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Neil Gaikwad chosen as a 2019 Facebook Fellow

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Neil Gaikwad

Neil Gaikwad, a 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.  

Neil is specializing in  human-centered machine learning and public policy for sustainable development.  He develops data-driven human-AI collaboration algorithms and social computing systems for sustainable development, with a focus on increasing fairness and transparency in public policy decisions, analyzing large-scale datasets emerging from Earth remote sensing satellites and socio-economic processes.

Neil's current research focuses on enhancing fairness and transparency in policy decision making in global food and humanitarian systems.   He is developing Global Farm Pulse, a human-centered machine learning system, to better understand the adverse impact of underlying physical processes and socio-economic policies on global food security under climate extremes. Drawing upon this understanding, he is designing equitable market mechanisms and policies to support vulnerable farmers and decision-makers to mitigate the consequence of meteorological disasters and socio-economic breakdowns. 

Neil's research and its practical relevance are informed by human-centered ML and policy research in academia, quantitative finance and market risk research on Wall Street, and field research with vulnerable communities in different parts of the world.

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