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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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Dimitri Bertsekas and John Tsitsiklis

Dimitri Bertsekas and John Tsitsiklis awarded von Neumann Theory Prize
LIDS News | November 19, 2018

The 2018 INFORMS John von Neumann Theory Prize was awarded to Dimitri Bertsekas and John Tsitsiklis for fundamental, sustained contributions to theory in operations research and the management sciences.

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“The college is our way of building a powerful framework and environment for research and collaborations that involve computing and that are occurring across disciplines," says School of Engineering Dean Anantha P. Chandrakasan, the Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Image: Christopher Harting and Lesley Rock

Bridge to the future of engineering
MIT News Office | November 14, 2018

“The new college will create new opportunities to connect with a larger community in sciences, social science, and urban planning and architecture,” says IDSS director Munther Dahleh, commenting on how the cross-disciplinary "bridge" role that IDSS plays at MIT will be expanded under the new Schwarzman College of Computing.

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The Laboratory for Information & Decision Systems event hosted faculty, PIs, students, and postdocs from Harvard, Lincoln Lab, and several MIT departments.

Control@MIT event brings interdisciplinary systems and control community to LIDS
LIDS News | November 8, 2018

The Laboratory for Information & Decision Systems event hosted faculty, PIs, students, and postdocs from Harvard, Lincoln Lab, and several MIT departments.

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Omer Tanovic (right) receives award

LIDS student wins Extraordinary Teaching and Mentoring Award
LIDS News | November 7, 2018

Omer Tanovic, a PhD student at the Laboratory for Information & Decision Systems, has been named the recipient of the 2018 MIT School of Engineering Graduate Student Extraordinary Teaching and Mentoring Award.

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Jessika Trancik

Jessika Trancik wins 2018 Campus Sustainability Incubator Fund grant
MIT News Office | November 2, 2018

The MIT Office of Sustainability awarded professor Trancik's team the grant for their project looking to optimize renewable energy storage systems.

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MIT researchers describe an autonomous system for a fleet of drones to collaboratively search under dense forest canopies using only onboard computation and wireless communication — no GPS required. Image: Melanie Gonick

Fleets of drones could aid searches for lost hikers
MIT News Office | November 2, 2018

System designed by MIT researchers, including Jonathan How of LIDS, allows drones to cooperatively explore terrain under thick forest canopies where GPS signals are unreliable.

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Once mercury is emitted from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants, among other sources, the gas can drift through the atmosphere for up to a year before settling into lakes and oceans.

Study: Impact of mercury-controlling policies shrinks with every five-year delay
MIT News Office | November 1, 2018

A new study by TPP director Noelle Selin and Hélène Angot, a former IDSS postdoc, finds that the longer countries wait to reduce mercury emissions, the less effective any emissions-reducing policies will be when they are eventually implemented.

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Devavrat Shah speaking at the MIT Retail Conference

IDSS conference explores data disruption in the retail sector
October 31, 2018

Industry and academic leaders discussed how retailers are personalizing sales and delivering unique customer experiences — with the help of machine learning, predictive analytics, and artificial intelligence.

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Daron Acemoglu

Election Insights 2018: On Civil Society and Democracy
SHASS | October 31, 2018

IDSS and Economics professor Daron Acemoglu offers his perspective on the 2018 election: "What is written in a constitution can take a nation only so far unless society is willing to act to protect it."

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