Mauro Martino


Founder of the Visual AI LabIBM Research

Mauro Martino PhD is a scientist and artist who focuses on information technology related to exploration, dissemination and sharing of knowledge. He uses artificial intelligence to explore and enhance understanding of the world, transforming any type of information, whether it is visual, acoustic, or semantic, into interactive tools that are beautiful and simple to use.

He explores and develops new ways to experience data:

  • Creating new techniques to display and visualize data;
  • Experimenting with new interaction methods and user involvement;
  • Introducing artificial intelligence to help users analyze information;
  • Creating transparent and more intuitive machine learning models;
  • Finally, always trying to introduce beauty and elegance in every interactive narrative.

Originally from Italy, Mauro Martino is the creator and director of the “Visual Artificial Intelligence Lab” at IBM Research, with offices in Cambridge, MA and New York City. He is a Professor of Practice at Northeastern University.

His work appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Der Spiegel, Le Figaro, Corriere della Sera, National Geographic, Scientific American, Popular Science, Wired, MIT News, Harvard News, etc.

Mauro was formerly an Assistant Research Professor at Northeastern University working with Albert-Laszlo Barabasi at Center for Complex Network Research and with David Lazer and Fellows at The Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University.

Previously, he was a research affiliate with the SENSEable City Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, working on data visualization within the lab’s many projects and his related research project, Urban Interaction Design while earning a PhD in Design and Technologies at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. His focus was to innovate the ways we visualize and explore of massive amount of human mobility and telecommunications data, in partnerships with Airsage - AT&T - BT - Orange – Sprint – TDC - Telecom Italia and in different nations Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Italy, USA.

During the past year his work has been featured in important textbooks such as “Network Medicine” from Harvard University Press, and “Network Science” from Cambridge University Press, and the textbooks about data visualization: “Data Visualization” (SAGE Publications) and “The Truthful Art” (New Riders Press).

Mauro is an award-winning designer whose projects received the Gold Medal atThe 2017 Vizzies Visualization Challenge by National Science Foundation and Popular Science, Innovation by Design Award 2016 by Fast Company, Kantar Information is Beautiful Award 2016, Gold Medal in Data visualization at the Kantar Information is beautiful awards 2015, and finalist at The 2015 Vizzies Visualization Challenge, to name the most recent awards.

His works have also been featured in the books “The Best American Infographics" 2015 and 2016 editions.

The tools and videos he has developed are viewed by millions of users every year.

His projects have been shown at international festivals including Ars Electronica, TEDx Cambridge THRIVE, RIXC Art Science Festival, TEDx Riga. Martino’s award-winning software-based work has been exhibited in America, Europe, and Asia, including in The Serpentine Gallery (London), GAFTA (San Francisco), Lincoln Center (New York), “kim?” Contemporary Art Centre (Riga).

Martino’s works have been published in the scientific journals such Nature, Science, PNAS, Nature Communication, Nature Physics, among all.

Selected Awards, Exhibitions & Talks

NeurIPS 2018, Machine Learning for Creativity and DesignVox2Net: From 3D Shapes to Network Sculptures, Montreal Convention Centre, Montreal, Canada, December 3-8, 2018

AI Art GalleryNeurIPS AI Art GAllery 2018, Montreal Convention Centre, Montreal, Canada, December 3-8, 2018

IEEE InfoVis 2018 Art ExhibitionData and Identities: VISAP’18 Exhibition, Berlin - Germany, October 23-26, 2018

KeynoteICT Forum 2018 - Persone. Tecnologie. Competenze., Kilometro Rosso Innovation District, Bergamo - Italy, October 18, 2018

KeynoteRixc Art Science Festival - Global Control, The National Library of Latvia, Riga - Latvia, 13 - 14 September, 2018

Art Exhibition123 DATA - Paris, Fondation Groupe EDF, 6 rue Récamier, Paris - France, May 4 - October 6, 2018

AI Art GalleryNIPS Machine Learning for Creativity and Design 2017., Long Beach - USA, December 4-9, 2017

Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2017The Winners: Unusual 2017, Forma Fluens

Lecture - Data visualization and artificial intelligence: exploration of unstructured data and modelsUniversity College London - UCL, November 28, 2017

Sustainable Development CinemaWorld Resources Forum 2017, Geneva - Switzerland, October 24-25, 2017

Open lecture - Forma FluensBrera Design Days 2017, Milan, October 7, 2017

IEEE InfoVis 2017 Art ExhibitionSustain & Decay: VISAP’17 Exhibition, Phoenix - Arizona, October 1-6, 2017

Keynote - Beautiful Science | Estetica e ConoscenzaForum della Leopolda 2017, Florence, September 29, 2017

Keynote - Beauty and The DataDATA NATIVES 2017, City University of London, April 28, 2017

The 2017 Vizzies Visualization Challenge - National Science Foundation & Popular ScienceWinner - Best Scientific Video, Network Earth

Innovation by Design Awards 2016 - FastCompanyFinalist for Websites & Platforms, Watson News Explorer

Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2016Silver - Commercial Project, IBM Watson News Explorer

RIXC Art Science Festival 2016Open Fields, Riga, Latvia, September 29 - November 2, 2016

Places and Spaces exhibitionCharting Culture, Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit, 2016

TEDxRiga 2016: Dare to BeAbout AI, BigData, Design, Riga, Latvia, June 17, 2016

Open lecture: DataViz & AISkoltech University, Moscow, Russia, April 29, 2016

Point, Line & Data: New methods for understanding complex data, from storytelling to machine learningCNS Center, Indiana University, Bloomington, April 25, 2016

Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2015Gold - Data Visualization, Rise of Partisanship

Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2015Honourable mention - Motion Infographic, Charting Culture

The 2015 Vizzies Visualization Challenge - National Science Foundation & Popular ScienceFinalist - Video, Charting Culture

Data Visualization and Artificial Intelligence: The Real Time Exploration of Unstructured Big DataSYSTEMS ANALYSIS 2015, Vienna, Austria, 11-13 Nov, 2015

RIXC Art Science Festival 2015DATA DRIFT, Riga, Latvia, October 10 – November 22, 2015

Global ExchangeLincoln Center, New York City, USA, September, 2015

Networks, Visualization and SocietyÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland, May 18, 2015

Big Data FestNew York Hall of Science, New York City, USA, March 28, 2015

Skoltech lectures on VisualizationSkoltech University, Moscow, Russia, February 20, 2014

Big Data WorkshopUniversity of Massachusetts, Boston, October 2013

Visualizing ModelsIBM Research Colloquium, São Paulo, Brazil, August 2013

World Economic Forum Workshop on the Design of ComplexityMIT, Cambridge, July 2013

Urban Interaction Design - SEMINAR SPRING 2013Department of Computer Science University of Houston, February 2013

Ars Electronica Festivals 2011Festival for Art, Technology and Society, Linz, 31.8.-6.9.2011

Sensing Place / Placing SenseMIT Media Lab, Cambridge, USA

TEDx Cambridge THRIVEHarvard University, Cambridge, USA

Tec Art Eco - Arts, Environment and TechnologyLugano, Switzerland, May 5-8, 2011

Maps for The 21st CenturyRoyal Geographical Society, London, United Kingdom

Maps for The 21st CenturyThe Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom

MAPS DLD10 - Connect the unexpectedDLD10, Munich, Germany

SENSEable Cities: Exploring Urban FuturesGAFTA, San Francisco, USA

DesertmedVilla Romana, Firenze, Italy

Real Time CopenhagenCopenhagen’s Kulturnatten, Copenhagen, Denmark