Collective Intelligence 2014: Conference at MIT to spotlight how people and computers can be connected to collectively perform more intelligently than any one person, group, or computer

New this year—‘Geeks Meet Wonks’ in a Collective Intelligence Matchmaking Ignite Session

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 30, 2014—When is a crowd wise? Is there really such thing as a swing voter? Does ethnic diversity actually deflate price bubbles? What are the limits of social learning in networks? And what does the scientific discovery of how individual zebrafish behave in a group tell us about mankind?

These are just some of the questions that the Collective Intelligence 2014 conference at MIT will tackle.

On Wednesday, June 11 and Thursday, June 12, MIT will host researchers from a variety of fields – including psychology, economics, computer and political science, engineering, sociology, and biology – to deepen the understanding and advancement of collective intelligence and the ways it will impact organizations of the future. Twenty prominent researchers from across the globe will present invited talks, and 18 papers have been chosen for oral presentation along with 105 for presentation in poster sessions.

Thomas Malone, professor of management at MIT Sloan School of Management, and director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, is co-chairing the conference with Jeffrey Nickerson, director of the Center for Decision Technologies at Stevens Institute of Technology. “The mix of innovative researchers from many fields sets the stage for truly new ideas to emerge” says Nickerson.

“With the advent of the Internet, it is now possible – for the first time in human history – to have huge numbers of people and computers all over the world working together at a scale and with a degree of collaboration that was never possible before,” says Malone. “We think the time is right to catalyze the development of a new forum that brings together practitioners and their research from across diverse disciplines.”

Researchers who will be presenting at the conference represent such institutes and universities as Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, George Washington, Harvard, Humboldt Berlin, MIT, New York, Notre Dame, Princeton, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Pennsylvania and Yale.

“Some researchers are trying to answer deep scientific questions such as conditions that lead to collective intelligence in groups of individuals,” says Malone. “But these same questions also hold huge, practical implications for how companies can become more productive and how whole societies can solve their problems more effectively.”

New this year is Geeks Meet Wonks: Collective Intelligence Matchmaking Ignite Session. Finalists, (i.e. ‘wonks’) chosen through an earlier elimination process, will have five minutes to pitch compelling public interest projects to an assembled group of researchers (i.e. geeks) from a variety of fields including computer science, network science, engineering, psychology and design. The goal is to identify researchers interested in designing or assessing experiments that use collective intelligence techniques to solve specific public interest problems.

For more information or to register for the conference, please visit: http://collective.mech.northwestern.edu/