I am an Assistant Professor at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, a postgraduate research institute established in collaboration with MIT. I received my Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Southampton, UK, under the supervision of Prof. Nick Jennings. My research interests include: Multi-Agent Systems, Cooperative Game Theory, Social Network Analysis, and Smart Building Management.


Academic Awards:


 AI 10 to Watch (news link), view full article here


- Awarded every two years, by "IEEE Intelligent Systems", to the top 10 young Artificial-Intelligence (AI) researchers in the world. The winners are described as the "stars who promise to be the leaders of the field".


 BCS Distinguished Dissertation Award (click here for more details)


- Awarded annually by the British Computer Society to the best Ph.D. in the UK in computer science.


 Dean Award for Early Career Researchers (click here for more details)


- I was selected by the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering (at the University of Southampton, UK) as one of the recipients of the "Dean Awards for Early Career Researchers".


 ORS (Overseas Research Scholarship) for a Ph.D.


- Scholarship for Ph.D. at the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK. The school is ranked 2nd in the UK for quality of research, see the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). Ph.D. supervisor: Prof. Nick Jennings, the world's 2nd most cited researcher in artificial intelligence [Microsoft Academic, 2014].


 Presidential Award for Academic Achievement (2003)


- Convened by the Syrian Ministry of Higher Education, and awarded to the student ranked 1st in each department at Syrian universities.


 Best Project Award (2002)


- The video-game project received a grade of 89% (the highest grade among all projects in 2002 at the Faculty of Informatics Engineering, University of Aleppo, Syria). Screen shots from my video game can be found here.




 Book Chapter on Coalition Formation.


- The 2nd edition of the Multiagent Systems book (MIT Press) is now out. Check it out!


- The 8th chapter, titled Computational Coalition Formation, written by myself, Edith Elkind and Nick Jennings, is available here.


- The MIT Press book webpage is here. Another webpage (containing complementary material such as slides) is here. The book is available from Amazon here.



Contact details:


Dr. Talal Rahwan

Opposite Presidential Flight

Masdar City, Khalifa A

P.O. Box 54225

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Tel: (+971) 2810 9170

Email: trahwan@gmail.com