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Yi 'Alicia' Sun

How algorithms impact society
January 27, 2023

"The interactions between humans and algorithms create exciting new challenges," says SES alum Yi 'Alicia' Sun, whose research explores how to design machine learning algorithms that are reliable and aligned with societal values.

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Subtle biases in AI can influence emergency decisions
December 16, 2022

However, harm can be minimized if the advice it delivers is properly framed, an MIT team including SES student Hammaad Adam and IDSS faculty member Fotini Christia has shown.

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More social, connected cities
MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning | December 8, 2022

SES doctoral candidate Cate Heine co-authors a paper that examines how effective slow zones are at making cities more pedestrian friendly, encouraging alternative modes of mobility, and creating social gathering spaces.

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A healthy wind
MIT News Office | December 5, 2022

A new study co-authored by IDSS core faculty Noelle Selin and SES alum Minghao Qiu (PhD ’21) finds that the health benefits of using wind energy could quadruple if the most polluting power plants are selected for dialing down.

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Policy Hackathon produces new solutions for technology policy challenges
TPP | November 10, 2022

The 2022 MIT Policy Hackathon explored policy solutions to sociotechnical challenges focused on post-pandemic efforts to build a better society, with challenges in cybersecurity, environmental justice, and city planning.

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Max Vilgalys and Yunzong Xu

IDSS recognizes two TAs with new award
October 5, 2022

The first IDSS TA awards were given to SES students Max Vilgalys and Yunzong Xu in recognition of their excellent instruction and commitment to students.

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Erin Walk

Mining social media data for social good
MIT News Office | June 22, 2022

Erin Walk, a PhD student in social and engineering systems, studies the impact of social media on the Syrian conflict.

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IDSS graduates Hanwei Li, Qi Yang, and Jinglong Zhao

The 2022 graduates of IDSS
June 5, 2022

Congrats to the IDSS graduates of 2022, from our PhDs in Social & Engineering Systems and Statistics, Master's students in the Technology and Policy Program, and undergrads who minored in Statistics and Data Science.

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AI can identify race from medical images with no indications of race detectable by humans
MIT News | May 20, 2022

The study is co-led by ICSR Healthcare lead Marzyeh Ghassemi, who also works on research led by SES student Hammaad Adam showing that models can identify race from clinical notes stripped of explicit race indicators.

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Study: adolescents accounted for larger share of suicides in 2020
US News & World Report | April 28, 2022

SES student and lead study author Marie-Laure Charpignon says investigation is needed to uncover the root factors driving the troubling increase in the proportion of suicides among youth.

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