Edmond Awad

Scalable Cooperation
  • Postdoctoral Associate

Edmond Awad is a postdoctoral associate at the Scalable Cooperation group led by Iyad Rahwan at the MIT Media Lab.  Born and raised in Syria, Edmond received his bachelor's degree (2007) from Tishreen University (Syria) in informatics engineering. In 2009, he moved to UAE, where at Masdar Institute he completed a master’s degree (2011) in computing and information science with a research topic in multi-agent systems, before completing a PhD (2015) in argumentation and multi-agent systems. In 2015, Edmond joined the Scalable Cooperation group at the MIT Media Lab. There, he co-developed Moral Machine,  a website that gathers human decisions on moral dilemmas faced by driverless cars. The website has been visited by over three million users, who contributed their judgements on 40 million dilemmas. Another website that Edmond co-created, called MyGoodness, collected judgements over one million charity dilemmas. Edmond’s work appeared in major academic journals, including Nature and ACM Transactions, and it has been covered in major media outlets including The Associated Press, The New York Ti… View full description

Edmond Awad is a postdoctoral associate at the Scalable Cooperation group led by Iyad Rahwan at the MIT Media Lab.  Born and raised in Syria, Edmond received his bachelor's degree (2007) from Tishreen University (Syria) in informatics engineering. In 2009, he moved to UAE, where at Masdar Institute he completed a master’s degree (2011) in computing and information science with a research topic in multi-agent systems, before completing a PhD (2015) in argumentation and multi-agent systems. In 2015, Edmond joined the Scalable Cooperation group at the MIT Media Lab. There, he co-developed Moral Machine,  a website that gathers human decisions on moral dilemmas faced by driverless cars. The website has been visited by over three million users, who contributed their judgements on 40 million dilemmas. Another website that Edmond co-created, called MyGoodness, collected judgements over one million charity dilemmas. Edmond’s work appeared in major academic journals, including Nature and ACM Transactions, and it has been covered in major media outlets including The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, LA Times, The Times, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, and El Pais. Edmond’s research interests are in the areas of AI, ethics, computational social science, and multi-agent systems.