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  • Taking the grunt work out of Web developmentA Web page today is the result of a number of interacting components — like cascading style sheets, XML code, ad hoc database queries, and JavaScript functions. For all but the most rudimentary sites, keeping track of how these different elements interact, refer to each other, and pass data back...
  • Could birdsong help us solve stuttering? Think that sparrow whistling outside your bedroom window is nothing more than pleasant background noise?  A new paper from a CSAIL researcher suggests that we can apply what we know about songbirds to our understanding of human speech production — and, therefore, come closer to...
  • CSAIL PhDs' discuss gender in STEMs on Wired & RedditAs part of CSAIL's "Hour of Code" efforts this past week, on three CSAIL PhD students (Elena Glassman, Neha Narula and Jean Yang) participated in an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) session on Reddit, where they answered questions about CSAIL, programming, academia and what it's like to be women in...
  • More-flexible digital communicationCommunication protocols for digital devices are very efficient but also very brittle: They require information to be specified in a precise order with a precise number of bits. If sender and receiver — say, a computer and a printer — are off by even a single bit relative to each other,...
  • CSAIL Spotlight imageCSAIL opens lab to 150 local students for "Hour of Code"Yesterday CSAIL hosted 150 local students for its first annual “Hour of Code” demo fair, tied to the international initiative aimed at getting young people excited about programming. Researchers showed off their work to math and computer science students from schools throughout greater Boston,...
  • MIT's new "Solve" event focused on future of technology to be curated by Agarwal & BrooksMIT will convene technologists, philanthropists, business leaders, policymakers, and social-change agents Oct. 5-8, 2015, for the launch of “Solve,” an effort to galvanize these leaders to drive progress on complex, important global challenges that MIT has singled out as urgent and ripe for...
  • Computers that teach by exampleComputers are good at identifying patterns in huge data sets. Humans, by contrast, are good at inferring patterns from just a few examples. In a paper appearing at the Neural Information Processing Society’s conference next week, CSAIL researchers present a new system that bridges these two...
  • Can Facebook spot terrorist behavior online? Daniel Weitzner discusses in the GuardianThe UK parliament’s intelligence and security committee recently suggested that Facebook and other internet platforms “take responsibility” for detecting terrorist activity online, in much the way that search engines can find child abuse images. But in the Guardian, CSAIL researcher Daniel...
  • Reinventing the Internet to make it saferCSAIL cybersecurity expert Howard Shrobe was prominently featured in the New York Times' special "Security" section this week. From "Reinventing the Internet to Make it Safer": With the advent of cloud computing and shiny new phones, tablets and watches, it can be easy to forget that in...
  • Stata: one of 10 reasons "why MIT is beautiful" this fallThe Stata Center made the cut for MIT Admissions' list of "10 Reasons Why MIT is beautiful."  Check out some of the other majestic campus shots taken this fall: http://bit.ly/1z9lp9P
  • New AI start-up Sentient collaborated with CSAIL on medical data analysisThis past week the AI company Sentient Technologies LLC emerged with $103.5 million in new funding. CSAIL researchers that include Una-May O'Reilly have been part of regular collaborations with Sentient on medical-data analysis work related to sepsis, a form of inflammation brought...
  • Shafi Goldwasser joins Lab for Nuclear Security and PolicyCSAIL researcher Shafi Goldwasser recently joined the team at The Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering's Laboratory for Nuclear Security and Policy (LNSP), which just received $3.2 million from the National Nuclear Security Administration to support research that could revolutionize...
  • TOC researcher earns 2014 Infosys Prize for Mathematical SciencesIt was recently announced that Madhu Sudan, an MIT adjunct professor and member of CSAIL's Theory of Computation, has been selected to receive the 2014 Infosys Prize for Mathematical Sciences. Presented by the Infosys Science Foundation in India, the award is given annually to honor...
  • New $15m MIT initiative on cybersecurity policy headed by CSAIL's WeitznerMIT has received $15 million in funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to establish an initiative aimed at laying the foundations for a smart, sustainable cybersecurity policy to deal with the growing cyber threats faced by governments, businesses, and individuals. The MIT...
  • CSAIL Spotlight imageNew $15m MIT initiative on cybersecurity policy headed by CSAIL's Weitzner MIT has received $15 million in funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to establish an initiative aimed at laying the foundations for a smart, sustainable cybersecurity policy to deal with the growing cyber threats faced by governments, businesses, and individuals. The MIT...
  • Are Netflix & Amazon recommending things right?CSAIL principal investigator Devavrat Shah’s group specializes in analyzing how social networks process information. In 2012, the group demonstrated algorithms that could predict what topics would trend on Twitter up to five hours in advance; this year, they used the same framework to predict...
  • VIDEO: How the Digi-Comp II worksTired of explaining how that big, wooden contraption in Stata works? Check out this video demo of the Digi-Comp II, courtesy of "MIT+k12 videos.   
  • Could tomorrow's clothes morph in response to weather?This week Wired profiled Skylar Tibbits at MIT's Self-Assembly Lab, which is aimed at developing unique new materials that can self-assemble into useful objects like furniture or clothing. Tibbits' work with CSAIL principal investigator Erik Demaine include clothing that would be able to...
  • Former CSAIL director's fear: not enough robotsFormer CSAIL director Rodney Brooks recently talks about his biggest fear: not enough robots in the world. From this month's issue of Boston Magazine:
  • What are the building blocks of human imagination?From MIT Technology Review: Here’s a curious experiment. Take some white noise and use it to produce a set of images that are essentially random arrangements of different coloured blocks. Show these images to a number of people and ask whether any of the images remind them of, say, a car....
  • CSAIL Spotlight imageCSAIL team helps MIT win international RobotX self-driving boat competitionThis week a team featuring multiple Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) researchers took home the grand prize in an international competition centered on autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). Members of CSAIL’s Marine Robotics Group joined forces with more than 20...
  • CSAIL team helps MIT win international RobotX self-driving boat competitionThis week a team featuring multiple CSAIL researchers took home the grand prize in an international competition centered on autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). Members of CSAIL’s Marine Robotics Group joined forces with more than 20 other researchers from MIT and Olin College as one of 15...
  • Historic quantum software is run for the first timeThis week marks the first instance of software demonstrating the potential of quantum computing being run on a real machine - 20 years after the piece of software was first created. South African researchers used a one-way quantum computer to run an algorithm developed in 1994 by University of...
  • Meet the woman who's helped thousands of MIT's brightest snag jobsThis week the Boston Globe's biz-tech site profiled an EECS administrator's whose infamous "Anne Hunter list" has helped thousands of MIT students and researchers get jobs over the last 20 years. Read more at BetaBoston: http://bit.ly/1rqBzpy
  • Researchers predict price of Bitcoin via deep learningScientists have crunched data to predict crime, hospital visits, and government uprisings — so why not the price of Bitcoin? A researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory recently developed a machine-learning algorithm that can predict the price of the infamously...
  • Daniela Rus wins 2014 Alianta Gala Award This week CSAIL Director Daniela Rus was honored at the 2014 Alianta Gala Awards, an inaugural celebration of Romanian-American intercultural exchange. Read more on the Huffington Post website.
  • Shafi Goldwasser gives keynote at 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in ComputingProfessor Shafi Goldwasser gave the keynote address at this week's 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, which drew 8,000 attendees from around the world. She spoke about her work in cryptography and theory of computation, and how her gender has informed her career.  Watch her...
  • MOOCS - who is likely to drop out and why?By crunching 130 million mouse-clicks, two CSAIL researchers have developed a machine-learning model that can predict with surprising accuracy whether or not a MOOC student will drop out of a given course.
  • Getting metabolism right - analysis of metabolic processes finds flaws in nearly half, suggests correctionsMetabolic networks are mathematical models of every possible sequence of chemical reactions available to an organ or organism, and they’re used to design microbes for manufacturing processes or to study disease. Based on both genetic analysis and empirical study, they can take years to assemble....
  • New frontier in error-correcting codesError-correcting codes are one of the glories of the information age: They’re what guarantee the flawless transmission of digital information over the airwaves or through copper wire, even in the presence of the corrupting influences that engineers call “noise.”
  • MIT's first-ever free online robotics course - open now!CSAIL principal investigator Russ Tedrake is teaching MIT's first-ever online course on robotics, offered through edX. From the course description for "Underactuated Robotics":
  • Wireless charger powers up iPhone in your pocketA team led by CSAIL's Dina Katabi has developed a wireless device that can charge cell phones at a distance. Existing technologies require that a phone be right next to a charging pad, often in a very specific position, but with MagMIMO, an iPhone can re-charge in under 5 hours, from a...
  • CSAIL Spotlight imageLearn about Big Data online! Enroll now in CSAIL-taught course with MIT Professional EducationMIT Professional Education Announces Two Additional Offerings of Online X Professional Course on Big Data, in Response to Success of Initial Offering Sign Up Now for Fall and Spring Sessions of Tackling the Challenges of Big Data    MIT Professional Education will offer two...
  • Can you out-race a computer? New algorithm can weigh up a neighborhood better than humans.Human beings have a remarkable ability to make inferences based on their surroundings. Is this area safe? Where might I find a parking spot? Am I more likely to get to a gas station by taking a left or a right at this stoplight? Such decisions require us to look beyond our “visual scene” and...
  • Printable robot database earns Best Paper honors at IROSA CSAIL team's printable robots design-database won the Best Paper award at last week's 2014 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2014). The system - which was developed by Ankur Mehta, Joseph DelPreto, Benjamin Shaya and Daniela Rus - allows non-experts...
  • Fingertip sensor gives robot unprecedented dexterityResearchers at CSAIL and Northeastern University have equipped a robot with a novel tactile sensor that lets it grasp a USB cable draped freely over a hook and insert it into a USB port.
  • Soft robotic tentacle slithers through pipe like a snakeOver the last few years, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have developed biologically inspired robots designed to fly like falcons, perch like pigeons, and swim like swordfish. The natural next step? Slithering like snakes. At this week’s IEEE/RSJ...
  • Wireless system that reduces traffic congestion wins best paper awardAt the Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress last week, CSAIL researchers received one of the best-paper awards for a new system, dubbed RoadRunner, that uses GPS-style turn-by-turn directions to route drivers around congested roadways. In a comparison with a system developed by...
  • CSAIL’s Nick Roy helms Google’s delivery-drone projectFriends and colleagues were aware, at some level, that CSAIL researcher Nick Roy had been using his sabbatical to take on some sort of robotics-related role at Google. But few people knew the full scope of his work until this past week, when Google X — the infamous idea incubator known for...
  • Continuing the legacy of assistive technology at MITIn the fall of 2011 CSAIL researcher Seth Teller created 6.811, "Principles and Practice of Assistive Technology"  (PPAT), a course that has since become extremely popular with students. Following Teller’s untimely death in July, a group of former PPAT and AT students have formed a team...
  • MIT ranked #1 in computer engineering by U.S. NewsMIT's computer-science program has once again been ranked #1 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in its annual rankings of the United States’ best colleges and universities, which were released today. For the 25th straight year, the Institute also maintained its standing as the nation’s top...
  • Where to grab space debris - algorithm tested on International Space Station analyzes object rotation in spaceObjects in space tend to spin — and spin in a way that’s totally different from the way they spin on earth.Understanding how objects are spinning, where their centers of mass are, and how their mass is distributed is crucial to any number of actual or potential space missions, from cleaning up...
  • Charles Leiserson receives ACM award for high-performance computingThis week CSAIL researcher Charles E. Leiserson was announced as the recipient of the 2014 ACM/IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award, in recognition of his important impact on parallel computing systems. The Ken Kennedy Award honors individuals with outstanding achievements in...
  • Watch CSAIL's robots revolt in Ice Bucket ChallengeNow we know what happens when an MIT computer scientist receives an Ice Bucket Challenge - the robots revolt! This week a researcher from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab became a less-than-willing participant in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge who gets kidnapped by some...
  • Google's delivery-drone project helmed by CSAIL's Nick RoyGoogle X has just unveiled what was previously one of its most top-secret "Moonshot" projects to date: creating a fleet of self-flying delivery planes. At the helm of Project Wing is CSAIL researcher Nicholas Roy, who has been on a two-year sabbatical to work on the initiative...
  • From the class to the journal - student contest leads to published resultsIn the 21st century, design contests have emerged as a way to make rapid progress on tough computational problems. The million-dollar Netflix Prize, which sought to improve Netflix’s movie recommendation algorithm, is probably the most high-profile example.
  • Want a happy worker? Let the robots take controlIf you’ve seen a sci-fi flick with autonomous robots in the last 40 years, you may be wary of giving robots any semblance of control. But new research coming out of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) suggests that letting robots have control over human tasks in...
  • Adib, Shah named to Tech Review's top innovators under 35CSAIL researchers Fadel Adib and Julie Shah were just named by MIT Technology Review to their annual list of the top 35 innovators under the age of 35, joining the likes of Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and major leaders from Apple, PayPal and...
  • Visualization tool automatically IDs outliers, recomputes without themIn the age of big data, visualization tools are vital. With a single glance at a graphic display, a human being can recognize patterns that a computer might fail to find even after hours of analysis. But what if there are aberrations in the patterns? Or what if there’s just a suggestion of a...
  • DIY design - Fab By Example lets you quickly create thousands of custom designs for furniture, go-carts, and more
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