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A four-step plan for fighting social media manipulation in elections
MIT Sloan | September 4, 2019

MIT Sloan professors and IDSS affiliates Sinan Aral and Dean Eckles propose a four-step process for researchers to measure and analyze social media manipulation -- and to turn that data into a defense against future manipulation.

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Cathy Wu named Gilbert W. Winslow Career Development Assistant Professor
September 4, 2019

Wu, who officially joined IDSS and LIDS faculty this summer, was given the prestigious appointment by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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Portraits of Iyad Rahwan, founder and director of the Center for Humans & Machines at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin.

The anthropologist of artificial intelligence
Quanta | August 28, 2019

Media Lab professor and IDSS affiliate Iyad Rahwan is calling for a new field of science to study machine behavior.

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Autonomous vehicles: the answer to growing traffic woes
Wired | August 28, 2019

Introducing Flow, an open-source, deep reinforcement learning framework for traffic modeling developed by a team that includes IDSS and LIDS professor Cathy Wu.

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Dylan Foster receives Best Paper and Best Student Paper awards at COLT 2019
August 28, 2019

Foster is a postdoc with the MIT Institute for Foundations of Data Science (MIFODS), as well as IDSS and SDSC. He received the best paper award for "Statistical Learning with a Nuisance Component."

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Working groups make recommendations for new Schwarzman College of Computing
MIT News Office | August 16, 2019

As IDSS leadership works to define the status of IDSS faculty in the new college, teams advise MIT leadership on the college's faculty, structure, degrees, curricula, infrastructure, and social implications.

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A wind turbine off the coast of Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo: Sam Bobko/Flickr

Shift to renewable electricity a win-win for U.S. states
MIT News Office | August 15, 2019

Research from TPP alum Emil Dimanchev and TPP director Noelle Selin finds health savings from cleaner air would more than pay for the cost of implementing renewable energy policies.

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New research gives energy storage a cost target.

Getting to 100% renewables requires cheap energy storage. But how cheap?
Vox | August 15, 2019

A study by IDSS Associate Professor Jessika Trancik explores how lowering energy storage costs could enable the U.S. power grid to run entirely on renewable sources like wind and solar.

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A new generation of robots can autonomously explore caves, pits, tunnels and other subsurface terrain.

Mapping underground terrain with autonomous vehicles
LIDS Communications | August 14, 2019

JPL team co-led by LIDS and IDSS faculty member Luca Carlone participates in DARPA Subterranean Challenge.

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Optimus Ride has already deployed its autonomous transportation systems in the Seaport area of Boston, in a mixed-use development in South Weymouth, Massachusetts, and in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a 300-acre industrial park.

Optimus Ride’s autonomous system makes self-driving vehicles a reality
MIT News Office | August 12, 2019

Co-founded by LIDS alum and professor Sertac Karaman, Optimus Ride takes a unique approach to improving human mobility.

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