Aamena Ali Alshamsi is an assistant professor at the computer science department at Masdar Institute (Part of Khalifa University) in Abu Dhabi, UAE and a Research Affiliate at the Collective Learning group at The MIT Media Lab. Her research focuses on using techniques from data science and network science to address problems that matter most for the well-being of individuals, teams, communities and countries. She was a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA between April 2016 and March 2017. She obtained her PhD degree in Interdisciplinary engineering (computing and information science program) from Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, UAE, in 2015.
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Flávio L. Pinheiro is a postdoctoral associate in the Collective Learning group at the MIT Media Lab. His research interests focus in understanding how the network structure of socio-economic systems impacts the strategic decisions of agents and influence the evolution of ideas, opinions, and behaviors. In the past, he holds BSc and MSc from the University of Lisbon (Lisboa, Portugal) and a Phd in Physics from the MAP-Fis program at the University of Minho (Braga, Portugal).
César A. Hidalgo leads the Collective Learning group at the MIT Media Lab and is an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT. Hidalgo's work focuses on understanding how teams, organizations, cities, and nations learn. At the Collective Learning group, Hidalgo studies collective learning, and also, he develops software tools to facilitate learning in organizations. Hidalgo's academic publications have been cited more than 10,000 times and his online systems have received more than 100 million views and numerous awards. Hidalgo's latest book, Why Information Grows (Basic Books, 2015), has been translated to over ten languages. Hidalgo is also the co-author of The Atlas of Economic Complexity (MIT Press, 2014), and a co-founder of Datawheel LLC, a company that has professionalized the creation of large data visualization engines.