Neil Gaikwad chosen as a 2019 Facebook Fellow


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Neil Gaikwad

Neil Gaikwad, a third-year PhD student in the Space Enabled research group, has been selected as one of the 2019 Facebook Fellows. 

The highly competitive Facebook Fellowship award recognizes outstanding PhD students engaged in relevant, innovative research across the fields of computer science and engineering. This year, twenty-one Fellows and seven Emerging Scholars (including several from MIT) were chosen out of more than 900 applications from all over the world. The fellowship award includes two years of tuition and fees, a stipend, and conference travel support.

Neil's research is in the area of human-centered AI with a focus on socioeconomic development. His research harnesses computational, economic, and community-centered design thinking to provide real-world solutions to challenging wicked problems in crisis informatics, market design under weak institutions, just public policy design, and urban environmental planning.

Neil develops novel human-AI collaboration algorithms and tools to study, model, and (re-) design just socio-technical systems, analyzing large-scale datasets emerging from social processes, Earth remote sensing satellites, and socioeconomic interactions. His current research seeks to decode the impact of the Earth’s physical processes on human societies and institutions. Drawing upon this understanding, he is designing and engineering more efficient and equitable precision agriculture markets to help small-scale farmers mitigate the adverse impact of meteorological disasters and institutional failures.  

Neil's research is informed by experiences in academia, quantitative finance on Wall Street, and farming communities in the Western Ghats of India (Sahyadri). 

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