Molly McGuigan

Preparing for the next pandemic
TPP | December 23, 2020

TPP student and former US Army medical officer Molly McGuigan models PPE need for healthcare facilities from hospitals to dentist offices.

Dava Newman, image by Dominick Reuter

Dava Newman named director of MIT Media Lab
MIT News | December 22, 2020

An IDSS affiliate, visionary astronautics researcher, explorer, and expert on human adaptation to space, Dava Newman will help write the next chapter of the Institute’s world-renowned research center.

Asuman Ozdaglar

Asuman Ozdaglar named IEEE Fellow
MIT EECS | December 21, 2020

Asuman Ozdaglar, IDSS and LIDS professor and EECS department head, is one of four from MIT named IEEE Fellow for advancing innovation in her field and for work that promotes technology to benefit society.

Rich Nielsen, photo by Gretchen Ertl

A new approach to studying religion and politics
MIT News | December 20, 2020

MIT political scientist Richard Nielsen combines ethnography and big data to analyze clerics and preachers in the Islamic world.

MIT researchers have developed a deep learning-based algorithm to detect anomalies in time series data.

Method finds hidden warning signals in measurements collected over time
MIT News | December 19, 2020

A new deep-learning algorithm from the Data-to-AI group in LIDS could provide advanced notice when systems — from satellites to data centers — are falling out of whack.

Sinan Aral

Solving the social dilemma
MIT Tech Review | December 18, 2020

IDSS affiliate and Sloan professor Sinan Aral tries to figure out how to keep social media from ruining our world.

A diagram from a new paper detailing a smart thermostat shows the interaction of weather conditions, control systems, sensors, and learning algorithms to optimize microclimates in buildings.

Making smart thermostats more efficient
LIDS | December 11, 2020

Researchers from LIDS have designed a smart thermostat that quickly learns to optimize building microclimates for both energy consumption and user preference.

Minghao Qiu, wearing an MIT t-shirt, stands in front of a small green pond with trees and mountains in the background

Modeling the impacts of sustainability policies
December 10, 2020

Minghao Qiu combines predictive models with real-world data to assess policy effectiveness and inform policy design.

Sarah Williams Data Action

Seeing the values behind the numbers
MIT News | December 9, 2020

In her new book “Data Action,” urban planning professor and IDSS affiliate Sarah Williams issues a call for thinking ethically about data today.

Anette Peko Hosoi, wearing a mask, points at a laptop screen

Making data-informed Covid-19 testing plans
December 7, 2020

A new web-friendly modeling tool helps organizations build tailored Covid-19 testing strategies that can save money and reduce coronavirus spread.


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