Mauro Martino


Mauro Martino


Principal Research Staff Member and Manager, Visual AI Lab


IBM Research - Cambridge Cambridge, MA USA


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 at_The 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.



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