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Speaker Biographies


Diane Bailey

Associate Professor, School of Information
The University of Texas at Austin

Diane E. Bailey studies technology and work in information and technical occupations. Her current research interests include engineering product design, remote occupational socialization, big data in healthcare, and ICT4D. With an expertise in organizational ethnography, Professor Bailey conducts primarily large-scale empirical studies, often involving multiple occupations, countries, and researchers. She publishes her research in organization studies, engineering, information studies, and communications journals. She is the author, with Paul Leonardi, of Technology Choices, Why Occupations Differ in Their Embrace of New Technology. She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley.


Guruduth Banavar

Vice President, Cognitive Computing
IBM Research

Guru is Vice President of Cognitive Computing at IBM Research, responsible for the next generation of cognitive/AI systems known as Watson – these are systems that learn, reason, and interact naturally with people. Guru has worked across IBM’s businesses to co-innovate with clients in multiple industries, for example, to build a City Operations Center in Rio de Janeiro.  Guru has also served on high-level boards, such as NY Governor Cuomo’s commission for improving New York State’s resilience to natural disasters after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.  His work has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and other int’l media, and he received a 2009 National Innovation Award by the President of India for the Spoken Web project.


John Seely Brown

Co-chairman Deloitte’s Center for the Edge; Advisor to the Provost USC

John Seely Brown (JSB) was the Chief Scientist of Xerox Corp and Director of its famous/infamous Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).  Currently he is the Independent Co-Chairman for Deloitte’s Center for the Edge where he pursues research on radical innovation, institutional innovation and a reimagined work environment built on digital culture, ubiquitous computing, and the need for constant learning and adaptability. He is also a visiting scholar and advisor to the Provost at USC. His personal research interests include digital youth culture, the application of technology to fundamentally rethink the nature of work and institutional architectures in order to enable deep learning across organizational boundaries – in brief, to design for emergence in a constantly changing world.


Daniel Castro

Vice President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Daniel Castro is vice president at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and director of the Center for Data Innovation. Castro writes and speaks on a variety of issues related to information technology and internet policy, including privacy, security, intellectual property, Internet governance, e-government, and accessibility for people with disabilities. His work has been quoted and cited in numerous media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, USA Today, Bloomberg News, and Bloomberg Businessweek. In 2013, Castro was named to FedScoop's list of the "top 25 most influential people under 40 in government and tech." In 2015, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Castro to the Commerce Data Advisory Council. He has a B.S. in foreign service from Georgetown University and an M.S. in information security technology and management from Carnegie Mellon University.


Stuart W. Elliott

Visiting Scholar
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

Stuart W. Elliott is the project leader for the study on the Future of Skill-Biased Technological Change in the Directorate of Education and Skills at the OECD. The study uses the OECD's Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) to look at the relation between technology, skills and productivity, including a comparison of the capabilities of humans and computers using PIAAC. The results of this comparison will provide a way to think concretely about the scope for automating different occupations over the next few decades and the resulting implications for work, education and the economy. Elliott recently completed a report on the test of problem solving with computers that is part of PIAAC. Before starting at the OECD in 2014, Elliott directed the Board on Testing and Assessment of the National Academies for over 10 years. In this role he led numerous studies on educational tests and indicators, assessment of science and 21st century skills, applications of information technology, and occupational preparation and certification. Elliott received a Ph.D. in economics from MIT and postdoctoral training in cognitive psychology at Carnegie Mellon University.


Richard Freeman

Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Harvard University and The National Bureau of Economic Research

Richard B. Freeman is Ascherman Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He directs the Science and Engineering Workforce Project at the National Bureau of Economic Research, is Faculty co-Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at the Harvard Law School, and Co-Director of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities. His research interests include the job market for scientists and engineers; the transformation of scientific ideas into innovations; Chinese labor markets; income distribution and equity in the marketplace; forms of labor market representation and shared capitalsm. His most recent book, co-authored with Joseph Blasi and Douglas Kruse, is The Citizen’s Share: Putting Ownership Back into Democracy.


Eszter Hargittai

Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research University of Zurich

Eszter Hargittai is Professor and Chair of Internet Use and Society at the Institute for Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich. Prior to joining the University of Zurich this Fall, she was Delaney Family Professor at Northwestern University. Her research on digital inequality is especially focused on differences in people's Web-use skills. She has received awards from several organizations for her research, teaching, and contributions to the public understanding of research on communication technologies and media. She has over 70 publications and has presented her work in 15 countries on four continents. Her most recent book is “Digital Research Confidential”, by MIT Press, was co-edited with Christian Sandvig.


John Leslie King

W.W. Bishop Professor of Information
University of Michigan School of Information

He is the Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, former Dean of the School of Information and former Vice Provost at the University of Michigan. His research is on the relationship between technical and social change, focusing on highly institutionalized production sectors such as health care, common carrier communication, education, freight logistics and finance. He has a PhD administration from the University of California, Irvine, and an honorary doctorate in economics from Copenhagen Business School. He is fellow of the Association for Information Systems and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Vijay Kumar

Nemirovsky Family Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Kumar received his Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1987. He has been on the Faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics with a secondary appointment in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania since 1987.

Dr. Kumar served as the Deputy Dean for Research in the School of Engineering and Applied Science from 2000-2004. He directed the GRASP Laboratory, a multidisciplinary robotics and perception laboratory, from 1998-2004. He was the Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from 2005-2008. He served as the Deputy Dean for Education in the  School of Engineering and Applied Science from 2008-2012. He then served as the assistant director of robotics and cyber physical systems at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (2012 – 2013).

Dr. Kumar is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2003), a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (2005) and a member of the National Academy of Engineering (2013).

Dr. Kumar’s research interests are in robotics, specifically multi-robot systems, and micro aerial vehicles. He has served on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics and the Springer Tract in Advanced Robotics (STAR).

He is the recipient of the 1991 National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator award, the 1996 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching (University of Pennsylvania), the 1997 Freudenstein Award for significant accomplishments in mechanisms and robotics, the 2012 ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Award, the 2012 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Distinguished Service Award , a 2012 World Technology Network Award, and a 2014 Engelberger Robotics Award. He has won best paper awards at DARS 2002, ICRA 2004, ICRA 2011, RSS 2011, and RSS 2013, and has advised doctoral students who have won Best Student Paper Awards at ICRA 2008, RSS 2009, and DARS 2010.


John Markoff

New York Times

John Markoff is a reporter for the New York Times based in San Francisco where he writes about computing technologies. He is the author of five books including most recently, "Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots." In 2013 he was one a group of New York Times reporters who won the Pulitzer Prize.



Lawrence Mishel

Economic Policy Institute

Lawrence Mishel came to the Economic Policy Institute in 1987 as EPI’s first research director and later became vice president and then president (since 2002). He is principal author of twelve editions of The State of Working America, which provides a comprehensive overview of the U.S. labor market and living standards. His research interests include productivity, labor policy, income distribution and labor markets. Mishel has a PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was previously a professor at Cornell and an economist for several trade unions.


Joel Mokyr

Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Economics and History at Northwestern University and Sackler Professor, (by spec. appnt.) Eitan Berglas School of Economics at Tel Aviv University
Northwestern University and Tel Aviv University

Joel Mokyr is the Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Economics and History at Northwestern University and Sackler Professor (by special appointment) at the Eitan Berglas School of Economics at the University of Tel Aviv. He specializes in economic history and the economics of technological change and population change. He is the author of Why Ireland Starved: An Analytical and Quantitative Study of the Irish Economy, The Lever of Riches: Technological Creativity and Economic Progress, The British Industrial Revolution: An Economic Perspective, The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy, and The Enlightened Economy. His most recent book is A Culture of Growth, to be published by Princeton University Press in 2016. He has authored over 100 articles and books in his field. He has served as the senior editor of the Journal of Economic History from 1994 to 1998, and was editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History (published in July 2003), and serves as editor in chief of a book series, the Princeton University Press Economic History of the Western World. He served as President of the Economic History Association 2003-04, President of the Midwest Economics Association in 2007/08, President of the Atlantic Economic Assoation (2015), and is a director of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He serves as chair of the advisory committee of the Institutions, Organizations, and Growth program of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research. He served as chair of the Economics Department at Northwestern University between 1998 and 2001 and was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford between Sept. 2001 and June 2002.

Professor Mokyr has an undergraduate degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D. from Yale University. He has taught at Northwestern since 1974, and has been a visiting Professor at Harvard, the University of Chicago, Stanford, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Tel Aviv, University College of Dublin, and the University of Manchester. In 2006 he was awarded the biennial Heineken Prize by the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences for a lifetime achievement in historical science. In 2015 he was awarded the Balzan Prize for Economic History. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a foreign fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and a Fellow of the Econometric Society and the Cliometric Society. His books have won a number of important prizes including the Joseph Schumpeter memorial prize (1990), the Ranki prize for the best book in European Economic history and more recently the Donald Price Prize of the American Political Science Association.


David Nordfors

Co-Founder and Co-Chair
i4j Innovation for Jobs

David Nordfors is the co-founder and co-chair of the i4j (Innovation for Jobs) Summit. He was previously co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Communication at Stanford University. He was one of the World Economic Forum Innovation 100 in 2009, and served on the WEF Global Agenda Councils for media and journalism. He has been an adjunct professor at IDC Herzliya in Israel, a visiting professor at Tallinn University, the Tecnologico de Monterrey, and the Deutsche Welle Akademie. He was advisor to the Director General at VINNOVA, the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems, where he co-initiated the national Swedish Incubator System and set up a bi-national R&D fund between Sweden and Israel for mobile applications. He was Director of Research Funding of the Knowledge Foundation, KK-stiftelsen, administering an endowment of $300MUSD, building a funding framework underwriting over a hundred innovation initiatives between universities and industry. He initiated and headed the first hearing about the Internet to be held by the Swedish Parliament. He has a Ph.D. in physics from the Uppsala University and did his postdoc in Theoretical Chemistry in Heidelberg, Germany.


Debra Satz

Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society, Professor of Philosophy and, by courtesy, Political Science. Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities and Arts J. Frederick and Elisabeth Brewer Weintz University Fellow in Undergraduate Education Affiliation
Stanford University

Debra Satz earned her doctorate in philosophy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on the ethical limits of markets, the nature of egalitarianism, theories of rational choice, ethics and education, and issues of international justice. In 2004, Satz received the Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford’s highest teaching honor. Among her recent and forthcoming publications are Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale: The Moral Limits of Markets (Oxford University Press, 2010); (co-ed.) Occupy the Future (MIT Press, 2012); and Economic Analysis, Moral Philosophy and Public Policy (Cambridge, 2016) (with Dan Hausman and Michael McPherson.)




Manuela Veloso

Herbert A. Simon University Professor
School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Manuela M. Veloso is the Herbert A. Simon University Professor in the
School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. She researches in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. She founded and directs the CORAL research laboratory, for the study of autonomous agents that Collaborate, Observe, Reason, Act, and Learn, Professor Veloso is IEEE Fellow, AAAS Fellow, AAAI Fellow, and the past President of AAAI and RoboCup. Professor Veloso and her students have worked with a variety of autonomous robots, including mobile service robots and soccer robots. See for further information, including publications.


Judy Wajcman

Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology
The London School of Economics

Judy Wajcman is the Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics. She was previously Professor of Sociology in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University.  She has been President of the Society for the Social Studies of Science and is a recipient of the  William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award of the American Sociological Association. Her books include: The Politics of Working Life, TechnoFeminism, Managing Like a Man: Women and Men in Corporate Management, Feminism Confronts Technology and The Social Shaping of Technology. Her work has been translated into French, German, Greek, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish. Her last book is Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism (University of Chicago Press, 2015).


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