Abdullah Almaatouq


Abdullah Almaatouq

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Abdullah Almaatouq is the Douglas Drane Career Professor in Information Technology and an Assistant Professor of Information Technology at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Abdullah’s research lies at the intersection of computer science and human behavior, and focuses on collective intelligence and large-scale experimentation. His current work centers on questions related to whether and, if so, under what conditions groups exhibit superior performance outcomes relative to individuals.

Abdullah holds a PhD in Computational Science and Engineering and a dual master’s from MIT. Before that, he received his BSc undergraduate degree from Southampton University, United Kingdom.


"A Test for Evaluating Performance in Human-Computer Systems."

Campero, Andres, Michelle Vaccaro, Jaeyoon Song, Haoran Wen, Abdullah Almaatouq, and Thomas W. Malone, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6798-22. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, 2022.

"The Distribution of Initial Estimates Moderates the Effect of Social Influence on the Wisdom of the Crowd."

Almaatouq, Abdullah, M. Amin Rahimian, Jason W. Burton, and Abdulla Alhajri. Scientific Reports Vol. 12, (2022): 16546.

"Empirica: A Virtual Lab for High-Throughput Macro-Level Experiments."

Almaatouq, Abdullah, Joshua Becker, James P. Houghton, Nicolas Paton, Duncan J. Watts, and Mark E. Whiting. Behavior Research Methods Vol. 53, No. 5 (2021): 2158-2171. Download Paper.

"Screening Diabetic Retinopathy Using an Automated Retinal Image Analysis System in Mexico: Independent and Assistive Use Cases."

Noriega, Alejandro, Dalia Camacho, Daniela Meizner, Jennifer Enciso, Hugo Quiroz-Mercado, Virgilio Morales-Canton, Abdullah Almaatouq, and Alex Pentland. JMIR Informative Research Vol. 5, No. 8 (2021): e25290. Download Paper.

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