In this issue, you will find articles about recent graduates Jehangir Amjad, and Qingkai Liang, Professors Ali Jadbabaie and Philippe Rigollet, alum and former faculty member Emilio Frazzoli, alum Hoda Eydgahi, postdoc Stefania Bartoletti, and new Administrative Officer Rich Lay.

We also welcomed some new members this year: Assistant Professor Luca Carlone, Senior Research Scientist Marija Ilic, Associate Professor Sasha Rakhlin, Assistant Professor Suvrit Sra, and (in July 2019) Assistant Professor Cathy Wu.

A Message from the Director

It is a pleasure to introduce the latest edition of LIDS|All. Over the past year, LIDS has thrived both within the lab and beyond.

The Mathematics of Social Change

Ali Jadbabaie, the JR East Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, associate director of the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS), and director of the Sociotechnical Systems Research Center (SSRC), explores research topics as varied as his titles.

The Unwritten Rules of the Road

Emilio Frazzoli is fascinated by the unwritten rules of the road. His accomplished career is a testament to this: in both academia and industry he has focused on autonomous vehicles, transportation networks, and the theory and algorithms behind them.

Sipping From the Firehose

There was a time when, as a young assistant professor, Philippe Rigollet would finish one project and cast about for the next one. Then he arrived at MIT.

Solving Statistical Problems in Cricket

Jehangir Amjad has done something few people can: found a way to combine his favorite sport with his work.

A Random Walk to Silicon Valley

Hoda Eydgahi always thought she’d be a physician — so much so that she got her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering.

Signals of Opportunity

Stefania Bartoletti is interested in how to locate people and things in places where GPS doesn’t work well or is denied...

The Founder

Born in 1990 in the Chinese province of Anhui, not far west of the bustling metropolis of Shanghai, Qingkai was part of the world’s first generation to grow up with regular access to the internet.

Soundbites: Richard (Rich) Lay

Fifteen years ago, my wife and I came from NYC to Cambridge for her graduate studies and I have been working at MIT since then.

LIDS Welcomes Luca Carlone

Luca Carlone started as the Charles Stark Draper Assistant Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and as a Principal Investigator in LIDS in 2017.

LIDS Welcomes Marija Ilic

Marija joined LIDS as a Senior Research Scientist in August 2018. In addition to being an IEEE Life Fellow, she has held many prestigious positions over the course of her career.

LIDS Welcomes Suvrit Sra

Suvrit joined MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as an Assistant Professor, and LIDS as a Principal Investigator, in January 2018.

LIDS Welcomes Sasha Rakhlin

Sasha is an Associate Professor in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and IDSS, and is a Principal Investigator at LIDS.

LIDS Welcomes Cathy Wu

Cathy works at the intersection of machine learning, optimization, and large-scale societal systems.