Neil Gaikwad

Neil Gaikwad

Artificial Intelligence Graduate Researcher at MIT Media Lab
Bio

Neil Gaikwad is an inventor and a graduate researcher at the MIT Media Lab. His work focuses on using Artificial Intelligence and Human Computer Interaction for Social Good and humanitarian efforts. Neil designs and engineers self-organizing systems that fuse human and artificial intelligence to solve problems that neither can solve alone. Neil’s research envisage human-machine symbiosis that can help solve pressing societal challenges related to market design, healthcare, collective-governance, and crisis response. His work has appeared in the major academic journal and conferences, including PNAS, ACM UIST, and ACM CSCW. At the MIT Media Lab, Neil is a part of the Innovating for Billions in Emerging Worlds Leadership Council and a member of the Space Exploration initiative. He is also one of the chairs of the Committee on Scholarly Interactions at Sidney Pacific, MIT’s largest graduate residence.

Neil is one of the principal creators and lead technical architect of Daemo, a Self Governed Marketplace that is redefining the future of work. He was also one of the principal creators, inventors, and founding members of EteRNA, crowdcomputing game that harnesses human intelligence with machine learning to help invent medicine. EteRNA has reached over 100,000 citizen scientists across the world and was featured in the legendary director Werner Herzog’s film “Lo And Behold: Reveries of the Connected World’’.

Neil comes from Nagar, a small town near the Western Ghats (Sahyadri in Sanskrit) of India. He is an artist and a guitarist; his photograph `Glacial Place’ has featured on National Geographic. One of the major missions of his life is to democratize the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) educational opportunities for students, women, and minorities across the globe. He and his collaborators have been working on democratizing the research process through Massive Open Online Research project that has benefited students from the six continents. Neil has mentored over dozens of students who are now pursuing undergraduate and graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Cornell University.