The new model measures distances between words with similar meanings in “word embeddings,” and then aligns the words in both embeddings that are most closely correlated by relative distances, meaning they’re most likely to be direct translations of one another.

Model paves way for faster, more efficient translations of more languages
MIT News Office | October 30, 2018

IDSS affiliate Tommi Jaakkola and CSAIL researchers have developed a model leveraging a metric in statistics, called Gromov-Wasserstein distance, that could lead to faster, more efficient language translations.

(l-r, Phyllis Hammer, Munther Dahleh, Hammer Fellow postdoc Kiran Garimella, SES Hammer Fellow Manxi Wu, Michael and Phyllis’ children Jessica, David, Dana, Alison, and SES Hammer Fellows Cate Heine, Leon Yao) © Bryce Vickmark. All rights reserved. 617-448-6758

Celebrating the legacy of Michael Hammer and the new Hammer Fellowship
October 30, 2018

MIT senior leaders and IDSS faculty, staff, and students joined Phyllis Thurm Hammer and her family and friends in a celebration marking the launch of the new Hammer Society of Fellows.

Ethical questions involving autonomous vehicles are the focus of a new global survey conducted by MIT researchers.

How should autonomous vehicles be programmed?
MIT News Office | October 25, 2018

A new survey developed by MIT researchers, including Media Lab professor and IDSS affiliate Iyad Rahwan, reveals global preferences and regional variations concerning the ethics of autonomous vehicles. Their paper, “The Moral Machine Experiment,” has been published in Nature.

Illustration by Daniel Savage of protesters holding signs that say YES and NO WAY

Truth, lies, and tribal voters
MIT Technology Review | October 24, 2018

A look at recent insights about fake news from MIT researchers, including IDSS affiliates Adam Berinksy, Sinan Aral, David Rand, and Teppei Yamamoto.

Nathaniel Fruchter (left) and Donovan Guttieres, both master's students with the MIT Technology and Policy Program (TPP), were two of the IDSS student leaders of the HUBweek Policy Hackathon.

HUBweek Policy Hackathon delivers solutions to local challenges
MIT News Office | October 22, 2018

Citizens and data scientists produce actionable recommendations for high-priority Boston-area issues at an IDSS student-run event during Boston's annual ideas festival.

Teppei Yamamoto

Refining the “science” of political science
MIT News Office | October 22, 2018

IDSS affiliate Teppei Yamamoto studies political cause and effect, including a project with fellow IDSS affiliate Adam Berinsky examining the effects of news media on political views.

A Kenyan woman makes a mobile payment in a market

Tracking how mobile banking and texting are impacting lives in Africa
Sloan News | October 19, 2018

MIT Sloan applied economics professor and IDSS affiliate Tavneet Suri researches the link between mobile banking apps and poverty levels in Kenya.

Building 10 and Killian Court on MIT campus

New College of Computing reshapes MIT
MIT News Office | October 15, 2018

IDSS is expected to join the new college, part of a $1 billion commitment to address the global opportunities and challenges presented by the prevalence of computing and the rise of artificial intelligence (AI).

Suvrit Sra

Suvrit Sra awarded NSF TRIPODS + X grant
October 11, 2018

Sra's cross-disciplinary research explores how machine learning can improve medical imaging.

Philippe Rigollet

Philippe Rigollet awarded NSF BIGDATA grant
October 10, 2018

Research uses the theory of optimal transport to address data that are whole geometric objects rather than a collection of individual points, with applications in medical imaging, LiDAR for self-driving cars, and more.


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