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Dimitris Papanikolaou

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Courses Taught: Cloudcommuting: Rethinking Point-to-Point Urban Mobility Systems

Dimitris is an architect-engineer with a background on media technology and systems thinking. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Harvard GSD and a recent graduate of the MIT Media Lab where he worked as a researcher at the Smart Cities and Changing Places groups. His interests explore how design, media technology, and systems thinking can create intelligent ecosystems for learning, making, and living.

At the Media Lab he co-developed Mobility on Demand, a vehicle sharing system of electric foldable cars, claimed by Time magazine as the best invention of 2007 and winner of the 100K Buckminster Fuller Award in 2009. His award-winning (by the MIT Transportation Program), M.Sc. thesis developed a self-organizing operation model for MoD systems that uses dynamic pricing to incentivize users to rebalance the fleet, causing some trips to be expensive while other trips to pay back.

At Harvard his doctoral dissertation uses Hubway, Boston's bike sharing system, as a living laboratory to compare the limits of efficiency of truck rebalancing (centralized control) to the potential efficiency of a social mechanism based on price incentives (collective intelligence). As part of his research and teaching methods he uses game making, game playing, and reflective analysis of interactive strategic games as novel pedagogical methods for learning systems thinking and engineering of intelligent systems, particularly for kids.

Dimitris holds a M.Sc. in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab, a SMArchS in Design Computation from MIT's School of Architecture and Planning as a Fulbright Scholar, and a Diploma in Architectural Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in Greece where he previously worked as a licensed architect.