With 75 percent of us expected to live in cities by 2050, emerging technologies must deliver rapid innovation in communication, transportation, energy, water, and agriculture to meet the needs of growing urban populations around the world.
- Katherine Frase, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer with IBM Public Sector on building smarter cities
- Carlo Ratti, Director of the SENSEable City Lab at MIT, on data-driven urban planning and climate-change amelioration plans
- Laura Schewel, Cofounder and CEO, Streetlight Data
- Yu Zheng, Lead Researcher, Microsoft Research Asia
Deputy Editor, MIT Technology Review
Brian Bergstein is deputy editor of MIT Technology Review, with responsibility for stories in the print magazine and on the website. He has covered computing, telecommunications, and the Web since 2000, when he became the Silicon Valley correspondent for The Associated Press. He was a Knight Fellow in Science Journalism at MIT in 2004-2005, and from 2008 to 2010 he was the AP’s technology editor, before joining MIT Technology Review. He has a BS degree from Northwestern University.
VP and CTO, IBM Public Sector
Dr. Katharine Frase was appointed vice president and chief technology officer of IBM Public Sector in March 2013. As CTO, she provides thought leadership for IBM and its customers on innovation and strategic transformation specific to government, education, life sciences, health care, and cities. Previously she was vice president for industry solutions research, working across IBM Research on behalf of IBM clients to create transformational industry-focused solutions, including the application... Read More →
Director, MIT SENSEable City Lab
An architect and engineer by training, Carlo Ratti teaches at MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. He is also a founding member of the international design office Carlo Ratti Associati. He is currently serving as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Urban Management and a curator for the Future Food Pavilion for World Expo 2015. Ratti was named one of the 50 Most Influential Designers in America by Fast Company in 2011 and was highlighted in Wired magazine's... Read More →
Cofounder and CEO, StreetLight Data
Laura Schewel is cofounder and CEO of StreetLight Data. Laura is an expert in advanced transportation, focusing on transportation systems, sustainability and safety. After completing degrees in engineering and comparative literature at Yale University, she worked at Rocky Mountain Institute, managing various vehicle electrification projects. Next, Laura joined the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to develop regulatory strategy for electric vehicles and energy storage. StreetLight Data is... Read More →
Lead Researcher, Microsoft Research Asia
Dr. Yu Zheng is a lead researcher from Microsoft Research Asia. He is passionate about using data sciences to solve the challenges that cities face, such as traffic congestion and air pollution. He published over 50 quality papers (e.g. at SIGMOD and KDD), received 4 best paper awards (e.g. ICDE'13), and served conferences as a chair (e.g. ICDE2014). His book, titled “Computing with Spatial Trajectories”, has been used as a text book in universities. In 2008, he was... Read More →
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