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  • 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...
  • 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
  • Help bring CSAIL to SXSW! Vote for our panel on data privacy This past year, CSAIL researchers presented a special panel on the future of computing at the 2014 edition of SXSW, the annual technology conference in Austin, Texas. With your help, CSAIL may be headed back to Austin for SXSW 2015. Starting today, the public can vote on the more than 3,000...
  • Kellis' NIH-funded project focuses on genetics of disease predispositionsProfessor Manolis Kellis, head of the MIT Computational Biology Group at CSAIL, will be leading an NIH-sponsored project at MIT that will study the role that genomic variation plays in modulating gene expression and, ultimately, human disease. The grant is part of a new phase of the Genotype-...
  • Rus, Demaine help create first self-folding, fully-operational origami robotFor years, a team of researchers at MIT and Harvard University has been working on origami robots — reconfigurable robots that would be able to fold themselves into arbitrary shapes. In today’s issue of Science, a team featuring CSAIL researchers report that they've developed an...
  • CSAIL Spotlight imageHearing by seeing: “visual mic” uses potato-chip bag to recover sound from video footageResearchers at MIT CSAIL, Microsoft, and Adobe have developed an algorithm that can reconstruct an audio signal by analyzing minute vibrations of objects depicted in video. In one set of experiments, they were able to recover intelligible speech from the vibrations of a potato-chip bag...
  • PhD's startup makes programming kid-friendly w/wearable e-toyCould a wearable electronic toy make programming fun for kids and, in particular, young girls? Computer science PhD graduate Lyssa Neel is banking on it - her company Linkitz just won a $100,000 Canadian start-up competition and is now working on a prototype. Linkitz allows kids to rearrange...
  • “YouTube for MOOCs” reinvents how online learners watch videosWhat 7 million clicks tell us about how to fix online education A "YouTube for MOOCs," LectureScape re-invents the video-watching experience The rise of online education and massively open online courses (MOOCs) have prompted much naysaying on their effectiveness, with detractors citing...
  • Applying mathematical rigor to "lyrically lovely" sculpturesThe father-son team of CSAIL visiting scientist Marty Demaine and researcher Erik Demaine make sensuous paper sculptures from elegant, intricate algorithms. As described in a recent story in American Craft, "they blend handwork and materials with theory and numbers, in a spirit of...
  • Predicting where you're from by how you write - and what that means for linguisticsCSAIL researchers recently developed an algorithm that can probabilistically estimate the native language of someone writing in English - and, with it, potentially help categorize the structures of foreign languages without having to read a single word from them.
  • Rob Miller named to EECS' Department Leadership Group (DLG) CSAIL researcher Rob Miller (right) has been named co-education officer for EECS' Department Leadership Group. CSAIL's Saman Amarasinghe previously served in the position.
  • CS undergrad develops a robot that plays Connect FourMIT undergrad Patrick McCabe '16, a student in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has developed a robot that can play Connect Four. Users can choose between four difficulty levels and can even ask for hints if needed. Read more on the TIME website: http://time.com/3013546/...
  • New network-management system reduces data-transmission delays by 99.6%CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Big websites usually maintain their own “data centers,” banks of tens or even hundreds of thousands of servers, all passing data back and forth to field users’ requests. Like any big, decentralized network, data centers are prone to congestion:...
  • Could drones help with fashion shoots? New quadrotors more effectively light setsLighting is crucial to the art of photography. But lights are cumbersome and time-consuming to set up, and outside the studio, it can be prohibitively difficult to position them where, ideally, they ought to go. Researchers at CSAIL and Cornell University hope to change that by providing...
  • CSAIL Spotlight imageA charging solution for delivery drones: Take after our feathered friends?Amazon’s plan to unleash a wave of "delivery drones" has occasionally been criticized as a pie-in-the-sky idea (literally, if they start shipping baked goods). One limitation is that Amazon's devices currently only store enough energy to fly within 10 miles of a fulfillment...
  • Own your data: system lets you pick & choose what data to share w/sites & appsCellphone metadata has been in the news quite a bit lately, but the National Security Agency isn’t the only organization that collects information about people’s online behavior. Newly downloaded cellphone apps routinely ask to access your location information, your address book, or...
  • Alums' new start-up Inbox will "make it easier to abolish email entirely"Today a team that includes multiple CSAIL alums launched Inbox, a more modern platform for building apps that access end users’ inboxes. As compared to Google's new "Gmail API," which is limited to Gmail, Inbox also works with Yahoo, Microsoft Exchange and others.
  • Worried about losing your libido? New iPad app predicts sexual function following surgery
  • CSAIL Spotlight imageRemembering Professor Seth Teller (1964-2014)Seth Teller, a professor of computer science and engineering at MIT who was well known for his efforts to advance human-robot interactions, died on July 1. He was 50, and had been a faculty member since 1994. President L. Rafael Reif announced the news in an email to the MIT community. “I...
  • Applying computer science to art - Erik Demaine discusses "multi-functional origami"At this past week's four-day OrigamiUSA convention, held at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, CSAIL researcher Erik Demaine spoke to the Wall Street Journal about his work on "multi-functional origami" and how his line of research has gained mainstream acceptance after...
  • John Leonard: Android Auto "brings Google's data-mining right into your car"CSAIL researcher John Leonard, who helped develop some of the navigational techniques that are used in many autonomous vehicles, spoke to Bloomberg about Android Auto, Google's new system that connects your car to your phone. Watch on the Bloomberg West website.
  • Brooks, Raibert & Rus named among "most important people in robotics"Multiple CSAIL researchers past and present were highlighted in a recent Business Insider story spotlighting "the most important people in robotics." Among the individuals profiled: -Rodney Brooks, former director of CSAIL and founder of Rethink Robotics. -Marc Raibert, former...
  • Can we see the arrow of time? Algorithm determines whether video is running forward or backward CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Einstein’s theory of relativity envisions time as a spatial dimension, like height, width, and depth. But unlike those other dimensions, time seems to permit motion in only one direction: forward. This directional asymmetry — the “arrow of time” —...
  • Is Google's quantum computer the real thing? CSAIL's Aaronson weighs inGoogle has received a lot of media attention for its work developing a quantum computer that it has dubbed "D-Wave." But many quantum computing experts in academia, including CSAIL principal investigator Scott Aaronson, say that its performance has been overhyped - an assertion that...
  • Edelman develops "Julia," new programming language for high performance computingAs high-performance computing (HPC) bends to the needs of "big data" applications, speed remains essential. But it's not only a question of how quickly one can compute problems, but how quickly one can program the complex applications that do so. "In recent years, people have...
  • CSAIL is Massachusetts' #1 campus spot "worth traveling for," says TripAdvisorTripAdvisor recently named CSAIL Massachusetts' #1 campus spot "worth traveling for."  If you needed more proof, take a look at some images of the Ray and Maria Stata Center, which is where hundreds of CSAIL researchers spend their days working on cutting-edge projects related...
  • Vinod Vaikuntanathan named 2014 Microsoft Research Faculty FellowCSAIL researcher Vinod Vaikuntanathan was recently announced as one of Microsoft Research’s 2014 Faculty Fellows. The Steven and Renee Finn Career Development Assistant Professor in the EECS department, Vaikuntanathan specializes in cryptography and is a member of the Theory of Computation...
  • X-ray vision for the vitals - new wireless technology measures heart rate and breathing through wallsThese days there's perhaps no hotter tech topic than wearable sensors. Earlier this month, for instance, Apple announced a new “Health Kit” app for smartphones that tracks a person's health. But events such as Fitbit's recent recall of more than 1 million fitness bands over...
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