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Deans Announce New Institute For Data, Systems, and Society

By MIT News

April 14, 2015

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On July 1, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will officially launch the new Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS), an organization that will offer a range of cross-disciplinary academic programs, including a new undergraduate minor in statistics.

IDSS will become a central hub for MIT faculty from the Engineering Systems Division, the Laboratory for Information and Decisions Systems, and the Sociotechnical Systems Research Center. "IDSS will allow the deep, original thinking about the physical universe that is done by our scientists and engineers to come together with the rigorous work of MIT's great social scientists and economists," says MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences dean Deborah Fitzgerald. "Its formation is the result of intensive consultations among more than three dozen faculty members over many months. Those consultations have helped define many of the challenges that need to be addressed."

In addition, IDSS will include a new Ph.D. program focusing on analytical tools and social sciences. "Statistics has become the fastest growing college major in the country, and the IDSS will give us an opportunity to meet this demand in a distinctively MIT way," says MIT School of Science dean Michael Sipser.

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