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Sarah Schwettmann


Sarah Schwettmann is a neuroscientist and machine learning researcher based at MIT. Her research explores structured models underlying creation and synthesis, and how we develop them and govern access to them. Recent projects address constructive mechanisms for visual perception, artistic process, and collaboration in digital spaces.

Sarah is finishing a PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and leads research efforts in the MIT Museum Studio. She teaches a MIT course that she co-created on Vision in Art and Neuroscience, and is writing a book about the same. At the Berkman Klein Center she manages the Nymity project, developing tools that enable digital citizens to configure models of identity and reputation in communal discourse spaces. 

Projects & Tools


The Nymity project posits the utility of pseudonymous, text-based communication platforms in promoting civil discourse within closed-network environments. Our approach is inspired…