I am the Managing Partner of technology incubator Vital Reactor. We incubate new technologies that have both social value and commercial potential, but fall outside the classic ROI scenarios typically pursued by angel investors and venture capital institutions. We curate and support a portfolio of technologies, many of them open source, and focus on making them profitable against a minimal burn rate, rather than maximal growth. When projects mature into traditional ROI models, we sell the IP or spin them out into independent companies. We also work on a variety of joint ventures, grant-funded projects, and other collaboratives to be announced throughout 2014.
In the summer of 2013 I defended my doctoral dissertation at the MIT Media Lab. This second phase of my academic work began in 2003 when I began to work on computational systems inspired by human intelligence with Patrick Winston, Push Singh and Marvin Minsky. In 2008 I switched gears to investigate how knowledge is generated in healthcare with advisors Frank Moss, Pete Szolovits and Henry Lieberman. My PhD research in the New Media Medicine group at the MIT Media Laboratory focused on the practical and clinical value of self-tracking and self-experimentation. My dissertation demonstrated how communities of citizen scientists can document their personal experiences to improve personal decision-making while generating data that, in aggregate, can influence clinical research and practice.
During this period I became an architect at the C3N Project where I learn about and contribute to a dramatic reconceptualization of how to improve health and healthcare processes.
In May 2009 I became an EIR at New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and late that year joined portfolio company Compass Labs where I developed consumer interest and intent detection technology from “Big Data” analysis of public social media text, a commercial application of some of the techniques I developed in my early academic research. I stepped back from day to day operations in 2011 to focus on completing my PhD.
After my first academic career at MIT, I became the founding President of Silicon Spice, a telecommunications semiconductor startup (also an NEA company). I hired the management team, served on the board and held multiple individual and operational roles culminating in management of our software engineering organization. Silicon Spice was acquired by Broadcom Corporation in late 2000. I continued at Broadcom as Director of Software Engineering in the newly-formed Carrier Access Business Unit. Under the Broadcom label, the company’s products became the market leader in carrier-class voice telephony with significant penetration in the US, Europe and Asia. I helped form Broadcom’s Mobile Handset Business Unit 2001-2003 while working on an MIT-affiliated project to spark a revolution in secure computing infrastructure that has continued to slowly develop under DARPA funding.
I was an undergraduate and graduate researcher on high-performance parallel computing projects in Tom Knight’s lab at the MIT AI Laboratory in the early 90s; I picked up a BS and ME along the way. One of our projects, brain child of my mentor Andre DeHon and worked out by co-founder Ethan Mirsky, led to the formation of Silicon Spice in 1996 along with former Knight student Rob French.
I love outdoor activities, especially when shared with my wife and twin daughters. I put in some miles on my road bike when I can and occasionally dream of being a competitive masters amateur again one day. My work often involves various open source software projects which I continue to support in my spare time.
There has been some interesting press about my research work or projects I collaborate on at the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, Discover Magazine, Proto Magazine, and Technology Review. I give a few talks at conferences or other forums each year which are usually covered in my health posts.
- Nurok M, Eslick I, et al. The International LAM Registry: A Component of an Innovative Web-Based Clinician, Researcher, and Patient-Driven Rare Disease Research Platform. Lymphatic Research and Biology. 2010 Mar;8(1):81-7.
- Ian Eslick (2008), “ScratchTalk and Social Computation: Towards a natural language scripting model““. IUI 2008 Workshop on Common Sense Knowledge and Goal-Oriented User Interfaces (CSKGOI’08).
- Ian S. Eslick (2006), “Searching for Commonsense“. Master of Science Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2 006.
- Winston, et. al. (2006) “CHIP: A Cognitive Architecture for Comprehensive Human Intelligence and Performance”, DARPA IPTO Phase I Architecture Report.
- deLorimier, et. al. (2006) “GraphStep: A System Architecture for Sparse-Graph Algorithms“. Proceedings of the 14th Annual IEEE Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines (FCCM’06), Vol 00:143-151.
- Ian Eslick and Hugo Liu (2005), “Langutils: A Fast Natural Language Toolkit for Commmon Lisp“, In procee dings of the International Lisp Conference (ILC’05).
- Push Singh, Marvin Minsky, and Ian Eslick (2004). “Computing commonsense“. BT Technology Journal, 22(4):201-210.
- Ian S. Eslick (1996), “Quasistatic Computing Environments” MIT Master of Engineering Thesis.
- Jeremy Brown and Ian Eslick (1996). “Implementing continuous, profile-based optimizations in SUIF”, The First SUIF Compiler Workshop, January 1996.
- Edward Tau, Ian Eslick, Derrick Chen, Jeremy Brown, and Andre DeHon (1995). “A First Generation DPGA Implementation”. In Proceedings of the Third Canadian Workshop on Field-Programmable Devices, pages 138-143, May 1995.
- Andre DeHon and Ian Eslick (1995, technical note), “Computational Quasistatics”, Transit Note #103, MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
- Andre DeHon, Jeremy Brown, Ian Eslick, Jake Harris, Lara Karbiner, and Thomas F. Knight, Jr. (1994), “Global Cooperative Computing”, Second International World-Wide Web Conference, October 1994.
- Jeremy Brown, Jake Harris, Lara Karbiner, Massimiliano Poletto, Andre DeHon, Ian Eslick, and Thomas F. Knight Jr (1994). “HyperCode”, Second International World Wide Web Conference, October 1994.
- Ian Eslick, Andre DeHon and Thomas F. Knight, Jr. (1994), MIT “Guaranteeing Idempotence for Tightly-Coupled, Fault-Tolerant Networks”, In Proceedings of the Parallel Computer Routing and Communications Workshop, 215-225, June 1994.
- Issued US Patents: 7,266,672, 7,249,351, 7,188,192, 7,032,103, 6,990,566, 6,751,722, 6,745,317, 6,675,289, 6,553,479, 6,526,498, 6,457,116, 6,122,719, 6,108,760, 5,915,123 and 5,742,180.