Nov 19

Platforms for Collaboration and Productivity

November 19, 2015

Event Description:

"Platforms enable enterprise software to leap from computers to smart phones in a bring-your-own-device world."

Platforms for Collaboration and Productivity is a celebration of crowd-sourcing, citizen science, learning at scale and smart workspaces. Presentations will describe insights and opportunities for emerging platforms in education, wellness, knowledge worker productivity, and entertainment.


Topics will highlight open source, collective intelligence and other technologies for data collection, sharing, and collaboration. Discussions will reveal key issues in the human/machine partnership, including decision-making, data management, personalization and security. These transformations are exponential and cumulative, driving collaboration, innovation and productivity.

The audience will be about 80 senior innovators, researchers and technologists from Stanford and mediaX member organizations.
“Connected Productivity Platforms” is one of the three major trends for Smart Workspaces that have grown out of mediaX sponsored research and workshops in 2015. These three trends, including  “Augmented Human Intelligence” and “Interpersonal Presence Platforms,” will be areas of focus for mediaX in the coming year.


Michael Bernstein, Crowdsourcing a Meeting of the Minds. Dr. Bernstein’s research examines how computation might coordinate many peoples' abilities toward complex and interdependent goals. Dr. Bernstein and his researchers are exploring the potential of flash teams as a way of quickly crowdsourcing complex tasks, using a specially developed system for quickly gathering and guiding crowds of experts —including professional programmers, designers, singers and artists. The resulting collectives tackle problems modularly and at scale, dynamically growing and shrinking depending on task demands, and combining into larger or smaller groupings as needed. Ultimately, these computationally-enabled expert crowds pursue goals such as designing new user experiences overnight, producing animated shorts in two days, and even conducting new research.

Michael Bernstein is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he co-directs the Human-Computer Interaction group and is a Robert N. Noyce Family Faculty Scholar. His research focuses on the design of crowdsourcing and social computing systems. This work has received Best Paper awards and nominations at premier venues in human-computer interaction and social computing (ACM UIST, ACM CHI, ACM CSCW, AAAI ISWSM). Michael has been recognized with the NSF CAREER award, as well as the George M. Sprowls Award for best doctoral thesis in Computer Science at MIT.

Abby King, Citizen Science as a Platform for Wellness Research. While technology is a major “driver” of many of society’s comforts, conveniences, and advances, it has engineered regular physical activity and a number of other positive health behaviors out of our daily lives. A key question is: how can we harness technology for “good” in the health promotion/disease prevention area? One potential solution is “community-engaged citizen science” that brings together researchers + public and private organizations + residents themselves in harnessing the potential of IT and mobile devices to solve the health promotion challenge.

Abby King is a Professor of Health Research & Policy and Medicine and is the Director of the Stanford Aging Research & Technology Solutions Laboratory. Her research focuses on public health interventions and policy-level approaches to achieve large-scale change in chronic disease prevention and health promotion. Her current research on wellness uses a collaboration platform, applying “citizen science” perspectives to investigate the influences of the built and social environments on health behaviors and outcomes, and applies state-of-the-art communication technologies to address health disparities and expand the reach and generalizability of interventions.

John Willinsky, The Public Knowledge Project: Open Source Platforms for Open Access Scholarly Publishing. The Public Knowledge Project, dating back to 1998 and the developer of the world's most-widely used journal management system, is among the initiatives contributing to a new age of public access to research and scholarship.

John Willinsky is Khosla Family Professor of Education, Stanford University and Professor (Part-Time) Publishing Studies, SFU and Distinguished Scholar in Residence, SFU Library. John started the Public Knowledge Project in 1998 at the University of British Columbia in an effort to create greater public and global access to research and scholarship through the use of new publishing technologies. The PKP is focused on extending access to, and the accessibility of, knowledge through online sources.

Kathy Bries, Knowledge Collaboration Platform. Kathy Bries will discuss Cisco’s innovative integrated solution, bringing learning and knowledge into the everyday operation of how people work, and serving as a platform that helps people learn, work and connect with peers in an intelligent manner.

Kathy Bries is the Senior Director and General Manager of Cisco Collaborative Knowledge, a breakthrough knowledge and learning digital workplace technology solution for Cisco customers and partners. This new offering was developed within the Learning@Cisco organization, an award-winning education service focused on skills training and networking certification. The Collaborative Knowledge initiative is the centerpiece of the Learning@Cisco strategy to connect and empower knowledge workers and the Learning@Cisco’s Technology Delivery Investments to customers, business partners and the Cisco community. Bries brings over 15 years of networking market knowledge, business unit P&L experience, product/engineering management, operations support, and cross-team project management leadership to her current position. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard, and resides in California.

Candace Thille, Big Data, the Science of Learning, Analytics, and Transformation of Education. Online platforms are poised to transform higher education through increased access and convenience, the power of simulations, and the capacity for connection and collaboration. Dr. Thille’s presentation highlights the power of platform tools and technologies to transform observation and data collection. This process enables researchers from industry and academia to know their user better – as consumers, as producers, and as learners. Dr. Thille will discuss the relationship between the four actors in this process – the learner, the teacher, the design team and the learning researchers - and the different data collection and representation needs and benefits for each. She will also discuss the active science, based on evolving data and schema, behind these knowledge models, and the importance of transparent algorithms and systems.

Dr. Candace Thille is an Assistant Professor of Education at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education and Senior Research Fellow for the Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning. She is also the founding director of the Open Learning Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on applying results from the learning sciences to the design, implementation, and evaluation of open web-based learning environments. Dr. Thille serves as a redesign scholar for the National Center for Academic Transformation; as a fellow of the International Society for Design and Development in Education; on the Assessment 2020 Task Force of the American Board of Internal Medicine; on the technical advisory committee for the Association of American Universities STEM initiative; and on the Global Executive Advisory board for Hewlett Packard’s Catalyst Initiative. She served on a U.S. Department of Education working group, co-authoring the “National Education Technology Plan,” and on the working group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology that produced the “Engage to Excel” report for improving STEM education.

Aman Kumar and Andrus Viirg. Global Platforms, Digital Identity and e-Citizenship. Earlier this year, the Republic of Estonia announced the public beta of its innovative e-Residency program. Now, anyone can apply for an Estonian digital identity card to sign contracts, encrypt documents, and register a business from anywhere in the world. e-Residency’s ambitions are to unlock the productive and entrepreneurial potential of every world citizen — redefining the nation state in the digital era.

Aman Kumar is a member of the IMPACT leadership program in the Office of the CEO at SAP, where he focuses on consumerization, simplification, and business agility. He is also special advisor to the CIO of the Republic of Estonia and advisor to startups in Silicon Valley and Boston. Aman was previously the head of strategic marketing at MobileIron, Inc., an enterprise mobile startup in Silicon Valley, prior to its 2014 IPO. He began his career in product management at Apple and Google. Aman serves on the board of directors of the American Institute for Stuttering and is the 2005 United States Presidential Scholar for California.

Andrus Viirg is the Director of Enterprise Estonia, Silicon Valley - a representative office of a state foundation for business support and development (investment, trade & innovation). Andrus has also served as the Director of Estonian Investment Agency (EIA) and was the member of the Steering Committee of WAIPA (World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies) between 2001-2004.

Hiroshi Tomita, Platforms for Professional Productivity. Hiroshi Tomita will discuss Konica Minolta’s future office concept, intended to augment productivity, creativity and collaboration.

Since joining Minolta Inc. (current Konica Minolta Headquarter in Japan), Mr. Tomita has over 20-year experience in software development for office automation, and the development of image processing technology for color and B&W Multi-Function Product. When moving to San Francisco in 1999, he was promoted to General Manager of the Imaging Division, then later in 2001 appointed as President. Mr. Tomita has been responsible for all R&D activities in the US, overseeing core technology development and research collaborations with US companies, universities, and research institutes in the areas of IT, environmental energy, and healthcare. Konica Minolta Laboratory USA (KMLUS) has been an active member of mediaX since 2006. Mr. Tomita is the former President and current Executive Advisor to the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California (JCCNC).

Dave Toole, Platforms for Collaboration and Creativity. MediaMobz enables brands to become video publishers, telling their stories to engage customers, internal communications and more. MediaMobz is a cloud based network, bringing together the thousands of videographers, script writers and animators that make up the Mobz and providing a collaboration platform to keep all creative teams aligned during the creation process.

Dave Toole, CEO of MediaMobz, has been a thought leader in the digital media space for over 20 years, holding several patents that are core to the Internet and cloud-based services we take for granted today. Prior to founding MediaMobz Dave took public and sold technology company GaSonics, a leader in several competitive markets that delivered a dozen generations of technology for the likes of Intel and others.Dave has brought new video communications capabilities to brands around the globe.

Rahul Basole, Visualizing the Digital Platform Ecosystem. The rise of digital platforms is transforming entire industries and economies. Using a unique integrated dataset, we quantify, compare, and visualize the structure of the digital platform ecosystem. We discuss theoretical and managerial implications of our results.

Rahul C. Basole is a Visiting Scholar at mediaX at Stanford University. He is an Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Computing and the Director of the Tennenbaum Institute at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Basole is also a Fellow of the Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Enterprise Transformation. Rahul's research and teaching focuses on computational enterprise science, information visualization, and strategic decision support to understand and manage technology and innovation in complex enterprise systems. He has published in leading computing, engineering, and management journals outlets, and his work has been recognized by the media, including the New York Times, Fortune Magazine,, and CNBC. He holds a PhD in industrial and systems engineering from Georgia Tech.

Armen Pischdotchian, Platforms for Cognitive Computing. A world of sensors and devices that communicate with one another often analyzing data and predicting futures, are about to meet cognition; where systems understand, reason and learn. Come for a journey beginning from the Jeopardy! days to API services that employ neural network deep learning technologies as we usher in the cognitive era and the API Economy, enabling a powerful new platform for collaboration and ideation.

Armen mentors university faculty and conducts enablement sessions pertaining to the IBM Watson technical solution portfolio. During the past three years in the Watson Group, Armen has consulted with and deployed various Watson solutions at top universities around the world. Prior to joining the Watson Group, Armen conducted technical enablement for the Tivoli brand (Internet of Things) both in the US and for many IBM global enterprise clients. Armen started at IBM 10 years ago as a technical course designer and trainer for IBM’s IoT product portfolio. He holds a Master's degree in Computer Science and an MBA in Computer Information Systems.