SES News

A diverse group of women in the audience of the Women in Data Science conference.

Building a community of practice for women in data science
May 1, 2024

The Women in Data Science (WiDS) Cambridge 2024 conference centered the need for more data science skills in cross-disciplinary work addressing violent conflict and other societal issues.

Noelle Selin awards Arnab Sarker in front of an IDSS banner

Arnab Sarker recognized with IDSS Teaching Assistant Award
April 11, 2024

A doctoral student in SES, Sarker has been recognized for going above and beyond for his students, assisting in curriculum design, and nurturing the growing and diverse IDSS community.

a diagram of connections between random groups of people

Characterizing social networks
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering | April 3, 2024

A new method explored by study lead author and SES graduate student Arnab Sarker to measure homophily in large group interactions offers insights into how groups might interact in the future.

Hammaad Adam

Growing our organ supply
March 28, 2024

SES student Hammaad Adam’s novel data set ‘ORCHID’ can help increase the supply of organs for transplants, saving lives and improving health equity.

Andreas Haupt

Who sees what online — and why
March 13, 2024

SES student Andreas Haupt studies how algorithms try to predict what content social media users will like, and how the design of these algorithms influences not only the content you see, but what content gets made.

a doctor examining an x-ray

Automated system teaches users when to collaborate with an AI assistant
MIT News | December 8, 2023

MIT researchers including paper lead author and SES student Hussein Mozannar develop a customized onboarding process that helps a human learn when a model’s advice is trustworthy.

an image of the earth rendered in green streams of data

AI accelerates problem-solving in complex scenarios
MIT News | December 5, 2023

A new, data-informed approach developed by researchers including IDSS faculty Cathy Wu and SES student Sirui Li could lead to better solutions for tricky optimization problems like global package routing or power grid operation.

A group photo of the MIT Prize for Open Data winners and honorable mention recipients

Rewarding excellence in open data
MIT News Office | November 20, 2023

Hammaad Adam (SES) accepted an MIT Prize for Open Data on behalf of the team behind Organ Retrieval and Collection of Health Information for Donation (ORCHID), the first ever multi-center dataset dedicated to the organ procurement process.

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.


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