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School of Engineering welcomes new faculty
MIT News Office | January 11, 2019

IDSS welcomes Cathy Wu, a joint appointment with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, this summer. Suvrit Sra also joined IDSS and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2018.

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Aleksander Madry is a leader in the emerging field of building guarantees into artificial intelligence, which has nearly become a branch of machine learning in its own right.

Building trustworthy artificial intelligence
MIT News Office | December 17, 2018

Statistics and Data Science Center affiliate Aleksander Madry compares AI to a sharp knife: a useful but potentially hazardous tool that society must learn to wield properly.

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“It’s now time to move forward,” said Michał Kurtyka, president of the COP24 conference and state secretary in the Ministry of Energy in Poland. “The issues that are left do not benefit from time. Climate change will not wait for us.”

“Climate change will not wait for us”
MIT News Office | December 14, 2018

Updates and reflections from the UN Climate Change Conference, where MIT researchers share knowledge and tools to help nations meet Paris Agreement targets, and students and alumni of our Technology and Policy Program wrestle with the difficulty and importance of climate action.

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Can Online Professional Development Courses Teach Data-Driven Decision Making?
InsideBIGDATA | December 13, 2018

Statistics and Data Science Center Director Devavrat Shah weighs in on how the MIT xPRO online course 'Data Science and Big Data Analytics: Making Data-Driven Decisions' is helping professionals leverage an avalanche of data to make better decisions for their organizations.

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Cathy Wu

Cathy Wu Receives Pikarsky Award
UC Berkeley | December 12, 2018

Wu, soon to join the IDSS faculty, was recognized for “Learning and Optimization for Mixed Anatomy Systems – A Mobility Context" -- named the best doctoral dissertation in its field by the Council of University Transportation Centers.

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Emery Brown Awarded the 2018 Dickson Prize in Science
December 7, 2018

The prize recognizes Brown's substantial achievements in the statistical analysis of neuronal data and his research on anesthesia.

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Alan Willsky honored for achievements in signal processing
EECS | December 4, 2018

Willsky, a professor of Electrical Engineering and a member of both IDSS and LIDS, has been named the recipient of IEEE’s 2019 Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal for “contributions to stochastic modeling, multi-resolution techniques, and control-signal processing synergies.”

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Meet the first class of SES Hammer Fellows
November 26, 2018

Three Social and Engineering Systems (SES) students carry on the legacy of Michael Hammer - an engineer and businessman who studied and taught at MIT - with innovative research applying data analytics to complex societal challenges.

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Faculty, staff, and graduate students gathered for a luncheon honoring MIT’s 2019 Siebel Scholars. Photo: Peter Gumaskas

Ian Schneider named Siebel Scholar
MIT News Office | November 26, 2018

Schneider is one of 16 MIT grad students in the 2019 cohort of Siebel Scholars, a prestigious award honoring academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to addressing crucial global challenges.

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Photos show a solar installation from 1988 (left) and a present-day version. Though the basic underlying technology is the same, a variety of factors have contributed to a hundredfold decline in costs. Now, researchers have identified the relative importance of these different factors.

Explaining the plummeting cost of solar power
MIT News Office | November 20, 2018

Jessika Trancik and her team uncover the factors that have caused photovoltaic module costs to drop by 99 percent.

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