Applied big data innovation for sustainable development at United Nations

Speaker: Miguel Luengo-Oroz , UN Global Pulse

Date: Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

Refreshments: 3:45 PM

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Location: Seminar Room 32-G449 (Patil/Kiva)

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Reminder Subject: TALK: Applied big data innovation for sustainable development at United Nations

In both developing economies and industrialized ones, people are generating a growing ocean of digital data every minute just by going about their daily lives. As people use mobile devices to communicate or share information publicly on social networks, they leave digital trails that private sector firms are mining to understand the needs of customers, track emerging market trends, and monitor their own operations in real-time. Once privacy is properly protected, the same data, tools and methodologies can also reveal insights on changes in human well-being. Such insights can guide the public sector to respond more effectively to emerging crises and vulnerabilities.

UN Global Pulse is an innovation initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General, harnessing big data safely and responsibly as a public good. The presentation will include some examples of Global Pulse innovation projects across its network of Pulse Labs with application to sustainable development and humanitarian action-ranging from public health to food security or climate and resilience.

Miguel Luego-Oroz is Chief Scientist at UN Global Pulse leading the data science team across the network of Pulse Labs in New York, Jakarta and Kampala developing data innovation projects together with United Nations system partners. As the first data scientist at the United Nations, over the past five years, he has prototyped the use of big data including social, mobile and postal data to answer traditional development related questions. Miguel holds a PhD in biomedical eng, MSc in cognitive sciences, MSc in telecommunications eng and is a graduate from Singularity University at NASA. Miguel is an Ashoka fellow and the founding director of - a project based in the Technical University of Madrid leveraging videogames and crowdsourcing for diagnosis of global health diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis.

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