Seth Copen Goldstein is an associate professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his PhD in CS at UC-Berkeley in 1997. He has founded three start-ups.
Seth's research focuses broadly on ensembles: large collections of interacting agents. His first project at CMU was PipeRench, a reconfigurable architecture and compiler which ran high-level language programs on large ensembles of gates. In the area of molecular electronics he investigated how to use large ensembles of molecules for computing. His next project, Claytronics, investigated programmable matter, an ensemble of computing elements which can be programmed to work together to produce changes in the physical properties of the ensemble. After returning from his most recent start-up he has been focused on the economy, an ensemble of people, and in particular the impact of technology on the labor market. He is designing social technology to end poverty and opportunity inequality.