Justin Solomon, Ph.D., X-Consortium Career Development Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science; Principal investigator, Geometric Data Processing Group; Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL); Massachusetts Institute of Technology; member of Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group.
Professor Solomon appeared on SftPublic’s Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations program October 25, 2017 to discuss What Mathematicians Reveal about Gerrymandering
Dr. Solomon’s broad mathematical expertise includes the investigation of mathematical processes in major civic concerns –specifically, gerrymandering. He is a member of the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group (MGGG), a Boston-based team of mathematicians headed by Moon Duchin of Tufts University. The mission of MGGG is to study applications of geometry and computing to U.S. redistricting –i.e., gerrymandering. The MGGG views this restructuring of voting districts as a fundamental threat to our democracy. This is welcome attention from the scientific academic community to a major issue in America today. Dr. Solomon discusses how the gerrymander distorts the voting population to favor one group of voters over others. The gerrymander is a mathematical process and changing it requires mathematicians who will represent the public interest. Dr. Solomon’s discussion is of great importance at this time and we will likely hear much more about this group (MGGG) in the near future.