Caleb Harper is the Principal Scientist and Director of the Open Agriculture (OpenAG) Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab. He leads a diverse group of engineers, architects, and scientists in the exploration and development of future food systems. Harper’s research focuses on the areas of control environment design, actuated sensing, control automation, and data-driven resource, energy, and biologic optimization. His group, together with strategic partners, is developing open-source agricultural hardware, software, and data with the goal of creating a more agile, responsive, and collaborative food system.
Harper is a member of the World Economic Forum New Vision for Agriculture Transformation Leaders Network. His work has been featured by National Geographic, Time, Wired, The Economist, Smithsonian, Popular Science, and TED.
Prior to joining the Media Lab in 2011, Caleb worked professionally as an architect designing and developing data centers, healthcare, and semiconductor fabrication facilities. He has consulted with multiple international development agencies, including USAID, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and the Delhi Development Authority on high-density urban development projects.