Co-founder and Research Director, Public Laboratory
A co-founder and the Research Director for Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, Jeffrey Warren designs mapping and civic science tools and professionally flies balloons and kites. Notable software he has created include the vector-mapping framework Cartagen and orthorectification tool MapKnitter, as well as open spectral database and toolkit Spectral Workbench.
He is a fellow at MIT's Center for Civic Media, on the board of the Open Source Hardware Association, on the advisory board of Personal Democracy Media's WeGov and an advocate of open source software, hardware, and data. He co-founded Vestal Design, a graphic/interaction design firm in 2004, and directed the Cut&Paste Labs project, a year-long series of workshops on opensource tools and web design in 2006-7 with Lima designer Diego Rotalde.
With 10 years of experience in project management and software architecture in open source code, Jeff has founded and contributed to dozens of widely-used software projects, from data visualization to geospatial applications. His experience in user experience, interface and graphic design have guided his work both in industry -- consulting and designing for GE and Intel -- as well as in the academic and open source space.
At Public Lab he has led software and hardware development efforts, coordinating a diverse team of project contributors from many organizations around the world. His hardware work has ranged from electronics design for air quality sensing to optics and imaging design for remote sensing and mobile spectrometry.
Jeff holds an MS from MIT and a BA in Architecture from Yale University, and spent much of that time working with artist/technologist Natalie Jeremijenko, building robotic dogs.