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Analytics Lab

The MIT Analytics Lab (A-Lab) is the IDE's flagship educational offering. In this graduate seminar, student teams engage with project host companies to deliver a project using analytics, machine learning, and other methods of analysis to develop results that diagnose, enable, or uncover solutions to real business issues and opportunities.

A-Lab is a graduate level seminar course, spearheaded by the IDE and is part of MIT Sloan School of Management’s suite of Action Learning offerings. The course is led by IDE faculty Sinan Aral.

During its first seven years, A-Lab has attracted a total of 500 students from a dozen MIT programs to work on 130 projects spanning IoT, digital technology, platforms, finance, marketing, e-commerce, retail, manufacturing, medical supply chains, workplace safety, and global health.

Some projects are tightly focused on dilemmas organizations currently face, which requires students to quickly understand particular business circumstances and domains before performing their descriptive, predictive, or causal analysis. Other projects are more open-ended, and students must think entrepreneurially about how to bring new value to existing data and suggest frontiers for future business opportunity.

Students: Apply to A-Lab Today!

The A-Lab application for students is now open until July 16. Apply now!

Submit Application Here

Companies: Submit a Proposal to Be a Project Host

Companies interested in becoming Project Hosts are invited to submit project proposals through July 30.

Submit Proposal Here

For Project Host Companies

Propose Projects for A-Lab

We invite organizations from all sectors to participate as A-Lab Project Hosts. We are looking for projects that fit in a variety of industries and sectors; address a diversity of problem types; require advanced depth of analysis; and have ensured availability of clean and rich data at the outset of the project. We also seek to closely match the students’ capabilities and variety of skills, experience, and interests.

We ask all interested organizations to submit project proposals by July 30, 2021.

For Students

Apply to A-Lab

Admission for MIT students by application only; evaluation based on coursework and experience in analytics, statistics, computer science, management, and economics. No bidding necessary. Students should apply for the course as individuals; student-driven team formation will take place in September.

The course includes an extended project pitch session and a final presentation event, in addition to normally scheduled class meetings. The course is not open to listeners and attendance at all sessions is mandatory.

Apply to A-Lab Today!

The A-Lab application is now open until July 16!

Submit Application Here

Past Projects