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.
A photojournalist devoted to documenting social and political issues at home and abroad, her 2007 book It’s Complicated: The American Teenager chronicles her five-year journey across America to explore the shape of this generation and the country that formed them.
Founder of Le Laboratoire, an artscience center in Paris dedicated to experimental collaboration between artists and scientists, author, and Harvard professor of biomedical engineering interested in developing new cultural and educational environments for innovation.
Constitutional Law Scholar
A Harvard Law professor, author, and lecturer who specializes in constitutional studies, with particular emphasis on the relationship between law and religion, constitutional design, and the history of legal theory, his book The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State was published in April 2008.
African Cultural Artist
A world-renowned painter known for his colorful realism that captures the extraordinary in the lives of ordinary people around the world, his recent commissions include a triathlon triptych for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Architect & Inventor
Principal of Kennedy & Violich Architecture, an interdisciplinary practice that explores relationships among architecture, technology, and emerging public needs. Kennedy creates design concepts and building projects that accelerate the implementation of energy-harvesting nanomaterials in architecture, textiles, and building materials.
Healthcare Technology Entrepreneur
Cofounder of Dimagi, a healthcare informatics consultancy, and a pioneer in the field of community-based chronic disease management who focuses on creating technologies specially customized for the conditions encountered in the developing world.