Wei Pan is a Ph.D student at MIT Media Lab, and his works are about humans, interactions, social networks, big data and mobile systems. He is interested in Computational Social Science, and works in the Human Dynamics Group led by his advisor Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland. He works on measuring, understanding and predicting communities and societies as the collective behaviors of individuals by using modern sensing and modeling techniques. He also does interesting things such as the DARPA Red Balloon Challenge.
Wei spent two years in the Computer Science Department at Dartmouth College. He got his B.Eng. from Tsinghua University in 2007, in computer science. He has worked at Google Research China and a couple of start-ups in China.
Wei is the co-founder and president of the MIT Media Lab China Initiative, bringing new innovations to China and reaching respected Chinese companies for MIT Media Lab partnerships.
Research Software includes the Funf Open Sensing Platform, the SmartDialer Automatic Dialing Software that knows who you call next, a Hierarchical Model for Human Locomotion, and Optimal Tuning Systems.