Schmidt Center director awarded Department of Defense MURI funding

Uhler and collaborators will use the award to advance optimal intervention design in complex systems.
Caroline Uhler, director of the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Center, introduces a speaker at the Broad Institute
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Eric and Wendy Schmidt Center
March 15, 2024

Eric and Wendy Schmidt Center at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard is excited to announce that center director Caroline Uhler has received a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) award from the U.S. Department of Defense. 

MURI awards support interdisciplinary teams of researchers in conducting fundamental research on topics deemed critical by the defense department. Uhler and collaborators will use the award to advance optimal intervention design in complex systems — an effort that should enhance decision-making in areas ranging from biomedical to engineering and societal applications. 

Uhler, the project’s principal investigator, is a core member of the Broad Institute and a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society at MIT. She is joined on the award by Alberto Abadie and Devavrat Shah, MIT; Miguel Hernan, Harvard University; John Ioannidis, Stanford University; Mengdi Wang, Princeton University; and Feng Zhang, Broad Institute. The project will involve several graduate students and postdocs.

Uhler and the research team will develop a computational framework for evidence-based decision-making. The researchers plan to host machine learning competitions to test out their methodology in engineering, biological, health, and societal application areas.

Project Title: “Evaluating, Predicting, Optimizing, and Monitoring Hypothetical Interventions in Large Networked Systems”

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