Day 1

Patrick Winston

Patrick H. Winston is Ford Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been with CSAIL and before that the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory since 1967. He joined the faculty in 1970, and he was the Director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory from 1972 to 1997.

Daniel J. Weitzner

Daniel J. Weitzner is the Founding Director of the MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative and Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. His group studies the relationship between network architecture and public policy, and develops new Web architectures to meet policy challenges such as privacy and intellectual property rights. He teaches Internet public policy in the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department.

Manuela Veloso

Manuela M. Veloso is the Herbert A. Simon University Professor in the School of Computer Science, and the Head of the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University. Professor Veloso researches in the area of artificial intelligence, with focus on robotics and machine learning. She has contributed algorithms for planning, control learning, and execution for single and multi-robot teams. She has introduced planning by analogical reasoning to improve planning efficiency, as a method to plan by replaying the derivations of similar past planning episodes.

Simon Thompson

Simon Thompson leads the Big Data and Customer Experience Practice at BT Research. Simon and his team have led the development of big data and machine learning infrastructures in BT and have delivered a number of commercially successful applications over the last ten years. Simon is a member of the advisory board of the Systems That Learn consortium at MIT, previously he was a member of the Big Data@CSAIL board. He is a member of the EPSRC college, has published more than 50 refereed papers and more than 30 patent applications.

Katie Stebbins

Katie Stebbins is the vice president for economic development for the University of Massachusetts, a five-campus, 75,000-student public research university system. She serves as a liaison to the business community, establishing and growing research and workforce development partnerships to benefit the university and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Dimitris Papageorgiou

Dimitris is the Principal of People Advisory Services and a Global Business Services innovator, with lengthy background in managerial and executive positions in the US and abroad. Offering expertise in HR Transformation, Global Shared Services Strategy and Digital HR implementation. Presently leading Intelligent Automation Services for HR and Payroll in the Americas.


Sam Madden

Samuel Madden is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Faculty Co-Director of SystemsThatLearn@CSAIL. His research interests include databases, distributed computing, and networking. Research projects include the C-Store column-oriented database system, the CarTel mobile sensor network system, and the Relational Cloud "database-as-a-service".

John J. Leonard

John J. Leonard is Samuel C. Collins Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is also a member of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). His research addresses the problems of navigation and mapping for autonomous mobile robots. He holds the degrees of B.S.E.E. in Electrical Engineering and Science from the University of Pennsylvania (1987) and D.Phil. in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford (1994). He is an IEEE Fellow (2014).

Rodney Brooks

A mathematics undergraduate in his native Australia, Rodney received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford in 1981. From 1984 to 2010, he was on the MIT faculty, and completed his service as a Professor of Robotics. He was also the founding Director of the Institute’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and served in that role until 2007.