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crawfordJoel Gurin is senior advisor to the Governance Lab at New York University, which studies and promotes the use of data and collaborative technology to improve the workings of government. He is the former editorial director and executive vice president of Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, where he launched and grew the website Under his leadership it became the world’s largest information-based paid-subscription site: It now has more than three million active paid subscribers. In December 2009, Gurin joined the Obama Administration as chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. He conceptualized and served as chair of the White House Task Force on Smart Disclosure, which studied how government Open Data can help consumers choose the best options in services like health care, financial services, education, and energy. He is the author of the upcoming book Open Data Now (McGraw-Hill, January 2014), and the founder and editor of
adar Eytan Adar is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information & Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. He completed his doctoral work in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Washington. He works in the area of temporal-informatics, studying how large populations interact with each other and with the dynamic Web and how those interactions can be enhanced. His interests are in understanding the dynamics of user behavior and data on the Web through text and log analysis, visualization, and the creation of new tools. Before graduate school, Eytan was a researcher at HP Labs and Xerox PARC for a number of years (spinning out a company called Outride somewhere in there). He received his Master of Engineering and Bachelor of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His website is
AfzanNader Afzalan is a geographic information systems lecturer and a Ph.D. candidate in urban planning and design at the University of Colorado. He also serves as the vice-chair of the American Planning Association-Technology Division. Afzalan’s research addresses the intersection of policy, science, and technology through the use of Web-based participatory tools in planning and decision-making processes. He is specifically interested in ways in which these tools influence the incorporation of public interest in land-use and environmental planning. His interdisciplinary research integrates various areas of study, including urban planning and design, environmental planning, computer science, and geography. Afzalan holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in urban planning from the University of Tehran. Prior to beginning his work at the University of Colorado, he worked as a project director, urban planner, and designer for seven years on various projects that focused on socio-economic revitalization of downtown areas, redevelopment of historical towns, and ecological planning. His collaborative planning approaches in land-use and environmental planning have been presented and published in the U.S. and internationally in the Middle East and Europe.
barryBetsy Barry, Ph.D., is a forensic linguist. For the past decade she has been working in e-discovery and litigation support in complex civil matters. Her expertise lies in the development and application of principled linguistic methods for analyzing large, natural language datasets of unstructured text in situations where fact-finding and intelligence gathering must be carried out in a reliable, consistent and expeditious manner. Barry specializes in a wide range of linguistically-based methodologies, from "big-picture" assessments, to fine-tuned forensic investigation. She is also a founding member of Illocution Inc., a consortium of industry professionals working in fields which require large-scale text analysis and document investigation. They are big data specialists whose expertise lies in transforming publicly available material into analyzable language corpora. They also focus on creating and implementing content-based methods for engaging large, text-based datasets in a variety of industry and academic contexts. Her personal research interests center primarily on developing and applying data-driven, linguistic approaches to analyzing social media and other computer-mediated communication (CMC), or those instances in both personal and business contexts where we use our keyboard to engage in conversational exchanges, all within a computing environment. Click here for additional information
bassDr. Gary D. Bass is the executive director of the Bauman Foundation in Washington, D.C. and affiliated professor at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute. He founded and for 28 years directed OMB Watch (now called Center for Effective Government), a nonprofit research and advocacy organization that promotes greater government accountability and transparency and increased citizen participation in public policy decisions. An expert on federal budgetary, program management, regulatory and information policy issues, he has published extensively, testified before Congress, appeared on national television and presented to groups across the country. In his role at OMB Watch, Dr. Bass is credited with leading numerous campaigns to stop federal regulatory attacks, silence the advocacy voice of nonprofits, and unfairly cut government spending to those in need. He is also known for efforts to utilize information technologies to strengthen government transparency and increase nonprofit advocacy. He has received numerous awards, served on various boards of nonprofit organizations, and participated in federal government committees. Prior to OMB Watch, Dr. Bass worked for the Human Services Information Center and the U.S. Council for the International Year of Disabled Persons. Dr. Bass earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan.
bassProfessor Michael Batty chairs the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London. His research involves the development of computer models of cities and regions, and he has published numerous books and articles in this area, such as Cities and Complexity (MIT Press, 2005), which received the Alonso Prize of the Regional Science Assocation, and The New Science of Cities (MIT Press, 2013, in press, and He is editor of the journal Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design. This year he received the Lauréat Prix International de Géographie Vautrin Lud. He was made a Fellow of the British Academy in 2001, received the CBE award in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2004 and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2009 for his contributions to the mathematical modeling of cities.
bollenJohan Bollen is associate professor at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing. He was formerly a staff scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 2005-2009, and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science of Old Dominion University from 2002 to 2005. He obtained his PhD in Experimental Psychology from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in 2001. He has published more than 75 articles on computational social science, social media analytics, informetrics, and digital libraries. His research has been funded by the NSF, IARPA, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Johan lives in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife and daughter. In his free time he enjoys P90x and DJing in the local Bloomington clubs as DJ Angst (with his colleague E-trash aka Luis Rocha).
burrisScott Burris is a professor of law and public health at Temple University, where he directs the Center for Health Law, Policy and Practice, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Law Research program. His work focuses on how law influences public health and what interventions can make laws and law enforcement practices healthier in their effects. He is the author of more than 100 books, book chapters, articles, and reports on issues including urban health, HIV/AIDS, research ethics, global health governance, and the health effects of criminal law and drug policy. His work has been supported by organizations including the Open Society Institute, the National Institutes of Health, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK Department for International Development, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has served as a consultant to numerous U.S. and international organizations including the World Health Organization, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and United Nations Development Programme. He has been a visiting scholar at RegNet at the Australian National University, and a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Cape Town Law School. Burris is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and Yale Law School.
byersAngela Byers is a Director of Product Planning and Strategy in the Apps, Media, Publishing group at Microsoft, within the Apps & Services Product Group, where she leads the long range scenario planning for MSN and first party Bing apps products and the overall strategy of the group through delivering industry & competitive trends, and consumer insights through primary research. She and her team have led projects from mobile device opportunity to online news and social media. Prior to joining Microsoft, Angela was a Fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey's business and economics research arm, where she managed research projects on the impact of information technologies and innovation on business, the economy, and society. Angela co-authored MGI’s report in Big Data “Big Data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity”, as well as other papers in Web 2.0 and innovation. Before MGI, Angela was a consultant at McKinsey, serving clients in the high-tech, media, and non-profit industries on strategy, marketing and sales. Before McKinsey, Angela completed her MS and PhD in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. Her thesis “Decision making model for breast cancer adjuvant therapy” applied decision analysis to patient decision making. Angela has interned at several high tech companies, such as Hewlett Packard, Cisco and Intel, in supply chain roles. She obtained her BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from University of California at Berkeley.
byersBrian Cameron is Executive Director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Cameron is also the Program Director for the new Master of Professional Studies in Enterprise Architecture. Cameron actively consults with a wide variety of corporations and government bodies such as Accenture, AT&T Wireless, Avaya, Boeing, EMC², Lockheed Martin, National Security Agency (NSA), Oracle, Raytheon, U.S. Marine Corps, and many others. Dr. Cameron has designed and taught a wide variety of graduate and executive education courses, both online and face-to-face, in areas including enterprise technology strategic planning, strategic alignment, enterprise technology leadership and decision making, information technology innovation, enterprise architecture, enterprise integration, portfolio management, information technology governance, and many others. Dr. Cameron received the Career Achievement Award in 2011 from the Network Professional Association (NPA) for efforts related to the founding of the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO), the building of the Center for Enterprise Architecture, and associated service to the profession. Additional information can be found at:
byersBarbara L. Cohn is the Chief Data Officer of New York State, Office of Information Technology (ITS) Services. An expert in public policy, Barbara has more than 20 years of public sector experience, having served in senior executive roles in state and local government. Barbara has an extensive background in maximizing the derivative value of data, and the utilization of data as a strategic asset. She oversees New York State’s Open Data initiative which has created opportunities to explore, analyze, access and re-use data in ways not previously available to spark innovation, promote research, increase transparency, and citizen engagement. In 2012, ITS was created to consolidate IT service delivery to New York State agencies through an IT Transformation. At the same time, the position of Chief Data Officer was established. The ITS Transformation has provided an unprecedented potential for data discovery and analytics, utilizing technology to generate new insights to inform decision making, improve the lives of citizens, and improve the flow of information within and outside government. Prior to joining ITS, Barbara worked in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Administration in New York City, in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services. During her tenure, she advanced implementation of HHS Connect, a nationally recognized intergovernmental data sharing initiative that used advanced technologies to facilitate data exchange and optimize outcomes. Barbara received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Union College in Schenectady, New York, and received her law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
crawfordKate Crawford is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New England, a Visiting Professor at the MIT Centre for Civic Media, and a Senior Fellow at the Information Law Institute at NYU. Over the last ten years she has researched the social, political and cultural contexts of networked media technologies. She studies a wide range of data practices, including the ethics of big data, crisis informatics, networked journalism, and the everyday patterns of mobile and social media use. She is currently co-editing a special issue of interdisciplinary perspectives on big data for the International Journal of Communication. Previously, Crawford was the Deputy Director of the Journalism and Media Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, and a founding member of the Media and Communications Department at the University of Sydney. Kate is on the editorial boards of the Fibreculture Journal: Digital Media, Networks, and Transdisciplinary Critique, and Media International Australia.
crawfordPankaj Gupta is senior staff data scientist in the “Search and Content” architecture team at Twitter. Prior to this, he led the “Personalization and Recommender Systems” group at Twitter, responsible for some of Twitter’s discovery and relevance products and technologies. He also led the design and implementation of the recommender system that suggests users to follow on Twitter. Before Twitter, Gupta founded two startups and was a consulting research scientist at Stanford University. He got his Ph.D. from Stanford, where he was the recipient of the Arthur Samuel award for the best Ph.D. dissertation in the Department of Computer Science in 2000-01.
jahanRay Harishankar is an IBM Fellow and vice president of Technology & Innovation within IBM Global Business Services. He defines and operationalizes strategies for IBM to have a strong portfolio of solutions and assets and assists clients adopt and benefit from these assets. Harishankar collaborates with IBM Research to identify opportunities for development of innovative capabilities that drive value to clients. He is an industry expert on systems of insight and systems of engagement that include cloud, mobile, analytics, and social computing technologies. He is actively engaged with customers across multiple industries and with a recent focus on banking, insurance, retail, and smarter cities. He holds five patents and has filed several more.Harishankar is on the technology advisory council for selected customers and universities and provides guidance to them on business-related technology decisions. He is a member of the Strategy Council for the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. He joined IBM as an information technology architect in 1999. He was nominated as a Distinguished Engineer in 2003 and was nominated an IBM Fellow in May 2006. Appointment to IBM Fellow is the highest honor that an employee can receive for technical innovation. In 2009, Harishankar was named an Asian American Engineer of the Year. In 2013, he was honored with a Distinguished Alumnus award by The Ohio State University College of Engineering. He holds a master’s degree in computer science from Ohio State.
jahanFarnam Jahanian leads the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). He guides CISE, with a budget of over $850 million, in its mission to uphold the Nation’s leadership in scientific discovery and engineering innovation through its support of fundamental research in computer and information science and engineering as well as transformative advances in cyberinfrastructure.
Dr. Jahanian is on leave from the University of Michigan, where he holds the Edward S. Davidson Collegiate Professorship and served as Chair for Computer Science and Engineering from 2007 – 2011 and as Director of the Software Systems Laboratory from 1997 – 2000. His research on Internet infrastructure security formed the basis for the Internet security company Arbor Networks, co-founded in 2001, where he served as Chairman until its acquisition in 2010. Dr. Jahanian holds a master's degree and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE and AAAS.
mccannDr. Michael P. Johnson is Associate Professor in the Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs at University of Massachusetts Boston. Dr. Johnson received his Ph.D in operations research from Northwestern University in 1997 and B.S. from Morehouse College in 1987. Dr. Johnson’s research interests lie in quantitative analysis for housing, community development and service delivery. His methods enable non-profit and public organizations, especially those serving disadvantaged and vulnerable populations, to develop programs and policies that jointly optimize economic efficiency, beneficial population outcomes and social equity. Current research projects include: planning models for urban foreclosed housing acquisition and redevelopment; resource allocation and urban planning for municipal shrinkage and infrastructure design, and analytics and data needs assessment for community-based organizations. His work has appeared in a variety of journals, edited volumes and conference proceedings. He is editor of Community-Based Operations Research: Decision Modeling for Local Impact and Diverse Populations (Springer, 2011).
mccannScott Klein is Sr. Editor, News Applications at ProPublica. He directs a team of journalist/programmers building large interactive software projects that tell journalistic stories, and that help readers find the relevance of complex national stories to themselves and their communities. His team's projects have included Dollars for Docs, which lets users search for pharmaceutical company payments to their doctors and The Opportunity Gap, which lets users search their own schools and school districts to see how fairly they distribute educational opportunity among high and low poverty schools, and by doing so to understand the relationship between educational opportunity and poverty. ProPublica's News Application desk's awards include an Online Journalism Award for General Excellence and a Society for News Design special recognition for “defining the design language of data-driven news apps.” The team maintains a blog at A full list of their projects is at Scott is also co-founder of DocumentCloud, a two-time recipient of the Knight News Challenge. DocumentCloud is a project that helps news organizations search, manage, and present their source documents.
mccannNicholas Mader is a senior researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. His work focuses on improving outcomes for at-risk youth, guiding policy using administrative data on city populations, advanced statistical methods, and close cooperation with city agencies and nonprofit service providers. A current and evolving example of this work is the Chapin Hall Collaborative of Youth Support Service Providers, for which Mader is the principal investigator. Key features of this effort include (1) establishment of legal agreements to facilitate data flows between public agencies, Chapin Hall, and nonprofits; (2) use of advanced statistical methods to analyze program participation patterns and to estimate program effects when enrollments are inherently non-randomly determined; (3) integration of qualitative methods to mobilize and enrich quantitative findings; and (4) heavy integration of technology to maintain high-touch collaboration between all partners, disseminate the analysis, and make analysis code open and collaborative. Before coming to Chapin Hall, Mader was a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago, earned his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Wisconsin, and earned a B.A. in mathematics and economics at Wesleyan University.
mccannLaurenellen McCann (@elle_mccann) is a civic innovation strategist and open data expert based in Washington, D.C. She helps municipalities and change-agents cause civic mischief through The Curious Citizens Project, recently helping to found (with Ben Wikler) The Good Fight, an indie media podcast and engagement platform. Previously, McCann served as the national policy manager at the Sunlight Foundation, where she led Sunlight’s work on local transparency issues, founded a new program supporting municipal open data initiatives, and helped dozens of states and cities write their first open data policy. She regularly writes and speaks about access to information, local government, and the power of public spaces, cooks with vegetables, and serves as a trustee of the D.C. chapter of the Awesome Foundation.
mccannHarvey J. Miller is the Bob and Mary Reusche Chair in Geographic Information Science and Professor of Geography at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, USA. His research and teaching activities lie at the intersection between geographic information science and transportation geography. His primary interests focus on the development and application of GIS and spatial analysis techniques to study human mobility and accessibility using fine-grained spatio-temporal data available from location-aware technologies such as the global positioning system, mobile phones and sensors. Harvey is also interested in empirical questions surrounding active transportation (such as walking and bicycling), the role of transportation in the development of livable and sustainable communities, and the relationships between mobility and public health. In addition to over 100 scientific publications in peer-refereed journals and edited books, Harvey is author (with Shih-Lung Shaw) of Geographic Information Systems for Transportation: Principles and Applications (Oxford University Press), and editor (with Jiawei Han) of Geographic Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, second edition (CRC Press). Harvey serves on the editorial boards of several of the top journals in geography, transportation and geographic information science. He was the North American Editor of International Journal of Geographical Information Science from 2000-2004. He has also served as an officer or board member of major professional organizations in geography, regional science and geographic information science. From 2005-2011, he was co-Chair of the Committee on Geographic Information Science and Applications, Transportation Research Board, US National Academies. In 2009, Harvey received the Edward L. Ullman Award for Significant Contributions
nelsonMichael R. Nelson is the principal technology policy strategist at Microsoft. He has been teaching courses and doing research on the future of the Internet, cyber-policy, technology policy, innovation policy, and e-government at Georgetown University since January 2009. He has served as chairman of the Information, Communication, and Computing Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); is a member of the AAAS Committee on Science Engineering and Public Policy; and serves as a trustee of the Institute for International Communications. Prior to joining Microsoft, Nelson worked at Bloomberg Government, where he was responsible for analyzing technology policy and how it affects businesses, investors, and the general public. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Nelson was director of Internet Technology and Strategy at IBM, where he managed a team helping define and implement IBM’s Next Generation Internet strategy. Prior to joining IBM in July 1998, Nelson was director for Technology Policy at the Federal Communications Commission. Before joining the FCC, he was special assistant for Information Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he worked with Vice President Al Gore and the president’s science advisor on issues relating to the Global Information Infrastructure, including telecommunications policy, information technology, encryption, electronic commerce, and information policy. From 1988 to 1993, he served as a professional staff member for the Senate’s Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space, chaired by then-Sen. Gore, and was the lead Senate staffer for the High-Performance Computing Act. Nelson earned his Ph.D. in Geophysics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his B.S. in Geology from the California Institute of Technology.
paiderTara Paider is an assistant vice president of IT Architecture with Nationwide Insurance and has been with the company for 14 years. She is responsible for architecture strategy for data and analytics, as well as enterprise data governance, which includes developing and leading multi-year technology adoption roadmaps across business units. She is also responsible for establishing technology standards and reference architectures associated with data and analytics, working closely with the established architecture governance bodies at Nationwide to define necessary governance in this space. Paider leads efforts to improve overall foundational data capabilities around data analysis, integration, and data warehousing, as well as promotes, socializes, and enables new technologies related to advanced analytical capabilities and “big data”. She is a Master Certified IT Architect with the Open Group, which is a global consortium for open standards. Prior to Nationwide, Paider was an IT consultant, working in multiple industries including nuclear power, government, banking, retail, and manufacturing. She was also an instructor for Oracle.
paiderAngela Shen-Hsieh has been working in the emerging fields of data visualization and data user experience for over 15 years. Inspired by her training in architecture and a vision for the way in which design can improve the quality of our lives, she has worked to explode the boundaries of how people interact with data and information. Angela is currently the Chief of Product Design for IBM Business Analytics. At IBM, she has been the driving force behind the Watson Analytics data discovery product which enables a conversational experience with data through a natural language query and highly interactive visualization. Prior to IBM, her entrepreneurial spirit led her to found several companies based on data visualization products and services. Angela was the CEO of Visual i|o, a venture-backed startup and the managing partner of a design agency specializing in data analytics. She has been named a Master of Design by Fast Company Magazine, and was also profiled by BusinessWeek as one of “10 cutting edge designers pushing the limits of design”. Angela holds six patents and has designed analytic user experiences for some of the biggest companies in the world including GE, Johnson & Johnson, Bristol Myers Squibb, Microsoft and Fidelity. Angela has a Masters in Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.
paiderDr. Ashit Talukder leads and manages the Information Access Division in the Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST he leads and directs a division of over 100 researchers and staff, and leads Research programs in the areas of Big Data, information search and retrieval, multimedia processing, biometrics, visualization, image processing, computer vision, video analytics, speech processing, speech recognition, machine translation, human-computer interaction, and human-factors and usability. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University and a MS from Iowa State University. He was previously at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, NASA. He has served as a research faculty member at the University of Southern California (USC).
telendRahul Telang is professor of information systems and management at the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. Telang’s research interest lies in two major domains.The first is on the digital media industry, with a particular focus on how the digitization of songs, movies, television, and books is affecting the incentives of content providers and distributors, as well as public policy challenges in terms of innovation and copyright. In particular, he has examined the proliferation of distribution platforms including online piracy and its impact on traditional music, movies, and book industries. He was the recipient of the Sloan Foundation Industry Study fellowship for his work in this domain. He is also co-director (with Mike Smith) of the Initiative for Digital Entertainment Analytics. The goal of the center is to study policy (copyright, intellectual property, innovation) and business issues (such as pricing and release times) associated with the entertainment industry.His second area of work is on the economics of information security and privacy. His key interest is in understanding the incentives of various parties (users, firms, and hackers), which markets fail, how to create a useful policy framework, and how to measure the effectiveness of such policies. He has examined the issue of software vendors’ incentives to improve the quality of their products and their incentives to release timely patches. In this context, his work explores how different policies, competition, and security standards shape these incentives. His work explored the controversy surrounding vulnerability disclosure, vulnerability markets, and their role in generating optimal outcomes. Recently, he has been examining the role of data breach disclosure laws on identity thefts. He was the recipient of and NSF CAREER award for his work on the economics of information security. He is also part of Cylab and the Institute for Infrastructure Protection (I3P). Currently, he is working on a large project on examining home users’ security and privacy behavior.Telang has published extensively in many top journals like Management Science, Marketing Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, and Journal of Marketing Research. He is senior editor at Information Systems Research and MIS Quarterly. He has organized many conferences and workshops and many of his papers have received top honors at journals and conferences
williamsSarah Williams is currently an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and the Director of the Civic Data Design Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) School of Architecture and Planning School. The Civic Data Design Lab works with data, maps, and mobile technologies to develop interactive design and communication strategies that bring urban policy issues to broader audiences. Williams’ design work has been widely exhibited including work in the Guggenheim and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Before coming to MIT, Williams was Co-Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia University. Sarah has won numerous awards including being named top 25 planners in the technology and 2012 Game Changer by Metropolis Magazine. Her work is currently on view in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York.