Abdullah Almaatouq


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Abdullah Almaatouq is a computational social scientist and the Douglas Drane Career Professor in Information Technology at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Abdullah’s research focuses on improving cooperation, coordination, and collective intelligence in decision-making systems, such as teams, committees, crowds, markets, and elections. Abdullah also explores ways to advance social and behavioral research methodology through innovative research designs and theory-building strategies, with the ultimate goal of developing a deeper understanding of collective decision systems and how to design them effectively in various contexts. He is affiliated with the MIT Center for Computational Engineering, the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, and the MIT Connection Science Research Initiative.

Abdullah holds a PhD in computational science and engineering, as well as dual master's degrees in media arts and sciences (MIT Media Lab) and computational science and engineering from MIT. Prior to joining MIT, he earned his undergraduate degree from Southampton University in the United Kingdom.


"The Effects of Group Composition and Dynamics on Collective Performance."

Almaatouq, Abdullah, Mohammed Alsobay, Ming Yin, and Duncan J. Watts. Topics in Cognitive Science. Forthcoming.

"​Replies to commentaries on 'Beyond Playing 20 Questions with Nature'."

Almaatouq, Abdullah, Thomas L. Griffiths, Jordan Suchow, Mark E. Whiting, James Evans, and Duncan J Watts. Behavioral and Brain Sciences Vol. 47, (2024): e65. PsyArXiv Preprint.

"​Tasks Beyond Taxonomies: A Multidimensional Design Space for Team Tasks."

Xinlan, Emily Hu, Linnea Gandhi, Mark E. Whiting, Duncan J. Watts, and Abdullah Almaatouq, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6970-23. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, December 2023.

"Beyond Playing 20 Questions with Nature: Integrative Experiment Design in the Social and Behavioral Sciences."

Almaatouq, Abdullah, Thomas L. Griffiths, Jordan W. Suchow, Mark E. Whiting, James Evans, and Duncan J. Watts. Behavioral and Brain Sciences Vol. 47, (2022): e33. SSRN Preprint.

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