clip art for the UN Climate Change Conference

COP26 is bringing many calls for action. Some are already taking action.
Washington Post | November 9, 2021

“One of the really important aspects of addressing climate change is bringing everyone into the discussion,” says Jessika Trancik, IDSS core faculty.

Photos of the eleven faculty members appointed to named professorships

School of Science appoints 11 faculty members to named professorships
MIT News | November 3, 2021

Ankur Moitra, an IDSS core faculty member and the director of the SDSC, is now the Norbert Wiener Professor of Mathematics.

Aerial image of Ganvie village on Lake Nokoué in Cotonou, Benin

Satellites Can Spy a Menace in West Africa: Invasive Flowers
Wired Magazine | November 3, 2021

Danielle Wood, TPP alumna, is part of a team that has published findings showing how Earth observation technologies can map and monitor hard-to-reach areas to inform local decisionmaking.

a diagram of the difficulties AI software may have telling an image of a cow from the grass surrounding it

Avoiding shortcut solutions in artificial intelligence
MIT News | November 2, 2021

A new method in a paper from researchers including IDSS affiliates Suvrit Sra and Stefanie Jegelka forces a machine learning model to focus on more data when learning a task, which leads to more reliable predictions.

Illustration of a child's hand holding an adult's hand

Making machine learning more useful to high-stakes decision makers
MIT News | October 28, 2021

Findings could be applied to high-risk fields where humans use machine learning models to help them make decisions, but lack data science experience, says LIDS principal research scientist Kalyan Veeramachaneni.

Yossi Sheffi next to the cover of his book A Shot in the Arm

Chronicles of the epic mission to deliver Covid vaccines to the world
MIT News | October 28, 2021

“A Shot in the Arm,” a new book from IDSS affiliate Yossi Sheffi, reveals lessons about overcoming global threats.

illustration of two shipping containers on cranes

How AI could solve supply chain shortages and save Christmas
MIT Technology Review | October 28, 2021

Stress testing with AI-powered simulations can identify issues before they happen, says IDSS core faculty David Simchi-Levi.

clip art of people looking at solar panels and windmills

Climate experts: Clean tech is here, now we need people power
MIT Sloan | October 28, 2021

“Thanks to policy investments over the last decade, we have a toolset available of mature technologies that [are] cheap and ready to scale, including wind and solar power,” said Jesse Jenkins, IDSS alumnus.

A person backlit behind an American flag

3 Questions: Administering elections in a hyper-partisan era
MIT News | October 27, 2021

MIT professor of political science and IDSS affiliate Charles Stewart III discusses the status of US election administration.

Noelle Selin

MIT Collaborates with Biogen on Three-Year, $7 Million Initiative to Address Climate, Health, and Equity
MIT Campaign for a Better World | October 26, 2021

“Our work with Biogen has allowed us to make progress on key questions that matter to human health and well-being under climate change,” said IDSS core faculty Noelle Selin.


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