Mark Klein, PhD
Principal Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Mark Klein
77 Massachusetts Avenue, E94-1505
Cambridge MA 02139 USA

I am a Principal Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I have worked since 1997.

My research mission is to develop technology that helps large numbers of people work together to solve difficult real-world challenges. My goals are thus two-fold:

  • helping us build better solutions than we have done before
  • meaningfully engaging radically more people in making the decisions that affect them

    My approach in inherently multi-disciplinary, drawing from artificial intelligence, collective intelligence, data science, operations research, complex systems science, economics, management science, and human-computer interaction, amongst other fields.

    My background includes a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Illinois, as well as research and teaching positions at Hitachi, Boeing, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Zurich, the Nagoya Institute of Technology, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Tokyo Japan, and the School of Collective Intelligence at UM6P in Morocco.

    I have over 180 publications (with over 9,000 citations, an h-index of 47, and over 50,000 downloads) and have won US$8 million dollars in research funding. My approach is multi-disciplinary, and I am deeply committed to having a direct impact on solving real-world problems, especially in the sustainability and deliberative democracy realms.

    I serve on the editorial boards and program committees for many of the most respected journals and conferences on artificial and collective intelligence. I also serve on the advisory boards for several social computing startups, and am pursuing the commercialization of my own research.

    I've taught full-semester university courses on social computing and given scores of tutorials and other invited presentations throughout North and South America, Europe, North Africa, and the Pacific Rim.

    I have a long-standing commitment to engagement with the international research community. I've hosted many international visitors in my lab at MIT, and have done extended research visits throughout North and South America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim. I've taught graduate-level classes in Japanese, and had interesting conversations in French and Spanish.