Synopsis: A discussion of new resources becoming available that–along with advances in computational social science–will transform planning and policy.
Start Time: Monday, September 16, 2019 5:00 PM
End Time: Monday, September 16, 2019 6:30 PM
Location: Civic Square & Parking Deck
Address: 33 Livingston Avenue
Campus: Off Campus
Room: Gov. James J. Florio Special Events Forum
City, State, Country: New Brunswick, NJ US
Fee: N/A
Speaker: Alex Pentland, MIT Media Lab, founder of the MIT Connection Science and Human Dynamics Labs
Sponsor: Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Category: Talk, Lecture, Seminar
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Contact Name: Karyn Olsen
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Contact Phone: (848) 932-2814
Additional Information: Big Data is about finding connections––connections with the people around you, and connections between people's behavior and outcomes. Understanding these connections between people is the core to making transportation systems work well, making energy grids work efficiently, making financial systems stable, and making future social systems safe. The challenge is how to analyze these connections and develop new ways of building safe, inclusive, and effective systems based on understanding these connections. In this discussion, Dr. Pentland will discuss new resources becoming available that––together with advances in computational social science––will transform planning and policy decisions for the future. Alex Pentland was co-creator of the MIT Media Lab, founder of the MIT Connection Science and Human Dynamics Labs, and leads the Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program. His work focuses on using “big data” and advanced analytics to understand human behavior at scales from individual to countries. One of the most-cited authors in the computational sciences and a member of the U.S. National Academies, he is also influential in national policy and is currently advising the EU, China, the United States, and several developing countries. He is also a member of the Board of the UN Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data.