Snehalkumar 'Neil' S. Gaikwad PhD
Neil Gaikwad is a TEDx Speaker and an AI researcher, artist, and athlete. He conducts research at the intersection of interactive machine learning, community-centered design, and economics (game theory, collective social choice)— with an emphasis on design and engineering of human-AI powered sociotechnical systems, such as just markets and institutions, for sustainable development.
Neil is a practicing photographer and progressive rock guitarist. Arts inspires his research. Through a lens of his camera, he had captured and communicated how human societies and cultures evolve along the side of beautiful places such as glaciers in Alaska, mountains in the Western Ghats of India, temples in Japan, and desert of white sands, etc. Neil’s photography projects explore the planet, landscapes, cultures, and burning societal challenges, such as farmers’ suicides and climate change. He is interested in developing interactive artificial intelligence systems for generating music, studying cultural evolution, and protecting contemporary indigenous art.
Neil’s photography work in Alaska chronicles the dynamic nature of 3,000 years old glacier flowing down the valley and has been featured on National Geographic. He has also received the Graduate Teaching Award, presented a faculty member or a teaching assistant for excellence in teaching at MIT. His portfolio can accessed at Explore the Planet Earth, Neil Gaikwd Photography. You can follow his research at web and Twitter.