This MIT-backed online short course in big data and social analytics is designed to give you the flexibility to work when it suits you. You’ll receive continued support and guidance from a tutor and Performance Coach as you progress through the weekly modules in your own time.
- Orientation module: Welcome to your Online Campus
- Course Module 1: Foundations of big data and social physics
- Course Module 2: Personal sensors and human behavior
- Course Module 3: First-order analysis and data exploration
- Course Module 4: Networks of physical interactions
- Course Module 5: Second-order analysis and data exploration
- Course Module 6: Using data to affect behavior change
- Course Module 7: Application of big data in industry
- Course Module 8: Data in action
This short course starts with an Orientation period of 10 days to give students a chance to familiarize themselves with the course structure and requirements, explore the Online Campus, and meet peers on the class discussion forum. After Orientation, 8 academic content modules are released weekly every Wednesday.
Alex “Sandy” Pentland is founding faculty director of the MIT Connection Science Research Initiative, which uses network science to access and change real-world human behavior, and holds a triple appointment at MIT in Media Arts and Sciences, Engineering Systems Division and with the Sloan School of Management. Sandy is a founding member of advisory boards for Google, AT&T, Nissan, and the UN Secretary General, and a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded more than a dozen companies, including two hedge funds. Sandy currently advises on data/analytics to the UN Secretary General and the boards of AT&T, Google, Telefonica and others.
Managing Director of MIT Connection Science
Dave leads new initiatives for MIT, advises the European Commission on commercializing innovation and building regional innovation capacity, and counsels leadership at private and public companies on growth strategies.
YVES-ALEXANDRE DE MONTJOYE
Research Scientist at MIT Media Lab
Yves-Alexandre recently received his PhD in computational privacy from MIT. His research on the shortcomings of anonymization has appeared in reports of the World Economic Forum, European Commission, and the OECD. Yves-Alexandre worked for the Boston Consulting Group and acted as an expert for both the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Nations.
Visiting Researcher at MIT Media Lab
Arek is currently a Data Scientist working in People Analytics, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at both the Technical University of Denmark and at MIT Media Lab (Human Dynamics Group). Arek is particularly interested in mobile technologies, and how they can be used to learn more about human beings.
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Human Dynamics Group at the MIT Media Lab
His research focuses on emerging signal processing and machine learning techniques on graphs, and their applications to the understanding of human behavior, decision making and societal changes.Prior to joining MIT, he received his PhD degree in Signal Processing from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland.
Public policy lawyer at Sidley Austin, and speaker and writer on Public Policy & Technology at Brookings Institution and MIT
Cam Kerry applies his experience as a government thought leader on technology and public policy to current issues in these areas. His work focuses especially on privacy and information security, and the application of privacy principles to fast-changing global business and technology. He is the Former General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Commerce.