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Deb Roy - Commissioner

Deb Roy is Director of the Laboratory for Social Machines (LSM) at the MIT Media Lab, Associate Professor at MIT, and Chief Media Scientist of Twitter.

His research at MIT focuses on machine natural language processing, and network science with applications ranging from children’s learning to large-scale media analytics.

Deb's early work in robot learning led to a pioneering study of his son’s language development using comprehensive observational data. Building on this work combined with insights from Montessori pedagogy, LSM is now focused on creating technologies that support child-driven, machine guided, playful learning for children. Deb’s widely viewed TED talk “Birth of a Word” unpacks the mystery language acquisition through data analysis and visualization.

Roy co-founded and served as CEO of Bluefin Labs, a venture-backed media analytics company. MIT Technology Review named Bluefin as one of the 50 most innovative companies of 2012, and in 2013 it became Twitter’s largest acquisition. Bluefin’s technology now serves as the basis for data science analytics for Twitter’s platform globally. Guided by this industry experience, LSM now tackles key challenges in understanding media and human behavior using AI and machine learning. 



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Director, Laboratory for Social Machines and Professor of Media Arts and Sciences,

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