Mark Klein, PhD
Principal Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Center for Collective Intelligence
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I do research at the intersection of artificial intelligence and social computing, studying how computers can enable better knowledge sharing and decision making among humans. For more information on this fascinating topic, see this list of resources.

I am a Principal Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I have worked for nearly 20 years. My background includes a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Illinois, as well as research and teaching positions at Hitachi, Boeing, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Zurich and the Nagoya Institute of Technology.

I have over 200 publications (with 7000 citations, an h-index of 42, and over 11,000 downloads) and have won US$7 million dollars in research funding. My approach is multi-disciplinary, drawing from computer science, data science, complex systems, economics, and operations research. I am deeply committed to having a direct impact on solving real-world problems, especially in the sustainability and deliberative democracy realms. I serve, for example, on the advisory boards for several social computing startups, and am exploring the commercialization of my own research with a venture capital firm in Australia.

I have served on the editorial boards and program committees for many of the most respected journals and conferences on artificial intelligence and collective intelligence.

I have also taught full-semester classes on social computing at universities across the world in addition to giving scores of tutorials and other invited presentations throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

I have a long-standing commitment to engagement with the international research community. I've hosted many international visitors in my lab at MIT, and have done extended research visits in Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand. I have taught graduate-level classes in Japanese, and had interesting conversations in French and Spanish.

What's New

December, 2016. Our international team won a quarter-million dollar grant to develop and evaluate technologies that enable greater "intellectual humility" in public discourse. Congrats to the team!

October, 2016. I participated in the advisory board meeting for empowr, a fascinating startup that is developing an online marketplace/democracy to help address poverty issues throughout the world.

October, 2016. Thanks to the HiveWise team (Alex, Corey, Lisa and Liz) at General Assembly for doing such an awesome job of re-envisioning the Deliberatorium user experience!

August, 2016. I was a visiting research fellow at the Social Media Lab at Ryerson University, working on deliberation-centric social media analysis.

January, 2016. I was featured in an article on collective intelligence in El Pais, Spain's pre-eminent national newspaper, as well as an interview (starting around minute 40) on the Spanish radio program Siglo 21.

December, 2015. I was a keynote speaker at the Prado Medialab in Madrid Spain, talking about tools for deliberative democracy.

December, 2015. I was a visiting research fellow at the University of Alcala in Alcala Spain,working on protocols for enabling complex negotiation.

November, 2015. I was a visiting international professor at the Nagoya Institute of Technology, where I taught a course on collective intelligence.

October, 2015. New paper! High-Speed Idea Filtering with the Bag of Lemons in Decision Support Systems Journal.