CTO, Personal BlackBox
Dr. Patrick Deegan is the CTO of Personal BlackBox (PBB, http://pbb.me/), a Public Benefit Corporation, that has developed a user-centric data platform that enables individuals to claim their personal digital assets, establish trusted relationships in a digital economy with the products and services that they use, and share in the benefits of the increasingly immersive new data ecology, while maintaining privacy and control in unlocking its value.
Patrick earned a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts where he also designed and implemented several humanoid robots including the uBot-5 and uBot-6. He also co-founded digitROBOTICS, a start-up that developed mobile manipulation software in partnership with the NASA Johnson Space Center. This work was subsequently utilized as the mobile dexterous base for the MIT Media Lab Nexi, named one of TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2008. He holds several patents and while at Rethink Robotics, helped to develop Baxter, a collaborative robot for workforce flexibility that was named one of TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2012.
Patrick joins PBB from the Institute of Data Driven Design (ID3), a research non-profit in collaboration with the Human Dynamics Group at MIT’s Media Lab. He served as CTO and continues as the Chief Architect of the Open Mustard Seed (OMS) Project, an open-source Trust Framework for developing and deploying secure and cloud-based and mobile applications. Harnessing the latest advances in Trusted Computing, Internet of Things, and Blockchain technologies, OMS empowers its users with Self-Sovereign Identity, enables the governed exchange of digital assets, financial instruments, and personal information, and forms the basis for the next generation of transparent and responsive digital ecosystems.