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Economics for hard times
MIT News Office | November 12, 2019

IDSS affiliate and recent Nobel laureate Esther Duflo examines what we know about the global economy and how to improve it in a new book co-written with fellow Nobel winner and MIT economist Abhijit Banerjee.

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A new report from MIT outlines how companies in the fossil fuel business can make better use of scenarios to show their vulnerabilities, as well as their opportunities, in a world facing major climate change.

MIT report provides guidance on climate-related financial disclosures
MIT News Office | November 7, 2019

Recent Technology and Policy Program alum Erik Landry, now a research associate at MIT, is lead author on a report that makes recommendations which could help companies deliver more useful disclosures to investors on the risks they face due to climate change.

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Study: Heavily minority precincts endured longer wait times to cast ballots in 2018
Washington Post | November 6, 2019

Researchers including IDSS affiliate and MIT Political Science professor Charles Stewart III have authored a study that presents “data as a prescriptive opportunity for election administrators to improve wait times by understanding when and where they occur.”

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Technique helps robots find the front door
MIT News Office | November 6, 2019

Engineers including Jonathan How of LIDS have developed a navigation method that enables a robot to use clues in its environment to plan out a route to its destination.

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Model alerts driverless cars when it’s safest to merge into traffic at intersections with obstructed views

Better autonomous “reasoning” at tricky intersections
MIT News Office | November 5, 2019

Researchers including Sertac Karaman from the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) have built a model that alerts driverless cars when it’s safest to merge into traffic at intersections with obstructed views.

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A member of the Syrian pro-government forces carries an Islamic State (IS) group flag as he stands on a street in the ancient city of Palmyra on March 27, 2016, after troops recaptured the city from IS jihadists.

Baghdadi’s Martyrdom Bump
Foreign Policy | October 31, 2019

Will the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi undermine the popularity of his ideas? Data analyzed from jihadi websites suggests no, say IDSS Associate Director Ali Jadbabaie, IDSS affiliate Rich Nielsen, and former IDSS postdoc Santiago Segarra.

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Josephine Wolff

TPP Alumni Profile: Josephine Wolff
TPP | October 30, 2019

"TPP has fundamentally shaped my understanding of how regulators and governments around the world deal with the threats and risks posed by emerging technologies," says Wolff (TPP ’12, ES ’15), a researcher and professor of cybersecurity policy.

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System prevents speedy drones from crashing in unfamiliar areas
MIT News Office | October 28, 2019

Developed by IDSS/LIDS professor Jonathan How and colleagues, the 'FASTER' model continuously logs collision-free “back-up” paths that slightly deviate from its initial fast flight path.

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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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