A Message from the Director

The period covered by this issue was an extraordinary one. We began in the fall of 2019 with the very successful LIDS@80: A Celebration, an event that brought together over 400 people from around the world, to commemorate the lab’s 80th anniversary.

Making Sense of Information

As a student in LIDS and in the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS), Manon Revel has been investigating how advertising in online publications affects trust in journalism.

The Promise of Autonomous Vehicles

Cathy, who joined LIDS and MIT in 2019, is the Gilbert W. Winslow Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as a core faculty member of the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society.

Teaching Machines

Adaptation is at the heart of graduate student Alireza Fallah’s research.

LIDS Celebrates 80 Years

In November 2019 LIDS marked its 80th anniversary with LIDS@80: A Celebration — a two-day event that explored the past, present, and future of the information and decision sciences.

Remembering Michael Athans

MIT electrical engineering and computer science Professor Emeritus Michael Athans died peacefully on May 26, 2020 at his home in Clearwater, Florida, at the age of 83.

LIDS Welcomes Ashia Wilson

Ashia’s research focuses on the methodological foundations and theory of various topics in machine learning.

LIDS Welcomes Saurabh Amin

Saurabh’s research interests are in infrastructure networks, applied game theory, optimization in networks, and cyber-physical systems.

Sound Bites: Yalan Yang

I have been the Financial Coordinator at LIDS since February 2019. My role is to assist with the coordination and administration of financial activities, especially in the area of research.