The MIT Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS), which founded in 1940, is an interdisciplinary research laboratory of MIT, working on research in the areas of communications, control, and signal processing combining faculty from the School of Engineering (including the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics), the Department of Mathematics and the MIT Sloan School of Management. The lab is located in the Dreyfoos Tower of the Stata Center and shares some research duties with MIT's Lincoln Laboratory and the independent Draper Laboratory.


The laboratory traces its beginnings to the MIT Servomechanisms Laboratory in 1940, where work on guidance systems and early computation was done during World War II.

Known as LIDS, the laboratory has hosted several luminaries over the years, including Claude Shannon and David Forney. As of July 2021, the current acting director is Prof. Sertac Karaman.[1][2][3][4]

See also


  1. ^ "Sertac Karaman's personal website". Retrieved 2023-12-21.
  2. ^ Alan S. Willsky, Edwin Sibley Webster Retired Professor of Electrical Engineering at M.I.T. Archived 2001-07-10 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Biography of Alan S. Willsky.. Archived 2007-02-08 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Alan S. Willsky was elected in 2010 as a member of National Academy of Engineering in Electronics, Communication & Information Systems Engineering for contributions to model-based signal processing and statistical inference.