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WED@NICO SEMINAR: César Hidalgo, MIT Media Lab "The Principles of Collective Learning"

César Hidalgo

When: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

Where: Chambers Hall, Lower Level, 600 Foster St, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free

Contact: Yasmeen Khan   847.491.2527

Group: Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO)

Category: Academic

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César Hidalgo, Director of the Collective Learning Group, MIT Media Lab


The Principles of Collective Learning


How do teams, cities, and nations learn? In this talk I will discuss research on the principles that govern the creation, diffusion, and valuation of knowledge. These principles govern the accumulation of knowledge from experience, the diffusion of knowledge across social, geographic, and cognitive barriers, and the connection between the geography of knowledge and macroeconomic outcomes, such as income, economic growth, and income inequality. I will then use these principles to discuss optimal industrial diversification strategies, micro-mechanisms governing knowledge diffusion, and the application of these principles to industrial policy. To finalize, I will present applied work on the creation of national data integration, distribution, and visualization systems (e.g., I will show how these technologies are changing the way governments distribute data and paving the way for a world in which government executive action is augmented by artificial intelligence.

Speaker Bio:

César A. Hidalgo leads the Collective Learning group at The MIT Media Lab and is an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT. Hidalgo's work focuses on understanding how teams, organizations, cities, and nations learn. At the Collective Learning group, Hidalgo studies knowledge flows and also creates software tools to facilitate learning in organizations. Hidalgo's academic publications have been cited more than 12,000 times and his online systems have received more than 100 million pageviews and numerous awards. Hidalgo's latest book, Why Information Grows (Basic Books, 2015), has been translated to over ten languages. Hidalgo is also the co-author of The Atlas of Economic Complexity (MIT Press, 2014), and a co-founder of Datawheel LLC, a company that has professionalized the creation of large data visualization engines. Hidalgo lives in Somerville Massachusetts with his wife Anna and their daughter Iris.

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