Caleb Harper is the founder of the CityFARM research group within the City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab. He leads the anti-disciplinary group of engineers, architects, urban planners, economists and plant scientists in the exploration and development of high performance urban agricultural systems. His current work focuses on the areas of building integrated with control environment agriculture, actuated sensing, control automation and data-driven resource and energy optimization.
Caleb has recently launched the OpenAG project, bringing together partners from industry, government and academia to develop the world’s first open source “AG Tech” research collective for the creation of the global agricultural data commons.
In addition to his role at MIT, Caleb is a consultant to multiple international development agencies on high-density low-income urban housing projects and has worked professionally on development projects in the high tech space including data centers, healthcare and fab facilities.
Caleb holds a Masters from MIT, and Bachelors from Washington University in St. Louis and Baylor University and is deeply committed to the future of urban food and housing research at MIT.