|Spring 2009 UMASS
Operations Research / Management Science Seminar Series
Date: Friday, April 3, 2009
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Isenberg School of Management, Room 112
|Speaker: Professor Alex Pentland
Toshiba Professor of Media Arts & Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Biography: Professor Alex (“Sandy”) Pentland is a the Toshiba Professor of Media Arts & Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received a B.G.S. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from M.I.T. Prior to joining the M.I.T. faculty, he was Senior Computer Scientist at SRI International and a Visiting Professor at Stanford University. He is a pioneer in organizational engineering, mobile information systems, and computational social science. Professor Pentland's focus is the development of human-centered technology, and the creation of ventures that take this technology into the real world.
|TITLE: Honest Signals and Reality Mining
|Abstract: I will describe an analysis framework and initial results for building a social physics that can be used to model and predict productivity in organizations. The framework is based on reality mining of sensor data, extracting subtle patterns that predict future behaviors. These predictive patterns seem to be biologically based honest signals, evolved from ancient primate signaling mechanisms, and we find that they are major factors in human decision making in situations ranging from job interviews to first dates. By analyzing these signals using data from mobile phones, electronic ID badges, or digital media, we can create a gods eye view of how the people in organizations interact, and even see the rhythms of interaction for everyone in a city.
|This series is organized by the
UMASS Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter. Support for this series is
provided by the Isenberg School of Management, the Department of
Finance and Operations Management, INFORMS, and the John F. Smith
Dr. Anna Nagurney, the John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management in the Isenberg School of Management, is the Faculty Advisor of the Speaker Series.