Munther Dahleh

Data science in domains
Harvard Data Science Review | July 20, 2021

From predicting financial risk to building smart cities, IDSS director Munther Dahleh contends that data science is most effective when it is integrated with domain knowledge, especially an understanding of how relevant physical, social, and institutional systems interact.

New research from the MIT Connection Science Group finds lockdowns in 10 metropolitan areas throughout the United States led to a marked reduction in walking. These decreases were mostly seen among residents living in lower-income areas of a city, effectively reducing access to physical activity for minorities and people suffering from illnesses such as obesity and diabetes.

Lockdowns reveal inequities in opportunities for walking activities
MIT News | July 19, 2021

Research from the MIT Connection Science Group finds Covid-19-related lockdowns led to a marked reduction in walking in lower-income areas of major metropolises.

person using laptop to video chat with a man in a white coat

Physicians are effective messengers of Covid-19 information
MIT News | July 15, 2021

New research from Poverty Action Lab director and IDSS affiliate Esther Duflo suggests that physician information campaigns can change minds and behaviors, regardless of political affiliation.

Tamara Broderick

Tamara Broderick gives Susie Bayarri lecture at 2021 World Meeting of the ISBA
IDSS News | July 13, 2021

The Susie Bayarri Lecture is delivered every two years at the ISBA world meeting by an outstanding young researcher under 35 years of age. 

Sertac Karaman

Sertac Karaman named director of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems
MIT News | July 12, 2021

Associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics and core IDSS faculty member will head MIT’s longest continuously-running lab.

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Building a resilient, carbon-neutral electric grid requires energy ‘superhighways’
The Hill | July 9, 2021

Today’s electric grid infrastructure is not ready for the scale and speed of energy portfolio transformation being envisioned, say IDSS Director Munther Dahleh and IDSS faculty member Sanjoy Mitter.

Fotini Christia and Devavrat Shah

Two IDSS Faculty Appointed as New Chairs
IDSS News | July 9, 2021

Fotini Christia selected as Ford International Professor in the Social Sciences and Devavrat Shah selected as Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of EECS

Capt. Kevin Thurber of the 315th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, uses the Puckboard software program to schedule C-17 aircrews.

US Air Force pilots get an artificial intelligence assist with scheduling aircrews
MIT News | July 8, 2021

A team led by IDSS affiliate Hamsa Balakrishnan has developed an optimization tool that's transforming the laborious process of staffing C-17 cargo flights.

Nasa astronaut Christina Koch. Only 11% of astronauts who made it to space have been women. Photograph: Nasa Handout/EPA

Redesigning space travel for women
The Guardian | July 6, 2021

Space suits that fit women are just a first step to a more inclusive space sector. TPP alum Emily Calandrelli is optimistic that with inclusion will come bold new ideas.

Tamara Broderick

Tamara Broderick awarded membership in 2021 COPSS Leadership Academy
LIDS | July 1, 2021

Broderick received the award in recognition of her significant contributions to Bayesian nonparametrics and machine learning, as well as her leadership in the field of statistical science and her potential to help shape its future.


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