I work at the intersection of design and data science.
I believe the best way to design a technology based on data starts by anticipating how people might co-evolve with it. When conceptualizing a product or service my prototypes transform visions into a tangible form that anyone can feel and understand. Additionally, I design fictions that scan the present and explore possible appropriations of technologies to anticipate future opportunities and challenges. Taken together, they present tangible concepts that uncover implications for the viability and desirability of a product or service. Some my recent public projects include: an app to adopt a sustainable social media hygiene, an platform that connects a traveler's present to another traveler's future, a diagonistic service of social media related pathologies, a business intelligence tool for retail shops and restaurants, a platform to sketch with data, an app that recommends places based on analogies, and a fictional newspaper that puts a possible day in the future of data and football in your hands. I occasionaly write about my practice in Medium and in Near Future Laboratory's blog. Recent posts include:
Swiss born based in Madrid.
Fabien Girardin (PhD) is a researcher, engineer and creator who co-founded the Near Future Laboratory, a micro-multinational Design Fiction agency based in Geneva, Madrid, San Francisco and Venice Beach. He also works at BBVA Data & Analytics, a center of excellence in financial data analysis, where he leverages his broad and comprehensive understanding of both computational and people constraints to transform algorithms and data analytics into experiences that are future forward.
Throughout his career, Fabien has pioneered works at the intersection of user experience and data science. Most notably, he developed Digital Footprinting techniques that analyze network data to improve the observations of human mobility, urban attractiveness and hyper-congestion. Also he co-created Quadrigram, a visual programming environment that democratizes data manipulation and visualization as part of a practice he coined as Sketching with Data .
Fabien holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Digital Communications from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona, Spain. Along his academic journey, he was also affiliated with the Senseable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prior to his graduate studies, he joined the Swiss Federal Institute of Technologies in Lausanne (EPFL) to manage and study the use of collaborative applications. Subsequently, Fabien co-founded Simpliquity, an EPFL spin-off that produced for the Boeing Company an air-travel detection system used in experience sampling surveys. Earlier in 1997, he developed a web directory popular in Switzerland that he later sold  to finance his studies at Biel School of Engineering and move to Silicon Valley.
In addition to occasionally lecture in universities, design and business schools, Fabien speaks in conferences such as O'Reilly Strata, TEDx, Picnic, Lift, IoT Shift, Barcelona Design Week, and Smart City World Congress.
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