Plenary Speakers

Mark Ackerman

George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Mark Ackerman is is the George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction and a Professor in the School of Information and in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His major research area is Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), primarily Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). He has published widely in HCI and CSCW, investigating collaborative information access in online knowledge communities, medical settings, expertise sharing, and most recently, pervasive environments. Mark is a member of the CHI Academy (HCI Fellow) and an ACM Fellow.

Previously, Mark was a faculty member at the University of California, Irvine, and a research scientist at MIT’s Laboratory for Computer Science (now CSAIL). Before becoming an academic, Mark led the development of the first home banking system, had three Billboard Top-10 games for the Atari 2600, and worked on the X Window System’s first user-interface widget set. Mark has degrees from the University of Chicago, Ohio State, and MIT.

Darlene Cavalier


Darlene Cavalier is a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University’s Center for Engagement and Training, part of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. Ms. Cavalier is the founder of SciStarter, an online platform for identifying, supporting, and participating in citizen science opportunities. She is also the founder of Science Cheerleader, an organization of more than 300 current and former professional cheerleaders pursuing STEM careers, and a cofounder of ECAST: Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology, a network of universities, science centers, and think tanks that produces public deliberations to enhance science policymaking. She is a founding Board Member of the Citizen Science Association, a senior advisor at Discover Magazine, and a member of the Environmental Protection Agency;s National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology. She is the author of The Science of Cheerleading and co-editor of The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science, published by Arizona State University. Ms. Cavalier holds a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Noshir Contractor

Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University

Noshir Contractor is the Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences in the McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science, the School of Communication and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, USA. He is the Director of the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Research Group at Northwestern University. He is investigating factors that lead to the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of dynamically linked social and knowledge networks in a wide variety of contexts including communities of practice in business, translational science and engineering communities, public health networks and virtual worlds. His research program has been funded continuously for over 15 years by major grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation with additional current funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), NASA, Air Force Research Lab, Army Research Institute, Army Research Laboratory, the Gates Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation.

Professor Contractor has published or presented over 250 research papers dealing with communicating and organizing. His book titled Theories of Communication Networks (co-authored with Professor Peter Monge and published by Oxford University Press, and translated into simplified Chinese in 2009) received the 2003 Book of the Year award from the Organizational Communication Division of the National Communication Association. In 2014 he received the National Communication Association Distinguished Scholar Award recognizing a lifetime of scholarly achievement in the study of human communication. In 2015 he was elected as a Fellow of the International Communication Association. He is the co-founder and Chairman of Syndio, which offers organizations products and services based on network analytics.

Professor Contractor has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California.

R. Luke Dubois

Co-Director and Associate Professor of Integrated Digital Media
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

R. Luke DuBois is a composer, artist, and performer who explores the temporal, verbal, and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University, and has lectured and taught worldwide on interactive sound and video performance. He has collaborated on interactive performance, installation, and music production work with many artists and organizations including Toni Dove, Todd Reynolds, Jamie Jewett, Bora Yoon, Michael Joaquin Grey, Matthew Ritchie, Elliott Sharp, Michael Gordon, Maya Lin, Bang on a Can, Engine 27, Harvestworks, and LEMUR, and was the director of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra for its 2007 season.

Stemming from his investigations of “time-lapse phonography,” his work is a sonic and encyclopedic relative to time-lapse photography. Just as a long camera exposure fuses motion into a single image, his projects reveal the average sonority, visual language, and vocabulary in music, film, text, or cultural information. Exhibitions of his work include: the Insitut Valencià d’Art Modern, Spain; Haus der elektronischen Künste, Switzerland; 2008 Democratic National Convention, Denver; Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis; San Jose Museum of Art; National Constitution Center, Philadelphia; Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art; Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul; 2007 Sundance Film Festival; the Sydney Film Festival; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; PROSPECT.2 New Orleans; and the Aspen Institute. DuBois’ work and writing has appeared in print and online in the New York Times, National Geographic, and Esquire Magazine, and he was an invited speaker at the 2016 TED Conference. A major survey of his work, NOW, received its premiere at the Ringling Museum of Art in 2014, with a catalogue published by Scala Art & Heritage Publishers.

An active visual and musical collaborator, DuBois is the co-author of Jitter, a software suite for the real-time manipulation of matrix data developed by San Francisco-based software company Cycling’74. He appears on nearly twenty-five albums both individually and as part of the avant-garde electronic group The Freight Elevator Quartet. He currently performs as part of Bioluminescence, a duo with vocalist Lesley Flanigan that explores the modality of the human voice, and in Fair Use, a trio with Zach Layton and Matthew Ostrowski, that looks at our accelerating culture through elecronic performance and remixing of cinema.

DuBois has lived for the last twenty-two years in New York City. He is the director of the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and is on the Board of Directors of the ISSUE Project Room. His records are available on Caipirinha/Sire, Liquid Sky, C74, and Cantaloupe Music. His artwork is represented by bitforms gallery in New York City.

Eric Gordon

Emerson College

Eric Gordon is the founding director of the Engagement Lab at Emerson. He is also a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Eric studies civic media and public engagement within the US and the developing world. He is specifically interested in the application of games and play in these contexts. In addition to being a researcher, he is also the designer of award winning “engagement games,” which are games that facilitate civic participation. He has served as an expert advisor for the UN Development Program, the International Red Cross / Red Crescent, the World Bank, as well as municipal governments throughout the United States. In addition to articles and chapters on games, digital media, urbanism and civic engagement, he is the author of two books: Net Locality: Why Location Matters in a Networked World (Blackwell 2011, with Adriana de Souza e Silva) and The Urban Spectator: American Concept Cities From Kodak to Google (Dartmouth 2010). His edited volume (with Paul Mihailidis) entitled Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice was published by MIT Press in 2016

Bernardo Huberman

Stanford University

Bernardo Huberman was until recently an HP Senior Fellow and the Director of the Mechanisms and Design lab at HP labs. He is now in the Symbolic Systems Program at Stanford University. His work has centered in the dynamics of information and how distributed intelligence performs as it flows within networks. As part of this research he designed and implemented a globally distributed computer network that allocates resources by auctioning off computons, bundles of cpu, storage and bandwidth. The other aspect of this work involves designing and testing in the laboratory mechanisms for discovering and aggregating widely dispersed information using economic incentives. Examples are the discovery of social networks from patterns in email exchanges, the prediction of uncertain events using groups of people within a market setting, and more recently the economics of attention.

Tom Kalil

Eric and Wendy Schmidt Group

Thomas Kalil is the former Deputy Director for Policy for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Senior Advisor for Science, Technology and Innovation for the National Economic Council. Kalil is on leave from UC Berkeley, where he was Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Science and Technology. He was responsible for developing major new multi-disciplinary research and education initiatives at the intersection of information technology, nanotechnology, microsystems, and biology. He also conceived and launched a program called “Big Ideas @ Berkeley,” which provides support for multidisciplinary teams of Berkeley students that are interested in addressing economic and societal challenges such as clean energy, safe drinking water, and poverty alleviation.

Previously, Thomas Kalil served as the Deputy Assistant to President Clinton for Technology and Economic Policy, and the Deputy Director of the White House National Economic Council. He was the NEC’s point person on a wide range of technology and telecommunications issues, such as the liberalization of Cold War export controls, the allocation of spectrum for new wireless services, and investments in upgrading America’s high-tech workforce. He led a number of White House technology initiatives, such as the National Nanotechnology Initiative, the Next Generation Internet, bridging the digital divide, e-learning, increasing funding for long-term information technology research, making IT more accessible to people with disabilities, and addressing the growing imbalance between support for biomedical research and for the physical sciences and engineering.

Ece Kamar

Microsoft Research

Ece Kamar is a researcher at the Adaptive Systems and Interaction group at Microsoft Research Redmond. She received a Ph.D. in computer science from Harvard University in 2010. Her thesis focused on reasoning under uncertainty for successful human-computer teamwork. Ece received a M.S. from Harvard University in 2007 and a B.S. from Sabanci University in Turkey in 2005. Ece works on several subfields of AI; including planning, machine learning, multi-agent systems and human-computer teamwork. She particularly focuses on real-world applications that can benefit from the complementary abilities of humans and machines. Ece also served as a member of the first study panel of AI 100. Their report is available here.

Karen Levy

Assistant Professor
Cornell University

Karen Levy is an assistant professor in the Department of Information Science at Cornell University, and associate member of the faculty of Cornell Law School. She researches how law and technology interact to regulate social life, with particular focus on social and organizational aspects of surveillance. Much of Dr. Levy’s research analyzes the uses of monitoring for social control in various contexts, from long-haul trucking to intimate relationships. She is also interested in how data collection uniquely impacts, and is contested by, marginalized populations. Dr. Levy is also a fellow at the Data and Society Research Institute in New York City. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University and a J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Dr. Levy previously served as a law clerk in the United States Federal Courts.

Dana Lewis


Dana Lewis is a creator of the “Do-It-Yourself Pancreas System” (#DIYPS), founder of the open source artificial pancreas system movement (#OpenAPS), and a passionate advocate of patient-centered, -driven, and -designed research.

Dana frequently writes and publishes on topics specific to DIY diabetes work and the broader implications of patient-driven and -designed research. Her work has been referenced or featured in Nature, The Lancet, WNYC’s “Only Human” podcast, The Wall Street Journal, Popular Science, WebMD, Diabetes Forecast, and other mainstream media publications. Her own writings also frequently appear elsewhere, ranging from publication such as Clinical Diabetes and Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology to being cited in books like Free to Make. She has been invited numerous times to the White House under the Obama administration to participate in workshops related to the Precision Medicine Initiative, in addition to being invited by the White House to speak on stage at the White House Frontiers Conference. Additionally, Dana collaborates actively with HHS, NIH, and FDA officials on a regular basis in the U.S., in addition to sharing insight with government officials in other countries interested in patient-driven innovation. She also travels and speaks worldwide on the topics of patient DIY-ing, OpenAPS, and the changes coming to health and healthcare as a result of patients having easy access to technology and collaboration tools in their pockets. Dana has keynoted at conferences ranging from the O’Reilly Open Source Conference (OSCON) to a convenening at European Parliament.

Hila Lifshitz-Assaf

Assistant Professor
NYU Stern School of Business

Hila Lifshitz-Assaf joined New York University Stern School of Business as an Assistant Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences in July 2013. She is also a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Professor Lifshitz-Assaf’s research focuses on developing an in-depth empirical and theoretical understanding of the micro-foundations of scientific and technological innovation and knowledge creation processes in the digital age. She explores how the ability to innovate is being transformed, as well as the challenges and opportunities the transformation means for R&D organizations, professionals and their work. She conducted an in-depth 3-year longitudinal field study of NASA’s experimentation with open innovation online platforms and communities, resulting in a scientific breakthrough. Her dissertation received the best dissertation Grigor McClelland Award at the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) 2015.

She investigates new forms of organizing for the production of scientific and technological innovation such as crowdsourcing, open source, open online innovation communities, Wikipedia, hackathons, makeathons, etc. Her work received the prestigious INSPIRE grant from the National Science Foundation and has been presented and taught at a variety of institutions including MIT, Harvard, Stanford, INSEAD, Wharton, London Business School, Bocconi, IESE, UCL, UT Austin, Columbia and Carnegie Mellon. Prior to academia, Professor Lifshitz-Assaf worked as a strategy consultant for seven years, specializing in growth and innovation strategy in telecommunications, consumer goods and finance.

Professor Lifshitz-Assaf earned a doctorate from Harvard Business School, an MBA from Tel Aviv University, magna cum laude, a BA in Management and an LLB in Law from Tel Aviv University, Israel, both magna cum laude.

Lauren McCarthy

Assistant Professor
UCLA Design Media Arts

Lauren McCarthy is an artist based in Los Angeles and Brooklyn whose work explores social and technological systems for being a person and interacting with other people. She makes software, performances, videos, and other things on the internet. She is the creator of p5.js.

Lauren has exhibited at Ars Electronica, Conflux Festival, SIGGRAPH, LACMA, Onassis Cultural Center, IDFA DocLab, and the Japan Media Arts Festival, and worked on installations for the London Eye, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She holds an MFA from UCLA and a BS Computer Science and BS Art and Design from MIT.

She is an Assistant Professor at UCLA Design Media Arts. She was previously a resident at CMU STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Eyebeam, NYU ITP, and Ars Electronica / QUT TRANSMIT³.

Geoff Mulgan

Chief Executive Officer

Geoff Mulgan is Chief Executive of Nesta, and has been in post since 2011. Under his leadership Nesta has moved out of the public sector to become a charity (in 2012), launched a range of new initiatives in investment, programmes and research and has implemented a new strategy involving partnerships with foundations, governments and companies in the UK and internationally.

From 2004-2011 he was the first Chief Executive of the Young Foundation, which became a leading centre for social innovation, combining research, creation of new ventures and practical projects. Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had various roles in the UK government including director of the Government’s Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister’s office under Tony Blair. Before that he was the founder and director of the think-tank Demos. He has also been Chief Adviser to Gordon Brown MP; a lecturer in telecommunications; an investment executive; and a reporter on BBC TV and radio.

From 2016 Geoff is co-chair of a new World Economic Forum group looking at innovation and entrepreneurship in the fourth industrial revolution. He is also member of the board of the French government’s French Digital Agency; a member of an Academy of Medical Science’s review of public health; the Scottish Government’s CAN-DO panel; chair of an international advisory committee for the Mayor of Seoul and member of an advisory committee in the Prime Minister’s office in UAE.

His recent books include The Locust and the Bee (Princeton University Press, 2013); The Art of Public Strategy - Mobilising Power and Knowledge for the Public Good (Oxford University Press, 2008), Good and Bad Power: the ideals and betrayals of government (Penguin, 2006) and Connexity (Harvard Business Press and Jonathon Cape, 1998). His next book, to be published by Princeton UP, is on collective intelligence.

Geoff’s Twitter handle is @geoffmulgan. A summary of ideas Geoff has worked on can be found here.

Nick Ouellette

Associate Professor
Stanford University

Nick Ouellette is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 2002 with majors in Physics and Computer Science, and earned his Ph.D. (in Physics) in 2006 from Cornell University, where he worked with Eberhard Bodenschatz. He held postdoctoral positions at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in 2006 (with Eberhard Bodenschatz) and in the Physics Department at Haverford College from 2007-2008 (with Jerry Gollub). Prior to working at Stanford, he spent seven years on the faculty in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Yale University.

Ouellette is broadly interested the behavior of complex systems far from equilibrium. In particular, a running theme in his research is dynamical self-organization. He seeks both to understand the physical principles that govern the spontaneous emergence of low-dimensional structure in high-dimensional systems and to harness this self-organization for engineering applications. His current research includes studies of turbulent flows in two and three dimensions, in both simple and complex fluids; the transport of inertial, anisotropic, and active particles in turbulence; the erosion of granular beds by fluid flows and subsequent sediment transport; and quantitative measurements of collective behavior in insect swarms and other animal groups.

Erin Simpson

Director of Programs
Civic Hall Labs

Erin Simpson is the Director of Programs at Civic Hall Labs, a nonprofit that builds open source technology for public good and helps others do the same. Prior to Labs, Erin worked as a fellow with Microsoft’s Civic Team, where she ran community organizing efforts around open data and digital equity in the Chicagoland area. A Truman and Marshall Scholar, Erin will continue her career interrogating bias in digital tools and exploring their civic potential at the Oxford Internet Institute this fall, pursuing MsCs in the Social Science of the Internet and Comparative Social Policy. Erin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago, where her award-winning thesis on digital inequality investigated user experience in public computer centers. Erin has worked previously for the White House, the Clinton Foundation, and the Neighborhood Housing Services. Find her @esmpsn.

Kate Starbird

Assistant Professor
University of Washington

Kate Starbird is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) and Director of the Emerging Capacities of Mass Participation (emCOMP) Laboratory. Her research sits at the intersection of computer science and social science and falls within the fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). One major focus of her work examines the use of social media during crisis events, specifically looking at how the converging audience (aka, the “crowd”) can contribute—and is already contributing—to crisis response efforts.

Using a combination of empirical methods, including qualitative, computational and network analysis, Starbird examines both small group and large scale interaction online within the context of disasters and other mass disruption events, studying how digital volunteers and other members of the crowd work to filter and shape the information space.

Dr. Starbird received her PhD in Technology, Media and Society from the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado in 2012, where she examined both large-scale and small group online interaction during crisis events, studying how digital volunteers and other members of the connected crowd work to filter and shape the information space. As part of that research, she co-created and developed the infrastructure to support the “Tweak the Tweet” project, an innovation for using Twitter more effectively as a channel for reporting actionable information during crisis. She was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for her PhD studies.

Daniel Weld

Thomas J. Cable / WRF Professor of Computer Science & Engineering and Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellow
University of Washington

Daniel S. Weld is Thomas J. Cable / WRF Professor of Computer Science & Engineering and Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellow at the University of Washington. After formative education at Phillips Academy, he received bachelor’s degrees in both Computer Science and Biochemistry at Yale University in 1982. He landed a Ph.D. from the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab in 1988, received a Presidential Young Investigator’s award in 1989, an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator’s award in 1990, was named AAAI Fellow in 1999 and deemed ACM Fellow in 2005. Dan was a founding editor for the Journal of AI Research, was area editor for the Journal of the ACM, guest editor for Computational Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence, and was Program Chair for AAAI-96. Dan has published two books and scads of technical papers. Dan is an active entrepreneur with several patents and technology licenses. He co-founded Netbot Incorporated, creator of Jango Shopping Search (acquired by Excite), AdRelevance, a monitoring service for internet advertising (acquired by Nielsen NetRatings), and data integration company Nimble Technology (acquired by Actuate). Dan is a Venture Partner at the Madrona Venture Group and on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Context Relevant, the Madrona Venture Group, Spare5, and Voicebox Technologies.

Parallel Session Speakers

  • Andres Abeliuk, MIT Media Lab
  • Pablo Daniel Azar, MIT
  • Jiye Baek, Boston University
  • Jordan B. Barlow, California State University, Fullerton
  • Carsten Bergenholtz, Aarhus University
  • Giuseppe Carbone, Politecnico di Bari
  • Shi Kai Chong, MIT Media Lab
  • Eoin Cullina, Lero, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Jeremy Foote, Northwestern University
  • John Harlow, Arizona State University
  • Yue Han, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Ting-Hao (Kenneth) Huang, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Brent Hecht, Northwestern University
  • Pamela Hinds, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
  • Yun Huang, Syracuse University
  • Young Ji Kim, MIT
  • Hila Lifshitz-Assaf, NYU, Stern School of business
  • Thomas Malone, MIT Center for Collective Intelligence
  • Mehdi Moussaid, Max Planck Institute for Human Development
  • Alejandro Noriega Campero, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Max Planck Institute for Human Development
  • Pantelis Pipergias Analytis, Cornell University
  • John Prpić, Lulea University of Technology
  • Yuko Sakurai, Kyushu University
  • Emile Servan-Schreiber, Hypermind International Limited
  • Mark Whiting, Stanford Crowd Research Collective
  • Andrew Young, The GovLab

Poster Session Speakers

  • Lora Aroyo, VU University Amsterdam
  • Edmond Awad, MIT Media Lab
  • David Baltaxe, Unanimous A.I.
  • Jordan B. Barlow, California State University, Fullerton
  • Ohad Barzilay, Coller School of Management, Tel Aviv University
  • Tyler Burleigh, New York University
  • Philip Feldman, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Tom Grad, Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • Sai Gouravajhala, University of Michigan
  • Hanna Halaburda, NYU-Stern
  • Justin Longo, University of Regina
  • Kurt Luther, Virginia Tech
  • Luana Marinho, Social Science and Political Theory Unit
  • Ian Miller, University of Toronto
  • Manuel Moritz, Helmut Schmidt University
  • Hamed Nilforoshan, Columbia University
  • Frank Nagle, University of Southern California
  • Pinar Ozturk, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Carlos Parra, Florida International University
  • Charles Pezeshki, Washington State University
  • Jie Ren, Fordham University
  • Yulistina Riyadi, UN Global Pulse
  • Louis Rosenberg, Unanimous A.I.
  • Tom Saunders, Nesta
  • Feng Shi, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Jesse Shore, Boston University
  • Danny Sierra, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Adriana Silva, SEIS
  • Tim Straub, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Irene Tello Arista, Impunidad Cero
  • Benjamin Timmermans, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • W. Ben Towne, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Gianluigi Viscusi, EPFL
  • Christopher Welty, Google
  • Amy X. Zhang, MIT