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September 2019

Power of Experimental Design and Active Learning

September 23, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Aarti Singh (Carnegie Mellon University)

E18-304

Classical supervised machine learning algorithms focus on the setting where the algorithm has access to a fixed labeled dataset obtained prior to any analysis. In most applications, however, we have control over the data collection process such as which image labels to obtain, which drug-gene interactions to record, which network routes to probe, which movies to rate, etc. Furthermore, most applications face budget limitations on the amount of labels that can be collected. Experimental design and active learning are two…

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Data Science and Big Data Analytics: Making Data-Driven Decisions

September 30, 2019

online

Developed by 11 MIT faculty members at IDSS, this seven-week course is specially designed for data scientists, business analysts, engineers and technical managers looking to learn strategies to harness data. Offered by MIT xPRO. Course begins September 30, 2019.

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Selection and Endogenous Bias in Studies of Health Behaviors

September 30, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Emily Oster (Brown University)

E18-304

Abstract: Studies of health behaviors using observational data are prone to bias from selection in behavior choices. How important are these biases? Are they dynamic - that is, are they influenced by the recommendations we make? Are there formal assumptions under which we can use information we have about selection on observed variables to learn about the possible bias from unobserved selection? About the Speaker: Emily Oster is a professor of economics. Prior to coming to Brown she was an…

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October 2019

Data-driven Coordination of Distributed Energy Resources

October 1, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Alejandro Dominguez-Garcia (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

32-155

The integration of distributed energy resources (DERs), e.g., rooftop photovoltaics installations, electric energy storage devices, and flexible loads, is becoming prevalent. This integration poses numerous operational challenges on the lower-voltage systems to which the DERs are connected, but also creates new opportunities for the provision of grid services. In the first part of the talk, we discuss one such operational challenge—ensuring proper voltage regulation in the distribution network to which DERs are connected. To address this problem, we propose a…

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IDSS Distinguished Speaker Seminar with Rob Nowak (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

October 7, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Rob Nowak (University of Wisconsin - Madison)

E18-304

More details will be posted soon. Speaker: Rob Nowak, University of Wisconsin, Madison Reception to follow.

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SES PhD Admissions Webinar

October 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Ali Jadbabaie (MIT)

Learn about admission to the Social and Engineering Systems Doctoral Program. Webinars are led by a member of the IDSS faculty who introduces the program and answers your questions. Please register in advance.

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LIDS Seminar – George Pappas (University of Pennsylvania)

October 21, 2019 @ 4:00 am - 5:00 pm

George Pappas (University of Pennsylvania)

32-155

TBD Bio: ____________________________________ The LIDS Seminar Series features distinguished speakers who provide an overview of a research area, as well as exciting recent progress in that area. Intended for a broad audience, seminar topics span the areas of communications, computation, control, learning, networks, probability and statistics, optimization, and signal processing. 

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The Age of Information in Networks: Moments, Distributions, and Sampling

October 28, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Roy Yates (Rutgers University)

32-155

We examine a source providing status updates to monitors through a network with state defined by a continuous-time finite Markov chain. Using an age of information (AoI) metric, we characterize timeliness by the vector of ages tracked by the monitors. Based on a stochastic hybrid systems (SHS) approach, we derive first-order linear differential equations for the temporal evolution of both the age moments and a moment generating function (MGF) of the age vector components. We show that the existence of…

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November 2019

LIDS@80: A Celebration

November 1, 2019 - November 2, 2019

Tang Building (E51)

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the LIDS 80th-anniversary celebration. This free event will take place on November 1-2, 2019 at MIT. Advance registration is required. Registration closes on October 3, 2019.

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SES PhD Admissions Webinar

November 4, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ali Jadbabaie (MIT)

Learn about admission to the Social and Engineering Systems Doctoral Program. Webinars are led by a member of the IDSS faculty who introduces the program and answers your questions. Please register in advance.

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