Speaker

MICHAEL BLETSAS

Researcher & Director of Computing - MIT MEDIA LAB

Michalis Bletsas is Researcher and Director of Informatics at MIT's Media Lab, where he has been working since 1996. He was one of the founding members of the “One Laptop Per Child (OLPC)” initiative, where he contributed remarkably to the design and implementation of the pioneering laptop "XO", as well as its connectivity to the internet.
He has implemented many broadband access networks based on state-of-the-art technologies including one of the first ADSL test platforms and a variety of wireless technologies. Mr. Bletsas has consulting and business experience alongside with extensive activity of public benefit. He is a graduate of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

The subject of his speech...

What I’ve learned at MIT

What makes MIT the best polytechnic school in the world? Why should engineers recount nice stories? Why is Artificial Intelligence the best thing happened to Humanities? What lessons can a polytechnic school take from a kindergarten? How do electrical engineers outweigh? An attempt of distilling experience of 24 years in 45 minutes.