Becca Browder (l) does a one-armed push-up while helping Media Lab's Mehak Sarang with an experiment aboard a lunar gravity flight. Photo: Steve Boxall/ZERO-G

Fly me to the moon
TPP | June 7, 2021

Graduating TPP student Becca Browder is taking her research on commercial spaceports to a new job at SpaceX – and has worked for years to get an MIT experiment on the moon.

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Ankur Moitra

On a quest through uncharted territory
MIT News | June 6, 2021

Math professor and new SDSC director Ankur Moitra seeks algorithms with provable guarantees, to pin down the mechanisms of machine learning.

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TPP grads with Noelle Selin 2021

Celebrating IDSS 2021 graduates
June 5, 2021

IDSS congratulates our almost 100 grads — from SES, TPP, the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Statistics, the minor in Statistics and Data Science, and students affiliated with LIDS.

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a panel of speakers for the AI for Health Care Equity Conference

The potential of artificial intelligence to bring equity in health care
MIT News | June 1, 2021

Nearly 1,400 joined the AI for Health Care Equity Conference that explored new AI technologies as a platform for change, co-organized by the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

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Paths from research to impact: a year of collaborative research on Covid-19
June 1, 2021

IDSS hosted a day-long workshop exploring different ways that data-driven research from MIT and beyond impacted pandemic policy.

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Researchers trained algorithms to make predictions about whether a patient was unconscious based on EEG readings of brain rhythms. Rhythms from a volunteer over time are shown in the spectrogram at the top. The predictions of three algorithms are shown as the height of dots in the rectangle on the bottom. They were very accurate in assessing the probability of unconsciousness, the data show.

New algorithms show accuracy, reliability in gauging unconsciousness
MIT News | June 1, 2021

To help anesthesiologists optimize drug doses, researchers led by Emery Brown trained algorithms to make predictions about whether a patient was unconscious based on EEG readings of brain rhythms.

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a photo collage of speakers from the online discussion

To understand race in Africa today, look to the past, panelists say
MIT News | May 17, 2021

With speakers from Sudan, Nigeria, South Africa, and the United States, including IDSS affiliate Tavneet Suri, an online discussion sought to position racial justice in an international context.

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clip art of several drones in a forest setting communicating wirelessly with each other

Helping robots collaborate to get the job done
MIT News | May 17, 2021

MIT researchers, including IDSS core faculty Jonathan How, have designed an algorithm to ensure the fruitful cooperation of information-gathering robot teams.

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a person wearing a bag mask with a frowning face using a computer

Confronting Disinformation Spreaders on Twitter Only Makes It Worse
Vice Magazine | May 17, 2021

According to the study, co-authored by IDSS affiliate faculty David Rand, being corrected online only escalates the behavior of original posters.

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images of brain waves under varying effects of anesthesia

Anesthesia doesn’t simply turn off the brain — it changes its rhythms
MIT News | May 14, 2021

A uniquely deep and detailed study of how the commonly used anesthetic propofol causes unconsciousness comes from a collaboration of labs and researchers, including IDSS core faculty Emery Brown.

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