Associate Professor, Media Arts & Sciences
Social Networks, Urban Systems
Iyad Rahwan is an Associate Professor of Media Arts & Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, where he leads the Scalable Cooperation group. He is also a director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. 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, with a focus on collective intelligence, large-scale cooperation, and the social aspects of Artificial Intelligence. He led the winning team in the US State Department’s Tag Challenge, using social media to locate individuals in remote cities within 12 hours using only their mug shots. His work appeared in major academic journals, including Science and PNAS, and was featured in major media outlets, including The New York Times, The Economist, Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.