Big Data Gets Personal
The next frontier for big data is the individual. From entertainment to health care, more accessible data and powerful analytics tools are making highly personalized new services possible. Will they be welcome or intrusive?
Featured speakers include:
- Deb Roy, Associate Professor with MIT and Chief Media Scientist with Twitter, on understanding and leveraging ties between social media and mass media
- Mitchell Higashi, Chief Economist of GE Healthcare, on transforming healthcare with big data and the industrial internet
- Kate Crawford, Principal Researcher with Microsoft Research, on identifying the risks of hidden bias in big data research
- Ari Gesher, Senior Engineer with Palantir Technologies, on the limitations of automated decision-making
Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research
Kate Crawford is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research New England, a visiting professor at the MIT Center for Civic Media, and a senior fellow at the Information Law Institute at NYU. Over the last ten years, she has researched the social, political, and cultural contexts of networked technologies, with a focus on big data, crisis informatics, and social media. She was recently chosen as a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow, to address issues of big data and community resilience. She... Read More →
Senior Engineer, Palantir Technologies
Ari Gesher is a senior engineer and Engineering Ambassador at Palantir Technologies. An alumnus of the University of Illinois computer science department, Ari has worked in the software industry for the past fifteen years, including a stint as the lead engineer for the SourceForge.net open source software archive.At Palantir Technologies, Ari has split his time between working as a backend engineer on Palantir's analysis platform, thinking and writing about... Read More →
Chief Economist, GE Healthcare
As chief economist for GE Healthcare, Mitch Higashi leads a team that is responsible for market access, health economics, reimbursement, program investments, and economic forecasts. He currently serves on the advisory board for the University of Washington School of Pharmacy and the ISPOR Health Science Policy Council. Mitch is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (in biotechnology) and the Wharton School and holds a PhD in health economics from the University of Washington... Read More →
Editor in Chief and Publisher, MIT Technology Review
As editor in chief, Jason Pontin is responsible for the editorial direction, media platforms, and business strategy of MIT Technology Review, including the rapidly expanding U.S. and international websites, the award-winning print magazine, videos, newsletters, business reports, and live events such as EmTech, the company's annual conference focused on emerging technologies. He also serves as chairman of its international entrepreneurial network, MIT Enterprise Forum. Mr. Pontin joined MIT... Read More →
Associate Professor, MIT, Chief Media Scientist, Twitter
Deb Roy is chief media scientist of Twitter and a tenured professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2008 he cofounded and became CEO of Bluefin Labs, a social TV analytics company, which MIT Technology Review named one of the 50 most innovative companies of 2012; it was acquired by Twitter in 2013. At MIT Deb conducts research on language, games, and social dynamics at the intersection of artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology. He is an author of over 100 academic... Read More →
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