Dr Edmond Awad
Lecturer in Economics
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Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK
Edmond Awad is a Lecturer at the at the University of Exeter Business School (Department of Economics) and the Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. Edmond is also an Associate Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Center for Humans and Machines. Edmond’s research interests are in the areas of Ethics of AI, Computational Social Science and Multi-agent Systems.
Before joining, he was a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT Media Lab (2017-2019). In 2016, Edmond led the design and development of Moral Machine, a website that gathers human decisions on moral dilemmas faced by driverless cars. The website has been visited by over 4 million users, who contributed their judgements on 60 million dilemmas. Another website that Edmond co-created, called MyGoodness, collected judgements over 1 million charity dilemmas. Edmond’s work appeared in major academic journals, including Nature, PNAS, and Nature Human Behaviour, and it has been covered in major media outlets including The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel, Le Monde and El Pais.
Edmond has a bachelor degree (2007) in Informatics Engineering from Tishreen University (Syria), a master’s degree (2011) in Computing and Information Science and a PhD (2015) in Argumentation and Multi-agent systems from Masdar Institute (now Khalifa University; UAE), and a master’s degree (2017) in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT.
Ph.D., M.Sc. (Khalifa University), M.Sc. (MIT), B.Sc. (Tishreen University).
- Computational Social Science
- Artificial Intelligence
- Computational Ethics
- Multi-agent Systems
My research focuses on forming a clear picture of our perception of emerging technologies, on building tools that can inform consensus to overcome the social dilemmas raised by them, and on designing computational methods and paradigms to encode societal preferences in them.