David Dao
daviddao at broad.mit.edu
PhD student at ETH Zurich / Researcher at UC Berkeley / Global Shaper at WEF
I'm a first year PhD student leading BLAIR at ETH Zurich Systems Group's DS3Lab. Currently I'm at UC Berkeley. My goal is to build AI systems that aim to advance global sustainability and health. My research focuses on combining intelligence, incentives and impact. Before joining ETH Zurich, I was an autonomous driving engineer at Mercedes-Benz Research in Silicon Valley and a graduate student at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. I'm a Global Shaper at World Economic Forum and the founder of Germany's largest machine intelligence meetup, Harvard University's refugees and education conference and Silicon Valley's selfdriving AI series.

Research · Blog

DataBright: Using smart contracts to democratize data and machines
Data Valuation: How much is your data worth? · Joint project with UC Berkeley
AI Systems for Sustainability
Deforestation prediction of the Amazon Rainforest using satellite imagery · Microsoft AI for Earth Grant · Grand Prize UNFCCC Hack4Climate at COP23
Data-driven planning and traffic prediction for self-driving cars · Joint project with Mercedes-Benz Research
AI Systems for Health
Interactive machine learning for cell biology · Joint project with Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Publications · Google Scholar


DataBright: Towards a global exchange for decentralized data ownership and trusted computation


An open-source solution for advanced imaging flow cytometry data analysis using machine learning


CellProfiler Analyst: interactive data exploration, analysis and classification of large biological image sets


Anatomy of BioJS, an open source community for the life sciences


Automated Plausibility Analysis of Large Phylogenies

Open Source · Github

Almost all of my work is open source

· Spatial Transformer is part of TensorFlow Models (where I'm co-author)
· CellProfiler Analyst is an adaptive machine learning tool for biologists
· BioJS is an interactive visualization ecosystem for life science

You can follow me on Twitter at @dwddao.