IDSS News February 2020
Munther Dahleh photo by Lillie Paquette MIT School of Engineering
With the new year, IDSS officially joined the Schwarzman College of Computing. This is an exciting time for us. Our interdisciplinary research and academic programs are a core component of this new structure.

Meanwhile, we have been working with a social impact group in Peru to offer our MicroMasters program in Statistics and Data Science to a cohort of learners. Through this partnership, we offer additional support for learners and already it's having a big impact. We think this model will work well for other groups, from similar social impact organizations to companies looking to educate and retain smart data scientists.

We are pleased to congratulate our very first graduate of the IDSS Social and Engineering Systems PhD program (SES): Ian Schneider. His dissertation ‘Market Design Opportunities for an Evolving Power System’ exemplifies the way in which IDSS research addresses complex societal challenges that lie at the intersection of engineering and computing, the social sciences, and economics.

Lastly, the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) has published their annual magazine LIDS|All , with stories about research in autonomy, machine learning, wireless communications, complex power systems, and more. I encourage you to take a look.

Best wishes,
Munther Dahleh, Director
William A. Coolidge Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
IDSS and social impact group Aporta share a vision to educate and empower.
A research team led by Devavrat Shah has built a model that outperforms Wall Street experts at predicting a company's sales using limited, noisy data like anonymized credit card transactions.
Initiative will support efforts to inform policy with scientific research and build a community or researchers, policymakers, and stakeholders at MIT and beyond.

IDSS professor Jessika Trancik co-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.

Faculty, students, and research staff from IDSS, MIT, and beyond discussed the climate crisis, decarbonization, and the role of policy at MITEI’s 2019 Annual Research Conference.
Ian Schneider's successful dissertation 'Market Design Opportunities for an Evolving Power System' makes him the first alum of the Social & Engineering Systems PhD (SES).
Technology and Policy Program alum Nestor Sepulveda uses 'a unique computational framework blending optimization and data science, operations research, and policy methodologies' to combat climate change.
Charlene Ren wrote the business proposal for MyH2O during her first semester at TPP. Now the NGO works to connect rural Chinese villages with clean drinking water.
LIDS student Jennifer Tang finds overlap between learning to play better hockey and her research on information theory and probability theory. 
IDSS and LIDS faculty member Guy Bresler has received an NSF CAREER Award for his research on “Reducibility among high-dimensional statistics problems.”
IDSS and LIDS faculty member Caroline Uhler has been granted tenure by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS).
IDSS & LIDS professor Yury Polyanskiy is working to keep data flowing as the “internet of things” becomes a reality.
A study by researchers including IDSS affiliate and MIT Political Science professor Charles Stewart III shows how election data can help administrators improve wait times.
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Master the skills needed to solve complex challenges with data with an MIT MicroMasters.
Over 1,000 people from all over the world joined our last webinar on the MITx MicroMasters Program in Statistics & Data Science to learn more about the program and to ask questions of our presenters. If you missed it or just want to relive it, register to watch now.
The presenters:
  • Devavrat Shah, Professor, MIT Department of EECS, Director of MM SDS program, & Director of the MIT Statistics and Data Science Center.
  • Karene Chu, Research Scientist and Assistant Director of Education, IDSS MicroMasters Program. 
New research from TPP alum Kathleen Mulvaney and TPP director Noelle Selin shows how climate and air pollution policies can work together to maximize the reduction of mercury emissions.
LIDS senior research scientist Marija Ilic is on a mission: making electric energy systems future-ready.
IDSS professor Jessika Trancik examines how natural gas can serve as a bridge toward a lower-emissions future, but also as a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.
TPP director Noelle Selin and Emil Dimanchev (TPP ’18) used linked economic and air pollution models to show how the cost of renewable energy policies can be more than offset by health care savings.
Hear from roboticists and researchers including Institute Professor Daron Acemoglu and IDSS postdoc Morgan Frank on augmentation’s design, challenges, & benefits.
Researchers including Sertac Karaman from LIDS have built a model that alerts driverless cars when it’s safest to merge into traffic at intersections with obstructed views.
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.
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