IAAC Fall Lecture Series – Sanjay Sarma – The Future of Learning
Date: Wednesday, October 14th, 19:30 (CEST)
Dr. Sanjay Sarma, VP of MIT Open Learning, discusses the science and practice of learning. He will talk about how we learn, how we teach, a little bit about the history, and how we might need to change in the face of new technologies such as COVID-19.
About Dr. Sarma
Sanjay Sarma is the Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT and the Vice President for Open learning. He co-founded the Auto-ID Center at MIT and developed many of the key technologies behind the EPC suite of RFID standards now used worldwide. He was also the the founder and CTO of OATSystems, which was acquired by Checkpoint Systems (NYSE: CKP) in 2008. He serves on the boards and advisory boards of Hochschild Mining, GS1, EPCglobal and several startup companies including TraceLink, IoTask and Top Flight Technologies. In all his endeavors, Professor Sarma has been at the forefront of technologies now known as the Internet of Things. MITx, which reports to Professor Sarma at MIT, delivers revolutionary Massive Open Online Courses (Courses) to millions of students around the world straight from the cloud.
Over the years, Professor Sarma has been involved in other sectors as well: health care, energy (through his startups and work experience), automotive technologies, government (he is a designer of the Indian UID system), buildings, infrastructure, mining and financial technology. Sarma is co-author of the award winning book: “The Inversion Factor: How to Thrive in the IoT Economy.”
Dr. Sarma received his Bachelors from the Indian Institute of Technology, his Masters from Carnegie Mellon University and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. Sarma also worked at Schlumberger Oilfield Services in Aberdeen, UK, and at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories in Berkeley, California. He has authored over 75 academic papers in Internet of Things, computational geometry, sensing, RFID, automation and CAD, and is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and research including the MacVicar Fellowship, the Business Week eBiz Award and Informationweek Innovators and Influencers Award. He advises several national governments and global companies.