Digital Communications Expert
Head of MIT Media Lab's Viral Communications program and codirector of the Communications Futures program, and a prolific writer on the future of information and its commercial and social impact
Professor of Education and Economics at Harvard and a leading expert in financial aid issues, college access, enrollment gender gaps, and institutional admissions policies
Professor of Law
Harvard Law School expert on privacy and domestic violence law, and intellectual property law as it relates to literature, performing arts, and fashion
Sociologist and Author
Charles Derber thinks of himself as a writer who studies the "big picture" of American culture and global capitalism. His recent books focus on globalization, terrorism, the culture of hegemony, and the power of multinational corporations. He has also written extensively on the crisis of individualism that defines American life, showing how our problems of community are organically tied to economic and political forces.
Ronald Dixon, MD, MA, is the creator and director of the Virtual Practice Project at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He is the director of CIMIT’s (Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology) Value Based Healthcare Delivery Program, and the associate medical director of MGH Beacon Hill.
Science Historian and Filmmaker
Peter Galison is the Joseph Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and of Physics at Harvard University. In 1997, he was named a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow; in 1999, he was a winner of the Max Planck Prize, given by the Max Planck Gesellschaft and Humboldt Stiftung.
Author and Neuroscientist
Neuroscientist turned author whose bestselling novel, Still Alice, portrays the enduring humanity of Alzheimer's patients. The book is also a testament to Genova's perseverance in overcoming repeated obstacles among mainstream publishers that ultimately led her to self-publish her work.
Cofounder and former president/chairman of iRobot Corporation, a company that makes home robots (Roomba Vacuuming Robot) and military robots (PackBot Tactical Robot). Helen is currently CEO of The Droid Works, Inc., a new startup company working in the UAV (flying robots) space.
Cognitive Science Pioneer
Director of the MIT Media Labs Cognitive Machines group and founding director of the Center for Future Banking, Roy studies how children learn language and designs machines that learn to communicate in humanlike ways. To enable this work, he has pioneered new data-driven methods for analyzing and modeling human linguistic and social behavior that are now being applied to a wide range of domains, from retail behavior to autism.
Harvard professor of economics and the first woman to win the prestigious American Economic Association’s John Bates Clark Medal, awarded to the most accomplished American economist under age 40, for her contributions to industrial organization, econometrics, microeconomic theory, and auctions.
Professor of biology and former director of Northeastern’s Marine Science Center best known for his RoboLobster, his recent research using technology to mimic biological organisms and processes may someday help rehabilitate people with traumatic brain injuries.