In this issue, you will find articles about postdoctoral researcher Vasileios Tzoumas, recent graduate Omer Tanovic, current graduate student Jennifer Tang, Senior Research Scientist Marija Ilic, LIDS alum Chung-Chieh Kuo, and staff member Carissa Prue.

A Message from the Director

As I look back at the past year, I am excited to see the lab in the midst of milestones: this issue of LIDS|All marks its 15th year of publication; the 2020 LIDS Student Conference will be our 25th; and now, fall 2019, we are celebrating the lab’s 80th anniversary.

Algorithms That Protect

Picture this: It’s a hot, dry summer’s night. A lit cigarette butt; a spark. Suddenly, a rapidly-spreading fire is making its way through the neighborhood.

Understanding Machine Learning through Ice Hockey

Jennifer Tang is an avid ice hockey fan who loves both playing and watching the sport.

Cool Wireless

PhD candidate Omer Tanovic joined LIDS because he loves studying theory and turning research ques- tions into solvable math problems.

Shedding Light on Complex Power Systems

Marija Ilic, a Senior Research Scientist at LIDS, affiliate of the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, senior staff in MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s Energy Systems Group, and Carnegie Mellon University Professor Emerita, is a researcher on a mission: making electric energy systems future-ready.

Multimedia and Mentoring

This year, LIDS alumnus Chung-Chieh Jay Kuo reached a remarkable milestone: as of May 2019, his lab has graduated an astonishing 150 PhD students — an average of five a year in its 30-year history.

Sound Bites: Carissa Prue

My role here is Senior Financial Assistant, so that’s providing financial and proposal development support to our Administrative Officer.