Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

The mission of the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS) is to advance education and research in state-of-the-art, analytical methods in information and decision systems; statistics and data science; and the social sciences, and to apply these methods to address complex societal challenges in a diverse set of areas such as energy systems, finance, healthcare, social networks, and urban science. Its mission also includes the creation of an MIT-wide focal point for advancing research and educational programs related to statistics and data science.

Technology advances in areas such as smart sensors, big data, communications, computing, and social networking are rapidly scaling the size and complexity of interconnected systems and networks and, at the same time, are generating massive data that can lead to new insights and understanding. Research at IDSS will aim to understand and analyze data from across these systems, which present unique and substantial challenges due to scale, complexity, and the difficulties of extracting clear, actionable insights.

Our ability to understand data and develop models across complex, interconnected systems is at the core of our ability to uncover new insights and solutions.

Spanning all five schools at MIT, IDSS embraces the collision and synthesis of ideas and methods from analytical disciplines including statistics, data science, information theory and inference, systems and control theory, optimization, economics, human and social behavior, and network science. These disciplines are relevant both for understanding complex systems and for presenting design principles and architectures that allow for the systems’ quantification and management. IDSS seeks to integrate these areas, fostering new collaborations, introducing new paradigms and abstractions, and utilizing the power of data to address societal challenges.

Minor in Statistics and Data Science

The Minor in Statistics and Data Science provides students with a working knowledge base in statistics, probability, and computation, along with an ability to perform data analysis. For a description of the minor, see Interdisciplinary Programs.

Graduate Study

IDSS provides educational programs anchored in the following intellectual pillars: statistics, information and decision sciences, and human and institutional behavior.

IDSS’s academic programs embrace the collision and synthesis of ideas and methods from analytical disciplines, including statistics, stochastic modeling, information theory and inference, systems and control theory, optimization, economics, human and social behavior, and network science. Each of these fields in isolation is an insufficient basis for a deep understanding of complex interactions and systems. However, the intersections of these disciplines provide new tools and perspectives for understanding complex systems, addressing overarching challenges (including sustainability and systemic risk), and presenting design principles and architectures that enable those systems’ quantification, management, and regulation.

Over a period of several years, IDSS will launch and support several academic programs to advance this vision. Current offerings include the Master of Science in Technology and Policy and the Doctor of Philosophy in Social and Engineering Systems.

Inquiries about IDSS academic programs may directed to the Academic Office.

Admission Requirements for Graduate Study

Application forms for all programs are available online. Applicants whose first language is not English must offer evidence of written and oral proficiency in English by registering for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, academic format, and achieving a score of 7.5 or better. Information about the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) can be obtained through the website. Applicants should refer to the details of each program concerning specific requirements for admission.

Master of Science in Technology and Policy

The Technology and Policy Program (TPP) educates students seeking leadership roles in the constructive development and use of technology—an area that is not well served by the traditional education of technical or social science specialists. TPP focuses on meeting the need for leaders who are engineers and scientists—people with not only strong technical foundations but also the skills and abilities to deal cogently and effectively with the economic, political, and administrative dimensions of the technological challenges of the 21st century.

The Master of Science in Technology and Policy is an engineering research degree with a focus on the increasingly central role of technology in the framing, formulation, and resolution of policy problems. Many students combine TPP's curriculum with complementary subjects to obtain dual degrees in TPP and either a specialized branch of engineering or an applied social science, such as political science or urban studies and planning.

TPP's coursework provides a solid grounding in technology and policy by combining advanced subjects in the student's chosen technical field with courses in economics, politics, and law. All students must complete a satisfactory research thesis that has a substantial technology and policy component. In order to prepare students for effective professional practice, TPP stresses leadership and communication. It also encourages students to participate in TPP's summer internship program, which places students in government and industry in the US and around the world.

The TPP curriculum consists of three blocks of subjects and a research thesis. The first block is a required integrative subject in technology and policy and a set of program seminars focusing on leadership and presentation skills. The second block focuses on training in formal frameworks for policy development and consists of restricted electives in microeconomics, political economy, and legal processes. The third block comprises a minimum of three coherent electives that fulfill professional and research objectives. The research thesis is the culmination of scholarship integrating technology and policy.

Completion of the academic and research requirements of the TPP SM typically takes four terms.

The TPP curriculum normally begins in September; applications are due by December 15. All applicants should have a strong basis in engineering or science, and must take the GRE. Strong candidates for the program typically score in the top 10 percent of all three GRE areas: verbal, quantitative, and analytic writing. Participants in TPP should generally have two years of work experience and be able to demonstrate evidence of leadership and initiative in their professional or other activities.

Contact the TPP program office, Room E40-369, 617-253-7693, for additional information.

Doctor of Philosophy in Social and Engineering Systems

The Doctor of Philosophy in Social and Engineering Systems (SES) is focused on addressing concrete and societally significant problems by combining methods from engineering and the social sciences. A student’s doctoral program includes coursework that prepares them for advanced, rigorous, and original research leading to a doctoral thesis. Both coursework and research must include breadth and depth in engineering and quantitative methods, as well as in the social sciences, and in a particular application domain

Student research in SES is characterized by the following traits:

  • It is driven by problems of societal interest, in areas such as energy, finance, health care, social networks, urban science, as well as in policy-related topics.
  • It is application domain driven.
  • It involves quantitative methods. The program is focused on problems that can be addressed through mathematical modeling and data analysis.
  • It relies on real-world data. Research is expected to analyze data from the application domain of interest, and draw upon the training provided in statistics, etc., through the program’s coursework.
  • It engages societal aspects of the problem. The research incorporates theories and tools from the social sciences.

The program’s subject requirements follow. Waivers for some of the requirements are possible in special circumstances.

Core
Select three of the following:
Introduction to Mathematical Programming
Fundamentals of Probability
Microeconomic Theory I
and Microeconomic Theory II
Designing Empirical Research in the Social Sciences
Information Systems and Decision Science
Five subjects in the areas of probabilistic modeling, statistics, optimization, or systems/control theory, including:
One subject that involves the statistical processing of data
One subject of substantial mathematical content 1
Two subjects belonging to a sequence that provides increasing depth on a particular topic 2
Social Science
Four subjects that create a coherent and rigorous program of study in the social sciences, providing necessary background for research, including:
Three subjects comprising a coherent collection that builds depth in a particular social science focus area 2
Problem Domain
Two subjects in the application domain of the student’s research 3,4
1

Criteria defined by the graduate program committee.

2

Subjects used to satisfy the core can be counted toward this requirement. However, the remaining subjects should be at a more-advanced level.

3

One subject may be satisfied by an internship or independent study in which the student is evaluated on their performance of hands-on work in a particular domain.

4

One subject may also be counted toward the social science requirement.

The program begins in September and applications are due by December 15 of the preceding year.

Further information about SES is available on the program website or by contacting the IDSS Academic Office, Room E17-375, or 617-253-1182.

Research Centers

Research in IDSS addresses overarching challenges, including the modeling and prediction of system behavior and performance; systems design and architecture; and issues including social welfare, monetization, and regulation, as well as sustainability and resilience, cascades and contagion phenomena, and systemic risk.

IDSS will sustain this research agenda by fostering and prioritizing several types of strong connections, including:

  • A community of experts, at MIT and elsewhere, with demonstrated success performing impactful, multidisciplinary research in these domains. 
  • A close connection between research and domain expertise, to enable a contextually-informed understanding of the challenges and opportunities in complex systems. 
  • Educational and research methodologies, not considered in isolation, but  instead anchored in one or several of the cross-disciplinary fields of statistics, information and decision sciences, the science of interconnections, as well as the study of social and institutional behavior.

Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems

The Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) is an interdepartmental laboratory for research and education in systems, networks, and control. LIDS is staffed by faculty, research scientists, and graduate students from the departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Mechanical Engineering, as well as the Sloan School of Management. LIDS research falls into the areas of networks, statistical Inference and machine learning, optimization, and control and system theory.

For further information, see the Research and Study section.

Sociotechnical Systems Research Center

The Sociotechnical Systems Research Center (SSRC) is an interdisciplinary research center that focuses on the study of high-impact, complex, sociotechnical systems that shape our world.

SSRC brings together faculty, researchers, students, and staff from across MIT to study and seek solutions to complex societal challenges that span healthcare, energy, infrastructure networks, the environment, and international development.

For further information on SSRC and its programs, see the Research and Study section.

Faculty and Teaching Staff

Munther A. Dahleh, PhD

William A. Coolidge Professor

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Director, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Ali Jadbabaie, PhD

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Associate Director, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Asuman E. Ozdaglar, PhD

Professor of Electrical Engineering

Associate Director, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Professors

Alberto Abadie, PhD

Professor of Economics

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Daron Acemoglu, PhD

Elizabeth and James Killian (1926) Professor

Professor of Economics

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Sinan Aral, PhD

David Austin Professor in Management

Professor of Information Technology and Marketing

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Nicholas A. Ashford, JD, PhD

Professor of Technology and Policy

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Dimitri P. Bertsekas, PhD

Professor of Electrical Engineering

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Robert C. Berwick, PhD

Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Emery N. Brown, MD, PhD

Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering

Professor of Computational Neuroscience

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Core Faculty, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science

Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia, MGH

Co-Director, Health Sciences and Technology Program

Victor V. Chernozhukov, PhD

Ford International Professor

Professor of Economics

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Nazli Choucri, PhD

Professor of Political Science

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Richard de Neufville, PhD

Professor of Data, Systems, and Society

Olivier L. de Weck, PhD

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Esther Duflo, PhD

Abdul Latif Jameel Professor in Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

David Gamarnik, PhD

Nanyang Technological University Professor

Professor of Operations Research

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Polina Golland, PhD

Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Stephen C. Graves, PhD

Abraham J. Siegel Professor of Management

Professor of Operations Management and Leaders for Global Operations

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

(On leave, spring)

Daniel E. Hastings, PhD

Cecil and Ida Green Professor in Education

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Jonathan P. How, PhD

Richard Cockburn Maclaurin Professor in Aeronautics and Astronautics

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Tommi S. Jaakkola, PhD

Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Patrick Jaillet, PhD

Dugald C. Jackson Professor in Electrical Engineering

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Richard Charles Larson, PhD

Mitsui Professor

Professor of Data, Systems, and Society

Andrew W. Lo, PhD

Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor

Professor of Finance

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Stuart E. Madnick, PhD

John Norris Maguire (1960) Professor

Professor of Information Technology

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Thomas L. Magnanti, PhD

Institute Professor

Professor of Operations Research

Professor of Electrical Engineering

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Thomas W. Malone, PhD

Patrick J. McGovern (1959) Professor of Management

Professor of Information Technology

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Alexandre Megretski, PhD

Professor of Electrical Engineering

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Sanjoy K. Mitter, PhD

Professor of Electrical Engineering

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Eytan H. Modiano, PhD

Associate Head, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Joel Moses, PhD

Institute Professor

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Elchanan Mossel, PhD

Professor of Mathematics

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Dava Newman, PhD

Apollo Program Professor

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Member, Health Sciences and Technology Faculty

(On leave)

Pablo A. Parrilo, PhD

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Alex Pentland, PhD

Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Jaime Peraire, PhD

H. N. Slater Professor in Aeronautics and Astronautics

Head, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Roberto Rigobon, PhD

Society of Sloan Fellows Professor

Professor of Applied Economics

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Devavrat Shah, PhD

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Yossi Sheffi, PhD

Elisha Gray II Professor

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Scott Roger Sheffield, PhD

Professor of Mathematics

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Susan S. Silbey, PhD

Leon and Anne Goldberg Professor of Humanities

Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

Professor of Behavioral and Policy Studies

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Acting Head (Fall), Anthropology Program

David Simchi-Levi, PhD

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

John Sterman, PhD

Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management

Professor of System Dynamics

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Charles H. Stewart III, PhD

Kenan Sahin (1963) Distinguished Professor

Professor of Political Science

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

(On leave, spring)

Joseph M. Sussman, PhD

JR East Professor

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

John N. Tsitsiklis, PhD

Clarence J. Lebel Professor in Electrical Engineering

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Roy E. Welsch, PhD

Eastman Kodak Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management

Professor of Statistics

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

(On leave, spring)

Alan S. Willsky, PhD

Professor of Electrical Engineering

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Moe Z. Win, PhD

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Gregory W. Wornell, PhD

Sumitomo Electric Industries Professor in Engineering

Professor of Electrical Engineering

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Associate Professors

Hamsa Balakrishnan, PhD

Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Alessandro Bonatti, PhD

Associate Professor of Applied Economics

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

(On leave, spring)

Fotini Christia, PhD

Associate Professor of Political Science

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

(On leave, fall)

Sertac Karaman, PhD

Class of '48 Career Development Professor

Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Youssef M. Marzouk, PhD

Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Kenneth A. Oye, PhD

Associate Professor of Political Science

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Yury Polyanskiy, PhD

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Hazhir Rahmandad, PhD

Albert and Jeanne Clear Career Development Professor

Associate Professor of System Dynamics

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Iyad Rahwan, PhD

AT&T Career Development Professor of Media Arts and Sciences

Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Philippe Rigollet, PhD

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Noelle Eckley Selin, PhD

Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Professor

Associate Professor of Data, Systems, and Society

Associate Professor of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

Tavneet Suri, PhD

Associate Professor of Applied Economics

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Jessika Trancik, PhD

Atlantic Richfield Career Development Professor in Energy Studies

Associate Professor of Data, Systems, and Society

Teppei Yamamoto, PhD

Alfred Henry and Jean Morrison Hayes Professor

Associate Professor of Political Science

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

(On leave)

Assistant Professors

Guy Bresler, PhD

Bonnie and Marty (1964) Tennenbaum Career Development Professor

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Tamara Broderick, PhD

ITT Career Development Professor in Computer Technology

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Stefanie Jegelka, ScD

X-Window Consortium Career Development Professor

Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

In Song Kim, PhD

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

(On leave)

Richard Nielsen, PhD

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Caroline Uhler, PhD

Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professor in Ocean Utilization

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Sarah E. Williams, MCP

Ford International Career Development Professor

Assistant Professor of Information Technologies and Urban Planning

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Jinhua Zhao, PhD

Edward H. (1962) and Joyce Linde Career Development Professor

Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Transportation

Member, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

(On leave, spring)

Professors of the Practice

Christopher L. Magee, PhD

Professor of the Practice of Mechanical Engineering

Professor of the Practice Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Visiting Professors

Jun Liu, PhD

Visiting Professor of Statistics

Visiting Professor of Data, Systems, and Society

Alexander Rakhlin, PhD

Visiting Professor of Statistics

Visiting Professor of Data, Systems, and Society

Adjunct Professors

G. David Forney, ScD

Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering

Adjunct Professor of Data, Systems, and Society

Research Staff

Senior Research Engineers

Frank R. Field III, PhD

Lecturer of Data, Systems, and Society

Senior Research Scientists

Stan N. Finkelstein, MD

Senior Research Scientist of Data, Systems, and Society

Principal Research Scientists

Mardavij Roozbehani, PhD

Principal Research Scientist of Data, Systems, and Society

Suvrit Sra, PhD

Principal Research Scientist Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Kalyan Veeramachaneni

Principal Research Scientist Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Professors Emeriti

Daniel Roos, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Data, Systems, and Society

Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering

IDS.012 Statistics, Computation and Applications (New)

Subject meets with IDS.131
Prereq: 6.01, 6.0002, 18.03, 18.06, or 2.087; 6.008, 6.041B, 14.30, 16.09, or 18.05; or permission of instructor
U (Fall)
3-1-8 units

Hands-on analysis of data demonstrates the interplay between statistics and computation. Includes four modules, each centered on a specific data set, and introduced by a domain expert. Provides instruction in specific, relevant analysis methods and corresponding algorithmic aspects. Potential modules may include medical data, gene regulation, social networks, finance data (time series), traffic, transportation, weather forecasting, policy, or industrial web applications. Projects address a large-scale data analysis question. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments. Limited to 50; priority to Statistics and Data Science minors.

S. Jegelka, C. Uhler

IDS.013[J] Statistical Thinking and Data Analysis (IDS.010)

Same subject as 15.075[J]
Prereq: 6.041B or 15.079
U (Spring)
3-1-8 units. Institute LAB

See description under subject 15.075[J].

R. Mazumder

IDS.045[J] System Safety (ESD.03)

Same subject as 16.63[J]
Prereq: None
Acad Year 2016-2017: Not offered
Acad Year 2017-2018: U (Fall)

3-0-9 units. REST

Introduces the concepts of system safety and how to analyze and design safer systems. Topics include the causes of accidents in general, and recent major accidents in particular; hazard analysis, safety-driven design techniques; design of human-automation interaction; integrating safety into the system engineering process; and managing and operating safety-critical systems.

N. Leveson

IDS.055[J] Science, Technology, and Public Policy (IDS.052)

Same subject as 17.309[J], STS.082[J]
Prereq: None
U (Fall)
4-0-8 units. HASS-S; CI-H
Credit cannot also be received for 17.310[J], IDS.412[J], STS.482[J]

See description under subject 17.309[J]. Limited to 18.

K. Oye

IDS.062[J] Global Environmental Negotiations (ESD.046)

Same subject as 12.346[J]
Subject meets with 12.846[J], IDS.525[J]

Prereq: Permission of instructor
U (Fall)
2-0-4 units

Practical introduction to global environmental negotiations designed for science and engineering students. Covers basic issues in international negotiations, such as North-South conflict, implementation and compliance, trade, and historical perspective on global environmental treaties. Offers hands-on practice in developing and interpreting international agreements through role-play simulations and observation of ongoing climate change negotiating processes. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.

N. E. Selin

IDS.104[J] Engineering Probability and Statistics (IDS.210)

Same subject as 15.064[J]
Prereq: Calculus II (GIR)
G (Summer)
4-0-8 units

See description under subject 15.064[J]. Primarily for Leaders for Global Operations students.

A. I. Barnett, R. E. Welsch

IDS.131 Statistics, Computation and Applications (New)

Subject meets with IDS.012
Prereq: 6.01, 6.0002, 18.03, 18.06, or 2.087; 6.008, 6.041B, 14.30, 16.09, or 18.05; or permission of instructor
G (Fall)
3-1-8 units

Hands-on analysis of data demonstrates the interplay between statistics and computation. Includes four modules, each centered on a specific data set, and introduced by a domain expert. Provides instruction in specific, relevant analysis methods and corresponding algorithmic aspects. Potential modules may include medical data, gene regulation, social networks, finance data (time series), traffic, transportation, weather forecasting, policy, or industrial web applications. Projects address a large-scale data analysis question. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments. Limited to 50.

S. Jegelka, C. Uhler

IDS.145[J] Data Mining: Finding the Data and Models that Create Value (IDS.212)

Same subject as 15.062[J]
Subject meets with 15.0621

Prereq: 15.060 or 15.075[J]
G (Fall; second half of term)
2-0-4 units

See description under subject 15.062[J].

R. E. Welsch

IDS.146[J] Predictive Data Analytics and Statistical Modeling (IDS.213)

Same subject as 15.074[J]
Prereq: 6.431B, 15.060, or permission of instructor
Acad Year 2016-2017: Not offered
Acad Year 2017-2018: G (Spring)

4-0-5 units
Credit cannot also be received for 15.0741

See description under subject 15.074[J].

R. E. Welsch

IDS.147[J] Statistical Learning and Data Mining (IDS.211)

Same subject as 15.077[J]
Prereq: 6.431B, 15.085[J], or 18.600; 18.06 or 18.700
Acad Year 2016-2017: Not offered
Acad Year 2017-2018: G (Spring)

4-0-8 units

See description under subject 15.077[J].

R. E. Welsch

IDS.200[J] Optimization Methods (New)

Same subject as 6.255[J], 15.093[J]
Prereq: 18.06
G (Fall)
4-0-8 units

See description under subject 15.093[J].

D. Bertsimas, P. Parrilo

IDS.250[J] The Theory of Operations Management (IDS.155)

Same subject as 1.271[J], 15.764[J]
Prereq: 15.081[J] or 6.251[J], 6.436[J]; or permission of instructor
G (Spring)
3-0-9 units
Can be repeated for credit.

See description under subject 15.764[J].

D. Simchi-Levi, N. Trichakis, K. Zheng

IDS.305[J] Business and Operations Analytics (ESD.762)

Same subject as 1.275[J]
Prereq: Permission of instructor
Acad Year 2016-2017: Not offered
Acad Year 2017-2018: G (Spring; first half of term)

2-0-4 units

Provides instruction on identifying, evaluating, and capturing business analytics opportunities that create value. Also provides basic instruction in analytics methods and case study analysis of organizations that successfully deployed these techniques.

D. Simchi-Levi

IDS.330 Real Options for Product and Systems Design (ESD.344)

Prereq: None
G (Spring; second half of term)
3-0-3 units

Studies the theory and practice of implementing flexibility (real options) in the design of products and systems. Topics include recognition of uncertainty, identification of best opportunities for flexibility, and valuation of these options and their effective implementation. Enables effective and efficient adaptation to future changes. Students apply the concepts by working in teams on an ongoing product development project. Final product is an advanced, dynamic business plan for design and deployment of products.

R. de Neufville

IDS.332 Engineering Systems Analysis for Design (IDS.162)

Engineering School-Wide Elective Subject.
Offered under: 1.146, 16.861, IDS.332
Subject meets with IDS.333

Prereq: Permission of instructor
G (Fall)
3-0-9 units

Covers theory and methods to identify, value, and implement flexibility in design, also known as "real options." Topics include definition of uncertainties, simulation of performance for scenarios, screening models to identify desirable flexibility, decision and lattice analysis, and multidimensional economic evaluation. Students demonstrate proficiency through an extended application to a systems design of their choice. Provides a complement to research or thesis projects. Meets with IDS.333 first half of term.

R. de Neufville

IDS.333 Risk and Decision Analysis (IDS.163)

Subject meets with 1.146[J], 16.861[J], IDS.332[J]
Prereq: None
G (Fall; first half of term)
3-0-3 units

Focuses on design choices and decisions under uncertainty. Topics include identification and description of uncertainties using probability distributions; the calculation of commensurate measures of value, such as expected net present values; Monte Carlo simulation and risk analysis; and the use of decision analysis to explore alternative strategies and identify optimal initial choices. Applied analysis of practical examples from a variety of engineering systems using spreadsheet and decision analysis software.

R. de Neufville

IDS.336[J] Systems Architecting Applied to Enterprises (ESD.38)

Same subject as 16.855[J]
Prereq: Permission of instructor
G (Spring)
3-0-9 units

Focuses on principles and practices for architecting new and evolving sociotechnical enterprises. Includes reading and discussions of enterprise theory, contemporary challenges, and case studies of evolving enterprises. Covers frameworks and methods for ecosystem analysis, stakeholder analysis, architecture design and evaluation, and implementation strategies. Students work in small teams on projects to design a future architecture for a selected real-world enterprise.

D. Rhodes

IDS.337[J] Aerospace Biomedical and Life Support Engineering (IDS.940)

Same subject as 16.423[J], HST.515[J]
Prereq: 16.400, 16.06, or permission of instructor
Acad Year 2016-2017: G (Spring)
Acad Year 2017-2018: Not offered

3-1-8 units

See description under subject 16.423[J].

D. J. Newman

IDS.338[J] Multidisciplinary System Design Optimization (ESD.77)

Same subject as 16.888[J]
Prereq: 18.085 or permission of instructor
Acad Year 2016-2017: Not offered
Acad Year 2017-2018: G (Spring)

3-1-8 units

Engineering systems modeling for design and optimization. Selection of design variables, objective functions and constraints. Overview of principles, methods and tools in multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO). Subsystem identification, development and interface design. Review of linear and non-linear constrained optimization formulations. Scalar versus vector optimization problems from systems engineering and architecting of complex systems. Heuristic search methods: Tabu search, simulated annealing, genetic algorithms. Sensitivity, tradeoff analysis and isoperformance. Multiobjective optimization and pareto optimality. Surrogate and multifidelity optimization strategies. System design for value. Specific applications from aerospace, mechanical, civil engineering and system architecture.

O. de Weck, K. E. Willcox

IDS.339[J] Space Systems Engineering (New)

Same subject as 16.89[J]
Prereq: 16.851 or permission of instructor
Acad Year 2016-2017: Not offered
Acad Year 2017-2018: G (Spring)

4-2-6 units

See description under subject 16.89[J].

O. de Weck

IDS.340[J] System Safety Concepts (IDS.370)

Same subject as 16.863[J]
Prereq: Permission of instructor
G (Fall)
3-0-9 units

See description under subject 16.863[J].

N. G. Leveson

IDS.341[J] Concepts in the Engineering of Software (IDS.930)

Same subject as 16.355[J]
Prereq: Permission of instructor
G (Spring)
3-0-9 units

See description under subject 16.355[J].

N. G. Leveson

IDS.345[J] Digital Evolution: Managing Web 3.0 (IDS.610)

Same subject as 15.565[J]
Prereq: Permission of instructor
G (Fall)
3-0-6 units

See description under subject 15.565[J].

S. Madnick

IDS.410[J] Modeling and Assessment for Policy (ESD.864)

Same subject as 12.844[J]
Prereq: None
G (Spring)
3-0-6 units

Explores how scientific information and quantitative models can be used to inform policy decision-making. Develops an understanding of quantitative modeling techniques and their role in the policy process through case studies and interactive activities. Addresses issues such as analysis of scientific assessment processes, uses of integrated assessment models, public perception of quantitative information, methods for dealing with uncertainties, and design choices in building policy-relevant models. Examples focus on models and information used in Earth system governance.

N. E. Selin

IDS.411 Concepts and Research in Technology and Policy (ESD.101)

Prereq: IDS.412[J], permission of instructor
G (Spring)
2-0-4 units

Focusing on technology and policy, explores the nature of engineering knowledge (as distinct from scientific knowledge), as well as the role of engineering systems in framing of problems. Considers implications of these concepts in the framing of research questions. Exercises aim to prepare students to apply these concepts in the framing of their thesis research. Preference to first-year students in the Technology and Policy Program.

F. Field

IDS.412[J] Science, Technology, and Public Policy (IDS.401)

Same subject as 17.310[J], STS.482[J]
Prereq: Permission of instructor
G (Fall)
4-0-8 units
Credit cannot also be received for 17.309[J], IDS.055[J], STS.082[J]

See description under subject 17.310[J].

K. Oye

IDS.430[J] Environmental Law, Policy, and Economics: Pollution Prevention and Control (New)

Same subject as 1.811[J], 11.630[J]
Subject meets with 1.801[J], 11.021[J], 17.393[J]

Prereq: Permission of instructor for undergraduates
G (Fall)
3-0-9 units
Credit cannot also be received for 15.663

See description under subject 1.811[J].

N. Ashford, C. Caldart

IDS.431[J] Regulation of Chemicals, Radiation, and Biotechnology (New)

Same subject as 1.812[J], 11.631[J]
Subject meets with 1.802[J], 10.805[J], 11.022[J], IDS.436[J]

Prereq: 1.811[J] or permission of instructor
G (Spring)
Not offered regularly; consult department

3-0-9 units

See description under subject 1.812[J].

N. Ashford, C.Caldart

IDS.435 Law, Technology, and Public Policy (ESD.132)

Prereq: Permission of instructor
G (Spring)
3-0-9 units

Examination of the relationship between law and technological change, and the ways in which law, economics, and technological change shape public policy. Areas addressed include how law can be used to influence and guide technological change; responses of the legal system to environmental, safety, social and ethical problems created by new or existing technology; how law and markets interact to limit or encourage technological development; and how law can affect the distribution of wealth and social justice. Topics covered include climate change; genetic engineering; telecommunications; industrial automation; the effect of health, safety, and environmental regulation on technological innovation; the impacts of intellectual property law on innovation and equity; pharmaceuticals; nanotechnology; cost/benefit analysis as a decision tool; public participation in governmental decisions affecting science and technology; corporate influence on technology; and law and economics as competing paradigms to encourage sustainability. Permission of instructor required for freshmen and sophomores.

N. Ashford, C. Caldart

IDS.436[J] Technology, Law, and the Working Environment (IDS.432)

Same subject as 10.805[J]
Subject meets with 1.802[J], 1.812[J], 11.022[J], 11.631[J], IDS.431[J]

Prereq: Permission of instructor
G (Spring)
Not offered regularly; consult department

3-0-6 units

Addresses relationship between technology-related problems and the law applicable to work environment. National Labor Relations Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act. Toxic Substances Control Act, state worker's compensation, and suits by workers in the courts discussed. Problems related to occupational health and safety, collective bargaining as a mechanism for altering technology in the workplace, job alienation, productivity, and the organization of work addressed. Prior courses or experience in the environmental, public health, or law-related areas.

N. A. Ashford, C. C. Caldart

IDS.437[J] Technology, Globalization, and Sustainable Development (ESD.137)

Same subject as 1.813[J], 11.466[J], 15.657[J]
Prereq: Permission of instructor
G (Fall)
3-0-9 units

Investigates sustainable development, taking a broad view to include not only a healthy economic base, but also a sound environment, stable employment, adequate purchasing power, distributional equity, national self-reliance, and maintenance of cultural integrity. Explores national, multinational, and international political and legal mechanisms to further sustainable development through transformation of the industrial state. Addresses the importance of technological innovation and the financial crisis of 2008.

N. Ashford

IDS.440 Seminar in Technology Policy Research (ESD.80)

Prereq: IDS.411
G (Spring)
2-0-1 units

Presentations by students, faculty and guest speakers of ongoing research related to current issues in technology and policy. Specific topics determined by research of participants and by new and important directions in technology and policy.

J. Clark

IDS.449 Technology Policy Internship Seminar (ESD.811)

Prereq: IDS.411 or permission of instructor
G (Fall)
1-1-1 units
Can be repeated for credit.

Seminar examines what technology policy is in practice. Considers the question of "Who achieves what, when, how, and why?" regarding technology policy. Students who completed summer internships present and dissect their experiences with special reference to specific cases in which they participated.

F. Field

IDS.505[J] Engineering, Economics and Regulation of the Electric Power Sector (ESD.162)

Same subject as 6.695[J], 15.032[J]
Prereq: Permission of instructor
G (Spring)
3-0-9 units

Provides an in-depth and interdisciplinary look at electric power systems, focusing on regulation as the link among engineering, economic, legal, and environmental viewpoints. Topics include electricity markets, incentive regulation of network utilities, retail competition, tariff design, distributed generation, rural electrification, multinational electricity markets, environmental impacts, future of utilities and strategic sustainability issues under both traditional and competitive regulatory frameworks. Background in policy, microeconomics, or engineering desirable.

C. Vergara

IDS.521 Energy Systems and Climate Change Mitigation (ESD.124)

Prereq: Permission of instructor
G (Spring)
3-0-9 units

Explores the contributions of energy systems to global greenhouse gas emissions and the potential levers for reducing emissions. Lectures and projects focus on decomposing contributions to greenhouse gas emissions, with emphasis on technology related variables such as per unit cost and carbon intensity of energy. Reviews other performance attributes of energy technologies. Student projects explore pathways for realizing emissions reduction scenarios.

J. Trancik

IDS.522 Mapping and Evaluating New Energy Technologies (ESD.125)

Prereq: Permission of instructor
G (Fall)
3-0-9 units

Project-based seminar covers recent developments in energy conversion and storage technologies. Merits of alternative technologies are debated based on their environmental performance and cost, and their potential improvement and scalability. Project teams develop quantitative models and interactive visualization tools to inform the future development of these technologies. Models may probe how the impact of a technology depends on assumptions about future advancements in materials or device design. Other projects may develop models for rational design choices (the selection of a particular material or processing technique) based on economic and environmental performance and physical constraints.

J. Trancik

IDS.525[J] Global Environmental Negotiations (IDS.420)

Same subject as 12.846[J]
Subject meets with 12.346[J], IDS.062[J]

Prereq: None
G (Fall)
2-0-4 units

Practical introduction to global environmental negotiations designed for science and engineering students. Covers basic issues in international negotiations, such as North-South conflict, implementation and compliance, trade, and historical perspective on global environmental treaties. Offers hands-on practice in developing and interpreting international agreements through role-play simulations and observation of ongoing climate change negotiating processes. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.

N. Selin

IDS.526[J] Sustainability Science and Engineering (ESD.120)

Same subject as 12.845[J]
Prereq: None
Acad Year 2016-2017: Not offered
Acad Year 2017-2018: G (Fall)

3-0-6 units

Introduces and develops core ideas and concepts in the field of sustainability science and engineering from an engineering systems perspective. Takes an interdisciplinary approach to discuss case studies of sustainability systems research. Exposes students to techniques for sustainability research across engineering, natural and social science disciplines. Term projects focus on applying techniques.

N. E. Selin

IDS.620[J] Principles and Practice of Drug Development (New)

Same subject as 7.547[J], 10.547[J], 15.136[J], HST.920[J]
Prereq: Permission of instructor
G (Fall)
3-0-6 units

See description under subject 15.136[J].

T. J. Allen, C. L. Cooney, S. N. Finkelstein, A. J. Sinskey, G. K. Raju

IDS.670[J] Planning and Design of Airport Systems (New)

Same subject as 1.231[J], 16.781[J]
Prereq: Permission of instructor
Acad Year 2016-2017: G (Fall)
Acad Year 2017-2018: Not offered

3-0-9 units

See description under subject 1.231[J].

R. de Neufville, A. R. Odoni

IDS.720[J] Tools for Analysis: Design for Real Estate and Infrastructure Development (IDS.671)

Same subject as 11.434[J], 15.428[J]
Prereq: None
G (Spring; second half of term)
2-0-4 units

See description under subject 11.434[J].

D. Geltner, R. de Neufville

IDS.730[J] Logistics Systems (New)

Same subject as 1.260[J], 15.770[J], SCM.260[J]
Prereq: Permission of instructor
G (Fall)
3-0-9 units

See description under subject SCM.260[J].

Y. Sheffi, C. Caplice

IDS.735[J] Supply Chain Planning (IDS.150)

Same subject as 1.273[J], 15.762[J]
Prereq: 1.260[J] or 15.761
G (Spring)
2-0-4 units

See description under subject 15.762[J].

Staff

IDS.736[J] Manufacturing System and Supply Chain Design (IDS.151)

Same subject as 1.274[J], 15.763[J]
Prereq: 1.260[J], 15.761, or 15.778
G (Spring)
2-0-4 units

See description under subject 15.763[J].

S. C. Graves, D. Simchi-Levi

IDS.900 Doctoral Seminar in Social and Engineering Systems (ESD.83)

Prereq: Permission of instructor
G (Fall)
2-0-1 units

Introduces doctoral students to IDSS research areas. Preference to first-year students in SES.

A. Abadie, A. Jadbabaie

IDS.910 Leadership Development (ESD.801)

Prereq: Permission of instructor
G (Fall; partial term)
1-1-1 units

Seminar environment created to develop leadership capabilities, and to take advantage of leadership opportunities. An initial Outward Bound experience builds trust, teamwork and communications. Readings and assignments emphasize the characteristics of desired leadership skills. Global leaders participate in the Leadership Lunch series to share their experiences and recommendations. Discussions explore leadership development. Culminates in a personal leadership plan. Restricted to entering students in the Technology and Policy program or instructor permission.

B. Moser

IDS.950 Independent Study in Data, Systems, and Society (New)

Prereq: Permission of IDSS Academic Office.
G (Fall, IAP, Spring, Summer)
Units arranged [P/D/F]
Can be repeated for credit.

For graduate students in IDSS. Individual research in data, systems, and society: generally either study, fieldwork, or practicum. Intended to expose student to expert-level domain material. Supervised by a member of MIT's teaching staff.

Consult IDSS Academic Office

IDS.951 Independent Study in Technology and Policy (New)

Prereq: Permission of TPP Academic Office.
G (Fall, IAP, Spring, Summer)
Units arranged [P/D/F]
Can be repeated for credit.

For graduate students in TPP. Individual research in technology and policy: generally either study, fieldwork, or practicum. Intended to expose student to expert-level domain material. Supervised by a member of MIT's teaching staff.

Consult TPP Academic Office

IDS.960 Teaching in Data, Systems, and Society (ESD.921)

Prereq: None
G (Fall, IAP, Spring)
Units arranged [P/D/F]
Can be repeated for credit.

For Teaching Assistants in IDSS, in cases where teaching assignment is approved for academic credit. Laboratory, tutorial, or classroom teaching under supervision of a faculty member. Credit for this subject may not be used for any degree granted by IDSS.

Consult IDSS Academic Office

IDS.961 Teaching in Technology and Policy (New)

Prereq: None
G (Fall, IAP, Spring)
Units arranged [P/D/F]
Can be repeated for credit.

For Teaching Assistants in TPP, in cases where teaching assignment is approved for academic credit. Laboratory, tutorial, or classroom teaching under supervision of a faculty member. Credit for this subject may not be used for any degree granted by IDSS.

Consult TPP Academic Office

IDS.970 Research in Data, Systems, and Society (ESD.915)

Prereq: None
G (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Units arranged [P/D/F]
Can be repeated for credit.

For Research Assistants in IDSS when assigned research is not used for thesis, but is approved for academic credit. Credit for this subject may not be used for any degree granted by IDSS.

Consult IDSS Academic Office

IDS.971 Research in Technology and Policy (ESD.910)

Prereq: None
G (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Units arranged [P/D/F]
Can be repeated for credit.

For research assistants in TPP when assigned research is not used for thesis, but is approved for academic credit. Credit for this subject may not be used for any degree granted by IDSS.

Consult TPP Academic Office

IDS.S00 Special Undergraduate Subject in Data, Systems, and Society (New)

Prereq: Permission of instructor
U (Fall, IAP, Spring, Summer)
Not offered regularly; consult department

Units arranged
Can be repeated for credit.

Opportunity for study of topics in Data, Systems, and Society not otherwise included in the curriculum. Offerings initiated by faculty on an ad hoc basis subject to IDSS approval.

Consult IDSS Academic Office

IDS.S01 Special Undergraduate Subject in Data, Systems, and Society (ESD.S01)

Prereq: Permission of instructor
U (Fall, IAP, Spring, Summer)
Not offered regularly; consult department

Units arranged
Can be repeated for credit.

Opportunity for study of topics in Data, Systems, and Society not otherwise included in the curriculum at MIT. Offerings are initiated by faculty on an ad-hoc basis subject to IDSS approval.

Consult IDSS Academic Office

IDS.S10 Special Undergraduate Subject in Data, Systems, and Society (ESD.S10)

Prereq: Permission of instructor
U (Fall, IAP, Spring, Summer)
Not offered regularly; consult department

Units arranged [P/D/F]
Can be repeated for credit.

Opportunity for study of topics in Data, Systems, and Society not otherwise included in the curriculum at MIT. Offerings are initiated by faculty on an ad-hoc basis subject to IDSS approval.

Consult IDSS Academic Office

IDS.S11 Special Undergraduate Subject in Data, Systems, and Society (New)

Prereq: None
U (Fall, IAP, Spring, Summer)
Not offered regularly; consult department

Units arranged [P/D/F]
Can be repeated for credit.

Opportunity for study of topics in Data, Systems, and Society not otherwise included in the curriculum. Offerings initiated by faculty on an ad hoc basis subject to IDSS approval.

Consult IDSS Academic Office

IDS.S20 Special Graduate Subject in Data, Systems, and Society (ESD.S20)

Prereq: Permission of instructor
G (Fall, IAP, Spring, Summer)
Not offered regularly; consult department

Units arranged
Can be repeated for credit.

Opportunity for study of advanced topics in Data, Systems, and Society not otherwise included in the curriculum at MIT. Offerings are initiated by faculty on an ad-hoc basis subject to IDSS approval.

Consult IDSS Academic Office

IDS.S21 Special Graduate Subject in Data, Systems, and Society (ESD.S21)

Prereq: Permission of instructor
G (Spring)
Units arranged
Can be repeated for credit.

Opportunity for study of advanced topics in Data, Systems, and Society not otherwise included in the curriculum at MIT. Offerings are initiated by faculty on an ad-hoc basis subject to IDSS approval.

Information: C. Uhler, E. Robeva

IDS.S22 Special Graduate Subject in Data, Systems, and Society (ESD.S22)

Prereq: Permission of instructor
G (Fall, IAP, Spring, Summer)
Not offered regularly; consult department

Units arranged
Can be repeated for credit.

Opportunity for study of advanced topics in Data, Systems, and Society not otherwise included in the curriculum at MIT. Offerings are initiated by faculty on an ad-hoc basis subject to IDSS approval.

Consult IDSS Academic Office

IDS.S23 Special Graduate Subject in Data, Systems, and Society (ESD.S23)

Prereq: Permission of instructor
G (Fall, IAP, Spring, Summer)
Not offered regularly; consult department

Units arranged
Can be repeated for credit.

Opportunity for study of advanced topics in Data, Systems, and Society not otherwise included in the curriculum at MIT. Offerings are initiated by faculty on an ad-hoc basis subject to IDSS approval.

Consult IDSS Academic Office

IDS.S24 Special Graduate Subject in Data, Systems, and Society (ESD.S24)

Prereq: Permission of instructor
G (Fall, IAP, Spring, Summer)
Not offered regularly; consult department

Units arranged
Can be repeated for credit.

Opportunity for study of advanced topics in Data, Systems, and Society not otherwise included in the curriculum at MIT. Offerings are initiated by faculty on an ad-hoc basis subject to IDSS approval.

Consult IDSS Academic Office

IDS.S30 Special Graduate Subject in Data, Systems, and Society (ESD.S30)

Prereq: None
G (Fall)
Units arranged [P/D/F]
Can be repeated for credit.

Opportunity for study of advanced topics in Data, Systems, and Society not otherwise included in the curriculum. Offerings are initiated by faculty on an ad-hoc basis subject to IDSS approval.

J. Liu

IDS.S31 Special Graduate Subject in Data, Systems, and Society (ESD.S31)

Prereq: None
G (Fall, IAP, Spring, Summer)
Not offered regularly; consult department

Units arranged [P/D/F]
Can be repeated for credit.

Opportunity for individual or group study of advanced topics in Data, Systems, and Society not otherwise included in the curriculum at MIT. Offerings are initiated by faculty on an ad-hoc basis subject to IDSS approval.

Consult IDSS Academic Office

IDS.S32 Special Graduate Subject in Data, Systems, and Society (ESD.S32)

Prereq: None
G (Fall, IAP, Spring, Summer)
Not offered regularly; consult department

Units arranged [P/D/F]
Can be repeated for credit.

Opportunity for individual or group study of advanced topics in Data, Systems, and Society not otherwise included in the curriculum at MIT. Offerings are initiated by faculty on an ad-hoc basis subject to IDSS approval.

Consult IDSS Academic Office

IDS.THG Graduate Thesis (New)

Prereq: Permission of instructor
G (Fall, IAP, Spring, Summer)
Units arranged
Can be repeated for credit.

Program of research, leading to the writing of an SM or PhD thesis to be arranged by the student with a member of the IDSS faculty. A minimum of 24 thesis units are required for the SM degree.

Consult IDSS Academic Office

IDS.URG Undergraduate Research (ESD.URG)

Prereq: None
U (Fall, IAP, Spring, Summer)
Units arranged
Can be repeated for credit.

Undergraduate research opportunities in Data, Systems, and Society.

Consult IDSS Academic Office