J. Ira Winder

Research Scientist
Office: E15-368
Phone: +1 617 894 9706
E-Mail: jiw [at] mit [dot] edu
Website: jamesira.com
Twitter: @jamesira

Ira does end-to-end design, development, and implementation of tangible-interactive, augmented reality decision support systems for Changing Places Group and the City Science Initiative at MIT Media Lab. Ira works with industry, academia, and public agencies to build executive-level tools for solving complex spatial problems. Ira invented key technology behind MIT CityScope, including the tangible interactive matrix. CityScope is an integrated hardware and software platform that merges parametric, voxelized simulations with user-friendly tangible interfaces. The work has since become a large, interdisciplinary research project within the Changing Places Group.

Ira's range of expertise includes Computer Science, Mathematical Modeling, City Planning, and Architectural Design. He is a Master of City Planning (MIT, 2013) and Bachelor of Science and Design (MIT, 2010). Ira has spoken and exhibited at venues including Autodesk University, TEDx Boston, US Chamber of Commerce, APA Planning Conference, Edinburgh Culture Summit, Guiyang Big Data Expo, and The G7 Conference for ICT. He made an appearance in "A Lego Brickumentary," and his work has been featured on CBS, Financial Times Magazine, The Atlantic's CityLab, and a White House report to the President on "Technology and the Future of Cities."

Selected Publications

President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. "Technology and the Future of Cities Report to the President." p 73-75, Feb 2015.

Winder, Ira. "Lego Scanning Technology Invented by MIT." Video Media. Youtube, Oct 2015.

Winder, Ira. "System for Real-time Digital Reconstruction and 3D Projection-Mapping of Arbitrarily Many Tagged Physical Objects." US Provisional Patent, April 2015.

Winder, J.I., & Fabian, J. "City Planning Technology Invented by MIT - CityScope." Video Media. YouTube, January 2014.

Winder, J. Ira. "MIT Commuter Common: Measuring and Improving the Transportation Footprint of an Urban Institution." Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013.

Winder, J. Ira. "Complete Drawing Prototypes for Urban Complete Streets." Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010.

In the News

Poon, Linda. "Using Legos as a Legitimate Urban Planning Tool." CityLab from The Atlantic, 16 Oct 2015.

Department of Urban Studies and Planning & MIT Media Lab. "New interactive platform for the design of bus rapid transit systems." MIT News, 7 Oct 2015.

"CityScope Urban Analytics Platform" [运用大数据建造模型改善城市功能] at Guiyang Big Data Expo via GYWB.cn, Ira Winder, 27 May 2015.

"MIT Uses Big Data to Model Cities" [2015数博会:麻省理工运用大数据建造城市模型]. Ira Winder at Guiyang, China, 27 May 2015.

Autodesk University (Nov 2014). "Innovation Forum: The Future of How Infrastructure is Made: Systems That Serve an Evolving Society." Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV

TEDxBoston (Oct 2014). "Updates from Our Future City." Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA.

Wade, David (May 2014). "MIT Researchers Use Legos to Solve Real-Life Problems." Television Interview. WBZ-TV, CBS Boston.

Cookson, Clive (May 2013). "Inside the MIT Media Lab." Financial Times Magazine.