Iyad Rahwan is the AT&T Career Development Professor and an Associate Professor of Media Arts & Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, where he heads the Scalable Cooperation group. Prior to joining MIT, Rahwan was an associate professor at Masdar Institute, an Abu Dhabi-based research university established in cooperation with MIT. Rahwan’s work lies at the intersection of the computer and social sciences, with a focus on collective intelligence, large-scale cooperation, and the social aspects of Artificial Intelligence.
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 New York Times, The Economist, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. A native of Aleppo, Syria, Rahwan holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia.