Tamara Broderick

When should data scientists try a new technique?
MIT News Office | January 27, 2023

IDSS affiliate Tamara Broderick and team develop new measure to help scientists decide which estimation method to use when modeling a particular data problem.

Tetiana Herasymova

Research, education, and connection in the face of war
MIT News | January 23, 2023

“I wouldn’t let the aggressor in the war squash my dreams,” says Tetiana Herasymova, a Ukrainian mathematician who completed the MicroMasters Program in Statistics and Data Science.

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What is synthetic data — and how can it help you competitively?
MIT Sloan | January 23, 2023

LIDS research scientist Kalyan Veeramachaneni shares how synthetic data — which resembles real data sets but doesn’t compromise privacy — allows companies to create algorithms more easily.

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Computers that power self-driving cars could be a huge driver of global carbon emissions
MIT News | January 13, 2023

Study co-advised by IDSS core faculty Sertac Karaman shows that if autonomous vehicles are widely adopted, hardware efficiency will need to advance rapidly to keep computing-related emissions in check.

Stefanie Jegelka

Unpacking the “black box” to build better AI models
January 9, 2023

Stefanie Jegelka seeks to understand how machine-learning models behave, to help researchers build more robust models for applications in biology, computer vision, optimization, and more.

Two iPads displaying a girl wearing a hijab seated on a plane are on either side of an image of a plane in flight.

Simulating discrimination in virtual reality
January 6, 2023

The role-playing game “On the Plane,” developed by researchers within the IDSS Initiative on Combatting Systemic Racism, simulates xenophobia to foster greater understanding and reflection via virtual experiences.

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Kindness goes viral
January 5, 2023

Professor Anette 'Peko' Hosoi has developed a formula demonstrating that kindness could go viral if every time someone performs an act of kindness for us, we do more than one nice thing for someone else.

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Subtle biases in AI can influence emergency decisions
December 16, 2022

However, harm can be minimized if the advice it delivers is properly framed, an MIT team including SES student Hammaad Adam and IDSS faculty member Fotini Christia has shown.

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More social, connected cities
MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning | December 8, 2022

SES doctoral candidate Cate Heine co-authors a paper that examines how effective slow zones are at making cities more pedestrian friendly, encouraging alternative modes of mobility, and creating social gathering spaces.

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Wind Power Is Bringing Americans Real Health Benefits
Health Day | December 6, 2022

MIT study co-authored by IDSS core faculty Noelle Selin and SES alum Minghao Qiu (PhD ’21) finds increased usage of wind power improves air quality in U.S., however only a third of the health benefits are being seen in disadvantaged communities.


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