MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society
September 22 - 23, 2016
Launch Event

Alberto Abadie

Professor, MIT

Alexandre Bayen

Professor, UC Berkeley

Ali Jadbabaie

Professor, MIT

Allen Tannenbaum

Professor, Stony Brook University

Asu Ozdaglar

Professor, MIT

Balaji Prabhakar

Professor, Stanford University

Bengt Holmstrom

Professor, MIT

Caroline Uhler

Assistant Professor, MIT

Charles Stewart

Professor, MIT

Cynthia Dwork

Distinguished Scientist, Microsoft Research


Professor, MIT

David Tse

Professor, Stanford University

Deborah Estrin

Professor, Cornell Tech


Chief Data Scientist, US Office of Science and Technology Policy

Elazer Edelman

Professor at MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program & Harvard Medical School

Elchanan Mossel

Professor, MIT

Enrico Giovannini

Economist and Statistician, University of Rome Tor Vergata

Jeannette M. Wing

Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Research

John D. Halamka

Chief Information Officer, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Jon Kleinberg

Professor, Cornell University
Photo of Kassia DeVorsey

Kassia DeVorsey

Chief Analytics Officer, Messina Group Analytics

Matthew O. Jackson

Professor, Stanford University

Michael Alvarez

Professor, Caltech

Michael Greenstone

Professor, University of Chicago

Nate Silver

Founder, FiveThirtyEight

Peter Szolovits

Professor, MIT

Rob Kitchin

Professor, Maynooth University

Robert C. Armstrong

Director, MIT Energy Initiative

Sally M. Benson

Professor, Stanford University

Sarah Williams

Assistant Professor, MIT


Director, NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress

Steven Low

Professor, Caltech

Susan Crawford

Professor, Harvard Law School

Vincent D. Blondel

Professor, Université catholique de Louvain

William Hogan

Professor, Harvard University

This two-day event celebrates the inaugural year of the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS) and sets the stage for this new, multi-disciplinary endeavor going forward.  The event will bring together thought leaders from academia, industry, and government to discuss the challenges and opportunities for research at the forefront of society’s greatest challenges.

IDSS’s mission is to address complex societal challenges through the advancement of education and research at the intersections of statistics and data science, information and decision systems, engineering, and social sciences. Energy systems, health analytics, urban sciences, financial systems, and social networks: society’s greatest challenges emerge in these several domains, as well as in interactions between them. To provide answers to these critical challenges, IDSS fosters research utilizing vast amounts of available data, an in-depth understanding of fundamental engineering systems, and the investigation of social and institutional behaviors.