Thiago Barros Rodrigues Costa is a PhD candidate in Applied Mathematics at the Harvard University, where he studies statistical models for massive networks. In the last few years he became very interested in Big Data and developed projects involving a broad range of topics in the field, including data processing, data analysis and data visualization. He co-founded Nervera, a social media analytics company, and Atlas Político, a political transparency website. He also worked as data scientist for Disney Research and was a fellow at Insight Data Science, an innovation program in data analytics sponsored by companies in Silicon Valley. Before going to Harvard he graduated in Computer Engineering from University of Campinas (São Paulo, Brazil), with research focus in Abstract Algebra, then received a Masters degree in Mathematics from the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), where he studied Dynamical Systems. During his undergrad and graduate studies in Brazil, he was an exchange student at École Polytechnique (Paris, France) and at the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA), where he worked as a member of Caltech's team for the Darpa Grand Challenge. He is an enthusiast of the Brazilian Math Olympiad, institution he has been proudly collaborating since his high school years in Fortaleza-CE, Brazil.