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Clean power planning
MIT News | April 21, 2017

Study led by Jennifer Morris (TPP & Engineering Systems PhD alum) details why it’s prudent to invest in carbon-free electricity now.

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Running may be socially contagious
The New York Times | April 19, 2017

New paper co-authored by Sinan Aral shows how exercise is "contagious" in a social network.

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Caroline Uhler receives NSF CAREER award
National Science Foundation | April 18, 2017

Caroline Uhler awarded this National Science Foundation grant to continue her work in graphical models.

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Artificial data reduces privacy concerns and helps with big data analysis
TechRepublic | April 12, 2017

Kalyan Veeramachaneni and team create synthetic data sets from real ones—allowing data analysis without concern for sensitive personal information becoming public.

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Audun Botterud lead researcher on project awarded grant by Siebel Energy Institute
Siebel Energy Institute | April 11, 2017

Audun Botterud and Asu Ozdaglar are working on this project, titled: "Improved Analytics for Urban Energy Distribution Grids with Smart Buildings."

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Senior Elizabeth Rider uses atmospheric chemistry research to create international connections
MIT News Office | April 11, 2017

Rider has conducted her thesis research in the lab of Noelle Selin.

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CSAIL launches artificial intelligence initiative with industry
CSAIL / MIT News | April 10, 2017

SystemsThatLearn@CSAIL (STL) aims to develop new “human-like systems” for data science and other fields. (Tommi Jaakola is a faculty lead of STL.)

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Leshner Leadership Fellow Noelle Selin catalyzes dialogue with public, policymakers
AAAS | April 6, 2017

Profile on Noelle Selin, describing her work as an AAAS Leshner Leadership Fellow.

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Fighting online extremists with machine learning
MIT Sloan Newsroom | April 6, 2017

LIDS alum Tauhid Zaman and his student Christopher Marks have built a model to predict which Twitter users likely belonged to ISIS, allowing those accounts to be pre-emptively identified and shut down.

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What makes this the hottest class at MIT?
The Boston Globe | April 6, 2017

Tommi Jaakkola and Regina Barzilay talk about their popular Introduction to Machine Learning class.

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Multi-university effort will advance materials, define the future of mobility
School of Engineering / MIT News | April 3, 2017

With support from the Toyota Research Institute, MIT faculty will focus on next-generation energy storage. (Suvrit Sra working on a project as part of this initiative.)

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Paper co-authored by Daron Acemoglu examines impact of automation on U.S. job market
The Economist | April 1, 2017

Researchers found that “between 1990 and 2007, each industrial robot added per thousand workers reduced employment in America by nearly six workers.”

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For the sake of safe self-driving cars, companies need to share data
The Boston Globe | March 31, 2017

Prof. Sertac Karaman and postdoc Lex Fridman speak with Boston Globe columnist Scott Kirsner about why companies developing self-driving cars should share data.

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Faster page loads
MIT News | March 29, 2017

System allocates data center bandwidth more fairly, so no part of a webpage lags behind others. (Paper co-written by Devavrat Shah.)

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MIT experts urge Trump administration to take immediate action on cybersecurity
CSAIL / MIT News | March 28, 2017

Report warns of hacking risk to electric grid, oil pipelines, and other critical infrastructure.

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Celebrating 25 years of MIT-JR East Railway partnership
CEE / MIT News | March 27, 2017

Joseph Sussman honored for his 25 years of service as JR East Professor.

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2017 Best 40 Under 40 Professors: Ilan Lobel, New York University (Stern)
Poets & Quants | March 26, 2017

LIDS alum Ilan Lobel named one of "Best 40 Under 40" Professors by Poets & Quants.

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“Virtual batteries” could lead to cheaper, cleaner power
MIT News Office | March 24, 2017

New research suggests that coordinating smart appliances and electric cars may help balance supply and demand in the power grid.

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At the intersection of industry and academia
MIT CEE / MIT News | March 23, 2017

Article on recent Infrastructure, Smart Cities and Transportation Workshop, which featured some IDSS faculty.

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Making better decisions when outcomes are uncertain
MIT News Office | March 22, 2017

A simple statistical trick could help make a ubiquitous model of decision processes more accurate.

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John Tsitsiklis appointed director of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS)
School of Engineering / MIT News | March 21, 2017

Professor of electrical engineering and computer science will also take on the new role of associate director of the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society.

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Robots might be saving the world from a demographic disaster
Business Insider Nordic | March 20, 2017

Research finds that an aging population does not necessarily lead to slower economic growth.

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Michael Davidson wins a best poster award in AAAS Student Poster Competition
MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change | March 17, 2017

Michael Davidson (TPP '14 and engineering systems PhD candidate) received a best poster award in the social sciences category. The poster highlights hidden costs in China’s coal plant upgrade.

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In Search of a Perfect Team at Work
The Wall Street Journal | March 14, 2017

Article cites research of Sandy Pentland's Human Dynamics Lab.

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TPP student awarded Schmidt MacArthur Fellowship
March 13, 2017

Anna Waldman-Brown has been selected to be part of the 2017 Schmidt MacArthur Fellowship program.

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Study: Volkswagen’s excess emissions will lead to 1,200 premature deaths in Europe
MIT News Office | March 9, 2017

Paper co-authored by TPP student Guillaume Chossière examines the health impact of 2.6 million cars installed with "defeat devices," sold in Germany under Volkswagen Group’s brands VW, Audi, Skoda, and Seat.

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Endor emerges from MIT research with unique predictive analytics tech
TechCrunch | March 8, 2017

Company co-founded by Sandy Pentland has developed a predictive analytics cloud service based on the concept of "social physics."

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Artificial data give the same results as real data—without compromising privacy
IDSS / MIT News Office | March 6, 2017

Research from Kalyan Veeramachaneni and team finds that data scientists can use synthetic data to develop and test data science algorithms and models.

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Making sense of unstructured data: Skills for success
Information Management | February 28, 2017

Piece by Devavrat Shah on how to use data effectively.

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Caroline Uhler awarded 2017 Sloan Research Fellowship
MIT News Office | February 22, 2017

Caroline Uhler among the MIT-affiliated faculty members selected to receive 2017 Sloan Research Fellowships.

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Women in Data Science conference highlights impactful work and builds community
IDSS / MIT News Office | February 22, 2017

Approximately 150 academic leaders, industry professionals, and students gathered in Cambridge as part of a worldwide Women in Data Science event.

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Daron Acemoglu wins BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award
MIT News Office | February 21, 2017

Daron Acemoglu has won this award in honor of his prolific research contributions that have helped reshape the field of economics over the last two decades.

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Modeling the unequal benefits of U.S. environmental policy
MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change / MIT News | February 16, 2017

New study by Rebecca Saari and Noelle Selin evaluates economic impacts of ozone reduction policies for different income groups.

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New book: “Integrating Program Management & Systems Engineering”
MIT ILP | February 16, 2017

SSRC research scientist Eric Rebentisch is editor-in-chief of a new book that looks at how organizations can become more effective, efficient, and responsive—and enjoy better performance outcomes.

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Daniel Hastings elected to the National Academy of Engineering
MIT School of Engineering / MIT News Office | February 14, 2017

Professor Hastings is among eight MIT faculty recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

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3 Questions with Richard Nielsen: How political science helps combat terrorism
SHASS / MIT News | February 6, 2017

Richard Nielsen explores why some Muslim clerics adopt the ideology of militant jihad while most do not.

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Trump Rejects Science, Technology, Economics, and the Constitution With His Two-for-One Executive Order
The Huffington Post | February 1, 2017

Opinion piece by Nicholas Ashford on President Trump's recent executive order.

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Higher Rates Of Hate Crimes Are Tied To Income Inequality
FiveThirtyEight | February 1, 2017

Piece by Engineering Systems PhD candidate Maia Majumder

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Aligning Policies for Low-Carbon Systemic Innovation in Europe
Centre for European Policy Studies | February 1, 2017

Report co-authored by Nicholas Ashford proposes 10 steps to embed low-carbon innovation in EU policy process.

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Explained: Greenhouse gases
MIT News Office | January 30, 2017

New research from Jessika Trancik and Susan Solomon (EAPS) looks at the potency and duration of greenhouse gases other than carbon dioxide.

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MIT Election Data and Science Lab launches
SHASS/MIT News | January 26, 2017

Founded by political scientist Charles Stewart III, the Election Lab focuses on non-partisan research, data, and analysis to improve elections.

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What can data science tell us about literature?
MIT IDSS | January 25, 2017

Research by IDSS postdoctoral associate Santiago Segarra and team used a network-based tool to analyze Shakespearean plays.

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Technological progress alone won’t stem resource use
MIT News Office | January 19, 2017

Research by Chris Magee and co-author finds no evidence of an overall reduction in the world’s consumption of materials.

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Rethinking how we get around
MIT News Office | January 13, 2017

Paul Kishimoto, a PhD student in IDSS, probes the future of transportation in China.

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Trancik Lab: From Data to Action
MIT Scope | January 13, 2017

The Trancik Lab uses data models to answer questions about energy technologies from photovoltaics to electric cars.

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Sertac Karaman receives IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Career Award
IEEE - Robotics & Automation Society | January 12, 2017

Karaman honored "for contributions to motion planning and control algorithms for robots and autonomous vehicles."

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IDSS Job Opportunities
MIT IDSS | January 3, 2017

Learn more about IDSS faculty and postdoctoral opportunities at: https://idss.mit.edu/about-us/opportunities/.

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Driverless platoons
MIT News Office | December 21, 2016

Paper co-authored by Sertac Karaman indicates autonomous trucks that drive in packs could save time and fuel.

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Data diversity
MIT News Office | December 19, 2016

Researchers, including Stefanie Jegelka and Suvrit Sra, recently presented a new algorithm that makes the selection of diverse subsets much more practical.

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MIT Energy Initiative report provides guidance for evolving electric power sector
MIT News Office | December 15, 2016

Experts call for regulatory, policy, and market transformation to realize potential of distributed energy technologies. (Ignacio Pérez-Arriaga is one of the study's PIs, and a number of IDSS students are on the research team.)

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Evaluating voter experience
MIT News Office | December 8, 2016

Research from Charles Stewart III finds that wait times at polls in the 2016 election improved significantly in several key states.

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Study: Mobile-money services lift Kenyans out of poverty
MIT News Office | December 8, 2016

Tavneet Suri is co-author of a new paper showing that mobile-money services have had notable long-term effects on poverty reduction in Kenya—especially among female-headed households—and have inspired a surprising occupation shift among women.

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Why You’re Not Getting Value from Your Data Science
Harvard Business Review | December 7, 2016

Piece by Kalyan Veeramachaneni considers what it might take for businesses to realize the full potential of their data repositories with machine learning.

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MIT announces MITx MicroMasters program in development economics, with path to full master’s degree
Office of Digital Learning / MIT News | December 5, 2016

Esther Duflo co-created this program with Abhijit Banerjee and Ben Olken.

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Four MIT students named Schwarzman Scholars
Office of Distinguished Fellowships / MIT News | December 2, 2016

TPP student Alix de Monts selected as a Schwarzman Scholar and will pursue a year of study and leadership training at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

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Paper co-authored by TPP alum Yi Xue and Prof. Richard Larson wins award
December 1, 2016

A 2015 paper co-authored by TPP alum Yi Xue and Professor Richard Larson won the Best Paper of the Year Award from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, published in the Monthly Labor Review.

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People are worried Trump will stop climate progress. The numbers suggest he can’t.
The Washington Post | November 22, 2016

Opinion piece by Jessika Trancik takes a look at the potential for disruption of global climate progress.

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Meeting of the minds for machine intelligence
MIT EECS / MIT News | November 22, 2016

Industry leaders, computer scientists, and venture capitalists gather to discuss how smarter computers are remaking our world.

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MIT at COP22
MIT Energy Initiative / MIT News | November 22, 2016

At UN Climate Change Conference, MIT's attendees—including some affiliated with IDSS—share insights on implementing climate commitments.

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Deep Thinking About Interconnections
MIT ILP Insider | November 21, 2016

Profile of IDSS director Munther Dahleh, emphasizing research in areas of the power grid, abstract modeling, and mitigating network failures.

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For Hotels, Online Reviews Really Matter to the Bottom Line
The Wall Street Journal | November 18, 2016

Researchers, including Sinan Aral, find that hotel ratings changes on popular review platforms lead to changes in demand and price.

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Seeking to inform India’s climate policy choices
MIT Energy Initiative / MIT News | November 17, 2016

Arun Singh (TPP student) shares energy-economic modeling research at UN Climate Change Conference. (One of Singh's advisors is Valerie Karplus, a TPP and Engineering Systems PhD alum.)

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Tackling society’s big problems with systems theory
MIT News Office | November 14, 2016

Ali Jadbabaie seeks to optimize large-scale systems, from social networks to teams of people or devices.

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Election Got You Feeling Down? Good News: It Isn’t Just You
WIRED | November 8, 2016

Opinion piece by Maimuna Majumder, an Engineering Systems PhD candidate.

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Whose Life Should Your Car Save?
The New York Times | November 3, 2016

Op-ed co-written by Iyad Rahwan looks at an ethical dilemma related to self-driving cars.

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Alberto Abadie among eight new SHASS faculty members
MIT SHASS / MIT News | November 3, 2016

Professor Abadie joined the MIT Department of Economics and the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS) in the fall of 2016.

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Security Artificial Intelligence Does Better With Human Experts
Forbes | November 1, 2016

An artificial intelligence engine can do a much better job of detecting security threats when it has a little help from a human, according to Kalyan Veeramachaneni, principal research scientist, Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at MIT.

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Making computers explain themselves
MIT News Office | October 28, 2016

New training technique would reveal the basis for machine-learning systems’ decisions. (Tommi Jaakkola is a co-author of the paper.)

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Ali Jadbabaie among new engineering faculty for 2016-2017
MIT School of Engineering / MIT News | October 27, 2016

Jadbabaie joined the MIT faculty as a full professor with dual appointments in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and IDSS in July 2016. He is the JR East Professor of Engineering, director of SSRC, and an associate director of IDSS.

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Elchanan Mossel among seven new faculty members joining the School of Science this fall
MIT School of Science / MIT News | October 27, 2016

Mossel joins the faculty of the Department of Mathematics as a full professor, with a joint appointment at the Statistics and Data Science Center of the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society.

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How healthy is the U.S. voting system?
MIT SHASS / MIT News | October 24, 2016

Professor Charles Stewart III explains why the U.S. electoral system is strong and how MIT research is making the voting process even more seamless.

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Why have solar energy costs fallen?
MIT IDSS | October 21, 2016

MIT team awarded U.S. Department of Energy grant to investigate cost reductions in solar energy systems.

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MRIs for fetal health
MIT News Office | October 21, 2016

Algorithm could help analyze fetal scans to determine whether interventions are warranted.

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Automating big-data analysis
MIT News Office | October 21, 2016

With new algorithms, data scientists could accomplish in days what has traditionally taken months.

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IDSS announces new student council
MIT IDSS | October 20, 2016

In order to facilitate connections and provide an open environment for discussion, IDSS has assembled a new student council. Ali Jadbabaie, director of the Sociotechnical Systems Research Center (SSRC) will serve as the council's faculty advisor.

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Leading with Data
MIT Spectrum | October 19, 2016

Seven MIT faculty—including Emery Brown, Munther Dahleh, and Sandy Pentland—talk about advancing health in a data-rich era.

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International Policy Lab issues second annual call for proposals to faculty and researchers
International Policy Lab / MIT News | October 19, 2016

“IPL support was essential in responding to a request by the White House EOP for input ahead of the Paris climate negotiations on the rate and determinants of clean energy technology innovation,” says Jessika Trancik, the Atlantic Richfield Career Development Assistant Professor of Energy Studies at the Institute for Data, Systems and Society.

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3Qs with Fotini Christia and Ali Jadbabaie on researching sociopolitical change
MIT School of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences | October 12, 2016

Borders between disciplines at MIT have proven increasingly permeable in recent years. Now, with the new Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS), researchers in the social sciences have a powerful platform for collaborating with peers in engineering and the natural sciences.

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Analyzing the 2016 election: Insights from 12 MIT scholars
MIT SHASS / MIT News | October 12, 2016

Experts from MIT SHASS (including Charles Stewart III) weigh in on topics from polling to rhetoric to individual campaign issues.

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MIT economist & IDSS Launch Event keynote speaker Bengt Holmström wins Nobel Prize
MIT News Office | October 11, 2016

Bengt Holmström has been named a winner of the 2016 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for his work on contract theory.

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IDSS and WorldQuant collaborate to advance innovation in data science, finance, and risk analytics
MIT IDSS | October 7, 2016

WorldQuant will support IDSS’s mission to advance research and education at the intersection of statistics, data science, information and decision systems, and social sciences.

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Data, Systems, and Society: Video about IDSS
MIT School of Engineering | October 5, 2016

Data is everywhere in our daily lives—and it can tell us a lot about society's most complex problems. Munther Dahleh describes the vision for IDSS.

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The spiraling arms race of data insecurity
CNBC | September 28, 2016

Cybersecurity commentary by Sandy Pentland and David Shrier.

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An App to Help Save Emissions (and Maybe Money) When Buying a Car
The New York Times | September 28, 2016

How much is your car contributing to climate change? A new study can tell you.

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Study: Low-emissions vehicles are less expensive overall
MIT News Office | September 27, 2016

Comprehensive look at 125 U.S. auto models finds those emitting less carbon are the least expensive to drive.

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How data can help change the world
MIT News Office | September 27, 2016

At IDSS celebration, speakers explore how data can be brought to bear on global challenges.

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With more voter data than ever, why can’t anyone call this race?
MIT Sloan Newsroom | September 27, 2016

Coverage of voting panel at IDSS Launch Event.

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The Future of Data Science
The edX Blog | September 26, 2016

Q&A with Devavrat Shah related to new MIT Professional Education & IDSS online course in data science.

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One year on, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society looks ahead
MIT IDSS / MIT News | September 20, 2016

Major event and new IDSS projects will provide insights into some of society's most pressing data challenges.

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Why a Price on Carbon Alone Isn’t the Golden Ticket
The Wall Street Journal | September 13, 2016

WSJ blog post features research of Jesse Jenkins (TPP alum & engineering systems PhD candidate) and Valerie Karplus (TPP alum & engineering systems PhD alum).

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Data Science and Statistics: Opportunities and Challenges
MIT Technology Review | September 2, 2016

Devavrat Shah writes about data science challenges and new online course from IDSS & MIT Professional Education.

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Come visit the new IDSS space in E17 and E18
August 30, 2016

A number of IDSS faculty, staff, and students have moved (including TPP and SSRC). IDSS reception is at E18-407A, next to the new still-in-progress visualization lab. For updated info go to the Contact page: https://idss.mit.edu/contact/.

Piston engine aircraft pose a significant health threat
Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change / MIT News | August 29, 2016

Study co-authored by Noelle Selin shows long-lasting health and economic impacts of lead emissions from U.S. general aviation flights.

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Is this pizza worth waiting for?
The Sporkful - WNYC | August 17, 2016

Prof. Richard Larson weighs in, as an expert in queuing theory, about why people may be willing to wait in extremely long restaurant lines.

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Extensive media coverage of electric vehicle research
August 17, 2016

New electric vehicle research from Jessika Trancik and co-authors covered by The Guardian, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, and more.

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Can today’s electric vehicles make a dent in climate change?
MIT News | August 15, 2016

Electric vehicles can meet drivers’ needs enough to replace 90 percent of vehicles now on the road.

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Is there a STEM crisis or a STEM surplus?
The Wall Street Journal - CIO Journal | August 12, 2016

Wall Street Journal piece cites paper from Prof. Richard Larson and TPP grad Yi Xue.

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Are Your Friends Just Not That Into You?
WBUR - On Point | August 11, 2016

Alex Pentland talks about study, "Are You Your Friends' Friend?"

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Reducing emissions, improving technology: A mutually reinforcing cycle
MIT Energy Initiative / MIT News | August 8, 2016

Study on the connection between technology development and emissions-reduction policies informs Paris climate negotiations.

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New online course addresses data science challenges
MIT News | August 4, 2016

“Data Science: Data to Insights,” presented by IDSS and MIT Professional Education, begins October 4.

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MIT to test out electric vehicle shuttles
The Boston Globe | July 29, 2016

MIT Aerospace Controls Lab and Ford are rolling out three on-demand electric vehicle shuttles at MIT in the fall. Jonathan How is director of ACL.

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Robert Berwick Selected to Give 2016 STOQ Lecture at the Vatican
MIT LIDS | July 29, 2016

Prof. Berwick spoke about his recent book, Why Only Us, co-authored with linguistics professor Noam Chomsky and published by the MIT Press.

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Eytan Modiano and collaborators win Best Paper Award at MobiHoc
MIT LIDS | July 25, 2016

Modiano, along with student Abhishek Sinha and collaborator Prof. Leandros Tassiulas (Yale), received the best paper award at ACM MobiHoc 2016 for their paper.

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IDSS and MIT Professional Education address data science challenges in new online course
PRWeb | July 20, 2016

This new online course is designed for those looking to enhance their ability to understand and analyze large data sets.

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Videos from TPP at 40 event available online
IDSS YouTube channel | July 20, 2016

Watch videos from this event, which marked 40 years of the MIT Technology and Policy Program.

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So Many Research Scientists, So Few Openings as Professors
The New York Times | July 15, 2016

New York Times piece cites paper co-authored by TPP alum Xi Yue and IDSS faculty member Richard Larson

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Ready for takeoff
MIT News Office | July 15, 2016

Hamsa Balakrishnan develops algorithms to reduce airport congestion.

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Devavrat Shah named director of MIT Statistics and Data Science Center
MIT IDSS | July 12, 2016

New center focuses on the development and management of academic programs in statistics and data science.

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Better views with smaller satellites
MIT News Office | July 12, 2016

Paper co-authored by Olivier de Weck looks at how teams of shoebox-sized satellites could improve estimates of Earth’s reflected energy.

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MIT researchers see a ‘window of opportunity’ for non-battery storage
Utility Dive | July 12, 2016

Report from Jessika Tracik and co-authors looks at combining certain energy storage technologies with wind and solar power projects.

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Philippe Rigollet among five School of Science faculty members granted tenure
MIT School of Science / MIT News | July 5, 2016

The School of Science recently announced that five of its faculty members have been granted tenure by MIT.

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Munther Dahleh selected as an IFAC Fellow
MIT Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems | June 29, 2016

Munther Dahleh has received a 2017 Fellow Award from the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC).

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Tamara Broderick honored with awards at ISBA 2016 World Meeting
MIT Center for Statistics | June 29, 2016

Tamara Broderick has received two awards at the 2016 World Meeting of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA) that took place in June 2016 in Sardinia.

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This is how China can live up to its huge wind energy potential
The Washington Post | June 21, 2016

Coverage of recent study presenting a model to predict how much wind energy China could generate and integrate onto its electricity grid in the coming years.

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Financial engineering helps fight cancer and climate change
Financial Times | June 21, 2016

Article in Financial Times about Andrew Lo's efforts to use financial engineering to help cure cancer.

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Winds of change?
MIT News Office | June 20, 2016

China has an opportunity to massively increase its use of wind power—if it properly integrates wind into its existing power system, according to a new MIT study.

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Reducing emissions, improving technology: A mutually reinforcing cycle
MIT Energy Initiative (MIT Energy Futures) | June 16, 2016

MIT study on connection between technology development and emissions-reduction policies informs Paris climate negotiations.

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Regulating particulate pollution: Novel analysis yields new insights
MIT Energy Initiative (MIT Energy Futures) | June 16, 2016

MIT researchers demonstrate new approach to designing location-specific emissions-control measures.

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A smart water grid for the Indus Basin
School of Architecture and Planning / MIT News | June 16, 2016

Prof. James Wescoat researches water management in this area. IDSS researcher Afreen Siddiqi is collaborating on this work.

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Why do women leave engineering?
MIT News Office | June 15, 2016

Study co-authored by Susan Silbey suggest group dynamics of teamwork and internships deter many women in the profession.

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Energy storage for renewables can be a good investment today, study finds
MIT News Office | June 13, 2016

A new study shows how to evaluate the technology choices available, including batteries, pumped hydroelectric storage, and compressed air energy storage.

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Putting a Face on Data
MIT ILP | June 8, 2016

Sarah Williams harnesses diverse data sets to build visualizations that help stakeholders better understand urban environments.

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IDSS Congratulates Its 2016 Graduates
IDSS | June 7, 2016

IDSS congratulates all of its graduates, who have recently received PhD and SM degrees.

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MIT Forum and Infosys Risk Group release preliminary global risk survey findings
MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation | June 6, 2016

Survey indicates 92.54 percent of companies think the nature of risk is changing due to complexity in the digital economy.

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Target coal or carbon?
MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change / MIT News | May 26, 2016

Researchers are analyzing coal and energy caps as carbon policy instruments for China.

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MIT Technology & Policy Program celebrates 40 years
IDSS | May 26, 2016

MIT Technology & Policy Program celebrated forty years with an event on May 20, bringing together TPP alumni and others from academia, government, and industry.

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IDSS researchers address technologies and policies that shape energy and environmental sustainability
IDSS | May 26, 2016

IDSS research uses data, modeling and rigorous analytics to better understand and inform real-world energy and environmental policy issues.

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Street Smart: How IDSS researchers are shaping our urban future
IDSS | May 25, 2016

IDSS researchers across domains are contributing to the study, understanding, and improvement of smart cities around the world.

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Carbon pricing under binding political constraints
MIT Energy Initiative / MIT News | May 25, 2016

In a new working paper IDSS doctoral candidate Jesse Jenkins and Assistant Professor Valerie Karplus (Sloan) discuss the political obstacles facing efforts to price carbon emissions.

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Richard Larson talks about how to improve TSA lines
MIT IDSS | May 24, 2016

Richard Larson (a.k.a. "Dr. Queue") comments on how to improve airport security lines in recent media coverage.

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MIT Sloan conference to focus on big data
MIT Sloan | May 2, 2016

IDSS faculty Andrew Lo and Sandy Pentland and IDSS executive director Elizabeth Bruce will speak at “Big Data: Shaping the Future of Latin America” in Bogotá, Colombia on May 26.

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The political hurdles facing a carbon tax—and how to overcome them
Vox | May 2, 2016

Coverage of working paper by Jesse Jenkins (TPP alum and Engineering Systems PhD candidate) and Valerie Karplus (TPP and Engineering Systems alum).

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New study by Andrew Lo on a trading strategy based on views posted on Twitter
BloombergTechnology | April 26, 2016

A new working paper overseen by Andrew Lo indicates a trading strategy based on views posted on Twitter prior to Federal Reserve policy meetings regularly turned a profit.

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New technologies challenge old assumptions about the electric grid
MIT Energy Initiative / WNPR | April 26, 2016

MIT Technology & Policy Program alum and Engineering Systems PhD student Jesse Jenkins talks to WNPR about the new MITEI Utility of the Future study.

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Victor Chernozhukov among six MIT faculty members elected to the AAAS
MIT News | April 21, 2016

Victor Chernozhukov, professor of economics and core faculty member of IDSS, is among six MIT faculty members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Self-driving cars, meet rubber duckies
MIT CSAIL / MIT News | April 20, 2016

A spring class taught by Andrea Censi and Liam Paull aims to create a fleet of 50 duckie-adorned, self-driving taxis that can navigate the roads of a model city with just a single on-board camera and no pre-programmed maps.

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Cambridge-based startup to soon test its driverless car tech
The Boston Globe | April 12, 2016

Startup nuTonomy (led by Emilio Frazzoli) seeks to develop autonomous cars.

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How network effects hurt economies
MIT News | April 6, 2016

Daron Acemoglu and colleagues have found cases where industry-specific problems lead to six-fold declines in production across the U.S. economy as a whole.

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IDSS and Thomson Reuters collaborate to advance innovation in data science, finance, and risk analytics
April 5, 2016

IDSS announces a new collaboration with Thomson Reuters. As a founding industry member of IDSS and a founding sponsor of IDSS’s finance initiative, Thomson Reuters will work with IDSS to advance innovation and research in applications of big data in the finance sector, including understanding, measuring, and mitigating financial risk.

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John Tsitsiklis Receives 2016 ACM SIGMETRICS Achievement Award
April 5, 2016

John N. Tsitsiklis, Clarence J. Lebel Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, is the recipient of the 2016 ACM SIGMETRICS Achievement Award, in recognition of his fundamental contributions to decentralized control and consensus, approximate dynamic programming, and statistical learning.

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IDSS announces new minor in statistics and data science
April 1, 2016

Through six subjects, MIT’s new minor in statistics and data science will provide students with a working knowledge base in statistics, probability, and computation, and develop their ability to perform data analysis.

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IDSS and Booz Allen Hamilton collaborate to advance research and education in data science
March 31, 2016

(IDSS) announces Booz Allen Hamilton as a founding industry member—collaborating with IDSS in support of its mission to address complex challenges by advancing education and research at the intersection of statistics, data science, information and decision systems, and social science.

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IDSS presents April 8th workshop: “Data, Analytics, and Risk in Finance”
MIT IDSS | March 28, 2016

This workshop will focus on opportunities for big data and predictive analytics in finance and economics, including new approaches to modeling, measuring, and understanding risk.

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Startup bringing driverless taxi service to Singapore
MIT News | March 25, 2016

MIT spinout nuTonomy is developing a fleet of driverless taxis to serve as a more convenient form of public transit while helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the densely populated city-state of Singapore. Emilio Frazzoli is co-founder and chief technology officer of nuTonomy.

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IDSS Conversations: Caroline Uhler
MIT News | March 25, 2016

Electrical engineering and computer science assistant professor is working at the intersection of genomics and computational biology.

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Paper by Paul Grogan and Olivier de Weck selected for award at SCS Annual Simulation Symposium
March 18, 2016

"Collaborative Design in the Sustainable Infrastructure Planning Game," by Paul Grogan and Olivier de Weck, has been selected for the best paper award at the upcoming SCS (Spring Simulation Multi-Conference) Annual Simulation Symposium (ANSS), April 3-6 in Pasadena, CA.

Communicating vehicles could ease through intersections more efficiently
MIT News | March 17, 2016

New paper co-authored by Emilio Frazzoli suggests that sensor-laden vehicles that communicate with each other could allow twice as much traffic to use the roads.

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Study shows how more R&D funding can accelerate the world energy revolution
MIT News | March 15, 2016

Daron Acemoglu and colleagues present a uniquely detailed model of the dynamics of innovation in the energy industry.

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What We Can Learn About Drone Strikes From 10 Million Yemeni Cell Phones
FiveThirtyEight | March 14, 2016

Fotini Christia discusses how she and her colleagues used cell phone metadata to gather information about the rhythm of daily Yemeni life and the effect of drone strikes, protests, and more.

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IDSS Conversations: Guy Bresler
MIT News | March 14, 2016

Assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science discusses his work focusing on learning graphical models from data.

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New book co-authored by Robert Berwick explores how people acquired unique language skills
MIT News Office | March 1, 2016

"Why Only Us: Language and Evolution" (MIT Press), by Noam Chomsky and Robert Berwick, explores the development of human language.

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New York Times blog post features development work of Esther Duflo
The New York Times - Opinionator blog | February 29, 2016

Blog post, "Ideas Help No One on a Shelf. Take Them to the World," looks at research with real impacts in developing countries.

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Nancy Leveson receives space safety award
MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics / MIT News | February 23, 2016

The International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) has selected MIT professor Nancy Leveson as the recipient of its 2016 Vladimir Syromyatnikov – Safety-by-Design Award. The award honors “distinguished individuals who have made major technical contributions toward the safety of space systems.”

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New online architecture and systems engineering program
MIT News / MIT Office of Digital Learning | February 17, 2016

MIT is collaborating with Boeing and NASA to develop a four-part online, certificate-based program: “Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems.” Program director is IDSS lecturer Bruce Cameron.

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Stefanie Jegelka receives Google Research Award
February 17, 2016

Stefanie Jegelka has received a Google Research Award in the area of machine learning. The Google Research Awards are intended to help promote and support academic research aimed at improving information access, and to facilitate more interaction between Google and academia.

Devavrat Shah promoted to full professor (effective July 1)
MIT News / MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | February 12, 2016

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) has announced the promotions of four faculty members, including the promotion of Devavrat Shah to full professor, effective July 1. Professor Shah is a leading figure in the area of statistical inference and stochastic networks.

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Jonathan How named AIAA Fellow
MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics / MIT News | February 11, 2016

Jonathan How, Richard C. Maclaurin Professor of Aeronautics, has been elected a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world’s largest aerospace professional society.

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China’s new policies will lower CO2 emissions faster, without preventing economic growth
MIT News Office | February 9, 2016

A new study co-authored by Sloan assistant professor Valerie Karplus (TPP and Engineering Systems PhD alum) shows that China’s new efforts to price carbon could lower the country’s carbon dioxide emissions significantly without impeding economic development over the next three decades.

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Voice-analytics software helps customer-service reps build rapport with customers
MIT News Office | January 25, 2016

Sandy Pentland is co-founder of MIT spinout Cogito, which Cogito has developed voice-analytics software for call centers.

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Cutting down runway queues
MIT News Office | January 14, 2016

Hamsa Balakrishnan and colleagues have developed a model that predicts how long a plane will wait before takeoff, given weather conditions, runway traffic, and incoming and outgoing flight schedules. The model may help air traffic controllers direct departures more efficiently, minimizing runway congestion.

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Preparing for large-scale solar deployment
MIT Energy Initiative / MIT News | December 30, 2015

Deploying solar power at the scale needed to alleviate climate change will pose serious challenges for today’s electric power system, finds a study performed by researchers at MIT and the Institute for Research and Technology (ITT) at Comillas University in Spain.

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Reductions in mercury emissions should lead to economic benefits
MIT News Office | December 28, 2015

In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, MIT researchers report that global action on reducing mercury emissions will lead to twice the economic benefits for the U.S., compared with domestic action, by 2050.

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IDSS faculty awarded IEEE Control Systems Society’s 2015 George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award
December 22, 2015

Daron Acemoglu, Munzer Dahleh, and Emilio Frazzoli (together with collaborators Giacomo Como from Lund University and Ketan Savla from USC) have been awarded the IEEE Control Systems Society's 2015 George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award for their paper, “Robust Distributed Routing in Dynamical Networks–Part II: Strong Resilience, Equilibrium Selection and Cascaded Failures." The award recognizes the best paper published in the past two years in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. It was presented at the CSS Awards Ceremony at the 2015 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) in Japan.

Caroline Uhler awarded the Doherty Professorship in Ocean Utilization
MIT EECS website | December 21, 2015

The 2015 Doherty Professorship in Ocean Utilization was presented to Professor Caroline Uhler in support of her research proposal entitled, "Bayesian Gaussian Graphical Model Selection and Ocean Energy Utilization."

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Noelle Selin named among the first Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellows at AAAS
AAAS website | December 21, 2015

Prof. Noelle Selin has been named among the first cohort of 15 fellows. All are climate scientists with an interest in promoting dialogue between science and society.

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History in the making: The outcome of the Paris climate change negotiations
MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, MIT News | December 21, 2015

Noelle Selin and Jessika Trancik participated in recent panel of MIT experts discussing outcomes of the Paris climate negotiations.

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Emery Brown among MIT faculty named 2015 fellows of the National Academy of Inventors
MIT School of Engineering, MIT School of Science, MIT News | December 21, 2015

Four MIT faculty members have been named 2015 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Prof. Emery Brown is the Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and of Computational Neuroscience in the MIT School of Science and School of Engineering and the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also director of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology; associate director of the MIT Institute for Medical Engineering and Science; and professor of health sciences and technology at MIT. His lab investigates neural signal processing algorithms and seeks to understand general anesthesia.

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Sharing climate research and strategies in Paris
MIT Energy Initiative / MIT News | December 14, 2015

MIT events throughout recent climate talks underscore Institute’s global perspectives and partnerships.

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The hidden virtuous cycle of Paris climate pledges
Christian Science Monitor | December 10, 2015

As Paris climate talks enter their final stage, Jessika Trancik explains how pledges to cut emissions beget even deeper emissions cuts.

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David Forney awarded the IEEE Medal of Honor
December 9, 2015

G. David Forney, Jr., adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Laboratory of Information and Decision Systems (LIDS), will receive the 2016 Institute of Electrical and Electronics (IEEE) Medal of Honor, the highest award bestowed by the IEEE.

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Graduates win Council of University Transportation Centers awards
December 3, 2015

Alexandre Jacquillat (supervised by Prof. Amedeo Odoni) won the Milton Picarsky Memorial Award for the best dissertation in the field of science and technology in transportation studies. Maite Pena-Alcaraz (co-supervised by Prof. Joseph Sussman) won the Charley V. Wootan Memorial Award for the best dissertation in the field of policy and planning in transportation studies.

A Path for Climate Change, Beyond Paris
The New York Times | December 3, 2015

Engineering Systems PhD student Jesse Jenkins quoted in this article on what's next for climate change policy.

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MIT undergrad attends Paris climate talks
MIT News Office / MIT Energy Initiative | December 2, 2015

Joseff Kolman, who has taken Noelle Selin’s class (in which students review different negotiations that are expected to achieve certain goals) is attending the Paris climate conference.

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MIT students share perspectives on Paris climate talks
December 2, 2015

The students in Professor Noelle Selin’s ESD.S30 class are following the COP-21 proceedings via webcast, and are blogging and tweeting (#MITCOP21) about them.

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What really drives you crazy about waiting in line (it actually isn’t the wait at all)
The Washington Post | December 1, 2015

Richard Larson (a.k.a. "Dr. Queue") comments on the psychology of waiting in line. (Includes video animation.)

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Nations and billionaires pledge money for clean energy
Marketplace | November 30, 2015

Jessika Trancik quoted in segment on Paris climate summit.

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New climate negotiations could increase use of low-carbon energy technologies
MIT News Office / MIT Energy Initiative | November 16, 2015

New report by Jessika Trancik and co-authors explores potential impact of anticipated voluntary commitments to greenhouse gas reductions during the 2015 Paris climate negotiations.

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New algorithm accelerates complex modeling
MIT News Office | November 16, 2015

Youssef Marzouk and co-authors develop new algorithm that speeds up complex modeling from days to hours.

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Alexandre Jacquillat receives two awards at INFORMS
November 7, 2015

Recent Engineering Systems PhD graduate Alexandre Jacquillat was awarded the George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award and the Transportation Science and Logistics section dissertation prize at INFORMS. His dissertation was entitled, “Integrated Allocation and Utilization of Airport Capacity to Mitigate Air Traffic Congestion,” and was supervised by Prof. Amedeo Odoni.

Devavrat Shah and co-authors receive INFORMS award
November 7, 2015

Devavrat Shah, along with co-authors Vivek Farias of MIT Sloan and Srikanth Jagabathula of NYU Stern, received the Revenue Management and Pricing section prize at INFORMS, for their paper, “A Nonparametric Approach to Modeling Choice with Limited Data.”

Ozdaglar appointed to Keithley Professorship
MIT EECS website | November 6, 2015

Asuman Ozdaglar, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has been appointed to the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professorship in Electrical Engineering.

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Can Financial Engineering Cure Cancer?
TEDxCambridge | October 30, 2015

Andrew Lo gives talk at TEDxCambridge about better ways of funding early-stage biomedical research and drug development.

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From Mobile Data, Drawing Social Circles
MIT Spectrum | October 30, 2015

A recent study extracted phone data from more than 25 million phone users in 155 cities in France, Portugal, and Spain over the course of six months.

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Bresler appointed to Tenenbaum Career Development Chair
MIT EECS website | October 27, 2015

Guy Bresler has been named the Bonnie and Marty (1964) Tenenbaum Career Development Professor.

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Stefanie Jegelka receives prestigious German prize
MIT CSAIL website | October 19, 2015

IDSS and CSAIL principal investigator Stefanie Jegelka received a prestigious German prize for her research efforts in machine learning.

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How big data will help us hold governments accountable
WIRED UK | October 15, 2015

In our post-Snowden age, a little paranoia about how our data are collected and used is natural. But what if we turned the tables, and big data became a way to hold governments accountable, instead? MIT social physicist Alex Pentland thinks that it's possible.

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The Power Of Resilience: A Q&A with Yossi Sheffi
Supply Chain Management Review | October 14, 2015

Yossi Sheffi talks about his new book, The Power Of Resilience: How The Best Companies Manage The Unexpected.

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How Many Deaths Did Volkswagen’s Deception Cause in the US?
The New York Times | September 28, 2015

Professor Noelle Selin provides some insights on pollution from Volkswagen diesel cars.

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IDSS part of new collaboration focusing on systemic risk in the financial system
PR Newswire | September 24, 2015

IDSS part of new collaboration to foster interdisciplinary research in the measurement of systemic risk in the financial system.

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Ethical trials, targeted ads
MIT News Office | September 17, 2015

Prof. Philippe Rigollet and colleagues present a new method that optimizes outcomes for subjects in comparison tests.

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Personalized heart models for surgical planning
MIT News Office | September 17, 2015

Researchers at MIT and Boston Children’s Hospital have developed a system that, in a few hours, can convert MRI scans into 3D-printed models for surgical planning.

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State of growth
MIT News Office | September 9, 2015

Recent study focusing on Colombia suggests that states develop and spur economic growth best when they grow at both the local and national levels.

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Self-driving golf carts
MIT News Office | September 1, 2015

SMART conducts six-day experiment with self-driving golf carts in Singapore public garden.

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How Nairobi Got its Ad-Hoc Bus System on Google Maps
Wired.com | August 26, 2015

Digital Matatus project produces the first map of a non-formal matatu transit system in Nairobi.

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Digital Matatus project makes the invisible visible
MIT News Office | August 26, 2015

Novel research project Digital Matatus produces the first map of an informal matatu (or mini-bus) transportation system in Nairobi. A joint effort involving MIT, Columbia University, the University of Nairobi, and Groupshot Design Consultancy, Digital Matatus is making it possible for anyone with a smartphone to navigate the city using a matatu.

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IDSS Announces New Postdocs for Academic Year
August 19, 2015

IDSS postdoctral fellowships are highly competitive, interdisciplinary postdoctoral positions designed to foster cross-disciplinary research at the interface of social sciences, information and decision systems, and statistics.

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2015 Global Risk Maturity Survey launched
MIT News Office | August 18, 2015

The MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation announced recently the formation with Infosys of the Global Risk Advisory Group to help industry identify, quantify, and mitigate operational, financial, supply chain, and cyber risks using analytics and data science. The group...

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Buzzkill Profs: Hedge Funds Do Half as Well as You Think
Bloomberg Business | August 17, 2015

It’s the dog days of summer, when college professors are supposed to be doing nothing but mimeographing their syllabus and mending the elbow patches on their blazers (or whatever it is that they do in the summer. But that’s not stopping some academics...

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Better estimates of worldwide mercury pollution
MIT News Office | August 12, 2015

Once mercury is emitted into the atmosphere from the smokestacks of power plants, the pollutant has a complicated trajectory; even after it settles onto land and sinks into oceans, mercury can be re-emitted back into the atmosphere repeatedly. This so-called...

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MIT researchers awarded grants from new Siebel Energy Institute
MIT News Office | August 7, 2015

The Siebel Energy Institute marked its official launch this week with the announcement of 24 research grants nearing $1 million.

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MIT awarded Department of Energy grant to create & deploy energy-saving travel info & incentives system
MIT News Office | August 6, 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has announced that MIT researchers, along with colleagues from the University of Massachusetts (UMass), received a $3,990,128 grant to design, build, and trial a new system to incentivize people to...

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Graduating from destitution
The Economist | August 1, 2015

The poor do not just lack money. They are also often short of basic know-how, the support of functioning institutions and faith in their own abilities. As a result, note Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts Institute of...

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Meet the badass woman who will put humans on Mars
Boston.com | July 27, 2015

MIT’s Dava Newman was sworn in as deputy administrator of NASA, the agency’s second-in-command, on May 15, 2015. Prof. Newman has accomplished a lot in her career, but she’s looking forward. Her sight is set on Mars.

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10 top women in economics
World Economic Forum | July 23, 2015

Esther Duflo named one of the top ten female economists by the World Economic Forum.

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How do you hack health care?
MIT News Office | July 21, 2015

MIT doesn’t have a medical school, so it might seem unusual that so many students, researchers, and alumni are making a real-world impact in health care and medicine. But those two fields are rapidly evolving, and the need for MIT’s...

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Designing for flexibility
MIT News Office | July 20, 2015

For nearly 50 years, Richard de Neufville has been working on ways to analyze, plan, and design complex engineering systems. A civil engineer by background, Professor de Neufville’s latest research focuses on a major paradigm shift in engineering in general.

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This cleantech expert lays down the facts on solar and natural gas
Grist | July 10, 2015

A materials scientist and professor of engineering at MIT, Jessika Trancik would rather help humanity beat the clock by speeding up the development of clean energy technologies and sounding the alarm when a technology looks like it isn’t going to scale...

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What buyers want
MIT News Office | July 10, 2015

MIT professors’ choice-modeling software predicts customer preferences for retailers

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Two ESD PhD alumni win grants from the Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab
MIT Sloan Newsroom | July 9, 2015

MIT Sloan faculty Chintan Vaishnav and Valerie Karplus receive grants

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Yemen Calling: Seven Things Cell Data Reveal About Life In the Republic
Foreign Affairs | July 6, 2015

Advanced information technologies have revolutionized the way the world works and how people conceptualize it.

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Uncovering the mechanism of our oldest anesthetic
MIT News Office | July 6, 2015

MIT researchers reveal brainwave changes in patients receiving nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas.”

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MIT’s Bitcoin-Inspired “Enigma” Lets Computers Mine Encrypted Data
WIRED | June 30, 2015

On Tuesday, a pair of bitcoin entrepreneurs and the MIT Media Lab revealed a prototype for a system called Enigma, designed to achieve a decades-old goal in data security known as “homomorphic" encryption

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Woman in Technology
MIT News Office | June 29, 2015

A high-school outreach program first brought Tamara Broderick to MIT in 2002. Now she’s back, as an assistant professor in EECS.

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Videos from MIT Statistics Symposium available online
June 28, 2015

The symposium provided a forum for discussing some of the challenges and opportunities that are redefining 21st-century statistics.

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Suiting Up
MIT Technology Review - MIT News Magazine | June 23, 2015

Space-suit engineer Dava Newman, SM ’89, PhD ’92, heads to Washington, D.C., as NASA’s deputy administrator

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Can phone data detect real-time unemployment?
News Office | June 15, 2015

A study co-authored by MIT researchers shows that mobile phone data can provide rapid insight into employment levels, precisely because people’s communications patterns change when they are not working.

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Opinion: Statistics and the new Institute for Data, Systems, and Society
The Tech | June 5, 2015

Fostering a culture of statistics should be a key priority for IDSS

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Deans announce new Institute for Data, Systems, and Society
MIT News Office | April 8, 2015

MIT-wide effort aims to bring the power of data to the people.

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