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Collective Intelligence

September 24, 2019 | 9am - 6pm EST
Singleton Auditorium, Building 46

Quest Workshop on Collective Intelligence

Almost everything we humans have ever achieved has not been done by individuals acting alone, but by groups of people working together in ways that seem intelligent. Financial markets operate on this principle of collective intelligence to set prices for stocks, as do Internet searches that deliver answers to questions thousands have asked before.  Computers can make groups even smarter, but how should humans and machines interact? 

This workshop will explore the ways that people and machines, working separately or together, can leverage their relative strengths, resolve conflicts, and create value for society. The workshop will feature people from across MIT who are exploring aspects of collective intelligence from many different disciplinary perspectives.


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Dan Huttenlocher

Dean, MIT Schwarzman College of Computing
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Abdullah Almaatouq

Assistant Professor of Information Technology, Sloan
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Bengt Holmstrom

Paul A. Samuelson Professor of Economics
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Jonathan How

Richard Cockburn Maclaurin Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
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Ali Jadbabaie

JR East Professor of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Roger Levy

​Associate Professor, Dept of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Director, Computational Psycholinguistics Laboratory
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Thomas Malone

Patrick J. McGovern (1959) Professor of Management, Sloan
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Sandy Pentland

Toshiba Professor of Media Arts & Science, Media Lab
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Drazen Prelec

Digital Equipment Corp. Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management
Professor of Management Science and Economics, Sloan, Department of Economics, and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
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David Rand

Associate Professor of Management Science and Brain and Cognitive Science
Director, Human Cooperation Lab
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Daniela Rus

Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS)
Director, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)
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Julie Shah

Associate Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics



When: Tuesday September 24, 2019, 9:00 am-6:00 pm

Where: Building 46 Atrium and Singleton Auditorium

9:00 AM - 9:20 AM

Thomas Malone and Dan Huttenlocher: Welcome remarks

9:20 AM - 9:45 AM

Drazen Prelec: 'Truth seruim' mechanisms for collective intelligence

9:50 AM - 10:15 AM

David Rand: Wisdom in partisan crowds

10:20 AM - 10:45 AM

Thomas Malone: Creating human-computer superminds

10:45 AM - 11:05 AM


11:05 AM - 11:30 AM

Abdullah Almaatouq: Studying Collective Intelligence in the Virtual Lab

11:35 AM - 12:00 PM

Sandy Pentland: Diversity and collective intelligence: moving beyond standard models

12:05 PM - 1:05 PM

Lunch: Bagged lunch will be provided

1:05 PM - 1:20 PM

Bengt Holmstrom on Collective Intelligence (Interviewed by Thomas Malone, recorded)

1:20 PM - 1:45 PM

Jonathan How: Collaborative Learning in Multiagent Teams

1:50 PM - 2:15 PM

Roger Levy: Human Language and Collective Intelligence

2:20 PM - 2:45 PM

Julie Shah: Title TBD

2:50 PM - 3:10 PM


3:15 PM - 3:40 PM

Ali Jadbabaie: Collective phenomena in social systems

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Daniela Rus: Robot Collaboration

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Panel: Thomas Malone (Moderator/Host), David Rand, Sandy Pentland, Drazen Prelec, Daniela Rus
How can Collective Intelligence research be applied in the real world?

4:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Reception and Poster session: Refreshments will be served

Conference Organizers

Thomas Malone, Kathleen Kennedy, Rachel Donahue

Questions to: