Upcoming Opportunities

COMMON GROUND COURSE DESIGN WORKSHOP: Networking event for faculty and lecturers on October 7 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Learn more about this event

FALL 2021 CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR COMMON GROUND SUBJECTS: Open to MIT instructors interested in collaborating with colleagues in different departments to pilot computing classes that are useful across a range of areas and support the educational mission of individual departments. Proposals accepted through November 1. Learn more

About the Common Ground

Computing permeates every aspect of our lives and impacts education and research across all academic disciplines. The Common Ground capitalizes on this unprecedented opportunity by bringing together experts throughout MIT to facilitate coordinated computing education across the Institute. The initiative brings multiple departments together to develop and teach new courses and launch new programs that blend computing with other disciplines.

Common Ground is led by Deputy Dean for Academics Asu Ozdaglar, the Mathworks Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS).

Oversight for this initiative is provided by the Common Ground Standing Committee, co-chaired by Ozdaglar and Jeffrey C. Grossman, the Morton and Claire Goulder and Family Professor of Environmental Systems and head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE).

Program Objectives

  • Address the need for computing education across many disciplines, not only as a tool but conceptually
  • Educate “computing bilinguals”–students fluent in both the “language” of computing and that of their discipline–a core part of the College’s mission
  • Bring the forefront of rapidly-changing computer science and artificial intelligence fields together with the problems and methods of other disciplines
  • Infuse computing education in a coordinated manner across MIT

Common Ground brings together dedicated educators throughout the Institute to develop new courses and approaches that blend computing with core topics across a range of disciplines.

Asu Ozdaglar SM ’98, PhD ’03
Deputy Dean of Academics, SCC
Department Head, EECS
MathWorks Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Common Ground Subjects

Several pilot subjects are already underway in the Common Ground. Some of these subjects include a common core together with discipline-specific material taught in different departments in parallel. Some involve offering variants of existing classes centered around computational thinking in the context of other disciplines. Others create new versions of existing classes with an integrated presentation of computational and numerical tools and issues.

Additional proposals are currently under review by the Common Ground Standing Committee. If you have any ideas, please reach out to common-ground@mit.edu.

Common Ground Standing Committee

Evaluates how best to support and advance Common Ground’s objectives. The committee is currently centered on three primary focal areas: Fundamentals of Computational Science and Engineering, Fundamentals of Programming/Computational Thinking, and Machine Learning, Data Science, and Algorithms.