Sandy Pentland

Faculty

Sandy Pentland

About

Alex `Sandy’ Pentland directs MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory and the MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program, co-leads the World Economic Forum Big Data and Personal Data initiatives, and is a founding member of the Advisory Boards for Nissan, Motorola Mobility, Telefonica, and a variety of start-up firms. He has previously helped create and direct MIT’s Media Laboratory, the Media Lab Asia laboratories at the Indian Institutes of Technology, and Strong Hospital’s Center for Future Health. 

In 2012 Forbes named Sandy one of the `seven most powerful data scientists in the world’, along with Google founders and the CTO of the United States, and in 2013 he won the McKinsey Award from Harvard Business Review.  He is among the most-cited computational scientists in the world, and a pioneer in computational social scienceorganizational engineeringwearable computing(Google Glass), image understanding, and modern biometrics. His research has been featured in Nature, Science, and Harvard Business Review, as well as being the focus of TV features on BBC World, Discover and Science channels.  His most recent book is `Honest Signals,' published by MIT Press. 

Over the years Sandy has advised more than 50 PhD students.   Almost half are now tenured faculty at leading institutions, with another one-quarter leading industry research groups and a final quarter founders of their own companies.

Sandy's research group and entrepreneurship program have spun off more than 30 companies to date, three of which are publicly listed and several that serve millions of poor in Africa and South Asia. Recent spin-offs have been featured in publications such as the Economist and the New York Times, as well as winning a variety of prizes from international development organizations. 

Publications

"A Voice is Worth a Thousand Words: The iImplications of the Micro-Coding of Social Signals in Speech for Trust Research."

Waber, Benjamin, Michele Williams, John S. Carroll and Alex Pentland. In Handbook of Research Methods on Trust, 249-258. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, 2012.

"Sociometric Badges: A New Tool for I.S. Research."

Waber, Benjamin N., Sinan K. Aral, Daniel Olguin Olguin, Lynn Wu, Erik Brynjolfsson and Alex Pentland, MIT Sloan Working Paper 4889-11. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, March 2011.

"Evidence for a Collective Intelligence Factor in the Performance of Human Groups."

Williams Woolley, Anita, Christopher F. Chabris, Alex Pentland, Nada Hashmi and Thomas W. Malone. Science Vol. 330, No. 6004 (2010): 686-688.

"Mining Face to Face Interaction Networks Using Sociometric Badges: Evidence Predicting Productivity in IT Configuration."

Lynn Wu, Ben Waber, Sinan K. Aral, Erik Brynjolfsson and Alex (Sandy) Pentland. In 29th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2008), Paris, France: December 2008.

"Mining Face to Face Interaction Networks Using Sociometric Badges: Evidence Predicting Productivity in IT Configuration."

Lynn Wu, Ben Waber, Sinan K. Aral, Erik Brynjolfsson and Alex (Sandy) Pentland. Norwich, UK: June 2008.

"Water Cooler Networks: Performance Implications of Informal Face-to-Face Interaction Structures in Information Intensive Work."

Wu, Lynn, Benjamin N. Waber, Sinan K. Aral, Erik Brynjolfsson and Alex Pentland, Working Paper. 2008.

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