A team led by LIDS professor Ali Jadbabie, JR East Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Director of the MIT Sociotechnical Systems Research Center (SSRC), has been awarded a multidisciplinary university research initiative (MURI) grant from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory (CCDC ARL) through its Army Research Office (ARO). Besides Prof. Jadbabaie, the project team members are MIT professors Elchanan Mossel and Joshua Tenenbaum, and Cornell University professors Austin Benson, Joseph Halpern, and Jon Kleinberg. The selected project, titled with “Foundations of Decision Making with Behavioral and Computational Constraints,” proposes a new interdisciplinary research program that works towards a unified theory on human decision-making. Specifically, the group is interested in developing a rigorous framework for predicting decisions in highly-complex scenarios. Such scenarios are abundant both in society at large, such as in purchasing or political decision-making, as well as in the context of defense.
The long-running MURI is designed to support research teams pursuing basic research spanning multiple scientific disciplines. The “Foundations of Decision Making” project was one of just 24 selected for funding from a merit-based review of 295 proposals in 2019. Awards are approximately $1.5 million per year for 3-5 years, and were given to teams located across 73 U.S. academic institutions.
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