Ira does end-to-end design, development, and implementation of interactive simulations. Ira works with industry, academia, and public agencies to build tools for solving problems in complex systems. Ira invented the tangible interactive matrix (TIM), an integrated hardware and software platform that merges parametric, voxelized simulations with user-friendly tangible interfaces. His work is now a platform for interdisciplinary research, most notably the CityScope Project at the MIT Media Lab's City Science Group.

Ira's range of expertise includes Computer Science, Mathematical Modeling, City Planning, and Architectural Design. He is a Master of City Planning (MIT, 2013) and Bachelor of Science and Design (MIT, 2010). Ira has spoken and exhibited at venues including Autodesk University, TEDx Boston, US Chamber of Commerce, APA Planning Conference, Singapore World Cities Summit, Big Data Analytics Tokyo, Edinburgh Culture Summit, Guiyang Big Data Expo, and The G7 Conference for ICT. He made an appearance in "A Lego Brickumentary," and his work has been featured on CBS, Financial Times Magazine, The Atlantic's CityLab, and a White House report to the President on "Technology and the Future of Cities."

Last Mile Logistics - an implementation of the tactile matrix with mit center for transportation and logistics and walmart.

Last Mile Logistics - an implementation of the tactile matrix with mit center for transportation and logistics and walmart.

Hamburg Solutions Conference - Hacking the Tactile Matrix with Hafencity University Students. Photo by Benno Tobler Ziemer

Hamburg Solutions Conference - Hacking the Tactile Matrix with Hafencity University Students. Photo by Benno Tobler Ziemer

iSoftStone collaboration - Ira teaches a development team in china how to integrate intervention simulation tools for their "cityfusion" platform

iSoftStone collaboration - Ira teaches a development team in china how to integrate intervention simulation tools for their "cityfusion" platform