SES News

A skyline of smokestacks

Improving U.S. air quality, equitably
MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change | September 19, 2023

A new study by IDSS Interim Director Noelle Selin, TPP alum Paul Picciano, and SES alum Minghao Qiu finds that climate policy alone cannot meaningfully reduce racial/economic disparities in air pollution exposure.

Noelle Selin

Noelle Selin to serve as interim IDSS director
September 5, 2023

Selin, a joint appointee with EAPS who has directed the Technology and Policy Program (TPP) within IDSS since 2018, will lead IDSS during the 2023-2024 academic year.


Study demonstrates the value of ‘long ties’
MIT Sloan | August 11, 2023

A paper co-authored by IDSS core faculty Dean Eckles and SES alumnus Eaman Jahani shows that maintaining relationships with distant contacts takes work but results in a more diverse network and increased access to economic opportunities.

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Using social media to raise awareness of women’s resources
MIT News Office | August 8, 2023

A study in Egypt led by IDSS core faculty Fotini Christia and co-authored by incoming SES student Manuel Quintero suggests ways to spread information for women facing domestic violence.

New study shows big changes early in life can help strengthen connections with others.

Why big changes early in life can help later on
MIT News | July 14, 2023

A new study led by IDSS affiliate Dean Eckles and SES alum Eaman Jahani shows moving can help foster a more robust social network, by strengthening “long ties” with others.

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Bot detection software isn’t as accurate as it seems
MIT Sloan | June 13, 2023

A study by IDSS postdoc Zachary Schutzman and IDSS students Chris Hays, Erin Walk, and Philipp Zimmer finds that general-purpose bot-detection algorithms trained on a particular data set may be highly error-prone when applied in real-world contexts.

Dr. Chin-Chia Hsu, Dr. Yi Sun, Dr. Yunzong Xu, Dr. Yan Jin

The 2023 graduates of IDSS
IDSS News | June 2, 2023

Congrats to the IDSS graduates of 2023, from our PhDs in Social & Engineering Systems, Master's students in the Technology and Policy Program, and the undergrad and grad students in the MIT Statistics and Data Science Center.

Amir Tohidi

From ad credibility to shopping habits
May 25, 2023

SES and IDPS student Amir Tohidi’s research combines economic and psychological insights with advanced computational methods to address interesting real-world problems.

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Exploring new methods for increasing safety and reliability of autonomous vehicles
MIT News Office | May 24, 2023

IDSS core faculty Cathy Wu is co-author of a study that finds human supervisors have the potential to reduce barriers to deploying autonomous vehicles.

illustration of a robot hand touching a heart

New research: Twitter bot detection tools aren’t very good
Fast Company | May 16, 2023

When is a bot not a bot? When it likes a tweet, according to a new paper by researchers including IDSS postdoc Zachary Schutzman that pokes holes in bot detection methodology.


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