News Archive 2008

  • Airborne Robots to be Used in Predicting Weather Patterns

    As winter sets in with a vengeance in New England, the weather is once again foremost in people’s minds. Damage prevention and safe, efficient travel are among the many reasons why more accurate weather prediction would be a valuable technology...

  • W3C Launches Mobile Open Source Checker

    Those who are frustrated by accessibility issues when browsing the web on iPhones or G1s may not have to wait much longer for relief. The World Wide Web Consortium, headed by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has just released a tool called the W3C mobileOK...

  • Abelson’s Mobile Applications Class: A Recap

    Earlier in the year, we ran a quick story on Professor Hal Abelson’s course in mobile applications. Now, at the end of the semester, we’re returning to the course to see what was...

  • Kerberos Garners Coveted Technology Prize

    The Institute has been awarded the Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration for developing, implementing and supporting Kerberos, the widely employed network authentication system. The award, which carries with it $100,000 in prize money, is...

  • Devadas Wins Prestigious ID Trail Blazer Award

    At the 2008 ID World International Congress in Milan, CSAIL Professor Srini Devadas was honored as this year’s ID Trail Blazer for his work on unclonable silicon chips. Dr. Devadas is also co-founder and CTO of Verayo Inc.

    The technology...

  • CSAIL’S Weitzner Tapped for Tech Position in Obama Administration

    Late last month, CSAIL PI Daniel Weitzner was chosen as part of a group who will oversee President-elect Barack Obama’s “innovation agenda.” The group’s agenda is designed to...

  • Founding Father of AI Oliver Selfridge Dies at 82

    Oliver Selfridge, one of the leading lights in the early days of artificial intelligence, died Wednesday in Boston. Born in 1926, Selfridge attended Middlesex School in Concord and graduated from MIT at the age of 19 with a degree in mathematics...

  • CSAIL Researchers Discuss Illusion Vs. Reality of Robotics

    In Monday’s New York Times, a few CSAIL PIs sat down to offer their views on the robotics revolution – the real, the fake, and even the Jetsons.

    For the average child who grew up on Saturday morning cartoons, it was a tragedy to...

  • iGem Jamboree Spurs Collaboration, Innovation

    On November 8th and 9th, CSAIL played host to the fifth annual International Genetically Modified Machines (or iGem) Jamboree. Drawing on the talents of teams from 21 countries around the world, the Jamboree aims to foster creativity in...

  • Lampson Joins Experts Urging Technological Development in Troubled Times

    At the 2008 Zhongguancun Forum in Beijing (Nov. 14th), the topics of discussion were innovation, development and international cooperation in advanced technology. In the current economic climate, special attention was paid to responsible,...

  • CSAIL Co-Hosts Regulatory Genomics Conference

    From October 29th to November 2nd, MIT played host to a series of meetings in the area of regulatory genomics. The conference was a combination of the 5th annual RECOMB Satellite on Regulatory Genomics, the 4th annual RECOMB Satellite on Systems...

  • CSAIL Entrepreneur Driving Innovation in Economic Downturn

    With the global economy spiraling downwards, the tech sector has proven to be one of the rare bright spots of expansion and growth. The diversity of the market and the nature of the products being generated is a powerful insurance against the...

  • Researchers Seek to Understand How the Brain Sees

    CSAIL Professor Polina Golland is attempting to decipher the way in which the brain responds to different types of visual objects. Current efforts to tackle the problem are based on the assumption that the areas of the brain which recognize...

  • Researchers Pioneer Innovative Voting Technology

    On November 4th, as the nation prepared to elect its new president, a parallel test of electoral integrity was taking place within CSAIL. A new open source voting technology, known as Scantegrity II, has been developed by an international...

  • In the Final Days, The Candidates' Views on Technology

    This political season, the MIT News Office has devoted a fair amount of time to examining the platforms and views of each candidate for United States President. One recent installment features CSAIL Professor Hal Abelson, along with Harry R....

  • CSAIL Hosts Second IAP Event

    On October 29th, CSAIL hosted the fall meeting of its Industrial Affiliate Program. The all-day event, held in Kiva, was a chance for industry representatives to meet upcoming CSAIL graduates. It also gave them a chance to learn more about the...

  • IAP Welcomes Its Newest Member: Coatue

    Last week, CSAIL’S Industry Affiliate Program gained its newest member, Coatue Management. Based in New York, the company manages investments on behalf of both institutional investors and nonprofit organizations, among others. In its eight years...

  • CSAIL Director Weighs In On Tech Policy For Next President

    As the presidential election draws nearer, more attention is beginning to be paid to the solutions the next administration will use to advance both policy goals and the state of the art. Computerworld magazine recently asked a group of technology...

  • Berners-Lee is Top Agenda-Setter

    Silicon.com has chosen World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee as its number one Agenda Setter in 2008. Berners-Lee is director of the World Wide Web Consortium, which works to develop standards, software, and specifications to contribute to...

  • Family Weekend Comes to CSAIL

    On Friday, October 17, CSAIL played host to relatives of MIT students from around the country and the world. Family Weekend, organized in conjunction with the MIT Parents Association, is a weekend-long series of classes, receptions, tours,...

  • Cisco CEO Brings Vision, Spark to CSAIL Visit

    On October 15th, John Chambers of Cisco Systems visited MIT as part of a push towards greater synergy and collaboration between the two entities. Founded in San Francisco in 1984, Cisco has grown into one of the leading distributors of networking...

  • CSAIL Student Julie Shah Wins Distinction in Student Paper Competition

    At the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS), held September 14-18 in Sydney, Australia, Julie Shah took top honors in the Best Student Paper category for her work on mixed human/robot task coordination.

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  • CarTel Circumvents Gridlock, Avoids Delays

    A mobile-sensor network known as CarTel hopes to revolutionize the way traffic is understood, analyzed and (hopefully) avoided. The project is driven (excuse the pun) by CSAIL professors Hari Balakrishnan and Samuel Madden, in collaboration with...

  • Arvind Continues MIT Tradition with Induction into NAE

    CSAIL Professor Arvind, along with Robert Armstrong of the MIT Energy Initiative, was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering early this month. The NAE, founded in 1964, honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the field...

  • CSAIL Researchers Use Brain as Guide

    A group of researchers will be working towards greater efficiency in the way man-made electrodes influence and gather information about cellular activity. Professor Russ Tedrake, along with Alexandre Megretski and H. Sebastian Seung of MIT and...

  • Abelson’s Android Class Sparks Interest, Bears Fruit

    Professor Hal Abelson’s experimental course from spring 2008 (“Building Mobile Applications with Android”) has been renewed for the fall. Now titled “Building Mobile Applications,” enrollment has doubled and the range of devices it will work with...

  • Tilera Blazes New Trail in Custom Chip Architecture

    The TilePro family of chips, launched at the end of September by the manufacturer Tilera, is causing a stir in the microprocessor world. The new technology seeks to circumvent the limits of communication imposed on more traditional chip...

  • Researchers Bring Robotics into Wheelchair Field

    A new concept now in testing could make assisted navigation more seamless than ever: the autonomous wheelchair. CSAIL member Nick Roy, Assistant Professor in Aero/Astro, along with CSAIL Professor Seth Teller and Bryan Reimer from MIT's AgeLab,...

  • Epoch Foundation Visit

    On Wednesday, September 24th, CSAIL played host to a delegation from Taiwan’s Epoch Foundation. After being introduced by Director Victor Zue, professors Antonio Torralba, Seth Teller, Dina Katabi, Ron Rivest and John Guttag each presented an...

  • CSAIL Professor Pioneers Free-Range Cattle Fence

    Professor Daniela Rus is exploring the challenges of penning in an animal that, by definition, needs room to stretch its legs. In doing so, they are subtly redefining the concept entirely. Since a fence is essentially a behavior regulation device...

  • CSAIL PhD Students’ Thesis Work Honored

    This week, four CSAIL PhD candidates received the George M. Sprowls Award for the best doctoral theses in computer science. The award focuses on promoting excellence in computer science research and presentation.

    This year’s honorees are...

  • Microsoft Think Tank Opens Its Doors

    Microsoft Research New England has just become the latest lab for the software giant. The center, which is already working in conjunction with CSAIL, has an eye towards advancing the fields of computer science and the social sciences and...

  • CSAIL IAP Welcomes Newest Member Mathworks

    The Mathworks company has just become the twenty-first member of the consortium that forms CSAIL’s Industry Affiliate Program. Based in Natick, the academic powerhouse developed, among other things, the influential computing environment MATLAB....

  • Future CSAIL Faculty Member is Awarded Game Theory Prize

    A paper entitled “The Complexity of Computing a Nash Equilibrium,” co-authored by Costantinos Daskalakis, has received recognition by the Game Theory Society. The Game Theory and Computer Science Prize 2008 is the first of a series of prizes to...

  • Rod Brooks Takes Robotics in a New Direction

    After 24 years with the Institute, CSAIL founding Director Rod Brooks is on to the next challenge. His new startup, Heartland Robotics, aims to be at the forefront of what Brooks sees as a coming revolution in the way robots will be used in daily...

  • CSAIL Professor’s Accomplishments Celebrated in Technical Symposium

    NEC Professor of Software Science and Engineering Nancy Lynch was honored in late August at a series of joint lectures, co-hosted by the Principles of Distributed Computing and the International Conference on Concurrency Technology. The symposium...

  • Verayo Launches, Introduces Security Solutions Based on "Unclonable" Silicon Chips

    New Security Technology Exploits Uniqueness of Individual Silicon Chips for Authentication and Secret Key Generation
    PALO ALTO, Calif. — Verayo, a security and authentication technology provider, today introduced security solutions based on...

  • New Book Questions Privacy in the Digital Age

    Digital data is everywhere – and so, by definition, are its traces. It is in your cell phone calls, your social networking pages, your inbox, and even in the GPS tracker in your car. CSAIL professor Hal Abelson wants to know if, in today's...

  • 'Locale' will let Android cell phones adjust to surroundings

    A team of MIT students walked away from their spring-semester course with a lot more than just an A and six credits: They just won a $275,000 top prize from Google for the application they developed for the company's new open-source Android cell-...

  • Rod Brooks Details What’s to Come in the Future of Robotics

    CSAIL professor Rod Brooks sat down for an interview with Katie Baker at Newsweek in order to outline his vision of the directions that robotics will take going forward. Brooks, also the cofounder and CTO of iRobot, became an MIT faculty member...

  • CSAIL Researchers Pioneer Privacy of Medical Records

    Google's announcement last fall that it would be making health records available online touched off a flurry of concerns about patient privacy in the digital age. Now MIT researchers have developed a piece of software that will help to assuage...

  • W3C Makes Web a Friendlier Place

    On July 29th, the World Wide Web Consortium took another step towards making internet access easier on mobile devices. The W3C, which is housed in CSAIL’s Stata Center, is attempting to streamline the process of remote Web access by standardizing...

  • Young Scientist Competition Winner Takes a Look Inside Stata

    On July 28th, 2008, Young Scientist Competition winner David McCarthy and his family toured CSAIL, affording them a chance to look behind the scenes at the lab. McCarthy’s project, “Variation on single instruction computer,” was selected as the...

  • Fourth Annual NASA Robotics Academy visits CSAIL for the day

    On Monday, July 21, CSAIL hosted a group from NASA’s Robotics Academy to tour the lab and find out more about what MIT has to offer; this year marks the fourth year of the Academy’s partnership with CSAIL. Assistant Director of Infrastructure...

  • CSAIL Developing Spoken Language Browser

    Despite the growing popularity of audio and video content on the Web, it can be challenging to find them. Most typical search functions can only handle text-based materials, making it very difficult to locate audio or video files without some...

  • CSAIL Professor's Teach Autonomous Robot Challenge Class
  • The Center for Robotics: Intelligence in ActionCSAIL Spotlight image

    The CSAIL Center for Robotics brings together leading experts in robotics who are engaged in research aimed at creating robots that can drive cars, walk, fly, or swim; grasp and assemble arbitrary objects; perceive the world and find their way in...

  • Outreach: Empowerment through education and technologyCSAIL Spotlight image

    The leaders of CSAIL’s outreach programs often get asked the question, “Why is a research lab doing outreach?”

    The answer is quite simple, according to CSAIL Assistant Director Jack Costanza, who is primarily responsible...

  • CSAIL & Nokia: Dial “C” for CollaborationCSAIL Spotlight image

    Over the past four decades, CSAIL has partnered with numerous companies. Yet none of them have been quite like the Nokia and CSAIL collaboration known as Mobile Ecosystem 2012. In fact, CSAIL has worked with Nokia a number of times in the past,...

  • W3C: Maintaining a Web of HumanityCSAIL Spotlight image

    While the “C” in CSAIL stands for computer, it’s not solely what goes on inside a computer that CSAIL researchers care about – especially when what’s running on the computer is the World Wide Web. “When you...