Speaker: Dr. Xiaowen Dong，Yan Leng
Time: 12:00-13:30, 26 July 2017
Place: Room 1726, Beijing Normal University Library
Organizer：Beijing Key Lab of Study on SCI-TECH Strategy for Urban Green Development
meeting moderator：Dr. Hao Chen, Executive Director & Chief Scientist of BLSUGD
Title: Living Labs: Large-scale experimental systems for testing new technologies and strategies
Today, people leave digital breadcrumbs wherever they go, through smart phones, RFIDs, credit cards and more. This provides us with unprecedented opportunities to better organize companies, public health, and governance, by better understanding how social networks influence people when they make decisions, transmit information, adopt new technologies, or change behaviors. One particular strategy is the novel “Living Labs” paradigm for research in the field that brings together interdisciplinary experts to develop, deploy, and test - in actual living environments - new technologies and strategies for design. In this talk, we first introduce the concept and ideas of Social Physics that underlie the “Living Labs” paradigm. We then showcase our past and ongoing effort of setting up living labs and testing new technologies in a number of countries, utilizing various sources of large-scale behavioral data, for purposes that are often tailored to specific regions. Finally, we summarize our research findings so far and provide future directions in living labs research, especially for the planned BNU-MIT joint laboratory for urban innovation.
Xiaowen Dong is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Human Dynamics group of MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on emerging signal processing and machine learning techniques on graphs, and their applications in understanding human behavior, decision making and societal changes. Prior to joining MIT, Xiaowen received his Ph.D. degree in Signal Processing from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), and his M.Sc. degree (with Distinction) in Signal Processing and Communications from The University of Edinburgh.
Yan Leng is a PhD student in the Human Dynamics group of MIT Media Lab, studying under the supervision of Professor Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland. She graduated from MIT with dual Master's degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Computer Science in 2016. Her