Illustration by Daniel Savage of protesters holding signs that say YES and NO WAY

Truth, lies, and tribal voters
MIT Technology Review | October 24, 2018

A look at recent insights about fake news from MIT researchers, including IDSS affiliates Adam Berinksy, Sinan Aral, David Rand, and Teppei Yamamoto.

Nathaniel Fruchter (left) and Donovan Guttieres, both master's students with the MIT Technology and Policy Program (TPP), were two of the IDSS student leaders of the HUBweek Policy Hackathon.

HUBweek Policy Hackathon delivers solutions to local challenges
MIT News Office | October 22, 2018

Citizens and data scientists produce actionable recommendations for high-priority Boston-area issues at an IDSS student-run event during Boston's annual ideas festival.

Teppei Yamamoto

Refining the “science” of political science
MIT News Office | October 22, 2018

IDSS affiliate Teppei Yamamoto studies political cause and effect, including a project with fellow IDSS affiliate Adam Berinsky examining the effects of news media on political views.

A Kenyan woman makes a mobile payment in a market

Tracking how mobile banking and texting are impacting lives in Africa
Sloan News | October 19, 2018

MIT Sloan applied economics professor and IDSS affiliate Tavneet Suri researches the link between mobile banking apps and poverty levels in Kenya.

Building 10 and Killian Court on MIT campus

New College of Computing reshapes MIT
MIT News Office | October 15, 2018

IDSS is expected to join the new college, part of a $1 billion commitment to address the global opportunities and challenges presented by the prevalence of computing and the rise of artificial intelligence (AI).

Suvrit Sra

Suvrit Sra awarded NSF TRIPODS + X grant
October 11, 2018

Sra's cross-disciplinary research explores how machine learning can improve medical imaging.

Philippe Rigollet

Philippe Rigollet awarded NSF BIGDATA grant
October 10, 2018

Research uses the theory of optimal transport to address data that are whole geometric objects rather than a collection of individual points, with applications in medical imaging, LiDAR for self-driving cars, and more.

Amy Umaretiya was one of four of graduate students from the research team who participated in the events in Washington.

Student insight on the “Future of Nuclear Energy” study
MIT News Office | October 5, 2018

Amy Umaretiya, a master’s student in the Technology and Policy Program, joined other student researchers in Washington to lend their voices and ideas for exploring nuclear energy’s potential to address climate change.

MIT researchers have devised a way to help robots navigate environments more like humans do.

Model helps robots navigate more like humans do
MIT News Office | October 4, 2018

In simulations, robots move through new environments by exploring, observing, and drawing from learned experiences. Researchers with CSAIL and the MIT Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines used an underlying motion planner that was developed at LIDS by Sertac Karaman and Emilio Frazzoli.

To date, 19 pathway institutions in 11 countries offer 58 different pathways to a master’s degree. Image courtesy of Lu Zhang

MITx MicroMasters adds new pathways to access to master’s degrees
MIT News Office | October 2, 2018

Learners from around the globe now have enhanced access to “blended” master’s programs at MIT and elsewhere.


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