banking and finance
internet of things
point of care
sports and fitness
natural language processing
Looking beyond smart cities
Making the invisible visible–inside our bodies, around us, and beyond–for health, work, and connection
Creating scalable technologies that evolve with user inventiveness
Promoting deeper learning and understanding in human networks
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
Engineering at the limits of complexity with molecular-scale parts
Urban populations around the world are rapidly growing. To improve livability, urban residents must reduce dependency on fossil fuels and...
Exploring how social networks can influence our lives in business, health, governance, and technology adoption and diffusion
Transforming data into knowledge
Creating technology for social change
Reimagining human cooperation in the age of social media and artificial intelligence
Civic Entertainment is a project based at the Center for Civic Media that explores the intersection of civic engagement with film, televi...
Seamlessly coupling the worlds of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation
Liberals and conservatives alike love—and fear—the idea of giving free money to everyone. But we have to try it anyway.
Engaging people in creative learning experiences
Civic technology should empower us as citizens. But despite its breadth as a field, civic technology often takes its lead from Silicon Va...
Graeff, Erhardt (2018). Evaluating Civic Technology Design for Citizen Empowerment. PhD Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The development of biotechnologies since the era of recombinant DNA in the 1970s has occurred largely via the interaction of academic, in...
In September 2014, 150 parents, engineers, designers, and healthcare practitioners gathered at the MIT Media Lab for the "Make the Breast...
How to distill meaning from complex everyday experiences.
Measuring Cooperation at Scale
Frank, M. R., Obradovich, N., Sun, L., Woon, W. L., LeVeck, B. L., & Rahwan, I. (2018). Detecting reciprocity at a global scale. Science Advances, 4(1), eaao5348.
Political constitutions describe the fundamental principles by which nation-states are governed, the political and legal state institutio...
On April 26, 2017, Erhardt Graeff spoke about "Designing for Monitorial Citizenship" at The Impact of Civic Technology Conference (TICTeC...
Earlier studies proved that behavior is highly shaped and constrained by one's social networks, and demonstrated ways in which individual...
The Electome: Where AI Meets Political JournalismThe Electome project is a machine-driven mapping and analysis of public sphere content a...
Ali Nahm, Sandy Pentland, Peter Krafft. (2016). Inferring Population Preferences via Mixtures of Spatial Voting Models. The 8th International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo).
FlipFeed is a Google Chrome Extension that enables Twitter users to replace their own feed with that of another real Twitter user. Powere...
How we can understand human behavior (rationality, semi-rationality, bounded rationality, and just plain irrationality) in day-to-day behaviors, and in particular in electronic environments.
How to engineer and disseminate powerful, low-cost design and fabrication technologies at a grassroots level.
How to redefine and expand the conceptual framework and language of learning by creating new technologies and spheres of practice.
How radical new collaborations will catalyze a revolution in health.
How to bring the programmability of the digital world to the physical world.
How to build intelligent music systems out of interacting audio-processing agents.