Full Bio

Mitchell’s work has improved living conditions in refugee camps, reduced poverty in urban slums, and transformed conflict cities. Presently Mitchell works for President Obama as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, supplying much needed changes to entrenched and complex government problems. These works have included service design for Veterans Affairs, and Enterprise Architecture and Software Design, for the Environmental Protection Agency.  His primary focus is to improve government transparency by working with the National Security Council, to deepen and broadly scale the  President Obama's first executive memorandum from January 21, 2009 on countering the culture of over-classification.  Via the design and deployment of machine assisted declassificaiton processes, this work work will impact the declassification of billions of records with the conclusion of the Obama administration.

While pursuing doctoral research at Carnegie Mellon University in 2015, he cofounded the company Symkala, which applies breakthrough robotics technologies to unstructured dark data, driving a new direction in geospatial information systems (GIS). 

From 2006-2013, he built the technical consultancy Sutika Sipus to provide international agencies throughout Africa, Middle East, and Afghanistan with new capabilities for urban research and computational analysis to guide strategic interventions.

From 2011-14 he advised the government of Somalia on conflict stabilization and urban reconstruction and pioneered the design of local informatics for the improved security and economic development of Mogadishu. He continues to provide innovation consulting services to governments, multilateral organizations, INGOs, NGOs, and global corporations.

You can also find Mitchell's work in publications by the American Planning Association, the Urban Land Institute, and NASA on the integration of UAVs and autonomous cars in cities. His work is regularly featured in a variety of outlets including WIRED, Popular Science, and Gizmodo and he has spoken widely  at venues including MIT MediaLab, Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis, Columbia Earth Institute, George Washington University, the American Geography Society, and at Oxford University. 

External References

2017. June. Sipus, Mitchell. "More Design, Less Innovation," Forced Migration Review: Shelter in Displacement http://www.fmreview.org/shelter/sipus.html

2017. Gjoko Muratovski. "Tour of Duty: A Conversation with Mitchell Sipus," Journal of Design, Business, & Society 3:1.1, 7-19

2016. "Envisioning a post-conflict Tripoli: The Inclusive Urban Strategy and Action Plan for Bab al-Tabbeneh and Jabel Mosen," Footprint: Delft Journal of Architectural Theory 19

2016. September 14. Gray, David. Liminal Thinking: Create the change you want by changing the way you think.

2016. July. "Using computational modeling to examine shifts towards extremist behaviors in European Diaspora Communities," Advances in Cross-Cultural Decision Making (480): Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 331-332

2016. Rule, Troy. "Drone Zoning," North Carolina Law Review 96 https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2743945

2016. April 15. Jenson, Ole B., "Drone city - power, design and aerial mobility in the age of 'smart cities," Geographica Helvetica http://www.geogr-helv.net/71/67/2016/gh-71-67-2016.pdf

2016. February 15. Widener, Michael N., "Local Regulating of Drone Activity in Lower Airspace," Boston University Journal of Science and Technology (22) https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2732845

2016. Herring, Christopher. "Sheltering those in need: architects confront homelessness," 18th Annual Berkeley Undergraduate prize for architectural design excellence. http://www.berkeleyprize.org/competition/essay/2016/essay-question/christopher-herring-essay

2015. Smit, Anneke. "Property Rights and Public Interests: Restitution, Transitional Justice, and Post-Conflict Reconciliation," in Implications for Research, Policy, and Practice at the Intersection of Forced Migration, Transitional Justice, and Reconciliation, ed M. Bradley, McGill-Queens Press.

2015. Jenkins, Nathan
. "An application of aerial drones in zoning and urban land use planning in Canada: A preliminary review of current policies, restrictions and planning direction for aerial drones in Canadian cities," MCP Thesis, Ryerson University

2015. October 15. Voigt, Robert. "Drone's Eye View," Planning: The Magazine of the American Planning Association, https://www.planning.org/planning/2015/oct/

2015. October 15.. Kiger, Patrick J., "Imagining the Driverless City," Urban Land, The Magazine of The Urban Land Institute.

2015. July 22. Haubry, Claire. "Robots: Sepro s'appui sur les USA pou innover," Ouest France, http://www.ouest-france.fr/pays-de-la-loire/robots-sepro-sappuie-sur-les-usa-pour-innover-3577311

2015. June 12. Simon, Mathilde. "The April 2015 Attack in Garissa by al Shabaab." Foreign Policy Journal.

2015. January 1. Rawn, Evan. "The three-dimensional city: How drones will impact the future urban landscape." ArchDaily. http://www.archdaily.com/583398/the-three-dimensional-city-how-drones-will-impact-the-future-urban-landscape

2015. I Limo, W Mona, "Challenges of Relationships and Social Identities: The paradox of the consequences of Kenya's military intervention in Somalia," in The New African Civil-Military Relations, ed. Limo, Irene, and Williams Muna APRI: Pretoria. 

2014. August 22. Kastrenakes, Jacob. "This is what the future of a drone-filled America could look like: Could drone zoning laws keep pilots in check?" The Verge, http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/22/6057539/drone-zoning-concept-for-regulating-flight-times-locations

2014. Shay, Shawn. Somalia in Transition Since 2006. Transaction Publishers, New Jersey. 

2014. August 22. Zhang, Sarah. "Should Cities have Zoning for Drones?," Gizmodohttp://gizmodo.com/should-cities-have-zoning-for-drones-1625674707

2014, August 22. Atherton, Kelsey D. "The Future of Urban Planning: Zoning for Drones," Popular Science Magazine http://www.popsci.com/article/technology/future-urban-planning-zoning-drones

2013. Kilcullen, David. Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerilla, Oxford University Press.

2013. October 20. Cane, Philip and SimonSchofield. "Al Shabaab: the rise and fall from Black Hawk Down to Westgate and beyond," Humanitarian Intervention Centre, London. http://www.hscentre.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/The-Rise-and-Fall-of-al-Shabbab.pdf

2013. June 11. Campbell, John. "Mapping Mogadishu and the Problem of Warlord Politicians," Council of Foreign Relations http://blogs.cfr.org/campbell/2013/06/11/mapping-mogadishu-and-the-problem-of-warlord-politicians/

2013. June 1. Rogers, Adam. "Life after warfare: How a digital map could help revive Mogadishu." Wired Magazine. https://www.wired.com/2013/06/fa_mogadishu/

2011. Kisiangani, Emmanuel. "Comparing Somalia's al-Shabaab and Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army," Institute for Security Studies Papers 229