Two MIT Projects featured at Sarmenta’s Innovation Forum

August 12, 2008 at 12:30 am 1 comment

Luis Sarmenta, PhD, research scientist from the Massachusetts Institute Technology’s (MIT) Media Lab, discussed two exciting projects there during his session at AyalaTBI’s Innovation Forum: Human Dynamics and the Next Billion Network.

Luis Sarmenta talks about the Next Billion Network

Luis Sarmenta talks about the Next Billion Network

According to Luis, Human Dynamics uses technology to automatically collect and analyze measurements of real world human interactions to discover human patterns and predict human behavior. The Next Billion Network, on the other hand, is an initiative that searches for better ways to connect the next billion mobile phone users.

In Human Dynamics, Luis explained that by having sensors in cell phones, for example, one can harness location-based data using GPS, cell towers, or wifi. The technology can automatically collect and analyze measurements of real world human interactions to discover, model and predict—and even influence—human behavior. As example, Luis cited the potential applications of human dynamics technology in the business process outsourcing sector. Through sensors in call agent’s microphones, for instance, analysis of pitch and tone patterns can shape behavior towards more effective customer relation management, among others and therefore, can transform such companies to sensible organizations.

The Next Billion Network, on the other hand, looks at innovations for the poor, which according to Luis, are not necessarily bottom of the pyramid markets. This will make it more appealing for companies to seize commercial opportunities within this market segment. According to him, MIT students are currently working on projects with country partners such as Kenya, India and Brazil in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment among others.


Luis obtained his doctorate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was formerly Chair of the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science of the Ateneo de Manila. He also founded the Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center (AJWCC) which was later spun-off to BlueBlade Technologies, Inc. His accomplishments include involvement in the planning and implementation of the PHNet project, which eventually established the first national internet backbone of the Philippines, among others.

The AyalaTBI mounts the Innovation Forum together with its partners: the Brain Gain Network (BGN), the Philippine Emerging Start Ups Open (PESO) and the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA). It was held at the AIM Conference Center Manila.


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  • 1. karthik  |  December 22, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    its better and im interested in the currently going project of Human Dynamics ….i will be glad if u people send the information regarding this Human Dynamics as i ‘ll be preparing it for paper my college…n i waz the computer science engg students.very much interested in these articles…

    thanking u sir,

    computer science and engg,3rd year
    MVGR college of engineering,JNTU


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