Advisory Board

Dr. Alexander D. Wissner-Gross

Alexander D. Wissner-Gross, Ph.D. is an award-winning scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur. He serves as an Institute Fellow at the Harvard University Institute for Applied Computational Science and as a Research Affiliate at the MIT Media Laboratory.
Alex has received 116 major distinctions, authored 17 publications, been granted 22 issued, pending, and provisional patents, and founded, managed, and advised 4 technology companies, 1 of which has been acquired.
In 1998 and 1999, respectively, he won the U.S.A. Computer Olympiad and the Intel Science Talent Search. In 2003, he became the last person in MIT history to receive a triple major, with bachelors in Physics, Electrical Science and Engineering, and Mathematics, while graduating first in his class from the MIT School of Engineering. In 2007, he completed his Ph.D. in Physics at Harvard, where his research on programmable matter, ubiquitous computing, and machine learning was awarded the Hertz Doctoral Thesis Prize.
A popular TED speaker, his talks have been viewed more than 1.7 million times and translated into 26 languages. His work has also been featured in more than 150 press outlets worldwide including The New York Times, CNN, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek.
Alex’s papers include Causal Entropic Forces, Participatory telerobotics, Relativistic statistical arbitrage, Dielectrophoretic architectures, Intruder dynamics on vibrofluidized granular surfaces, Pattern formation without favored local interactions, Multicolor symbology for remotely scannable 2D barcodes, Physically programmable surfaces, Diamond stabilization of ice multilayers at human body temperature, Arrays of Cu(2+)-complexed organic clusters grown on gold nano dots, From codex to poster, and Dielectrophoretic reconfiguration of nanowire interconnects.
His patents include Environmental footprint monitor for computer networks, System and method for relativistic statistical securities trading, Method and apparatus for human-powered mobile visual search and feedback, Method for creating a topical reading list, and Robotic manipulation system utilizing patterned granular motion.
Watch Alex Wissner-Gross: A new equation for intelligence, AGI-14 Keynote by Alex Wissner-Gross on the Physics of Artificial General Intelligence, Networking Faster Than Light: Alex Wissner-Gross at TEDxBeaconStreet, and Terasem Movement, Inc. 8th Annual Virtual Workshop on Geoethical Nanotechnology in Second Life. Read his LinkedIn profile. Follow his Twitter feed.