Digital Transformation: From AI and IoT to Cloud, Blockchain, and Cybersecurity

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A digital revolution is currently underway. Technology permeates every aspect of our society: communication, education, medicine, transportation, farming, and manufacturing. Cryptocurrencies are disrupting banking systems. Hyperconnectivity— through communication systems, sensors, wearables, and smart devices—has blurred the boundary between the physical and digital worlds.

Professionals who understand the implications of big data, and more importantly how to leverage it, can help their companies connect to customers and stakeholders with efficiency and precision, creating new opportunities and staying ahead of competition. Digital platforms offer fundamental improvements to traditional business models, can transform entire industries, and are key drivers of growth. Web-based enterprises that leverage digital infrastructure can enter markets quickly and move with agility in the new digital economy.

Led by MIT faculty at the forefront of data science and cyber security, in this course, participants will learn the history and application of transformative technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, IoT, and cybersecurity as well as the implications of employing—or ignoring—digitalization.

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About the Instructors

Dr. John R. Williams
Professor of Information Engineering and Director of MIT’s Geospatial Data Center

Professor John R William Professor John Williams holds a BA in Physics from Oxford University, an MS in Physics from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Numerical Methods from University of Wales, Swansea. His research focuses on the application of large-scale computation to problems in cyberphysical security and energy studies. He is director of MIT’s Geospatial Data Center and from 2006-2012, he was Director of the MIT Auto-ID Laboratory, which invented the Internet of Things.

Dr. Abel Sanchez
Research Scientist and Executive Director of MIT’s Geospatial Data Center

Dr. Abel Sanchez Dr. Abel Sanchez holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is the Executive Director of MIT’s Geospatial Data Center, architect of “The Internet of Things” global network, and architect of data analytics platforms for SAP, Ford, Johnson & Johnson, Accenture, Shell, Exxon Mobil, and Altria. In cyber security, Dr. Sanchez architected impact analysis of large-scale cyber-attacks designing Cyber Ranges for the Department of Defense (DOD).