Associate Professor, Media Lab, MIT


Iyad Rahwan is an Associate Professor of Media Arts & Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, where he leads the Scalable Cooperation group. Prior to joining MIT, he was an Associate Professor at Masdar Institute, an Abu Dhabi-based research institute established in cooperation with MIT. A native of Aleppo, Syria, Rahwan holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Rahwan's work lies at the intersection of the computer and social sciences. His research explores mechanisms and technologies that promote collective intelligence and large-scale cooperation. In 2012, he led the winning team in the US State Department's Tag Challenge, in which he used social media to locate individuals in remote cities within 12 hours using only their mug shots. Rahwan's work appeared in major academic journals, including Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and was featured in major media outlets, including The Economist, Scientific American, Washington Post.

Research Interests: Computational Social Science; Artificial Intelligence; Cognitive Science; Game Theory; Behavioral Economics; Social Computing; Crowdsourcing; Argumentation;


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