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  • LIDS develops novel analytical methodologies and tools for system modeling, analysis, design, and optimization, as well as the adaptation and application of these methods to physical and man-made systems.

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  • Constantinos Daskalakis adapts techniques from theoretical computer science to game theory.
  • Devavrat Shah, along with co-authors Vivek Farias of MIT Sloan and Srikanth Jagabathula of NYU Stern, received the Revenue Management and Pricing section prize at INFORMS, for their paper, “A Nonparametric Approach to Modeling Choice with Limited Data.”
  • The 2015 Doherty Professorship in Ocean Utilization was presented to Professor Caroline Uhler in an award ceremony on November 20, 2015.
  • Highest award bestowed by IEEE honors exceptional contributions to the field of data communications.
  • Asuman Ozdaglar, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has been appointed to the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professorship in Electrical Engineering.
  • Guy Bresler, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has been named the Bonnie and Marty (1964) Tenenbaum Career Development Professor.
  • MIT professors’ choice-modeling software predicts customer preferences for retailers.
  • Munther Dahleh, the William A. Coolidge Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will head a new Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS) to be launched on July 1. Offering a range of cross-disciplinary academic programs, including a new undergraduate minor in statistics, IDSS will be home to faculty from the Engineering Systems Division (ESD), the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems(LIDS), and the current Sociotechnical Systems Research Center (SSRC). Read more.
  • MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department Head Anantha Chandrakasan and Associate Department Heads Bill Freeman, Silvio Micali, and David Perreault announced in February 2015, the promotions of eight faculty members in the department. Professors Adalsteinsson, Daniel, Golland, and Torralba are promoted to full professor. Professors Chilpala, Polyanskiy and Vaikuntanathan are promoted to associate professor. The promotions are effective July 1, 2015. Read more.
  • Using Bayesian regression, Devavrat Shah, member of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems and the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (LIDS) and recent graduate student Kang Zhang have identified patterns from five months of price data from all major Bitcoin exhanges — enabling them to predict the price of Bitcoin — thereby allowing them to double their investment over a 50 day period. Read more.
  • Three EECS faculty members were recently the recipients of major awards. Dimitri Bertsekas received the 2014 American Automatic Control Council Richard Bellman Heritage Award, Rodney Brooks received the 2014 Engelberger Robotics Award for Leadership and the 2015 IEEE Robotics and Automation Award, and Sanjoy Mitter received the 2015 IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award. Read more.
  • EECS faculty member, Robert Berwick, principal investigator in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) has teamed with MIT Linguistics and Philosophy professor Shigeru Miyagawa to reinforce the thesis that human language development is based on bird song and other primates communication. Read more.
  • Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) research scientist Andrea Censi has paired a neuromorphic sensor with lightening speed camera data intake with a new algorithm to give robots a new enhanced sensory system. Read more.
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Department Head Anantha Chandrakasan announced today the appointment of Professor Munther A. Dahleh to the William A. Coolidge Professorship at MIT. Read more.
  • Former associate department head and currently acting director of the Engineering Systems Division Munther Dahleh, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has been appointed the interim director of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS), effective July 1. Dahleh is also director-designate of a new entity at MIT that will focus on complex and socio-technical systems, information and decision systems, and statistics.
  • Professor Alan Willsky, has been selected to receive the 2013 SPS Society Award of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS). Willsky is the Edwin Sibley Webster professor of electrical engineering and computer science and director of the MIT Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) at MIT. Read more.
  • Using artificial intelligence tools including probabilistic graphical models, Ying Liu, EECS graduate student working with Alan Willsky, EECS professor and director of the Laboratory for Information and Decisions Systems (LIDS) has developed a technique that can efficiently infer vital information about the propagation of flight delays at U.S. airports. Liu and Willsky will present their work, which has potential application to a wide range of areas, at the Neural Information Processing Systems Foundation in early December. Read more.
  • Sanjoy K. Mitter, professor of electrical engineering and principal investigator and former director of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at MIT, has been selected as Fellow by the International Federation of Automatic Control. He is cited in this honor “for fundamental contributions to nonlinear filtering, stochastic control, optimization, optimal control, hybrid systems theory, and the unification of communication and control.”
  • Faculty members in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT are converging on a wide range of research issues through game theory, which used to be a staple of economics research in the 1950s. EECS faculty members Asuman Ozdaglar, Costis Daskalakis, Munther Dahleh, and Silvio Micali discuss their approaches in this Technology Review feature. Read more.
  • Kuang Xu, a graduate student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science [photo, right], and his advisor, John Tsitsiklis, the Clarence J. Lebel Professor of Electrical Engineering, have demonstrated in a series of recent papers that a little versatility in operations management, cloud computing and even health-care delivery and manufacturing could save exponential reduction in delays.
  • Researchers in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) working with a colleague at Georgia Tech have shown in a paper titled " Optimization of Lyapunov Invariants in Verification of Software Systems" in the latest issue of the journal IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, that principles from control theory can be applied to computer software to improve software verification.
  • Researchers in the lab of Anantha Chandrakasan, the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor of Electrical Engineering, including Rahul Rithe, a graduate student in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, have developed a chip which can perform professional quality enhancements of photographs quickly and without draining power on smartphone and digital cameras--cutting out the need for added energy- and time-consuming computational photography systems.
  • In a spotlight for the MIT News Office, Devavrat Shah describes his choice to become a professor of electrical engineering and computer science after a brief foray (while he was a graduate student at Stanford in 1999) at a startup where he found the stimulation of contributing 1% inspiration time was diluted by 99% execution effort. Read more...
  • Yury Polyanskiy, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science in the MIT EECS Department (since July 2011) and principal investigator in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) at MIT, has been selected for a Career Award by the National Science Foundation. His work titled "Information Theory Beyond Capacity" will advance the state-of-the-art in the fundamental limits of delay-constrained wireless communication, as well as develop abstract topics in information theory on complex graphs. Read more...
  • With the fall 2012 launch of the bigdata@csail center, which represents a focused effort to understand and put to good use the huge amounts of data generated all the time, a handful of members of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT are contributing specifically to medical applications. The MIT News Office has featured the work of Peter Szolovits, John Guttag, Alan Willsky and -- perhaps at the heart of abstractly looking at big data and medicine -- former EECS undergraduate and masters degree student David Rashef, now an MD/PhD student with the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program. Read more...