Wei Pan (潘巍)

panwei --@AT@-- alum.mit.edu

I was a PhD student in the Human Dynamics Group of MIT Media Lab led by my advisor Sandy Pentland. Currently I work for Citadel Commodities. Before that I co-found a FinTech startup called Thasos Group, which has been the earliest fintech company to use large-scale location data to mention economic activities. We sold the company in late 2019. You can also read about it more at here.

My academic expertise are related to big data and machine learning, and how you can apply these ideas to financial markets and macro economics.


Nov 2018: Your Smartphone’s Location Data Is Worth Big Money to Wall Street. See here.
March 2018: Measuring the Economy With Location Data. See here.
June 2013: My new article on high frequency trading is published in MIT Sloan Management Review. See here. It will be shown up in the Summer 2013 issue as well.
*June 2013: Our city paper received some good media coverage. See The Economist report here and The Atlantic Cities report here. This work is also part of the new MIT Media Lab City Science Initiative focusing on building the great future cities.
*June 2013: New paper on what makes cities greater is published in Nature Communication. Please read the paper here and check out the MIT news report here. An earlier version of this work won the Best Student Talk at NetSci 2012.
*September 2012: Presenting new work on how social network dynamics affect traders' decisions in financial markets in SocialCom 2012. Please read the paper here.

Historical Research Software

2011: Funf Open Sensing Platform. Click here. See MIT News for detail.
2009: Hierachical Model for Human Locomotion, click here.
2008: Optimal Tuning Systems (see my ICMC'08 paper), click here.