ALEX 'SANDY' PENTLAND is a pioneer in Big Data, Computational Social Science, mobile information systems, and technology for developing countries. He is one of the most-cited computer scientists in the world. His latest book is Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread—The Lessons from a New Science.
He directs MIT's Human Dynamics Laboratory and the MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program, and advises the World Economic Forum, Nissan Motor Corporation, and a variety of start-up firms. He has previously helped create and direct MIT's Media Laboratory, the Media Lab Asia laboratories at the Indian Institutes of Technology, and Strong Hospital's Center for Future Health.
He has won numerous international awards in the Arts, Sciences and Engineering. He was chosen by Newsweek as one of the 100 Americans most likely to shape this century, and by Forbes as one of the world's seven most powerful data scientists.