Kaustuv DeBiswas is a technology entrepreneur based in San Francisco. Recently he co-founded Vibrant Data - a data visualization and analysis company with the mission of empowering individuals to access and control their digital presence. Prior to Vibrant Data, Kaustuv ran a venture-backed startup delivering cloud based solutions for 3D design collaboration. He received his training at MIT (MS,PHD) in computation and is currently a TED Senior Fellow with interests across disciplines spanning design, economics and realtime web technologies.
Kaustuv is an architect by training, however over the years he has taken a deep interest in technology and tool building. His PhD dissertation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology investigates computational frameworks for future design tools. Leveraging his expertise in technology, Kaustuv has previously been a consultant/advisor to several international architectural practices like morphosis, Norman Fosters and dECOi integrating state of the art computation in their work flow. He has been a research associate at Bentley Systems, where he was instrumental in integrating environmental performance analysis features with Generative Components, a leading parametric design tool. His collaborative work with MVRDV on a democratic urban planning platform radicalizes the politic and process of design and has been exhibited in Rotterdam (2007) and Venice (2008) Biennale.
Kaustuv has also taught numerous workshops and seminars in leading universities/schools such as MIT, Harvard, Architectural Association (London), Columbia University and Georgia Tech introducing advanced computational techniques to design students. Over the years, his belief in the importance of community has led him to create successful idea sharing forums at MIT and mentor thesis students at MIT, Stanford University, Jadavpur University (India) and School of Planning and Architecture (India).
TED2014, TED2013, TED2011
Areas of Expertise
Design and Technology