MIT in 1978 and 1984 respectively. Since the late 1980s he has contributed to founding the field of complex systems science, introducing fundamental mathematical rigor, real world application, and educational programs for new concepts and insights of this field. In developing new mathematical methods and in their application he has published on a wide range of scientific and real world problems ranging from cell biology to the global financial crisis.

He has advised the Chairman’s Action Group at the Pentagon about global social unrest and the crises in Egypt and Syria, the National Security Council and the National Counter Terrorism Council on global strategy, the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group about military force transformation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about delivery of prevention services and control of hospital infections, Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Congressman Barney Frank about market regulation and the financial crisis, and other government organizations, NGOs, and corporations on using principles and insights from complex systems science.

His development of multiscale representations as a generalization of renormalization group addressed the limitations of calculus and statistics in the study of nonlinear and network system dependencies in collective behaviors. His recent work quantitatively analyzes the origins and impacts of market crashes, social unrest, ethnic violence, military conflict and pandemics, the structure and dynamics of social networks, as well as the bases of creativity, panic, evolution and altruism. He is the author of over 200 research papers in professional journals, including Science, Nature, PNAS, American Naturalist, and Physical Review Letters, has 3 patents, and has given 175 invited presentations. His work on the causes of the global food crisis was cited among the top 10 scientific discoveries of 2011 by Wired magazine.

He is the author of two books: a textbook Dynamics of Complex Systems, and Making Things Work, which applies complex systems science to solving problems in healthcare, education, systems engineering, international development, and ethnic conflict. He has taught the concepts and methods of complex systems science to over 2,000 graduate students, professionals and executives. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He is currently Research Scientist at the MIT Media Laboratory.

He chaired the International Conference on Complex Systems (ICCS) and is the managing editor of a Springer book series on complexity. His work has been described in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Die Zeit, Le Monde, Time, The Atlantic Monthly, Scientific American, Wired, Fast Company, Forbes, Slate, Mother Jones, and Vice, among others. He has appeared on ABC News, Canada’s CTV, RT, BBC Radio, NPR Radio, and other national media outlets. His scientific visualizations received recognition as “best of” from Wired in 2011 and 2013, and from Motherboard in 2013.
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Stephen Ho
Research Scientist, MIT Auto-ID Laboratory
Stephen Ho is a Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA (2007 to present). Dr. Ho’s research interests center around the application of information towards improving systems, processes, and resource management. Current research includes sensors and inference of vehicles and vehicle traffic, lighting and municipal assets for urban environments, and energy efficiency. His Ph.D. research evaluated the impact rich RFID information has on warehouse operations and the opportunities for increased efficiency that stem from that additional information. Dr. Ho obtained his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.
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Anette (Peko) Hosoi
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics
Associate Head for Education, Mechanical Engineering
Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Peko Hosoi is the Neil and Jane Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering and professor of Mathematics at MIT. Her research contributions lie at the junction of nonlinear hydrodynamics, biomechanics, and bio-inspired design. A common theme in her work is the fundamental study of shape, kinematic, and rheological optimization of biological systems with applications to the emergent field of “soft robotics.” Her work is internationally respected by physicists, biologists, roboticists, applied mathematicians, and engineers alike, and is used to guide the engineering design of robotic swimmers, crawlers, burrowers, and other mechanisms. More recently, she has turned her attention to problems that lie intersection of biomechanics, applied mathematics, and sports. She is the co-founder of MIT 3-Sigma Sports which aims to solve engineering challenges in the sports domain. The program connects students and faculty with alumni and industry partners who work together to improve athletic performance using engineering to elevate endurance, speed, accuracy, and agility.

Peko has received numerous awards including the Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Jacob P. Den Hartog Distinguished Educator Award. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), a Radcliffe Institute Fellow, and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow.

Peko joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2002 as an assistant professor after receiving an AB in physics from Princeton University and an MA and PhD in physics from the University of Chicago. She was promoted to full professor in 2013.
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Ian Hunter
George N Hatsopoulos Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Head, BioInstrumentation Laboratory
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering

Ian W. Hunter is a Chaired Professor (Hatsopoulos Professor) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he heads the BioInstrumentation Laboratory. Ian was born in New Zealand and had an early interest in science and instrumentation which continues to the present. By the age of 10 he had published his first paper (a design of a miniaturized single transistor radio) and by 14 had built a fully functional gas liquid chromatograph (hydrogen flame ionization type) for chemical analysis. After graduating from Auckland University with BSc, MSc and PhD degrees he did a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at McGill University, Canada. He then joined the McGill University faculty and advanced to tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. In 1994 Ian moved his lab to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT.

His main area of research is in bio-instrumentation and biomimetic materials, specifically research on new high throughput and massively parallel measurement techniques and instrumentation in the medical, biological and pharmaceutical areas. Ian is also working on a new approach to the development of instrumentation and devices using systems whose components (actuators, energy storage, sensors, wires etc) are grown out of conducting polymers. As a result of his research, Ian has over 350 refereed publications. He also invents instruments and devices based on this research. This has led to over 100 issued and pending patents. Ian’s inventions have been used by numerous companies and in addition he has founded or co-founded 20 companies.
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Maurici Lopez-Felip
Team Sports Area, Barça Innovation Hub
Maurici Lopez-Felip, holds a Ph.D. in ecological psychology at UConn and combines a unique knowledge in soccer and science that have driven him to the development of models that quantify the game of soccer as a complex system. While certain aspects of the game are believed to be purely qualitative, his research focuses on formalizing the physical and systemic nature of the game to reveal the principles underlying team’s behaviors. His ultimate goal is to push forward an ecological physics approach to studying FCB’s playing style.
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Israel Ruiz
Executive Vice President and Treasurer, MIT
Welcome and Introduction
Day 1, 16:00 - 16:10
The Executive Vice President and Treasurer (EVPT) is the Institute’s chief financial officer and is responsible for leading all of the administrative and financial functions at MIT, and working with the President, the Corporation, and members of MIT’s senior leadership team to ensure that MIT’s financial, capital, and operational resources are optimally deployed in a manner that supports the Institute’s academic mission of education and research. The EVPT is responsible for financial strategy development, operations and capital budget planning, debt issuance, and the integrity of financial information.

The EVPT is the chief steward of over $17.1 billion of MIT's financial assets and $3.4 billion in operating revenues (2016), and is responsible for administering the Institute's $5 billion capital plan through 2030. Areas of responsibility also include human resources, information systems, facilities, and operations.

The EVPT is the treasurer of the MIT Corporation and is responsible for the management of the Corporation’s financial resources. The EVPT serves as an ex-officio member of the Executive and Development committees of the Corporation and of the board of the MIT Investment Management Corporation.
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Javier Sobrino
Strategic Planning & Innovation Director, FC Barcelona
Javier is responsible of the Club Strategic Plan and the development and implementation of the Innovation strategy. He leads the Barça Innovation Hub project as a new approach of the Club to the sports industry and environment. Prior to that he was a strategic consultant in the sport industry, working with top international sport clubs and entities in the definition and implementation of their corporate strategy. He is a professor in different universities on strategic planning in the sport industry and writer of various books on this topic, including “Sports Diplomacy”.
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Leia Stirling
Charles Stark Draper Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronauticss
MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Professor Stirling received a BS and MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003 and 2005, respectively, and a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008. She was a postdoctoral fellow from 2008-2009 at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. In 2009, she joined the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University as a member of the Advanced Technology Team and Director of the Motion Capture Lab. She joined the Faculty at MIT in the fall of 2013 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. She is an Associate Faculty member with the Institute for Medical Engineering & Science and Co-Director of the Man Vehicle Laboratory. Professor Stirling’s research interests span computational dynamics, human-machine interaction, system automation, signal processing, human factors, and experimental biomechanics. She applies these interests to the development of tightly coupled human-machine systems, including wearable technology.

Professor Stirling's primary interest is in extending the ability of subject matter experts to make decisions that rely on understanding human performance when direct visual observation is not possible through the use of wearable technology and biomechanical modeling. Wearable technology has the capability to provide vast amounts of data, but these data can be difficult for users to interpret. She takes qualitative observations and quantifies them through (1) analyzing the types of decisions the end-users make, (2) defining relevant robust metrics, and (3) determining how to present these data to the end users. She also studies how the data from sensors in wearable systems can be collected and used to control active systems. Examples of her work include: Quantifying agility and balance in an army obstacle course, Quantifying and modeling space suit fit, and Quantifying motor coordination and compensatory mechanisms for occupational therapy.
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Brian Subirana
Director, MIT Auto-ID Laboratory
Brian Subirana is the director of the MIT Auto-ID Laboratory. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence (Computer Vision) from MIT CSAIL and an MBA from MIT Sloan. Prior to becoming an academic he was with The Boston Consulting Group. He currently researches applications of disruptive IoT/AI technologies focusing in five industries: digital learning, electric vehicles, conversational commerce, supply chain, and cryptocurrencies/blockchain. He is particularly interested in inventing business strategies and technical platforms optimizing value from IoT/AI technologies.
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David Tenney
High Performance Manager for the Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)
David is in his 1st year as the High Performance Manager for the Seattle Sounders FC (MLS), leading a department of strength conditioning coaches, performance analysts, and sports scientists. Prior to that, Tenney served as the Performance & Sports Science Manager from 2015 - 2016, and head fitness coach for the Sounders from 2009 -2014. Before coming to Seattle, he held similar position with the Kansas City (MLS), Washington Freedom (women’s professional soccer), and George Mason University. Tenney holds a BSc in ‘Coaching Science’ from George Mason University, and a MSc in Exercise Science & Performance Enhancement from Cal University of Pennsylvania.
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