Themistoklis Sapsis

Taking on the stormy seas
MIT News | September 20, 2021

IDSS affiliate Themistoklis Sapsis tackles engineering problems associated with the unpredictable ocean environment and its effects on ships and other structures.

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Noelle Selin and Anne White

MIT appoints members of new faculty committee to drive climate action plan
MIT News | September 17, 2021

Professors Noelle Selin and Anne White will co-chair the Climate Nucleus, charged with managing and implementing MIT’s new plan.

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Heng Yang

Making self-driving cars safer through keener robot perception
LIDS News | September 16, 2021

LIDS graduate student Heng “Hank” Yang and collaborators, including IDSS core faculty Luca Carlone, have developed the first set of “certifiable perception” algorithms, which could help protect the next generation of self-driving vehicles.

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Study: As a population gets older, automation accelerates
MIT News | September 15, 2021

“Demographic change — aging — is one of the most important factors leading to the adoption of robotics and other automation technologies,” says Daron Acemoglu, IDSS core faculty and co-author of a new paper detailing the results of the study.

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MIT welcomes nine MLK Visiting Professors and Scholars for 2021-22
MIT News | September 9, 2021

S. Craig Watkins is an internationally recognized expert in media and a professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He will join IDSS to assist in researching the role of big data in enabling deep structural changes with regard to systemic racism.

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Study: Crowds can wise up to fake news
MIT News | September 7, 2021

An experiment led by IDSS affiliate David Rand shows that groups of laypeople reliably rate stories as effectively as fact-checkers do.

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Yuzhou Gu

LIDS Student Yuzhou Gu Wins Best Student Paper Award at COLT 2021
LIDS News | September 2, 2021

Winning paper "Stochastic block model entropy and broadcasting on trees with survey” co-authors include LIDS professor and IDSS core faculty Yury Polyanskiy.

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School testing for Covid-19
September 1, 2021

The WhenToTest K-12 Playbook, developed based in part on IDSS research about using testing to prevent COVID-19 transmission, offers guidance for schools going back to in-person learning. The playbook is now included in school testing resources by the CDC.

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3 Questions: Peko Hosoi on the data-driven reasoning behind MIT’s Covid-19 policies
MIT News | August 25, 2021

“We have not played all our cards yet,” says the associate dean of engineering and co-founder of the Isolat modeling group.

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Karan Bhuwalka

Exactly what I was looking for
TPP | August 20, 2021

Karan Bhuwalka, recent TPP alumnus, reflects on TPP’s interdisciplinary approach and bringing data science, manufacturing, and social issues together in his research on the materials that make up electric vehicles.

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