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

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77 Massachusetts Avenue, E94-1505
Cambridge MA 02139 USA

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 do research at the intersection of artificial intelligence and social computing, studying how computers can enable better knowledge sharing and decision making among groups of humans.

I have 180 publications (with 8000 citations, an h-index of 43, and over 11,000 downloads) and have won US$7 million dollars in research funding. My approach is multi-disciplinary, and I am deeply committed to having a direct impact on solving real-world problems, especially in the sustainability and deliberative democracy realms.

I serve on the editorial boards and program committees for many of the most respected journals and conferences on artificial and collective intelligence. I also serve on the advisory boards for several social computing startups, and am pursuing the commercialization of my own research.

I've taught full-semester university courses on social computing and given scores of tutorials and other invited presentations throughout North and South America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim.

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 throughout North and South America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim. I've taught graduate-level classes in Japanese, and had interesting conversations in French and Spanish.

June 2017. New paper! Towards Crowd-Scale Deliberation discusses how crowds can produce more (pareto-) optimal outcomes than current collective decision-making approaches.

June 2017. I participated in the advisory board meeting for empowr, a startup that is developing an online marketplace/democracy to help address poverty issues throughout the world.

April 2017. A new article that highlights the Deliberatorium has appeared in The Walrus, a respected Canadian online magazine.

March 2017. I was a keynote speaker at the NIT International Symposium on Future Informatics, talking about how crowd computing systems can approach pareto-optimal collective decisions.

March 2017. I spent March and April in Japan as a visiting professor at Takayuki Ito's lab in the Nagoya Institute of Technology, teaching and doing research on social computing.

January 2017. New paper! Supporting Argumentation in Online Political Debate, to appear in New Media and Society Journal.

December 2016. Our team won a grant from the Templeton Foundation for the Scholio project, whose goal is to develop technologies that enable greater "intellectual humility" in public discourse.

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 visiting research fellow at the University of Alcala in Alcala Spain, working on protocols for enabling complex negotiation. I also was a keynote speaker at the Prado Medialab in Madrid Spain, talking about tools for deliberative democracy.

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.