About The New York Times R&D Lab

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.

Michael Zimbalist, Vice President, Research & Development

Michael Zimbalist founded The New York Times Company’s R&D group upon joining the Company in 2006. Mr. Zimbalist has also held several operational roles within the Times Company. From 2006 through 2008 he led Boston.com, a regional portal with more than five million monthly users; and from 2009 to 2011 he led UCompareHealthCare, a subsidiary of the Times Company that was sold to MDx Medical in 2011. Mr. Zimbalist is also involved in the Company’s investment activities. He occupies the Company’s observer seat on the board of Betaworks and served in a similar capacity on the board of Brightcove, Inc. In 2012 he was named a Media Maven by Advertising Age.

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 Boggie, Director, Technology Strategy

Matt Boggie is Director of Technology Strategy, and leads the team of Creative Technologists who develop the Lab's many prototypes.

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.


Mike Dewar, Data Scientist

Mike Dewar is a Data Scientist at the New York Times R&D Lab. Mike has a PhD from the University of Sheffield, UK, where he studied the modeling of complex systems using data. His work now focuses on building tools to study behavior.

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.


Noah Feehan, Maker

Noah Feehan is Maker at the Lab, which means he designs and implements all manner of solutions in hardware, software, and spaces in between. Noah has a degree in Video/New Media Art from Harvard and a Master's from the Hyperinstruments Group at the MIT Media Lab.

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.


Nik Hanselmann, Creative Technologist

Nik Hanselmann is a Creative Technologist at the Lab with a penchant for creating visual experiences from data. Previously, he worked with Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, where he created visualizations for clients such as Waze and Duran Duran. His work has been internationally exhibited and has appeared publications such as Tate: Intermedia Art, Wired UK, and Fast Company. Nik has a degree in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master's in Digital Art and New Media from the University of California, Santa Cruz.


Alexis Lloyd, Creative Director

Alexis Lloyd is the Creative Director of the Lab, where she investigates technology trends and prototypes future concepts for content delivery. Her work is focused on creating immersive and exploratory experiences through innovative physical-to-digital interactions, data visualization, and screen-based interfaces.

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 Sandhaus, Lead Architect for Semantic Platforms

Evan Sandhaus is The Lead Architect for Semantic Platforms at The New York Times Company. In this role, he is responsible for imagining and creating products, platforms and standards that enable The Times to make new use of its news, archival and indexing data. In his seven years with The Times, Evan has built a new TimesMachine, directed strategy and technology for The New York Times Linked Open Data Initiative; collaborated with The International Press Telecommunications Council and major search companies to develop and promote rNews; engineered a patented system for purging template text from Web content; and collaborated with The Linguistic Data Consortium to release and promote The New York Times Annotated Corpus.

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.