What We Can Learn About Drone Strikes From 10 Million Yemeni Cell Phones
FiveThirtyEight | March 14, 2016

Fotini Christia discusses how she and her colleagues used cell phone metadata to gather information about the rhythm of daily Yemeni life and the effect of drone strikes, protests, and more.


IDSS Conversations: Guy Bresler
MIT News | March 14, 2016

Assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science discusses his work focusing on learning graphical models from data.


New book co-authored by Robert Berwick explores how people acquired unique language skills
MIT News Office | March 1, 2016

"Why Only Us: Language and Evolution" (MIT Press), by Noam Chomsky and Robert Berwick, explores the development of human language.


New York Times blog post features development work of Esther Duflo
The New York Times - Opinionator blog | February 29, 2016

Blog post, "Ideas Help No One on a Shelf. Take Them to the World," looks at research with real impacts in developing countries.


Nancy Leveson receives space safety award
MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics / MIT News | February 23, 2016

The International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) has selected MIT professor Nancy Leveson as the recipient of its 2016 Vladimir Syromyatnikov – Safety-by-Design Award. The award honors “distinguished individuals who have made major technical contributions toward the safety of space systems.”


New online architecture and systems engineering program
MIT News / MIT Office of Digital Learning | February 17, 2016

MIT is collaborating with Boeing and NASA to develop a four-part online, certificate-based program: “Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems.” Program director is IDSS lecturer Bruce Cameron.


Stefanie Jegelka receives Google Research Award
February 17, 2016

Stefanie Jegelka has received a Google Research Award in the area of machine learning. The Google Research Awards are intended to help promote and support academic research aimed at improving information access, and to facilitate more interaction between Google and academia.

Devavrat Shah promoted to full professor (effective July 1)
MIT News / MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | February 12, 2016

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) has announced the promotions of four faculty members, including the promotion of Devavrat Shah to full professor, effective July 1. Professor Shah is a leading figure in the area of statistical inference and stochastic networks.


Jonathan How named AIAA Fellow
MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics / MIT News | February 11, 2016

Jonathan How, Richard C. Maclaurin Professor of Aeronautics, has been elected a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world’s largest aerospace professional society.


China’s new policies will lower CO2 emissions faster, without preventing economic growth
MIT News Office | February 9, 2016

A new study co-authored by Sloan assistant professor Valerie Karplus (TPP and Engineering Systems PhD alum) shows that China’s new efforts to price carbon could lower the country’s carbon dioxide emissions significantly without impeding economic development over the next three decades.


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