Ira does end-to-end design, development, and implementation of tangible-interactive, augmented reality decision support systems at the MIT Media Lab. He works with industry, academia, and public agencies to build executive-level tools for solving complex spatial problems. Ira invented the tangible interactive matrix, an integrated hardware and software platform that merges parametric, voxelized simulations with user-friendly tangible interfaces. The work has since become a large, interdisciplinary research project at the MIT Media Lab called CityScope. Ira curates the Interactive Visualization Lab at the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society.
Ira’s range of expertise includes computer science, mathematical modeling, city planning, and architectural design. He is a Master of City Planning (MIT, 2013) and Bachelor of Science and Design (MIT, 2010). Ira has spoken and exhibited at venues including Autodesk University, TEDx Boston, US Chamber of Commerce, APA Planning Conference, Edinburgh Culture Summit, Guiyang Big Data Expo, and The G7 Conference for ICT. He made an appearance in “A Lego Brickumentary,” and his work has been featured on CBS, Financial Times Magazine, The Atlantic’s CityLab, and a White House report to the President on “Technology and the Future of Cities.”