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Caleb Harper

Principal Investigator and Director, Open Agriculture Initiative, MIT Media Lab

Caleb Harper is the Principal Investigator and Director of the Open Agriculture (OpenAG) Initiative at MIT Media Lab where he leads a diverse group of engineers, architects and scientists in the exploration and development of future food systems. Caleb’s research focuses in the areas of: control environment design, actuated sensing, control automation, data-driven resource, energy, and biologic optimization. His group, together with strategic partners, is developing an open-source agricultural hardware, software and data, common with the goal of creating a more agile, responsive and collaborative food system.

Prior to joining the Media Lab in 2011, Caleb worked professionally as an Architect designing and developing data centers, health care and semi-conductor fabrication facilities. Additionally he has consulted with multiple international development agencies including USAID, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and the Delhi Development Authority on high-density urban development projects.

Caleb is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF): New Vision for Agriculture Transformation Leaders Network (2015-2016). His work has been featured by, Time Magazine, Wired, The Economist, National Geographic, The Smithsonian, Huffington Post, IEEE, and TED.