Professor of Engineering Vladimir Bulovic, director of MIT.nano, discusses progress in photovoltaics with moderator Jessika Trancik, associate professor of energy studies at MIT. Image: Jake Belcher

Getting the carbon out of the electricity sector
MIT News Office | December 10, 2019

IDSS professor Jessika Trancik moderated MIT's third climate change symposium, looking at the role of advances in storage, solar, nuclear, EVs and more in cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Back l to r: Max Vilgalys, Leon Yao, Hanwei Li, Erin Walk, Andy Haupt, Paolo Bertolotti, Bomin Jiang, Yunzong Xu Middle l to r: Rui Sun, Minghao Qiu, Hussein Mozannar, Cate Heine, Ian Schneider, Arnab Sarker, Qi Yang, Jinglong Zhao, Yan Jin, Amir Tohidi Kalorazi Front: Chin-Chia Hsu, Eaman Jahani, Yi Sun, Manon Revel, Sirui Li, Bernardo García Bulle Bueno Not pictured: Marie Charpignon, Dimitris Konomis, Manxi Wu, Mengying Wu, Yuan Yuan. Photo: Christopher Harting

A milestone for SES: Ian Schneider’s successful dissertation defense
December 10, 2019

Ian Schneider's successful defense of his dissertation 'Market Design Opportunities for an Evolving Power System' marks the first defense for the Social & Engineering Systems PhD program.


Duflo and Economics Laureates donate Nobel Prize money to next generation of economists
Boston Globe | December 7, 2019

Nobel winners Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banerjee, and Michael Kremer are each donating their Nobel prize money to the Weiss Fund for Research in Development Economics.

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Trust and identity online: 3 questions with TPP student Maryam Shahid
TPP | December 5, 2019

Maryam Shahid’s undergraduate computer science thesis on online ads led her to cybersecurity policy and TPP.

TPP student Nina Peluso shares discussion takeaways at the inaugural event for the Technology and Policy Program’s new Research to Policy Engagement Initiative.

Technology and Policy Program launches Research to Policy Engagement Initiative
MIT News Office | December 5, 2019

The new initiative supports efforts to inform policy with scientific research and will build community among researchers, policymakers, and stakeholders.

Renewable energy and carbon pricing policies

Renewable energy and carbon pricing policies
MIT Energy Initiative News | November 27, 2019

TPP director Noelle Eckley Selin and Emil Dimanchev (TPP ’18) used linked economic and air pollution models to show how the cost of renewable energy policies that reduce air pollution can be more than offset by health care savings.

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Augmentation: the promise and possibility of human-machine collaboration
Boston Fed | November 26, 2019

AI designed to work with humans promises to improve job quality and productivity. Hear from researchers including Institute Professor Daron Acemoglu and IDSS postdoc Morgan Frank on augmentation’s design, challenges, and benefits.

The panel, “Work of the Future Policy Levers: People, Places and Institutions,” which focused on how public policy can be shaped to help technology benefit society, included (from left): Daron Acemoglu, Michael Kratsios, Erik Brynjolfsson, Sarita Gupta, and Alastair Fitzpayne.

Preparing workers for the era of artificial intelligence
MIT News | November 22, 2019

Economist Daron Acemoglu joins a panel to explore how policy could improve outcomes for workers in the face of AI and automation.

In lane-merging scenarios, a system developed at MIT could distinguish between altruistic and egoistic driving behavior.

Predicting people’s driving personalities
MIT News Office | November 20, 2019

Researchers including Sertac Karaman of LIDS have developed an algorithm integrating tools from social psychology to help autonomous vehicles predict the behaviors of human drivers.


Majority of anti-vaccine ads on Facebook were funded by two groups
Washington Post | November 18, 2019

Research from IDSS alum David Broniatowski (TPP '06, ES '10) shows that 54 percent of the anti-vaccine ads on Facebook were funded by a group headed by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and a California-based organization.


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