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LECTURER AND SENIOR ADVISOR
PREETA BANSAL
Preeta was Solicitor General of the State of New York, General Counsel & Senior Policy Advisor in the Obama White House for the Office of Management and Budget, a global general counsel for HSBC, and Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. She is currently also a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School.
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MASTERS STUDENT
ERIC CHU
Eric received a BS in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from the University of California Berkeley. His interests include (large-scale) machine learning and artificial intelligence.
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GRADUATE RESEARCHER
LISA CONN
Lisa is an MBA student at MIT Sloan focused on using technology to improve American democracy. Previously, she was the National Organizing Director for Mark Zuckerberg’s FWD.us and a field director for President Obama’s 2012 campaign.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
AMBER FRANEY
Amber is the administrative assistant to Social Machines.
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VISITING SCHOLAR
ALLEN GORIN
Allen invented AT&T’s “How May I Help You?” voice natural language technology, deployed nationally in 2001 and handling millions of callers each month. He is an IEEE Fellow, recipient of the AT&T Science & Technology Medal and the AT&T Strategic Patent Award. He then led research into exploiting the fusion of content and network context. He is also affiliated with the JHU HLT CoE.
PhD STUDENT
ANNELI HERSHMAN
Anneli has a BA in Psychology from San Diego State University and a MA in Child Development from Tufts University, specializing in literacy and technology. She is passionate about using educational technology to merge reading brain research with its applications, using creative, interactive mediums that empower every learner to explore his/her educational potential.
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VISITING RESEARCHER
ANDREW HEYWARD — @andrewheyward
Andrew is a nationally recognized news executive and expert on the changing media landscape. He is an award-winning television news producer who served as President of CBS News from January 1996 to November 2005.
RESEARCH SOFTWARE ARCHITECT
MIKE KOEHRSEN
Mike was platform architect at Bluefin Labs and subsequently led a software-engineering team at Twitter working on projects at the intersection of Twitter and TV. Prior to Bluefin, Mike worked at the Broad Institute developing tools for analysis and visualization of genomic data.
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PROGRAM MANAGER
UZRA KAHN
Uzra Khan is a recent Harvard Kennedy School graduate, where she was a Shorenstein Center Scholar for Media, Politics and Public Policy, and Editor-in-Chief of the Kennedy School Review. Prior to her Masters degree, she worked in research on income inequality at Reuters in New York and was a freelance journalist based in Mumbai during the 2014 Indian general election.
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VISITING SCIENTIST
JAMES KONDO — @jameskondo
James is Adjunct Professor at Hitotsubashi University. Formerly, James was a Special Advisor to the Cabinet of Japanese Government, and used to run the G8 Global Health Summit.
VISITING RESEARCH SCIENTIST
HUGO LAROCHELLE — @hugo_larochelle
Hugo is a Research Scientist at Twitter Cortex and an Associate Professor at Université de Sherbrooke, in Canada. His research focuses on the development and application of deep learning algorithms.
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PhD STUDENT
Neo (Mostafa) finished a Master in Mathematical Modeling and Scientific Computing at Oxford University and is focusing at Social Machines on exploratory data analysis and unsupervised pattern discovery in social media data.
PhD STUDENT
JULIANA NAZARÉ — @ju1es_
Juliana has a BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Olin College of Engineering and an MS from the Media Lab focused on how technology can help immigrant parents learn English together with their children. Her research interests include peer-learning environments and how families can help facilitate their child(ren)’s learning.
RESEARCH SOFTWARE ENGINEER
ERIC PENNINGTON
Eric has a background in Computer Science and Software Engineering. His interests include artificial intelligence and distributed computing.
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SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR
HEATHER PIERCE
Heather completed a BS in Marketing Communications at Emerson College and is Senior Administrator to Social Machines and assistant to Professor Deb Roy.
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RESEARCH SCIENTIST
William is an award-winning media critic and New York Times bestselling author, and was director of The Crowdwire project. At Social Machines he’s developing new tools for social discourse.
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DIRECTOR
Deb is an associate professor at the MIT Media Lab, and Chief Media Scientist at Twitter.
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PhD STUDENT
MARTIN SAVESKI — @msaveski
A first-year graduate student at Social Machines, Martin received a Master in Data Mining and Knowledge Management from University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris VI) and Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Martin’s research interests include large-scale machine learning, network analysis and natural language processing.
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MASTERS STUDENT
RAPHAEL SCHAAD
Raphael Schaad is a designer and technologist. For the past four years he built the award-winning personal magazine app Flipboard. Previously, he worked in Tokyo on launching the popular text editor, iA Writer. A graduate in Computer Science from a Swiss university, Raphael is as fascinated with complex media systems as he is with clean design.
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DEPLOYMENT LEAD
RUSSELL STEVENS — @ras0046
Russell received a Master in Public Policy from Harvard prior to a career in communications strategy. He focuses on research planning and deployment at Social Machines.
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SPECIAL RESEARCHER
OLIVIA STEVENS

Olivia is a high school senior in Canton, Massachusetts. She is working on topic modeling at LSM.

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MASTERS STUDENT
MINA SOLTANGHEIS
Mina finished a Master in Interactive Arts and Technology (IAT) focusing on building tools to facilitate thinking and data exploration through visualizations. She is particularly interested in human curated data such as news, conversations in forums, etc. She finished a BSc. in Information Technology with the focus on distributed pattern recognition systems for network security.
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PhD STUDENT
IVAN SYSOEV
Ivan received a Master in Computer Science from Georgia Tech and is interested in artificial intelligence and human cognition at Social Machines.
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PhD STUDENT
PRASHANTH VIJAYARAGHAVAN
Prashanth is a PhD student with Social Machines. He has a Bachelor of Engineering from Anna University in India. His interests include building applications that involve machine learning and neural networks.
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POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE
Soroush Vosoughi is postdoctoral associate at Social Machines working on models of information propagation on social media. For his Ph.D., at the Laboratory for Social Machines at MIT, he developed algorithms for automatic detection and verification of rumors on social media. Soroush’s research interests include natural language processing, machine learning and complex systems. Soroush received his Ph.D., M.Sc, and Sc.B. from MIT.
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MASTERS STUDENT
LUKE GUOLONG WANG
Luke studied physics and math at Zhejiang University and the University of Virginia as an undergrad. He joins Social Machines to explore applications of machine learning and systems science infused with humanistic design principles that will inspire new forms of interpersonal interaction.
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DEPLOYMENT STRATEGIST
EUGENE YI
Eugene Yi was the Head of East Asia Public Policy for Twitter. Previously, Eugene worked for the U.S. Department of State at Embassy Beijing and the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the U.S. Department of Defense. He graduated with honors from Princeton University with a Bachelor’s and a Master in Public Affairs degree in the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs.
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MASTERS STUDENT
ANN YUAN
Ann has worked in advertising and educational technology. She studied philosophy at Georgetown University.