Abdullah Almaatouq


Abdullah Almaatouq


Abdullah Almaatouq is an Assistant Professor of Information Technology at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

His research focuses on the mechanisms of decision-making in networked environments where decisions are influenced by interactions with others. Currently, he develops dynamical models of inference, judgment, learning, and decision-making that can adapt to interconnected social and non-stationary information environments, and tests such models using a wide array of methods ranging from behavioral experiments and observational studies to computer simulations and mathematical analyses.

He holds dual MS and a PhD from MIT and a BSc from the University of Southampton.



"Turkers of the World, Unite: Evidence for In-Group Selection Amongst Amazon Mechanical Turk Workers."

Almaatouq, Abdullah, Peter Krafft, Yarrow Dunham, David G. Rand, and Alex Pentland. Social Psychological and Personality Science Vol. 11, No. 2 (2020): 151-159.

"Dynamical Networks of Influence in Small Group Discussions."

Moussaïd, Mehdi, Alejandro Noriega Campero, and Abdullah Almaatouq. PLoS One Vol. 13, No. 1 (2018): e0190541.

"Mobile Communication Signatures of Unemployment."

Abdullah Almaatouq, Francisco Prieto-Castrillo, and Alex Pentland. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Social Informatics, edited by Emma Spiro, Yong-Yeol Ahn, Bellevue, WA: November 2016.

"If It Looks Like a Spammer and Behaves Like a Spammer, It Must Be a Spammer: Analysis and Detection of Microblogging Spam Accounts."

Almaatouq, Abdullah, Erez Shmueli, Mariam Nouh, Ahmad Alabdulkareem, Vivek K. Singh, Mansour Alsaleh, Abdulrahman Alarifi, Anas Alfaris, and Alex Pentland. International Journal of Information Security Vol. 15, No. 5 (2016): 475-491. Download Paper.

"The Role of Reciprocity and Directionality of Friendship Ties in Promoting Behavioral Change."

Abdullah Almaatouq, Laura Radaelli, Alex Pentland, and Erez Shmueli. In Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling and Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation, edited by David Reitter, Dongwon Lee, Kevin S. Xu, Nathaniel Osgood, 33-41. Washington, DC: Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2016.

"Are You Your Friends’ Friend? Poor Perception of Friendship Ties Limits the Ability to Promote Behavioral Change."

Almaatouq, Abdullah, Laura Radaelli, Alex Pentland, and Erez Shmueli. PLoS One Vol. 11, No. 3 (2016): e0151588.

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