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ITA Software’s Co-Founder Discusses Travel Technology

June 18th, 2011 / in big science, conference reports, research horizons / by Erwin Gianchandani

MIT150 - MIT's 150th Anniversary CelebrationRemember the electronic reservation system that you used to book your summer vacation this year? Well, in all likelihood, it was powered by information technology from ITA Software — the 450-person, Cambridge, MA-based company that was recently bought by Google for $700 million. ITA Software’s innovative travel tool — QPX — powers some of the world’s leading travel websites, including those of Orbitz and Travelocity, as well as United, American, Southwest, and Alaska Airlines.

Jeremy Wertheimer, President & CEO and Co-founder, ITA Software by GoogleAt the recent “Computation and the Transformation of Practically Everything” symposium commemorating MIT’s 150th anniversary celebration, ITA Software’s co-founder and President & CEO Jeremy Wertheimer described the history of travel technology, delving into the staggering complexity of finding and pricing flights in response to a user’s query today. Consider for a moment that there are 3,604,439,023 ways — that’s over 3 billion ways — to fly between Boston and San Francisco.

Wertheimer’s talk is a great overview of how computation has transformed how we book travel — and I encourage you to take a few minutes to watch the short video:


And a reminder that you can find many of the other fabulous talks from the MIT150 Symposium right here.

(Contributed by Erwin Gianchandani, CCC Director)

ITA Software’s Co-Founder Discusses Travel Technology

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