Computational Models for Public Decision-Making

Tuesday, January 09, 2024 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

Building 9, 9-255
105 MASSACHUSETTS AVE, Cambridge, MA 02139

Organzied by the 11-6 (Urban Science and Planning with Computer Science) program, this workshop builds on the urban-related 6.100B problem sets (network routing, recursion and Monte Carlo simulation) but focuses on real-world contexts and decision-making cases. You will look into why these problems matter and who make the decisions - from the access and control of local roads, to mandatory insurance policy for coastal development, to locating essential public services, and hone your innovative problem-solving ability by designing and testing alternative problem formulations and exercising Python programming skills.

11.s188 | 1-1-1 Units for registered students. Audits welcomed.

Schedule (All sessions from 10AM-12PM and will be held in 9-255):

  • Tuesday, January 9 (Socio-technical Perspectives on Path Optimization Problems)
  • Thursday, January 11 (Stakeholders’ Interests and Risks in Public Policy Making)
  • Thursday, January 18 (Polling Places Locations, Closures and Where to Provide Essential Public Services)


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