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SES Dissertation Defense – Hanwei Li

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…

TPP Research to Policy Engagement Session with Dr. Lily Pollans

In her research, Dr. Lily Baum Pollans argues that, through municipal waste management, cities have potent agency to alter the structures that permit endless consumption, ultimately slowing, and maybe even reversing, the unsustainable one-way flow of materials through the economy. Waste policy-making and waste research can be messy and demanding. But the climate emergency and the many related ecological and social crises caused by our globally extractive and exploitative economic system demand this kind of complicated, and sometimes actually dirty,…

Fast Forward, One Year In: An MIT Climate “Plug-In”

Samberg Conference Center, 6th Floor (E52)

After almost a year of progress on “Fast Forward: MIT’s Climate Plan for the Decade” we invite you to join us to hear more about what’s happening and to share your own ideas. Moderators: MIT Climate Nucleus co-chairs, Professors Noelle Selin and Anne White.


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