Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences
Director, Cognitive Machines
Deb Roy is a tenured member of the MIT faculty and directs the Cognitive Machines group at the MIT Media Lab. A native of Canada, Roy received his bachelor of computer engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1992 and his PhD in cognitive science from MIT in 1999. He joined the MIT faculty in 2000.
Roy studies how children learn language, and designs machines that learn to communicate in human-like ways. To enable this work, he has pioneered new data-driven methods for analyzing and modeling human linguistic and social behavior. He has authored numerous scientific papers on artificial intelligence, cognitive modeling, human-machine interaction, data mining and information visualization. Roy's research is frequently featured in the media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, WIRED, National Geographic, Science, BBC, and National Public Radio.
Deb Roy is currently on leave from MIT and serves as CEO of Bluefin Labs, a venture-backed Social TV Solutions company that he co-founded. Built upon deep machine learning principles developed in his research over the past 15 years, Bluefin has created a technology platform that analyzes social media commentary to measure real-time audience response to TV ads and shows. The company is developing products based on this platform to help brands, agencies, and media companies optimize their mass media performance by integrating real time insights mined from social media and other sources of audience response.
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