César A. Hidalgo leads the Macro Connections group at The MIT Media Lab and is also an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT. Hidalgo's work focuses on understanding the intelligence of systems, with a particular focus on economic development and on the creation of data visualization engines that can help improve the intelligence of systems. Hidalgo's academic publications have been cited more than 7,000 times and his visualization engines have served more than 100 million pageviews. He is the author of Why Information Grows (Basic Books, 2015) and the co-author of The Atlas of Economic Complexity (MIT Press, 2014). He lives in Somerville Massachusetts with his wife Anna and their daughter Iris.


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1979: Born in Santiago de Chile.

1998-2003: Physics Bachelor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

2004-2008: PhD in Physics at the University of Notre Dame (advisor Laszlo Barabasi).

2008-2010: Research Fellow at Harvard's Center for International Development.

2010-present: Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at The MIT Media Lab.

2015-present: Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at The MIT Media Lab.

A list of my publications is available here.
My CV can be downloaded from here.

Awards and Recognitions:

-Member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council in Design and Innovation (2012)

-Selected as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2012)

-Awarded the Bicentennial medal by the Chilean Congress (2012) (link)

-Named as one of the 50 people that could change the world in Wired Magazine UK (2012)

-Center for Research Computing award for Computational Sciences and Visualization (2008)

-Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching. Kaneb Center, Notre Dame (2007)

-Selected as an outstanding teaching assistant by the American Association of Physics Teachers (2007)

-Hellen Kellogg Institute Fellowship. Notre Dame, IN (2004-2008)

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