Arlene Ducao

Arlene is OpenIR’s overall coordinator, and her technical focus is on interpretive user interface. She is an Ida Green Fellow in the MIT Media Lab’s Information Ecology group and is also a co-founder and principal of The DuKode Studio. She holds an MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts, and a BS and BM from the University of Maryland. A Filipino-American, Arlene recently returned from Bangalore and seeks ways to improve environmental services in South and Southeast Asia.

Ilia Koen

Ilias focuses on IR satellite data acquisition, processing, and delivery. He is a co-founder and principal of The DuKode Studio. In 2005, he received an MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts. He was born in Athens, Greece, and received a BFA at the Athens School of Fine Arts. He now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He is always interested in technologies and art forms that can enhance visual cognition.

Juhee Bae

Juhee researches usability issues via community outreach. She works as an Associate Researcher with The DuKode Studio, and she is an MIT student majoring in Civil Engineering and Urban Studies and Planning. She’s highly experienced in community outreach projects, having worked with communities in Boston, New Orleans, rural India, South Africa, and Panama, and she is familiar with several different types of GIS software. She is very interested in bringing OpenIR to the general public, particularly to developing regions.

Barry Beagen

Barry is originally from Indonesia and currently a 2nd year MArch student at MIT. He joined OpenIR through James Wescoat’s Disaster Resilient Design seminar, and he is studying a variety of available technologies in Flood Risk mapping. Barry has extensive planning and community development experience in Indonesia, and will help OpenIR to develop its co-design approach in the field.

Nori Hirashima

Nori is developing OpenIR’s foward analysis and sustainable financial strategy. He is a 2nd year student at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and his background is in venture capital initiation and brokering.

Stephanie New

Stephanie is working on OpenIR’s Ushahidi Plugin project, geospatial server evaluation, drawing tools, and data validation. At MIT, she’s pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Having spent time in her parent’s native Malaysia, Stephanie has been exposed to the problems of developing economies, such as their disappearing resources and lack of clean water. She hopes to make a positive impact through OpenIR.

Srinidhi Viswanathan

Srinidhi entered MIT with a strong background in environmental and biological science research (specifically focused on oil spill remediation). For OpenIR, she is implementing code-level event tracking and analytics, and hopes to use this data to better adapt the mapping software to suit public needs. Srinidhi is pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.

Abdulaziz Alghunaim [Winter-Summer 2012]

Abdulaziz developed OpenIR’s server capabilities and autometed data a risk-map processing. He works as an Associate Software Engineer with The DuKode Studio, and he is a student at MIT pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He grew up in Saudi Arabia, which gave him international exposure. While abroad, he was involved with national plans to enrich the Arabic digital content on the web, specifically games and multimedia. Abdulaziz is interested in systems, robotics, and artificial intelligence.



Community Partners


UN Global Pulse

Global Pulse is an innovation initiative of the UN Secretary-General, harnessing today’s new world of digital data and real-time analytics to gain a better understanding of changes in human well-being.


Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team [H.O.T.] is a new initiative to apply the principles of open source and open data sharing towards humanitarian response and economic development.

Harry Surjadi

Harry Surjadi is a Knight International Journalism Fellow launching a mobile environmental news service for rural Indonesians with little access to information. He works with Ruai TV and REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) in Kalimantan and Aceh.



Technical Partner


Google Earth Engine

OpenIR is a Trusted Tester for Google Earth Engine, which brings together the world’s satellite imagery and makes it available online with tools for scientists, independent researchers, and nations to mine this massive warehouse of data to detect changes, map trends and quantify differences on the Earth’s surface.



Henry Holtzman

MIT Media Lab
Chief Knowledge Officer

Steve Chan

IBM Network Science Research Center

Jeff Warren

Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (PLOTS)

Juliana Rotich

Co-Founder, Executive Director

Lela Prashad, ASU / NASA JPL

Heidi Meisenkothen

Independent Technology Commercialization Consultant