People

Our people are leaders in the fields of human genetics, sociology, mathematics, history, evolutionary biology, English literature and psychology, from the nations most prestigous institutions. About a third come from a computational modeling background who are interested in identifying and modeling knowledge generation and transmission processes. The remaining two thirds take the long view of science and scholarship and bring their expertise into meaningful conversations and research on topics that are of interest to them and to the Lab as a whole.

In the Limelight

César A. Hidalgo

Assistant Professor, Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Lab

César A. Hidalgo heads the Macro Connections group at The MIT Media Lab and is also the ABC Career Development Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT. Hidalgo's work focuses on understanding the evolution of information in natural, social, and economic systems, and on the development of big data visualization engines designed to make available unwieldy volumes of data. Hidalgo's academic publications have been cited more than 4,500 times and his visualization engines have received more than 5 million visits. He is the author of Why Information Grows (Penguin UK, Basic Books US, Forthcoming June 2, 2015) and the co-author of The Atlas of Economic Complexity (MIT Press).

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Bhargav Srinivasa Desikan

Research Fellow, University of Chicago

Bhargav is a Research Fellow at the Knowledge Lab, currently working with Prof. Evans on a book titled "Thinking with Deep Learning", where they are trying to work towards a sophisticated deep learning powered approach to representations of social objects. He previously received an MA in Computational Social Science from the University of Chicago, and his research interests lie in the intersection of AI and the social sciences: using computational tools to probe questions of social behaviour, as well as critically examining the effects which the information age has had on our species and planet. He has previously co-authored publications in the Journal of Machine Learning Research, the proceedings of the International Conference on Computational Linguistics, and Cognition, and has authored a book on NLP and Computational Linguistics with Python.

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