Prof. Alex `Sandy’ Pentland

Connection Science

Human Dynamics Laboratory
Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program
MIT-Harvard-ODI Big Data & People Project
Social Physics



Medium:  Searching for Someone  Reinventing Society with Big Data

American Scientist : To Signal Is Human

Scientific American: Wearable Intelligence

Nature: Secret Signals


Computational Social Science
            Collective Intelligence

Time Critical Social Mobilization

Harvard Business Review: Breakthrough Ideas
World Economic Forum: 

The New Deal on Data
            Personal Data: A New Asset Class

Technology Review: Reality Mining

Robert Wood Johnson: Reality Mining for Health


Business and Engineering

Communications of the ACM: Beyond Viral

The Verge: Godfather of Wearables

Forbes: Mining Human Behavior

Newsweek: A Trillion Points of Data

New York Times: Understanding Conversations

Strategy+Business: Honest Signals



Financial Times: Twitter Effect

New York Times: Top Ten Internet Of Things Product

Business Week: World’s Most Intriguing Startups

ABC: Listening For Depression

Financial Times: Entrepreneurship For Development


Recent Awards

Brandeis Privacy Award

Best Business Book, Innovation

McKinsey Award Harvard Business Review

10 Technologies That Will Change The World

World’s Most Powerful Data Scientists

40th Anniversary of the Internet Grand Challenge

10 Technologies That Will Change The World

Future Health Technology Award

Carlos Ghosn Award for Automotive Design



Beyond Viral

Sustainable Digital Ecologies (Davos)

Breakthrough Idea of the Year talk at Davos   

Honest Signals

Reality Mining

Ooh La La


Curriculum Vitae  

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Professor Alex "Sandy" Pentland directs the MIT Connection Science and Human Dynamics labs and previously helped create and direct the MIT Media Lab and the Media Lab Asia in India. He is one of the most-cited scientists in the world, and Forbes recently declared him one of the "7 most powerful data scientists in the world" along with Google founders and the Chief Technical Officer of the United States. He has received numerous awards and prizes such as the McKinsey Award from Harvard Business Review, the 40th Anniversary of the Internet from DARPA, and the Brandeis Award for work in privacy.

He is a founding member of advisory boards for Google, AT&T, Nissan, and the UN Secretary General, a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded more than a dozen companies including social enterprises such as the Data Transparency Lab, the Harvard-ODI-MIT DataPop Alliance and the Institute for Data Driven Design. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and leader within the World Economic Forum.

Over the years Sandy has advised more than 60 PhD students. Almost half are now tenured faculty at leading institutions, with another one-quarter leading industry research groups and a final quarter founders of their own companies. Together Sandy and his students have pioneered computational social science, organizational engineering, wearable computing (Google Glass), image understanding, and modern biometrics. His most recent books are `Social Physics,' published by Penguin Press, and 'Honest Signals', published by MIT Press.

Interesting experiences include dining with British Royalty and the President of India, staging fashion shows in Paris, Tokyo, and New York, and developing a method for counting beavers from space.