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Dr Edmond Awad

Dr Edmond Awad

Lecturer in Economics

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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.

Nationality: Syrian

Qualifications

Ph.D., M.Sc. (Khalifa University), M.Sc. (MIT), B.Sc. (Tishreen University).

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Research interests

  • Computational Social Science
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computational Ethics
  • Multi-agent Systems
  • Argumentation

Research projects

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.

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Franklin M, Awad E, Lagnado D (In Press). Blaming Automated Vehicles in Difficult Situations. iScience
Saveski M, Awad E, Rahwan I, Cebrian M (2021). Algorithmic and human prediction of success in human collaboration from visual features. Sci Rep, 11(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
Franklin M, Awad E, Lagnado D (2021). Blaming automated vehicles in difficult situations. iScience, 24(4). Abstract. DOI.
Everett JAC, Colombatto C, Awad E, Boggio P, Bos B, Brady WJ, Chawla M, Chituc V, Chung D, Drupp MA, et al (2021). Moral dilemmas and trust in leaders during a global health crisis. Nat Hum Behav, 5(8), 1074-1088. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.
Awad E, Anderson M, Anderson SL, Liao B (2020). An approach for combining ethical principles with public opinion to guide public policy. Artificial Intelligence, 287 Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Awad E, Dsouza S, Bonnefon JF, Shariff A, Rahwan I (2020). Crowdsourcing moral machines. Communications of the ACM, 63(3), 48-55. Full text. DOI.
Awad E, Dsouza S, Shariff A, Rahwan I, Bonnefon J-F (2020). Reply to Claessens et al.: Maybe the Footbridge sacrifice is indeed the only one that sends a negative social signal. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(24), 13205-13206. Full text. DOI.
Awad E, Dsouza S, Kim R, Schulz J, Henrich J, Shariff A, Bonnefon JF, Rahwan I (2020). Reply to: Life and death decisions of autonomous vehicles. Nature, 579(7797), E3-E5. Full text. DOI.
Awad E, Dsouza S, Shariff A, Rahwan I, Bonnefon J-F (2020). Universals and variations in moral decisions made in 42 countries by 70,000 participants. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 117(5), 2332-2337. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
Awad E, Levine S, Kleiman-Weiner M, Dsouza S, Tenenbaum JB, Shariff A, Bonnefon J-F, Rahwan I (2019). Drivers are blamed more than their automated cars when both make mistakes. Nature Human Behaviour, 3(10). Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Awad E, Dsouza S, Kim R, Schulz J, Henrich J, Shariff A, Bonnefon J-F, Rahwan I (2018). The Moral Machine experiment. Nature, 563 (7729), 59-64. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Awad E, Bonnefon J-F, Caminada M, Malone TW, Rahwan I (2017). Experimental Assessment of Aggregation Principles in Argumentation-Enabled Collective Intelligence. ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, 17(3), 1-21. Abstract. DOI.
Awad E, Caminada MWA, Pigozzi G, Podlaszewski M, Rahwan I (2017). Pareto optimality and strategy-proofness in group argument evaluation. Journal of Logic and Computation, 27(8), 2581-2609. DOI.
Awad E, Booth R, Tohmé F, Rahwan I (2015). Judgement aggregation in multi-agent argumentation. Journal of Logic and Computation, 27(1), 227-259. DOI.
Alshamsi A, Awad E, Almehrezi M, Babushkin V, Chang P-J, Shoroye Z, Tóth A-P, Rahwan I (2015). Misery loves company: happiness and communication in the city. EPJ Data Science, 4(1). DOI.

Conferences

Kim R, Kleiman-Weiner M, Abeliuk A, Awad E, Dsouza S, Tenenbaum JB, Rahwan I (2018). A Computational Model of Commonsense Moral Decision Making. AIES '18: AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society. DOI.
Noothigattu R, Gaikwad SNS, Awad E, Dsouza S, Rahwan I, Ravikumar P, Procaccia AD (2018). A voting-based system for ethical decision making.  Abstract.

Publications by year


In Press

Franklin M, Awad E, Lagnado D (In Press). Blaming Automated Vehicles in Difficult Situations. iScience

2021

Saveski M, Awad E, Rahwan I, Cebrian M (2021). Algorithmic and human prediction of success in human collaboration from visual features. Sci Rep, 11(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
Franklin M, Awad E, Lagnado D (2021). Blaming automated vehicles in difficult situations. iScience, 24(4). Abstract. DOI.
Everett JAC, Colombatto C, Awad E, Boggio P, Bos B, Brady WJ, Chawla M, Chituc V, Chung D, Drupp MA, et al (2021). Moral dilemmas and trust in leaders during a global health crisis. Nat Hum Behav, 5(8), 1074-1088. Abstract.  Author URL. DOI.

2020

Awad E, Anderson M, Anderson SL, Liao B (2020). An approach for combining ethical principles with public opinion to guide public policy. Artificial Intelligence, 287 Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Awad E, Dsouza S, Bonnefon JF, Shariff A, Rahwan I (2020). Crowdsourcing moral machines. Communications of the ACM, 63(3), 48-55. Full text. DOI.
Awad E, Dsouza S, Shariff A, Rahwan I, Bonnefon J-F (2020). Reply to Claessens et al.: Maybe the Footbridge sacrifice is indeed the only one that sends a negative social signal. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(24), 13205-13206. Full text. DOI.
Awad E, Dsouza S, Kim R, Schulz J, Henrich J, Shariff A, Bonnefon JF, Rahwan I (2020). Reply to: Life and death decisions of autonomous vehicles. Nature, 579(7797), E3-E5. Full text. DOI.
Awad E, Dsouza S, Shariff A, Rahwan I, Bonnefon J-F (2020). Universals and variations in moral decisions made in 42 countries by 70,000 participants. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 117(5), 2332-2337. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text. DOI.

2019

Awad E, Levine S, Kleiman-Weiner M, Dsouza S, Tenenbaum JB, Shariff A, Bonnefon J-F, Rahwan I (2019). Drivers are blamed more than their automated cars when both make mistakes. Nature Human Behaviour, 3(10). Abstract.  Full text. DOI.

2018

Kim R, Kleiman-Weiner M, Abeliuk A, Awad E, Dsouza S, Tenenbaum JB, Rahwan I (2018). A Computational Model of Commonsense Moral Decision Making. AIES '18: AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society. DOI.
Noothigattu R, Gaikwad SNS, Awad E, Dsouza S, Rahwan I, Ravikumar P, Procaccia AD (2018). A voting-based system for ethical decision making.  Abstract.
Awad E, Dsouza S, Kim R, Schulz J, Henrich J, Shariff A, Bonnefon J-F, Rahwan I (2018). The Moral Machine experiment. Nature, 563 (7729), 59-64. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.

2017

Awad E, Bonnefon J-F, Caminada M, Malone TW, Rahwan I (2017). Experimental Assessment of Aggregation Principles in Argumentation-Enabled Collective Intelligence. ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, 17(3), 1-21. Abstract. DOI.
Awad E, Caminada MWA, Pigozzi G, Podlaszewski M, Rahwan I (2017). Pareto optimality and strategy-proofness in group argument evaluation. Journal of Logic and Computation, 27(8), 2581-2609. DOI.

2015

Awad E, Booth R, Tohmé F, Rahwan I (2015). Judgement aggregation in multi-agent argumentation. Journal of Logic and Computation, 27(1), 227-259. DOI.
Alshamsi A, Awad E, Almehrezi M, Babushkin V, Chang P-J, Shoroye Z, Tóth A-P, Rahwan I (2015). Misery loves company: happiness and communication in the city. EPJ Data Science, 4(1). DOI.