Alex Wissner-Gross

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Alex Wissner-Gross
Born Alexander David Wissner-Gross
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Manhasset, New York
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Great Neck South High School
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Harvard University
Occupation Scientist, Inventor, Entrepreneur
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Alex Wissner-Gross is an American scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur. He currently holds academic appointments as an Institute Fellow at the Harvard University Institute for Applied Computational Science [1] and as a Research Affiliate at the MIT Media Lab.[2]

Education

In 2003, Wissner-Gross became the last person in MIT history to receive a triple major, with bachelors degrees in physics, electrical engineering, and mathematics,[3] while graduating at the top of his class from the MIT School of Engineering, winning the Henry Ford II Scholar Award.[4] In 2007, he completed his Ph.D. in Physics at Harvard, [5] where his research on programmable matter, ubiquitous computing, and machine learning was awarded a Hertz Doctoral Thesis Prize.[6]

Research

Wissner-Gross has contributed to research in low-latency networking, intelligent control, scientific computing, knowledge extraction, reconfigurable computing, and robotics.

Low-latency networking

In 2010, Wissner-Gross published an optimally low-latency solution for positioning computer servers on a network to coordinate distributed stochastic processes, and applied the result to the optimization of global high-frequency trading.[7][8][9][10][11]

Intelligent control

In 2013, Wissner-Gross published a thermodynamic theory of intelligent control based on entropic forces that generated complex adaptive behavior when applied to simple systems.[12][13][14][15][16]

Scientific computing

In 2007, Wissner-Gross published a computational approach for simulating liquid-solid phase transitions in the vicinity of heteroepitaxial solid surfaces, and applied the result to the development of non-abrasive medical implant coatings.[17][18][19][20]

Knowledge extraction

In 2007, Wissner-Gross published an algorithm for extracting semantically ordered reading lists from the link structure of a hypertext corpus, and applied the result to Wikipedia.[21][22]

Reconfigurable computing

In 2006, Wissner-Gross published an approach for using dielectrophoresis to assemble, reconfigure, and disassemble nanoelectronic interconnects on a chip.[23][24]

Robotics

In 2001, Wissner-Gross was involved in research on robotic manipulation using nanofluidic media.[25][26]

Selected awards and recognition

References

  1. "IACS People". http://iacs.seas.harvard.edu/people. 
  2. "Hertz Foundation Fellow: Dr. Alexander Wissner-Gross". http://www.hertzfoundation.org/dx/fellows/fellow_profile.aspx?d=134. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "All-USA Academic First Team". USA Today. 12 February 2003. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/education/2003-02-12-college-all-stars.htm. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "School of Engineering awards". MIT News. 4 June 2003. http://web.mit.edu/press/2003/awards-eng-0604.html. 
  5. "Ph.D. Theses: 2000 to present". Harvard Physics Department. http://www.physics.harvard.edu/academics/phds.html#y2007. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Thesis Prize Winners". The Hertz Foundation. http://www.hertzfoundation.org/dx/awards/thesis_winners.aspx. 
  7. Phillips, Matt (28 Dec 2010). "MarketBeat Q&A: Danger, Wonk-o-Meter is High on This One". The Wall Street Journal. http://blogs.wsj.com/marketbeat/2010/12/28/marketbeat-qa-danger-wonk-o-meter-is-high-on-this-one/. 
  8. Ehrenberg, Rachel (29 Oct 2010). "Trading Places". Science News. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/trading-places. 
  9. Palmer, Jason (23 Mar 2011). "Stock Trades to Exploit Speed of Light, Says Researcher". BBC News. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12827752. 
  10. Carmody, Tim (11 Nov 2010). "Gaming the System with High-Frequency Trading". Wired. http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/11/gaming-the-system-with-high-frequency-trading/. 
  11. Dillow, Clay (23 Mar 2011). "Financial Traders Look to Boost Profits by Exploiting the Speed of Light for Long-Distance Trades". Popular Science. http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-03/financial-traders-look-leverage-speed-light-making-physics-new-national-resource. 
  12. Palmer, Jason (23 Apr 2013). "Entropy Law Linked to Intelligence, Say Researchers". BBC News. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-22261742. 
  13. Kosner, Anthony (21 Apr 2013). "From Atoms to Bits, Physics Shows Entropy as the Root of Intelligence". Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/sites/anthonykosner/2013/04/21/from-atoms-to-bits-physics-shows-entropy-as-the-root-of-intelligence/. 
  14. Monroe, Don (19 Apr 2013). "Focus: Model Suggests Link between Intelligence and Entropy". American Physical Society. http://physics.aps.org/articles/v6/46. 
  15. Hewitt, John (22 Apr 2013). "The Emergence of Complex Behaviors Through Causal Entropic Forces". Phys.org. http://phys.org/news/2013-04-emergence-complex-behaviors-causal-entropic.html. 
  16. Dvorsky, George (26 Apr 2013). "How Skynet Might Emerge from Simple Physics". io9. http://io9.com/how-skynet-might-emerge-from-simple-physics-482402911. 
  17. Dume, Belle (4 Sep 2007). "Warm Ice Could Make Implants More Biocompatible". New Scientist. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn12585-warm-ice-could-make-implants-more-biocompatible.html. 
  18. Cartwright, Jon (30 Aug 2007). "Warm Ice Could Improve Medical Implants". Physics World. http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2007/aug/30/warm-ice-could-improve-medical-implants. 
  19. Powell, Alvin (28 Sep 2007). "Hot Ice Could Lead to Medical Device". Science Daily. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/09/070926122753.htm. 
  20. Ostrovsky, Gene (19 Sep 2007). "Warm Ice for Gadgets in the (Polycrystalline) Diamond Age". Medgadget. http://www.medgadget.com/2007/09/warm_ice_for_gadgets_in_the_polycrystalline_diamond_age.html. 
  21. Knight, Will (2 Jan 2007). "Wikipedia Links Used to Build Smart Reading Lists". New Scientist. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn10849-wikipedia-links-used-to-build-smart-reading-lists.html. 
  22. Singhal, Anupriya (5 Jan 2007). "Software Provides Reading Lists". The Harvard Crimson. http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2007/1/5/software-provides-reading-lists-last-spring/. 
  23. "Nanowires Get Reconfigured". Institute of Physics. 19 Oct 2006. http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/lab/26192. 
  24. "Nanotechnology: Toward Matter Programmable to Atomic Precision". Foresight Institute. 7 Jun 2007. http://www.foresight.org/nanodot/?p=2499. 
  25. Port, Otis (15 Jul 2001). "What This Teenager Did on His Summer Vacation". Bloomberg Businessweek. http://www.businessweek.com/stories/2001-07-15/what-this-teenager-did-on-his-summer-vacation. 
  26. Feldman, Orna (2001). "Big Ideas". MIT Spectrum. http://spectrum.mit.edu/articles/big-ideas/. 
  27. "1998 USACO". http://www.uwp.edu/sws/usaco/1998/usaco98.htm. 
  28. "2 LIers Get Top Prizes In Science / 6th and 10th on Intel list". Newsday. 9 March 1999. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/newsday/access/39573002.html?dids=39573002:39573002&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Mar+09%2C+1999&author=Ching-Ching+Ni.+STAFF+WRITER&pub=Newsday+(Combined+editions)&desc=2+LIers+Get+Top+Prizes+In+Science+%2F+6th+and+10th+on+Intel+list&pqatl=google. 
  29. "Here and There". MIT News. 2 June 1999. http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/1999/handt-0602.html. 
  30. "School of Engineering rewards six students, faculty". MIT News. 6 June 2001. http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2001/eng-0606.html. 
  31. "Student Honors & Awards". [email protected]. 7 October 2002. http://web.mit.edu/physics/news/physicsatmit/physicsatmit_02_studenthonors.pdf. 
  32. "Three MIT students win Marshall Scholarships". MIT News. 4 December 2002. http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2002/marshalls.html. 
  33. "Awards and Honors". 28 January 2004. http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2004/aandh-0128.html. 
  34. "Alex Wissner-Gross awarded 2007 Dan David Prize Scholarship". 1 May 2007. http://www.hertzfoundation.org/dx/newsevents/pressrelease.aspx?d=78. 
  35. "Alex Wissner-Gross Named in 2010 Science News of the Year". 20 November 2010. http://www.hertzfoundation.org/dx/newsevents/pressrelease.aspx?d=122. 
  36. "Alex Wissner-Gross Elected to Philosophical Society of Washington". 2 December 2011. http://www.hertzfoundation.org/dx/newsevents/pressrelease.aspx?d=161. 

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