Aamena Ali Alshamsi

Aamena Ali Alshamsi Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Assistant Professor of Computing and Information Science
Program: Computing and Information Science
Phone number: 028109498
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Dr. Aamena Alshamsi is assistant professor of computing and information science at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and visiting assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab. Her work lies at the intersection of data science, network science and multiagent systems, with a focus on complex networks. The applications of her work varies from social networks to economic diversification and dispatch systems.

Dr. Alshamsi earned her PhD degree in interdisciplinary engineering from Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in 2015 and her MSc Degree in Information Technology (Knowledge and Data Management) from the British University in Dubai (in collaboration with Edinburgh University, UK) in 2009. Besides her academic life, she spent almost four years as a programmer and system analyst at Dubai Road and Transport Authority (2006-2010).

Current Projects

  • Strategic Network Diffusion

Research/Teaching Interests

  • Network Science
  • Data Science/ Data Analytics
  • Computational Social Science

Advisor to current Masdar Institute students

  • Mona Al Zubaidi
  • Fedeyya Al Mansoori (Co-Advisor)


Research and Teaching Interests

  • Network Analysis
  • Data Science/ Data Analytics
  • Complex Networks
  • Computational Social Science


  • Aamena Alshamsi, Sherief Abdallah, and Iyad Rahwan. "Multiagent self-organization for a taxi dispatch system." 8th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems. 2009
  • Aamena Alshamsi, Fabio Pianesi, Bruno Lepri, Alex Pentland, and Iyad Rahwan. "Beyond Contagion: Reality Mining Reveals Complex Patterns of Social Influence." PLOS ONE 10.8 (2015), e0135740
  • Aamena Alshamsi, et al. "Misery loves company: happiness and communication in the city." EPJ Data Science 4.1 (2015): 1-12.