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SES & IDPS Dissertation Defense – Paolo Bertolotti

Paolo Bertolotti (IDSS)
E18-304

Inference and Diffusion in Networks ABSTRACT Networks provide a powerful and unified framework to study complex systems. By abstracting systems down to entities and their connections, network models provide insight into the structure and dynamics of critical systems across multiple domains. In this thesis, we study diffusion in social networks. Diffusion through networked systems corresponds to numerous consequential processes, and we focus on epidemic spread and information diffusion. We study these processes by applying and extending ideas from statistical inference.…

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Why Schools and Society Should Make AI Literacy A Top Priority
 – MIT RAISE Seminar Series

S. Craig Watkins (University of Texas at Austin , MLK Visiting Professor MIT)
Online

As part of the MIT RAISE seminar series, S. Craig Watkins, an MLK Visiting Professor at MIT and the Ernest A. Centennial Sharpe Professor at the University of Texas at Austin addresses the growing role that artificial intelligence is playing in the lives of young people.

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SES Dissertation Defense – Hanwei Li

Hanwei Li (IDSS)
E18-304

Estimation and Optimization in Online Marketplaces ABSTRACT The emergence of e-commerce business models (such as Airbnb and Amazon) brings opportunities and challenges to their operations. This thesis studies several estimation and optimization problems within the online platform domain, using data-driven approaches in operations management. The thesis consists of three components. Motivated by the unique setting of Airbnb, in the first work, we consider a game-theoretical setup in which each seller on the platform provides a single-unit product and competes with…

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SES & IDPS Dissertation Defense

Chin-Chia Hsu (IDSS)
E18-304

Misinformation, Persuasion, and News Media on Social Networks ABSTRACT Social media platforms have become a popular source of news and information for a large segment of the society across the political spectrum: Users receive information, share digital contents, or attend to some online publishers for latest news. However, the recent proliferating and fast-spreading misinformation and false news has affected people’s perception about the veracity of online information and in turn their social behavior. In such an environment of real and…

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SES Dissertation Defense

Max Vilgalys (IDSS)
E18-304

Essays on Measuring Climate Change Damages and Adaptation ABSTRACT Through changes in average temperature, precipitation patterns, and extreme weather events, climate change is already causing severe ecological and economic damages. Further warming is expected to have a profound effect on the functioning of ecological and human systems worldwide. While it is a top priority to limit carbon emissions and mitigate future climate change, it is also essential to prepare for damages from climate change in the remainder of this century.…

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SES Dissertation Defense

Mengying "Mandy" Wu (IDSS)
online

Local official and polluter accountability in China’s environmental inspections ABSTRACT Poor environmental practices can lead to high levels of ambient pollution that damage human health and cause premature death. Even if environmental regulations are well designed, incomplete implementation at the local level carries high social costs. Although widely documented, solutions to inadequate enforcement have not been comprehensively studied. Here I use the setting of China’s environmental inspections to study what interventions effectively overcome the enforcement gap and reduce air pollution…

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SES Dissertation Defense

Yi "Alicia" Sun (IDSS)
32-D677

Algorithmic Fairness in Sequential Decision Making ABSTRACT Machine learning algorithms have been used on a wide range of applications, and there are growing concerns about potential biases of those algorithms. While many solutions have been proposed for addressing biases in predictions from an algorithm, there is still a gap in translating predictions to a justified decision. Moreover, even a justified and fair decision could lead to undesirable consequences with decisions create a feedback effect. While numerous solutions have been proposed…

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