Publications

 

New Major Publications

Contextualizing Human Psychology 
Alex Pentland
Technology, Mind, and Behavior, 29 August 2020

Computational social science: Obstacles and opportunities 
David Lazar, Alex Pentland, et al. 
Science, 28 August 2020 

Modelling the impact of testing, contact tracing and household quarantine on second waves of COVID-19 
Alberto Aleta et al. 
Nature Human Behaviour, 05 August 2020

Geographical fragmentation of the global network of Twitter communications  
Leila Hedayatifar,  Alfredo J. Morales, and Yaneer Bar-Yam
Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science, 21 July 2020

Segregation dynamics with reinforcement learning and agent based modeling 
Egemen Sert, Yaneer Bar-Yam and Alfredo J. Morales
Nature Scientific Reports, 16 July 2020

Segregated interactions in urban and online space
 Xiaowen Dong, et al.  
EPJ Data Science, 10 July 2020

Economic outcomes predicted by diversity in cities 
Shi Kai Chong, Mohsen Bahrami, Hao Chen, Selim Balcisoy, Burcin Bozkaya, and Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland
EPJ Data Science, 24 June 2020

Contextual centrality: going beyond network structure 
Yan Leng, Yehonatan Sella, Rodrigo Ruiz, and Alex Pentland 
Nature Scientific Reports, 10 June 2020

Mobile phone data for informing public health actions across the COVID-19 pandemic life cycle 
Nuria Oliver, et al.
Nature Science Advances, 5 June 2020

Adaptive social networks promote the wisdom of crowds
Abdullah Almaatouq, Alejandro Noriega-Campero, Abdulrahman Alotaibi, P. M. Krafft, Mehdi Moussaid, and Alex Pentland
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 26 May 2020

Overcoming barriers to early disease intervention
H. Hugo Caicedo, Daniel A. Hashimoto, Julio C. Caicedo, Alex Pentland and Gary P. Pisano 
Nature Biotechnology, 22 May 2020

Measuring the predictability of life outcomes with a scientific mass collaboration 
Matthew J. Salganik, et al. 
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 14 April 2020 

Functional and Social Team Dynamics in Industrial Settings
Dominic E. Saadi, Mark Sutcliffe, Yaneer Bar-Yam, and Alfredo J. Morales 
Complexity, 23 March 2020

Network Dynamics of a Financial Ecosystem 
Shahar Somin, Yaniv Altshuler, Goren Gordon, Alex ’Sandy’ Pentland and Erez Shmueli 
Nature Scientific Reports, 12 March 2020 

Turkers of the World Unite: Multilevel In-Group Bias Among Crowdworkers on Amazon Mechanical Turk 
Abdullah Almaatouq, Peter Krafft, Yarrow Dunham, David G. Rand, Alex Pentland
Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1 March 2020 

Deglobalization in a hyper-connected world 
José Balsa-Barreiro, Aymeric Vié, Alfredo J. Morales, and Manuel Cebrián
Palgrave Communications, 25 February 2020

Monitoring of the Venezuelan exodus through Facebook’s advertising platform 
Joao Palotti et al. 
PLOS One, 21 February 2020

Purchase Patterns, Socioeconomic Status, and Political Inclination 
Xiaowen Dong, Eaman Jahani, Alfredo J. Morales, Burçin Bozkaya, Bruno Lepri, and Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland
The World Bank Economic Review, February 2020

Representativity and Networked Interference in Data-Rich Field Experiments: A Large-Scale RCT in Rural Mexico    
Alejandro Noriega, Alex Pentland
The World Bank Economic Review, February 2020

An Amazon stingless bee foraging activity predicted using recurrent artificial neural networks and attribute selection 
Pedro A. B. Gomes, et al. 
Nature Scientific Reports, 8 January 2020

Decentralized Trusted Computing Base for Blockchain Infrastructure Security 
Thomas Hardjono and Ned Smith 
Frontiers in Blockchain, 6 December 2019 

Globalization and the shifting centers of gravity of world's human dynamics: Implications for sustainability  
José Balsa-Barreiro, Yingcheng Li, Alfredo Morales, and Alex “Sandy”Pentland
Journal of Cleaner Production, 1 December 2019 

Federated Authorization over Access to Personal Data for Decentralized Identity Management  
Thomas Hardjono 
IEEE Communications Standards Magazine, December 2019 

Segregation and polarization in urban areas 
Alfredo J. Morales, Xiaowen Dong,Yaneer Bar-Yam, and Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland
Royal Society Open Science, 23 October 2019 

US social fragmentation at multiple scales  
Leila Hedayatifar, Rachel A. Rigg, Yaneer Bar-Yam, and Alfredo J. Morales 
Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 9 October 2019 

Winning Models for Grade Point Average, Grit, and Layoff in the Fragile Families Challenge  
Daniel E. Rigobon, Eaman Jahani, Yoshihiko Suhara, Khaled AlGhoneim, Abdulaziz Alghunaim, Alex “Sandy” Pentland, and Abdullah Almaatouq 
Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, 10 September 2019 

Can an Emoji a Day Keep the Doctor Away? An Explorative Mixed-Methods Feasibility Study to Develop a Self-Help App for Youth With Mental Health Problems 
Levi Van Dam et al.
Frontiers in Psychiatry, 23 August 2019 

Assessing Refugees’ Integration via Spatio-Temporal Similarities of Mobility and Calling Behaviors  
Antonio Luca Alfeo, Mario G. C. A. Cimino, Bruno Lepri, Alex Pentland, and Gigliola Vaglini
IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems, August 2019 

Toward an Interoperability Architecture for Blockchain Autonomous Systems 
Thomas Hardjono, Alexander Lipton, and Alex Pentland
IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 21 June 2019 

Machine behaviour
Iyad Rahwan et al. 
Nature, 25 April 2019 

A theory of discrete hierarchies as optimal cost-adjusted productivity organisations  
Sandro Claudio Lera and Didier Sornette
PLOS One, 18 April 2019

A trip-specific model for fuel saving estimation and subsidy policy making of carpooling based on empirical data 
Xiaobing Liu, Xuedong Yan, Feng Liu, Rui Wang, and Yan Leng
Applied Energy, 15 April 2019 

GIS Mapping of Driving Behavior Based on Naturalistic Driving Data
José Balsa-Barreiro, Pedro M. Valero-Mora, José L. Berné-Valero, and Fco-Alberto Varela-García 
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 9 April 2019 

Mapping Time-Varying Accessibility and Territorial Cohesion With Time-Distorted Maps
José Balsa-Barreiro, Lukas Ambuühl, Mónica Menéndez, and Alex Pentland
IEEE Access, 27 March 2019 

On the privacy- conscientious use of mobile phone data 
Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye et al.
Scientific Data, 11 December 2018

Fair, Transparent, and Accountable Algorithmic Decision-making Processes 
Bruno Lepri, Nuria Oliver, Emmanuel Letouzé, Alex Pentland, and Patrick Vinck  
Philosophy & Technology, December 2018

An interpretable approach for social network formation among heterogeneous agents
Yuan Yuan, Ahmad Alabdulkareem, and Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland 
Nature Communications, 8 November 2018

Behavioral attributes and financial churn prediction 
Erdem Kaya, Xiaowen Dong, Yoshihiko Suhara, Selim Balcisoy, Burcin Bozkaya, and Alex “Sandy” Pentland.
EPJ Data Science, 19 October 2018

Digital trade coin: towards a more stable digital currency
Alex Lipton, Thomas Hardjono, and Alex Pentland
Royal Society Open Science, 18 July 2018

Is social capital associated with synchronization in human communication? An analysis of Italian call records and measures of civic engagement   
Marco Mamei, Francesca Pancotto, Marco De Nadai, Bruno Lepri, Michele Vescovi, Franco Zambonelli, and Alex Pentland
EPJ Data Science, 17 July 2018

The Rippling Effect of Social Influence via Phone Communication Network  
Yan Leng, Xiaowen Dong, Esteban Moro, and Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland
Complex Spreading Phenomena in Social Systems, 22 June 2018

Methods for quantifying effects of social unrest using credit card transaction data
Xiaowen Dong, Joachim Meyer, Erez Shmueli, Burçin Bozkaya, and Alex Pentland
EPJ Data Science, 13 April 2018

Rhythm: A Unified Measurement Platform for Human Organizations 
Oren Lederman, Akshay Mohan, Dan Calacci, and Alex Sandy Pentland
IEEE MultiMedia, 16 January 2018

Dynamical networks of influence in small group discussions
Mehdi Moussaïd, Alejandro Noriega Campero, and Abdullah Almaatouq
PLOS One, 16 January 2018

Optimizing targeted vaccination across cyber–physical networks: an empirically based mathematical simulation study
Enys Mones, Arkadiusz Stopczynski, Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, Nathaniel Hupert, and Sune Lehmann
Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 3 January 2018

Social Bridges in Urban Purchase Behavior
Xiaowen Dong, Yoshihiko  Suhara, Burçin Bozkaya, Vivek Kumar Singh, Bruno  Lepri, and Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland
ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology, December 2017

Erratum to: Improving official statistics in emerging markets using machine learning and mobile phone data
Eaman Jahani, Pål Sundsøy, Johannes Bjelland, Linus Bengtsson, Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, and Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye
EPJ Data Science, 8 June 2017

Improving official statistics in emerging markets using machine learning and mobile phone data  
Eaman Jahani, Pål Sundsøy, Johannes Bjelland, Linus Bengtsson, Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, and Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye
EPJ Data Science, 16 May 2017

Driver behavior profiling: An investigation with different smartphone sensors and machine learning
Jair Ferreira Junior, Eduardo Carvalho, Bruno V. Ferreira, Cleidson de Souza, Yoshihiko Suhara, Alex Pentland, and Gustavo Pessin
PLOS One, 10 April 2017

Behavioral Indicators on a Mobile Sensing Platform Predict Clinically Validated Psychiatric Symptoms of Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Skyler Place, Danielle Blanch-Hartigan, Channah Rubin, Cristina Gorrostieta, Caroline Mead, John Kane, Brian P Marx, Joshua Feast, Thilo Deckersbach, Alex “Sandy” Pentland, Andrew Nierenberg, and Ali Azarbayejani
Journal of Medical Internet Research, 16 March 2017

Money Walks: Implicit Mobility Behavior and Financial Well-Being   
Vivek Kumar Singh, Burcin Bozkaya, and Alex Pentland  
PLOS One, 28 August 2015

Unique in the shopping mall: On the reidentifiability of credit card metadata   
Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, Laura Radaelli, Vivek Kumar Singh, and Alex “Sandy” Pentland
Science, 30 January 2015

Campaign Optimization Through Behavioral Modeling and Mobile Network Analysis     
Yaniv Altshuler, Erez Shmueli, Guy Zyskind, Oren Lederman, Nuria Oliver, and Alex Pentland
IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems, June 2014

Published at 5th International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2):

Measuring heterogeneous social influence within and across homophilous communities
Yan Leng, Tara Sowrirajan and Alex Pentland

Universal resilience of labor markets
Esteban Moro, Morgan R. Frank, Alex Rutherford, Manuel Cebrian, Iyad Rahwan

Patents as a proxy for technological impact on the future of work
Benjamin Meindl, Morgan R. Frank, Joana Mendonca.

The hidden constraints on worker mobility: how workplace skills determine a worker's next move
Morgan R. Frank, Esteban Moro, Alex Rutherford, Iyad Rahwan.

Cheap Signals, Trade, and Costly Consequences
Isabella Loaiza, Morgan R. Frank, Alex 'Sandy' Pentland

Industrial Topics in Urban Labor System
Hee Youn Kwon, Lijun Sun, Morgan R. Frank, Hyejin Youn, Cesar Hidalgo and Iyad Rahwan

Founders Dynamics: Interpersonal Relationships and Between-Team Interaction in Early Startups
Oren Lederman, Alfredo Morales, Dan Calacci, Fiona Murray and Alex Pentland

Universal resilience of labor markets 
M.Frank, A. Rutherford and I. Rahwan

Individuals Can Hide Their Own Relationships from Link Prediction Algorithms 
Marcin Waniek, Kai Zhou, Yevgeniy Vorobeychik, Esteban Moro, Tomasz P. Michalak and Talal Rahwan
 

NetMob 2019:

Economical segregation of encounter networks in cities
Esteban Moro, Dan Calacci, Xiaowen Dong, Alex (Sandy) Pentland
 

Netsci 2019:

Beyond exposure: the complex pattern of social influence
Yan Leng, Xiaowen Dong, Esteban Moro, Alex Pentland

Observing and Overcoming Dunbar Cognitive Limitations in Financial Networks using Bayesian Bots
D. Adjodah, P. Kraftt, E. Moro and Alex Pentland
 

Other Recent Publications

Learning Network Structure in Linear Quadratic Games
Yan Leng, Xiaowen Dong, Junfeng Wu, and Alex Pentland
Presented at International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2020

Private and Byzantine-Proof Cooperative Decision-Making
Abhimanyu Dubey and Alex Pentland
Presented at International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS) 2020 in Auckland

Leveraging Communication Topologies Between Learning Agents in Deep Reinforcement Learning
Dhaval Adjodah, Dan Calacci, Abhimanyu Dubey, Anirudh Goyal, P. M. Krafft, Esteban Moro, and Alex Pentland
Presented at International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS) 2020 in Auckland

Privacy-Preserving Claims Exchange Networks for Virtual Asset Service Providers
Thomas Hardjono, Alexander Lipton, and Alex Pentland
Presented at IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency (ICBC)) 2020

Will the Crowd Game the Algorithm? Using Layperson Judgments to Combat Misinformation on Social Media by Downranking Distrusted Sources
Ziv Epstein, Gordon Pennycook, and Alex Pentland
Presented at Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2020 in Honolulu

Fair Enough: Improving Fairness in Budget-Constrained Decision Making Using Confidence Thresholds
Michiel Bakker, Humberto Riveron Valdes, Duy Patrick Tu, Krishna P. Gummadi, Kush R. Varshney, Adrian Weller, and Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland
Presented at AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) 2020 in New York

Algorithmic targeting of social policies: fairness, accuracy, and distributed governance 
Alejandro Noriega-Campero, Bernardo  Garcia-Bulle, Luis Fernando Cantu, Michiel A Bakker, Luis Tejerina, and Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland
Presented at ACM Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency Conference (ACM FAT) 2020 in Barcelona

Sherlock: A Deep Learning Approach to Semantic Data Type Detection
Madelon Hulsebos, Kevin  Hu, Michiel A Bakker, Emanuel Zgraggen, Arvind Satyanarayan,Tim Kraska, Çağatay Demiralp, and César Augusto Hidalgo
Presented at ACM SIGKDD Conference (KDD) 2019 in Anchorage

On Fairness in Budget-Constrained Decision Making
Michiel A. Bakker, Alejandro Noriega-campero, Duy Patrick Tu, Prasanna Sattigeri, Kush Varshney, Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland
Presented at ACM SIGKDD Conference (KDD) 2019 in Anchorage

Fair, Stable Exchange Networks through Quenched Merchant Location and Idiosyncratic Trading Costs
Nate Dwyer, Sandro Lera, and Alex Pentland
Presented at International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2) 2019 in Amsterdam

Active Fairness in Algorithmic Decision-Making
Alejandro Noriega Campero, Michiel A. Bakker, Bernardo Garcia Bulle, and Alex Pentland
Presented at International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2) 2019 in Amsterdam

Does Prosocial Contagion Increase Inequality? A Large-Scale Online Field Experiment
Yuan Yuan, Dean Eckles, and Alex Pentland
Presented at International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2) 2019 in Amsterdam

Communication Patterns and Performance in Early Startups
Oren Lederman, Daniel C. Fehder, Alfredo Morales, Fiona Murray, and Alex (Sandy) Pentland
Presented at International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulationation (SBP-BRiMS) 2019 in Washington DC

Measuring fine-grained multidimensional integration using mobile phone metadata: the case of Syrian refugees in Turkey
Michiel A. Bakker, Daoud Piracha, Patricia Lu, Keis Bejgo, Mohsen Bahrami, Yan Leng, Jose Balsa-Barreiro, Julie Ricard, Alfredo Morales, Vivek Singh, Burcin Bozkaya, Selim Balcisoy, and Alex Pentland
Presented at NetMob 2019 in Oxford 

The tradeoff between the utility and risk of location data and implications for public good
Dan Calacci, Alex Berke, Kent Larson, Alex Pentland
Presented at Connected Life: Data & Disorder conference at the Oxford Internet Institute

VizNet: Towards A Large-Scale Visualization Learning and Benchmarking Repository
Kevin Hu, Snehalkuma S. Gaikwad, Madelon Hulsebos, Michiel A Bakker, Emanuel Zgraggen, César Augusto Hidalgo, Tim Kraska, Guoliang Li, Arvind Satyanarayan, and Çağatay Demiralp
Presented at Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2019 in Glasgow

VizML: A Machine Learning Approach to Visualization Recommendation
Kevin Hu, Michiel A Bakker, Stephen Li, Tim Kraska, and César Hidalgo
Presented at Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2019 in Glasgow

Vol 4, Supplement 1 (2019): Proceedings of the First Symposium on Blockchain and Robotics, MIT Media Lab, 5 December 2018
Various Authors

Active Fairness in Algorithmic Decision Making
Alejandro Noriega-Campero, Michiel A. Bakker, Bernardo Garcia-Bulle, and Alex 'Sandy' Pentland
Presented at AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society (AIES) 2019 in Honolulu

Symbolic Relation Networks for Reinforcement Learning
Dhaval Adjodah,Tim Klinger, and Joshua Joseph
Presented at Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) 2018 in Montréal

ScamCoins, S*** Posters, and the Search for the Next BitcoinTM: Collective Sensemaking in Cryptocurrency Discussions
Eaman Jahani, Peter M. Krafft, Yoshihiko Suhara, Esteban Moro, and Alex Pentland
Presented at ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW) 2018 in New York

Algorithmic Fairness and Efficiency in Targeting Social Welfare Programs at Scale 
Alejandro Noriega, Bernardo Garcia-Bulle,  Luis Tejerina, and Alex Pentland
Presented at Data for Good Exchange 2018 in New York

Patterns of Interaction Predict Social Role in Online Learning
Huaiyi (Cici) Sun, Dan Calacci, and Alex (Sandy) Pentland 
Presented at International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling and Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation (SBP-BRiMS) 2018 in Washington DC

An Experimental Study of Cryptocurrency Market Dynamics
Peter M Krafft, Nicolas Della Penna, and Alex "Sandy" Pentland
Presented at Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2018 in Montréal

Towards Real-Time Prediction of Unemployment and Profession
Pål Sundsøy, Johannes Bjelland, Bjørn-Atle Reme, Eaman Jahani, and Erik Wetter
Presented at International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo) 2017 in Oxford

Differential Network Effects on Economic Outcomes: A Structural Perspective
Eaman Jahani, Guillaume Saint-Jacques, Pål Sundsøy, Johannes Bjelland, and Esteban Moro  
Presented at International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo) 2017 in Oxford

Synergistic data-driven travel demand management based on phone records  
Yan Leng, Larry Rudolph, Jinhua Zhao, Haris N. Koutsopolous, and Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland
Presented at ACM SIGKDD Conference (KDD) 2017 in Halifax

Improving individual predictions using social networks assortativity
Dounia Mulders, Cyril de Bodt, Johannes Bjelland, Alex Sandy Pentland, Michel Verleysen, and Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye
Presented at International Workshop on Self-Organizing Maps and Learning Vector Quantization, Clustering and Data Visualization (WSOM) 2017 in Nancy

DeepMood: Forecasting Depressed Mood Based on Self-Reported Histories via Recurrent Neural Networks
Yoshihiko Suhara, Yinzhan Xu, and Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland    
Presented at International World Wide Web Conference (WWW) 2017 in Perth

Bots as Virtual Confederates: Design and Ethics
Peter M. Krafft, Michael Macy, and Alex “Sandy” Pentland
Presented at ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW) 2017 in Portland

Inferring Population Preferences via Mixtures of Spatial Voting Models
Alison Nahm, Alex Pentland, and Peter Krafft
Presented at International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo) 2016 in Bellevue

Modeling Human Ad Hoc Coordination
Peter M. Krafft, Chris L. Baker, Alex “Sandy” Pentland, and Joshua B. Tenenbaum
Presented at AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) 2016 in Phoenix

Deep Learning Applied to Mobile Phone Data for Individual Income Classification
Pål Sundsøy, Johannes Bjelland, Bjørn-Atle Reme, Asif M.Iqbal, and Eaman Jahani  
Presented at International Conference on Artificial Intelligence: Technologies and Applications (ICAITA) 2016 in Bangkok

Emergent Collective Sensing in Human Groups
Peter M. Krafft, Robert X.D. Hawkins, Alex “Sandy” Pentland, Noah D. Goodman, andJoshua B. Tenenbaum 
Presented at Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci) 2015 in Pasadena

Decentralizing Privacy: Using Blockchain to Protect Personal Data
Guy Zyskind, Oz Nathan, and Alex Sandy Pentland     
Presented at IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy 2015 in San Jose