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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

MIT economists Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo stand outside their home after learning that they have been named co-winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in economic sciences. They will share the prize with Michael Kremer of Harvard University. Photo: Bryce Vickmark

IDSS affiliate Esther Duflo wins Nobel Prize for Economics
MIT News Office | October 15, 2019

Duflo and MIT professor Abhijit Banerjee share the prize with Michael Kremer of Harvard University for breakthrough antipoverty work.

Model from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory identifies “serial hijackers” of internet IP addresses

Using machine learning to hunt down cybercriminals
MIT News Office | October 10, 2019

TPP alum Cecilia Testart, now a grad student at MIT CSAIL, is part of a team that's building a model to identify “serial hijackers” of internet IP addresses.

Manxi Wu

Student profile: Manxi Wu, SES
October 8, 2019

A doctoral student in the Social and Engineering Systems program and a Hammer Fellow, Manxi's research focuses on the design of information and incentive mechanisms to improve the efficiency and robustness of urban systems.

A panel chaired by MIT Associate Professor Noelle Selin, right, featured, from left, Ray Pierrehumbert of Oxford University, David McGee of MIT, Tapio Schneider of Caltech, Nicolas Gruber of ETH Zurich, and Paul O'Gorman of MIT.

Experts urge “full speed ahead” on climate action
MIT News Office | October 8, 2019

An MIT climate change symposium panel chaired by TPP director and IDSS/EAPS professor Noelle Selin described the state of knowledge in climate science and stressed the urgent need for action.

A system designed by researchers at MIT and elsewhere enables interconnected smart devices to cooperatively pinpoint their positions in noisy environments where GPS usually fails, which is useful for emerging “localization-of-things” applications. Image: Christine Daniloff, MIT

System helps smart devices find their position
MIT News Office | October 3, 2019

A system designed by LIDS professor Moe Win and colleagues enables interconnected smart devices to cooperatively pinpoint their positions in noisy environments where GPS usually fails.


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