Neil Gaikwad

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Neil S. Gaikwad  

AI, HCI, and Data Science for Sustainability  

Neil's research falls at the interface of human-centered artificial intelligence and data science (interactive machine learning, non-parametric Bayesian inference), engineering of economics (market-incentive design and analysis), and human-computer interaction (design thinking, crowd-computing systems)— with an emphasis on design, computational modeling, and engineering of self organizing socio-technical systems. This work is motivated to advance the emerging fields of computational sustainability and human-AI collective intelligence, while solving REAL pressing societal challenges related to crisis response, a sharing-economy design, agriculture, and future of human-AI creative work. It has published in top-tier computer science conferences (AAAI, ACM UIST, ACM CSCW) and a scientific journal (PNAS), and featured in the New York Times, Bloomberg, WIRED, and the Wall Street Journal. 

Neil is a TEDx speaker and he has recently talked about the Future of Markets in the Era of Artificial Intelligence. He earned M.S. from the Sc… View full description

Neil S. Gaikwad  

AI, HCI, and Data Science for Sustainability  

Neil's research falls at the interface of human-centered artificial intelligence and data science (interactive machine learning, non-parametric Bayesian inference), engineering of economics (market-incentive design and analysis), and human-computer interaction (design thinking, crowd-computing systems)— with an emphasis on design, computational modeling, and engineering of self organizing socio-technical systems. This work is motivated to advance the emerging fields of computational sustainability and human-AI collective intelligence, while solving REAL pressing societal challenges related to crisis response, a sharing-economy design, agriculture, and future of human-AI creative work. It has published in top-tier computer science conferences (AAAI, ACM UIST, ACM CSCW) and a scientific journal (PNAS), and featured in the New York Times, Bloomberg, WIRED, and the Wall Street Journal. 

Neil is a TEDx speaker and he has recently talked about the Future of Markets in the Era of Artificial Intelligence. He earned M.S. from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon.  

His research draws on MIT's Mens et Manus motto and the Media Lab's deploy or die philosophy.  He is one of the principal creators of Daemo, a Self Governed Open Sourced Crowdsourcing Marketplace. He led its technical architecture and invented Boomerang, an incentive-compatible reputation system. His contributions draw on fundamentals from algorithmic game theory (incentive design), structured finance (guilds organization as tranches), and human-centered design (prototype tasks), with aspirations to design sustainable sharing economies and the future of work. He was also one of the principal creators, inventors and founding members EteRNA, crowdcomputation game that harnesses human creativity with machine learning to help invent medicine. EteRNA is an example of sustainable human-machine collaboration that fuses human and artificial intelligence to solve problems that neither can solve alone. It has reached over 100,000 citizen scientists across the world and was listed as one of 25 great ideas emerged from the CMU School of Computer Science. It was also featured in Werner Herzog's film "Lo And Behold: Reveries of the Connected World" (Trailer).   

Arts, Music, and Sports 

Neil is a photographer and a guitarist. He talks about the climate change through the lens of his camera and portfolio Explore The Planet Earth. His work has been featured on National Geographic. 

Neil's research draws a lot of inspiration from the a sportsman's resilience and team dynamics. He was a former cricket player— opening batter and leg spinner. In the US leagues he kept wickets (similar to being a catcher in Baseball) for Jermaine Lawson, former international cricketer and Harshal Patel, Royal Challengers Bangalore's fast-bowler in the IPL. Some of his archived man of the match scorecards: [146 not out], [71 not out

Mentorship and Democratization of Education

Neil comes from a small town near the Western Ghats of India. One of the major missions of his life is to open up the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) research and educational opportunities for people across the globe. In this pursuit, he moved back to academia from Wall Street. Neil has mentored over dozens of students who went on pursuing undergraduate and graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Cornell University.