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By sensing tiny changes in shadows, a new system identifies approaching objects that may cause a collision.

Helping autonomous vehicles see around corners
MIT News Office | October 28, 2019

LIDS professor Sertac Karaman and colleagues have developed a system for autonomous vehicles that senses tiny changes in shadows on the ground.

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IDSS students, staff, and faculty listen to remarks from IDSS director Munther Dahleh at the 2019 Hammer Lunch.

Building community in the Hammer Society of Fellows
October 17, 2019

Second annual Hammer luncheon brings together first and second year fellows, grad students and postdocs, IDSS faculty and staff, and Phyllis Hammer, whose gift in memory of her late husband established the Fellowship.

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MIT economists Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo stand outside their home after learning that they have been named co-winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in economic sciences. They will share the prize with Michael Kremer of Harvard University. Photo: Bryce Vickmark

IDSS affiliate Esther Duflo wins Nobel Prize for Economics
MIT News Office | October 15, 2019

Duflo and MIT professor Abhijit Banerjee share the prize with Michael Kremer of Harvard University for breakthrough antipoverty work.

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Model from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory identifies “serial hijackers” of internet IP addresses

Using machine learning to hunt down cybercriminals
MIT News Office | October 10, 2019

TPP alum Cecilia Testart, now a grad student at MIT CSAIL, is part of a team that's building a model to identify “serial hijackers” of internet IP addresses.

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Student profile: Manxi Wu, SES
October 8, 2019

A doctoral student in the Social and Engineering Systems program and a Hammer Fellow, Manxi's research focuses on the design of information and incentive mechanisms to improve the efficiency and robustness of urban systems.

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A panel chaired by MIT Associate Professor Noelle Selin, right, featured, from left, Ray Pierrehumbert of Oxford University, David McGee of MIT, Tapio Schneider of Caltech, Nicolas Gruber of ETH Zurich, and Paul O'Gorman of MIT.

Experts urge “full speed ahead” on climate action
MIT News Office | October 8, 2019

An MIT climate change symposium panel chaired by TPP director and IDSS/EAPS professor Noelle Selin described the state of knowledge in climate science and stressed the urgent need for action.

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A system designed by researchers at MIT and elsewhere enables interconnected smart devices to cooperatively pinpoint their positions in noisy environments where GPS usually fails, which is useful for emerging “localization-of-things” applications. Image: Christine Daniloff, MIT

System helps smart devices find their position
MIT News Office | October 3, 2019

A system designed by LIDS professor Moe Win and colleagues enables interconnected smart devices to cooperatively pinpoint their positions in noisy environments where GPS usually fails.

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Alumni in academia: energy and climate
TPP | September 24, 2019

We’ve profiled four former TPP students -- three of whom are also IDSS PhD alumni -- whose work has involved the critical societal challenges of energy and climate change. All four are beginning new chapters in their careers as faculty members at universities across the country.

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Reaching climate solutions through negotiation
MIT News Office | September 12, 2019

IDSS affiliate and Sloan professor John Sterman led “SimPlanet,” an event where students tried a new computer simulation to reveal climate outcomes of different policy decisions.

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Study analyzes how networks can distort voters’ perceptions and change election results.

How “information gerrymandering” influences voters
MIT News Office | September 5, 2019

“The structure of information networks can really fundamentally influence the outcomes of elections,” says David Rand, IDSS affiliate, associate professor at MIT Sloan, and co-author of the paper detailing the study.

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