Mauro Martino

Mauro Martino Lab

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

mauro.martino (at)

Founder of the Visual AI Lab
IBM 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:

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 Design
Vox2Net: From 3D Shapes to Network Sculptures, Montreal Convention Centre, Montreal, Canada, December 3-8, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open lecture - Forma Fluens
Brera Design Days 2017, Milan, October 7, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Places and Spaces exhibition
Charting Culture, Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Global Exchange
Lincoln Center, New York City, USA, September, 2015

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

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

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

Big Data Workshop
University of Massachusetts, Boston, October 2013

Visualizing Models
IBM Research Colloquium, São Paulo, Brazil, August 2013

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

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

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

Sensing Place / Placing Sense
MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, USA

TEDx Cambridge THRIVE
Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

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

Maps for The 21st Century
Royal Geographical Society, London, United Kingdom

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

MAPS DLD10 - Connect the unexpected
DLD10, Munich, Germany

SENSEable Cities: Exploring Urban Futures
GAFTA, San Francisco, USA

Villa Romana, Firenze, Italy

Real Time Copenhagen
Copenhagen’s Kulturnatten, Copenhagen, Denmark