MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2015 Activities by Sponsor - Engineering Systems Division

Probabilistic Models and Tools for Socio-Technical Systems Research

Abigail Horn, PhD Student, ESD, Maite Pena-Alcaraz, PhD Student, ESD

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

The objective of this course is to present a brief overview of the use of probability models in engineering systems research. We will review basic concepts, techniques for formulating probability models, and how to use these models to gain insight into your research.

A secondary objective is to demonstrate the importance of a solid foundation in axiomatic modeling for successful research in this field, be it understanding, improving, or designing a system.

We'll invite other ESD PhD student as guests to present on how the use probability and statistics models in their research, and to talk about sample course pathways that can complement or expand upon the material covered.

Sponsor(s): Engineering Systems Division
Contact: Maite Pena-Alcaraz, E40-240, 617-803-2182,

Probability Fundamentals Review

Add to Calendar Jan/20 Tue 02:00PM-05:00PM E51-151

The main objective of this module is to review fundamental concepts of probability modeling such as the sample space, events, and probability axioms; random variables; the probability mass function and distribution function; conditional probability; etc.

Abigail Horn - PhD Student, ESD

Derived Distributions & Functions of Ran

Add to Calendar Jan/21 Wed 02:00PM-05:00PM E51-151

The main objective of this session will be to help students approach problems involving functions of random variables in a structured way. We will review techniques for deriving distributions, and will go through examples that require students to translate a research problem/real-world situation into a probability model that will require computing functions of random variables.

Abigail Horn - PhD Student, ESD

Introduction to Simulation

Add to Calendar Jan/22 Thu 02:00PM-05:00PM E51-151, Bring your laptop

The main objective of this session is to provide students with the tools to simulate simple experiments. We will review how to build and run a discrete event simulation, including how to generate samples from probability distributions. In addition to reviewing techniques, this class will contribute to students¿ intuition about probabilistic experiments.

Maite Pena-Alcaraz - PhD Student, ESD

Statistics Fundamental Review

Add to Calendar Jan/23 Fri 02:00PM-05:00PM E51-151

The main objective of this module is to review concepts related to data analysis, confidence intervals, hypothesis test, and regression models among others. We will give an overview on different data mining techniques that are becoming popular nowadays.

Maite Pena-Alcaraz - PhD Student, ESD