News Archive 2007

  • Students Compete Internationally to Build Biological Organisms From Standard Parts

    Austin L. Day, a senior at the University of California at Berkeley, holds up an IV bag filled with a brown-red liquid resembling bloody-mary mix. The unsavory concoction is Berkeley's entry in a genetic-engineering competition—a blood substitute...

  • 6.001 completes a twenty-seven year run

    CSAIL member Professor Gerald Jay Sussman gives the final lecture of 6.001, which is being retired from the MIT curriculum after the Fall 2007 term. Sussman and Professor Hal Abelson developed...

  • Cheap sensors could capture your every move

    Video games like Dance Dance Revolution could soon require more than just fancy footwork. Small, cheap sensors for tracking the movement of a person's entire body could lead to "whole-body interfaces" for controlling computers or playing games,...

  • Cilk Arts Commercializes MIT’s Approach to Parallel Programming

    If your computer only has a single processor, you're at increasing risk for "core envy." The Intel Core 2 Duo chip in the latest Apple iMac, for example, contains two processors or cores, while the HP Pavilion Media Center desktop has a four-core...

  • Computational comparison of multiple Drosophila genomes proves to be a powerful research tool.

    CSAIL's Computational Biology Group led by Manolis Kellis co-led one of the first large-scale comparisons of multiple animal genomes....

  • MIT develops lecture search engine to aid students

    Imagine you are taking an introductory biology course. You're studying for an exam and realize it would be helpful to revisit the professor's explanation of RNA interference. Fortunately for you, a digital recording of the lecture is online, but...

  • Hundreds attend iGem Jamboree

    After making a thought-provoking presentation on bioengineering a "bacterial assembly line," a jubilant team from Peking University won the grand prize "BioBrick" award in the fourth annual International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGem)...

  • DARPA Grand Challenge - Urban Challenge Daily Updates
  • Open source synthetic biology

    I arrived in Cambridge tonight and headed out to a pub near MIT to find the iGEM crew, who were supposed to meet up for an informal get-together before the Jamboree, iGEM's international synthetic biology contest, starts tomorrow (Nov. 3).

  • The Best Inventions Of The Year

    Even a garden-variety robot can memorize specific tasks. What sets Domo apart is its ability to recognize people and to sense and respond to its surroundings.

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  • Top 100 living geniuses

    British geniuses feature heavily in a recent list that notes the greatest living thinkers of our time - proportionately more than any other country.

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  • Robots will become part of daily life

    Once relegated to science-fiction movies and automobile assembly lines, robots are expected to handle more complex tasks in health care and agriculture, among other areas.

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  • CSAIL helps to organize Fourth Annual RECOMB Satellite on Regulatory Genomics
    CSAIL PI Manolis Kellis helped organize the 4th Annual RECOMB Satellite on Regulatory Genomics, organized jointly by the Broad Institute, CSAIL, and Harvard Medical School....
  • Roboticists to ride wave of power, chip and sensor improvements

    The Boston area has become a leading robotics hub, with a larger cluster of related companies than any other area in the U.S., according to a group of panelists assembled for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Enterprise Forum on Robotics...

  • Graduate Student Spotlight: Evan Jones
    The impact of my research will be completely hidden and invisible. My work lives in the server rooms and data centers scattered all over the planet. Ideally, my work will help people design and build reliable systems that take advantage of the...
  • MIT appoints 23 faculty to named professorships

    Twenty-three MIT faculty members have been appointed to named professorships. All are effective July 1, 2007.

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  • MIT Team Designs Autonomous Vehicle

    Imagine you are driving around town when you pull up to a stop sign. As you glance over at the car across the intersection, you are astonished to see that there is no driver. As the car makes a smooth right turn, you realize that the car is...

  • Robot Diet Coach Keeps You in Line

    Inventor Aaron Edsinger has been working with his creation, a robot called Domo, putting him through his paces.

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  • Pawan Deshpande receives Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation award

    Pawan Deshpande has received a Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation award for the high quality of his M. Eng. Thesis, "Decoding Algorithms for Complex Natural Language Tasks." The prize carries a cash...

  • Think your room is messy? Maybe not

    You may intuitively recognize those dirty clothes scattered across your bedroom floor or the piles of papers burying your desktop as a total mess, but scientists have now figured out a way to measure just how cluttered your room or cubicle really...

  • MIT alums win MacArthur 'genius' award

    MIT alumni Saul Griffith (S.M. 2001, Ph.D. 2004) and Yoky Matsuoka (S.M. 1995, Ph.D. 1998) have been awarded 2007 MacArthur fellowships, more commonly known as "genius" grants.

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  • MIT model could improve some drugs' effectiveness

    MIT researchers have developed a computer modeling approach that could improve a class of drugs based on antibodies, molecules key to the immune system.

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  • Rodney Brooks' Robots are Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control

    On September 8 the world's geekiest geeks gathered at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts to talk about what happens if/when we make machines that are smarter than we are.

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  • Alumni Spotlight: Helen Greiner

    September 20, 2007 - Helen Greiner, a former CSAIL/ AI lab graduate student, will be inducted into at the...

  • Unique Middle East program rooted at MIT bears fruit

    Three years ago, Wissam Jarjoui faced an uncertain future in an unstable place. The Palestinian student from East Jerusalem had never met an Israeli, and he hadn't even heard of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • MIT Students Create Car That Drives Itself

    Thirty-six teams from across the country are getting ready to compete in the ultimate robot challenge. Creating a robotic vehicle that can travel in any urban setting is the goal of the DARPA Urban Challenge.

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  • Liskov, Harris to share new leadership position for faculty equity

    Barbara Liskov, Ford Professor of Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Wesley Harris, Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and currently head of the Department of Aeronautics...

  • MIT Plans to Win DARPA Robot Car Challenge

    Driving in urban traffic is a stupendously tricky task demanding a constant stream of split-second, almost subconscious decisions. In fact, if you give it too much thought-Am I driving inside the lane markers?

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  • Stonebraker Raises Vertica's DW Profile

    I had a long briefing with database legend Michael Stonebraker today, and I feel compelled to share a few highlights of the conversation. Stonebraker is known as a visionary, and he has consistently turned those visions into long-term bets...

  • Graduate Research Highlight: Swarmbots

    August 30, 2007 -

    CSAIL graduate student James McLurkin finds inspiration for his distributed robotic systems in nature. The behavior of his swarmbots, a swarm of 100 tiny robots, are based on the way insects communicate,...

  • Adobe Snatches Up Stars from Crumbling Mitsubishi Lab--Creates Boston Research Outpost

    Adobe Systems, the San Jose, CA-based company whose graphics and visual design programs are used by millions of people every day, has hired at least three prominent Boston-area computer scientists away from Cambridge's troubled Mitsubushi...

  • MEET Alumni accepted to MIT

    August 28, 2007 -

    We would like to extend a special welcome to Wissam Jarjoui, the first Middle East Education through Technology (MEET) student to be accepted at MIT. CSAIL has been heavily involved with MEET since its conception...

  • MIT's clutter detector could cut confusion

    The danger of clutter--especially on a visual screen--is that it causes confusion that affects how well we perform tasks.

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  • Tilera Corp announces that it is shipping 64-core processor

    Tilera Corp, founded by CSAIL's Prof. Anant Agarwal, announced that it has begun to ship a 64-core processor. This processor features...

  • Testing in the Heat

    Friday, August 3rd CSAIL students David Moore, Edwin Olson, and Albert Huang conduct testing of MIT's DARPA grand challenge vehicle at a hangar at the South Weymouth Navel Air Station. The weather on Friday was hot enough to stall...

  • Happy birthday to the WWW

    The invention of the Internet cannot be pinned down to any specific time, place or person as it was developed primarily for military and scientific applications throughout the 60s and 70s in the US.

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  • Meet the nerd who's already shaping the future

    Professor Hal Abelson, founder of the creative commons movement and MIT prof, talks to us about why computer science classes are becoming increasingly irrelevant and how AI might be the key to filling more seats

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  • SIMILE: Rich Internet Collections

    David Karger is a professor at MIT and a Principal Investigator on the Simile Project, an effort that seeks to enhance interoperability among digital assets, schemata/vocabularies/ontologies, metadata, and services.

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  • The Real Transformers

    David Karger is a professor at MIT and a Principal Investigator on the Simile Project, an effort that seeks to enhance interoperability among digital assets, schemata/vocabularies/ontologies, metadata, and services.

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  • Drivers Unwanted: MIT 'Robocar' takes a spin

    Last week the team tested its vehicle during a site visit by personnel from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is funding the work through the third DARPA Urban Challenge competition.

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  • Street wise

    Information gleaned from onboard sensors could lead to speedier commutes, safer driving, and fewer potholes

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  • Uncle Sam Wants You: To Build a Better Voting Machine

    Four teams of researchers from universities in the U.S., Canada, Poland and the United Kingdom begin competing today in Portland, Oregon, to win a prize for the best open-source voting system.

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  • MIT encryption pioneer Rivest wins Marconi Prize

    MIT Professor Ronald L. Rivest, who helped develop one of the world's most widely used Internet security systems, has been named the 2007 Marconi Fellow and prize-winner for his pioneering work in the field of cryptography, computer and network...

  • Will John Wilbanks Launch the Next Scientific Revolution?

    Using innovative copyrights and a Web 2.0 platform, John Wilbanks may just transform how scientific discoveries are made

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  • The future of the Web as seen by its creator

    According to Webster's Online Dictionary semantic means "the relationships between symbols and what they represent." Tim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the World Wide Web in 1989 at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory in Geneva, has...

  • Genetic Engineers Who Don't Just Tinker

    FORGET genetic engineering. The new idea is synthetic biology, an effort by engineers to rewire the genetic circuitry of living organisms.

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  • Ice cream social to honor Rod Brooks

    June 28,2007 - Yesterday afternoon CSAIL had a chance to honor its outgoing Director, Rod Brooks at an ice cream social. The social featured a video of Brook's accomplishments, which ranged from professorships, authorships, new...

  • Brooks Steps Down as CSAIL Head, Dives Back into Science

    Quipping that he is experiencing "a scientific mid-life crisis," legendary robotics pioneer Rod Brooks is stepping down as Director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Brooks' reign at CSAIL, which he has directed...

  • Puzzles Will Save The World

    Martin Demaine is kidding, mostly, when he says this, but his puzzles have made cars safer, candies easier to unwrap, and maybe one day will help cure diseases. (Free Registration may be required.)

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  • Excitement on Student Street

    June 21 2007 - Student Street of the Stata Center has been buzzing with the excitement from the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Odyssey for the past two days. Young inventors have...