News Archive 2007

  • Does Gehry's Stata Center Really Work?

    Three years after it opened to much fanfare, how is the infamous MIT building holding up?

    Read more:http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/content/jun2007/id20070619_279669.htm?chan=innovation_architecture_architecture

  • Dertouzos Lecturer Series: Professor Ed Lazowska

    May 17, 2007 - Professor Ed Lazowska of the University of Washington gave a Dertouzos Lecturer Series Talk titled "Computer Science: Past, Present, and Future"

    Abstract:

    The National Science Foundation has...

  • Web inventor gets Queen's honour

    The inventor of the world wide web has been awarded the Order of Merit, one of the UK's most prestigious honours.

    Read more:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6750395.stm

  • The pit crews behind DARPA's robot race

    People in downtown Ithaca, N.Y., got a glimpse this spring of the vehicular equivalent of a headless horseman--a Chevy Tahoe gutted and modified with computers, wire controls and sensors so that it can drive city streets by itself.

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  • Automatic and versatile publications ranking for research institutions and scholars

    Assessing both academic and industrial research institutions, along with their scholars, can help identify the best organizations and individuals in a given discipline. Assessment can reveal outstanding institutions and scholars, allowing...

  • Jonathan Bachrach Collaborates with Snappy Dance Theater

    Snappy Dance Theater celebrates its 10th anniversary with the world premiere of String Beings, a collaboration with CSAIL research scientist and new media artist Jonathan Bachrach and BSO first violinist Lucia Lin. With real-time video feedback...

  • Pacemaker may avert seizures

    Scientists in the US have developed a treatment for epilepsy that they say could help ­millions of people. Researchers at the ­Massachusetts ­Institute of Technology (MIT) hope to try out the neurological pacemaker, which detects and treats...

  • Loooooooooong Division

    A team of mathematicians has set a new record for factoring a large number into primes, breaking a massive 307-digit number into its three indivisible factors and besting the previous mark by 30 digits. Written as a binary string of zeros and...

  • Newsmaker: Sizing up the coming robotics revolution

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--When it comes to robots, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab is one of the places in the world where the magic happens.

    Read more:http://news.com.com/Sizing+up+...

  • Future doctors could monitor health through music of the patients' genes
    There's musical gene expression (see: Hank Williams the first, second, and third) and musical Gene expression (see: Gene Simmons with his tongue out). And then there's the Musical Gene Expression project at Harvard Medical School, which envisions a...
  • MIT honors humanitarian tech invention

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--The winners of the latest Ideas Competition took on big health issues facing poor countries by doing what most technology innovators do: apply the right mix of intellect, imagination and persistence to the problem.

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  • Eric Mibuari '06 IT analyst founds technology center in Kenya

    Eric Mibuari '06 was not discouraged by the few electrical outlets in the church room donated for the new Laare Community Technology Centre. He'd grown up in Laare, a hilly Kenyan area 200 miles north of Nairobi, so he knew that electricity was...

  • Daniel Jackson to be featured in LensWork Extended

    April 30, 2007 -
    Some photos taken of the Stata Center by CSAILS Prof. Daniel Jackson will be featured this month in LensWork Extended, a publication that focuses on photography and the creative process. Some images are visible...

  • Rodney Brooks - The Past and Future of Behavior Based Robotics

    In this episode we interview Rodney Brooks on behavior based robotics. He talks about how mosquitoes in Thailand caused a fundamental shift in artificial intelligence, how to build robots that sell, and how 50 years from now you'll be fighting...

  • Simpler Programming for Multicore Computers A new programming language could make it easier to write software for multicore mach

    The number of cores--or number-crunching units--in microprocessors is doubling with each generation, providing enormous computing potential for desktops, laptops, and, eventually, handheld gadgets. Current quadcore machines, for example, are...

  • Dertouzos Lecturer Series: Professor Andrew Yao

    April 26, 2007 - Professor Andrew Yao of the University of Tsinghua University gave Dertouzos Lecturer Series Talk titled "Modern theory of Trust-but-Verify"

    Abstract:

    The development of the internet has...

  • PlayStation on MIT curriculum

    PlayStation 101, anyone? For young scholars unafraid of giving their thinking caps a full workout, here is an academic subject to consider: MIT and IBM just announced the completion of a course in which students worked with the microprocessor...

  • CSAIL Members to perform at NEFFA, the weekend for the New England Folk Festival Association

    CSAIL members Prof. David Karger and Dr. Karen Sollins will be performing on April 22nd, 2007 in different dance groups this weekend at NEFFA, the weekend for the New England Folk Festival Association.

    Karen Sollins is a member of the Demo...

  • Five from MIT are Guggenheim Fellows

    Five members of the MIT faculty have been awarded Guggenheim Fellowships for 2007. They are Edmund Bertschinger, astrophysics division head and professor of physics; Erica Funkhouser, poet and lecturer in the Program in Writing and Humanistic...

  • Simile: Real World Challenges Drive Research Forward

    April 10, 2007 - SIMILE (Semantic Interoperability of Metadata and Information in unLike Environments), a collaborative project between MIT Libraries, David Karger, professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at CSAIL, and...

  • Assistive robot adapts to people, new places

    In the futuristic cartoon series "The Jetsons," a robotic maid named Rosie whizzed around the Jetsons' home doing household chores--cleaning, cooking dinner and washing dishes.

    Read more:http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2007/domo.html

  • Researchers 'See' Brain Development

    Large mammals--humans, monkeys, and even cats--have brains with a somewhat mysterious feature: The outermost layer has a folded surface. Understanding the functional significance of these folds is one of the big open questions in neuroscience....

  • For him, Scrabble is a science

    Jason Katz-Brown has been described as having a "certain MIT feel about him." This could refer to the fact that he wears cargo shorts in the dead of winter or the fact that he has a large pink seesaw in his dorm room. Or maybe it's because he has...

  • Nancy Lynch Named Recipient of ACM Award for Contributions to Reliability of Distributed Computing

    NEW YORK, April 5 (AScribe Newswire) -- The ACM Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory (SIGACT) will present its 2007 Knuth Prize to Professor Nancy Lynch of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for her influential...

  • MIT programmers strike gold

    A team of MIT programmers won a gold medal in the world finals of the 31st Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest, held mid-March in Tokyo.

    Read more:http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2007/acm-2.html...

  • Tom Greene will retire after 20 years at MIT

    March 26, 2007 - Until Tom Greene came to MIT 20 years ago in 1987 he always thought of his life in terms of decades, with each one ending like a chapter in a book. Two decades later, on the eve of his retirement, Greene's life no longer...

  • Imara Project: Making a Difference

    March 20, 2007 - Aisha Walcott, a PhD candidate at MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, recently traveled to a rural farming village of Laare, Kenya. This was made possible by a MIT Public Service Center grant to work with...

  • Alumni Spotlight: Lijin Aryananda

    Lijin Aryananda, a recent graduate of CSAIL with Ph.D in humanoid robotics, left the Stata Center in February to pursue a post doctorate in Zurich, Switzerland. In the wake of her departure she left behind three years worth of friends, colleagues...

  • Terra Soft's Yellow Dog Linux: Taking a Power Position

    Terra Soft has claimed a fairly unique platform in the Linux community: Power Architecture computers, among which is Sony's PlayStation 3. More than a game box, the PS3 with Yellow Dog Linux runs as a low-cost home and office personal computer...

  • A Smarter Web - New technologies will make online search more intelligent--and may even lead to a "Web 3.0."

    Last year, Eric Miller, an MIT-affiliated computer scientist, stood on a beach in southern France, watching the sun set, studying a document he'd printed earlier that afternoon. A March rain had begun to fall, and the ink was beginning to smear...

  • Will Machines Ever Be Conscious?

    If only political debates were this interesting. A quick-witted moderator, two opposing but well-behaved thinkers, and a central question any MIT loyalist would love: will humans ever build conscious, volitional, or spiritual machines?

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  • Personalized Medical Monitors

    John Guttag says using computers to automate some diagnostics could make medicine more personal.

    Read more:http://www.technologyreview.com/Biotech/18294/

  • The state of Stata

    (Free Registration Required) Now three years old, the inventive MIT building is meeting many of the goals that were set for it

    Read more:http://www.boston.com/ae/theater_arts/articles/2007/03/11/the_state_of_stata/

  • New center to explore quantum information theory

    What are the ultimate powers of quantum computers, quantum communications and quantum precision measurement systems?

    Read more:http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2007/quantum.html

  • W3C Relaunches HTML Activity

    Recognizing the importance of an open forum for the development of the predominant Web content technology, W3C invites browser vendors, application developers, and content designers to help design the next version of HTML by participating in the...

  • These robots are inspired by ants

    In nature, colonies of ants, sometimes numbering in the millions, work their way back and forth in their nests, moving food, materials and waste for the benefit of the colony.

    Read more:http://www.nj.com/starledger/stories/index.ssf?/base...

  • MacVicar Day celebrates diversity in learning, teaching strategies

    Some people learn better when they are being graded; some do worse. Some like to go over classroom material by saying it out loud to themselves; some like to teach it to others. Some said they learn best when they look, some when they listen and...

  • DARPA Grand Challenge

    March 2, 2007 - A team of 25 MIT faculty, researchers and students, in partnership with Olin College, Draper Laboratories, and Lincoln Laboratory, is working toward what could be the car of the future: a vehicle that drives itself, with...

  • Alumni Biography: Sam Madden

    March 2, 2007 - Sam Madden '99, once an undergraduate in EECS and Masters of Engineering student at MIT, is currently enjoying the view from the other side of the desk as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer...

  • 2007 CSAIL Olympics

    March 2, 2007 - During IAP (independent activities period) each year the Stata Center's typically quiet halls echo with sounds of laughter and cheering as office chairs are raced down hallways, research abstracts are launched in garbage...

  • Tim Berners-Lee testifies before the United States House of Representatives Committee

    Tim Berners-Lee is testifying before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet. Chairman Edward Markey invited him as the sole witness for the first in a...

  • Victor Zue will direct CSAIL

    Victor Zue, co-director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), will become sole director of the lab, effective July 1.

    Read more:http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2007/zue-0214.html

  • Academy of Engineering elects 5 from MIT - MIT News Office

    Academy of Engineering elects 5 from MIT - MIT News Office
    February 14th, 2007
    Five MIT researchers are among the 64 new members of the National Academy of Engineering.

    Read more:http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2007/nae-0214....

  • Doug Ross, 77; developed important computer language

    While still in high school, Doug Ross performed a full assembly program of music he had composed. By his late 20s, he had developed a key computer language and coined the term computer-assisted design. A decade later, he taught MIT's first...

  • Mimicking How the Brain Recognizes Street Scenes

    Scientists in Tomaso Poggio's laboratory at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT developed a computational model of how the brain processes visual information and applied it to a complex, real world task: recognizing the objects in a...

  • Runways aid in robotic vehicle research

    Some day drivers will be able to sit back and relax while their robotic vehicles safely transport them through busy city streets.

    Read more:http://www.townonline.com/weymouth/homepage/8998992727030890495

  • Imara Update

    Laare, Kenya, January 19, 2007 - Aisha Walcott , a CSAIL graduate student, has sent back photographs from her current trip to the Laare Community Technology Centre (LACOTEC) where she is working in conjunction with CSAIL's Imara...

  • It is Not Whether or Not to Audit Elections, But How, as Explained in an analysis from National Election Data Archive

    How many ballots have to be counted to detect vote counting errors that are big enough to change the outcome of an election? With more and more contested elections since 2000, the question is not just academic. According to an analysis by M.I.T....

  • The Future of Robotics

    From vacuum cleaners and lawnmowers to military landmine detectors, robots are becoming increasingly present in our daily lives. Living on Earth's Bruce Gellerman visits MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) to...

  • Autonomous Kayaks

    On the water, cruising along with no paddles or people in sight, the kayaks look like the evidence of a day trip gone wrong. But one day, small robotic vessels like these, piloting themselves and loaded with high-tech gadgetry, could bring...