Founded in 2006, The New York Times Research & Development group looks beyond the next product cycle, identifying trends and technologies that will emerge in the next three to five years. Our team of Creative Technologists, Designers, Data Scientists and Strategists develop applications and prototypes that imagine the impacts and effects these changes will create, and we share those prototypes with our colleagues, advertisers and the public to encourage thoughtful consideration of the future of media and information.
Previously Mr. Zimbalist co-founded the Online Publishers Association (OPA) and served as its president from 2001 to 2006. Before that he held a variety of senior management positions in digital media at ePod Corporation, E.W. Scripps and ABC Television. He was also a writer/producer at Walt Disney Imagineering. Mr. Zimbalist received a B.A. degree in chemistry and philosophy from Brown University.
Matt is responsible for researching and developing points of view on trends in media production and consumption, identifying phenomena worth further study, and shaping the development of the Lab to educate and inspire. In addition to his internally-facing presentations, he has also spoken at Digitale Medier in Oslo, Journalism/Interactive at the University of Florida, and the Computational Journalism Symposium at Georgia Tech.
Prior to joining the Times Company, Matt was a senior manager with Accenture, working in consumer product design and strategy in the Media and Entertainment industry.
Before joining the New York Times, Mike worked at the New York tech company bit.ly, and completed postdoctoral positions at Sheffield, Edinburgh and Columbia Universities.
Mike is a data ambassador for the non-profit organization DataKind, and has published widely on signal processing, machine learning and data visualization.
Before joining the Lab, Noah did many things, including helping design performance interfaces for Björk, kitting out a Fab Lab at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and working on UX and product strategy at various startups. He makes art and performances under the name AKA MEDIA SYSTEM.
In addition to her work at The New York Times, she has designed award-winning projects for clients such as FOX, Columbia University, American Express, The New York Historical Society, PBS, and others. Her media art and design work has been shown internationally, in such venues as the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, SIGGRAPH, and the Chelsea Art Museum. Alexis holds a BA in Theater from Vassar College and an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons The New School for Design.
Evan represents The New York Times on The IPTC and he serves on its board of directors. Evan holds a bachelor of art in Computer Science from Williams College, a masters of science in Computer Science from Villanova University and teaches, as an adjunct professor, at New York University.