IF lecture on Human Dynamics and the Next Billion Network at ACCM, Makati

August 1, 2008 at 4:07 am Leave a comment

Luis Sarmenta, our speaker for next week’s Innovation Forum at the AIM Conference Center in Makati, just emailed us a description of the coverage of his lecture:

Human Dynamics research at MIT focuses on using automatically collected measurements of real-world human interactions to discover useful patterns and phenomena in human social behavior.  Luis will give a brief overview of the topic and present some examples of projects at the MIT Media Lab. He will also discuss potential benefits to Philippine industry and society of this area of research.

The Next Billion Network is a new initiative at MIT that seeks to encourage and enable the invention of new technologies that will empower the exploding number of people, particularly in developing countries, who are becoming connected to a whole new world of information and opportunity thanks to mobile phones and other ICT.  This effort does not aim to be an ivory tower think-tank, but instead it emphasizes the necessity of grounding all research efforts on the real world by working closely with real-world partner organizations in the local target communities.  Luis will talk about his experience in helping to start this initiative at MIT (including co-teaching a class this past Spring semester, which produced 8 real-world projects in 7 countries). He will also discuss possible opportunities for Filipinos to take part in this effort.

See you at the Innovation Forum on August 6, 2008, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

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