News Archive 2011

  • Winston Featured on Studio 360 CSAIL Professor Patrick Winston’s work creating a computer system that can think and reason like a human has been profiled on the Public Radio International program Studio 360. In the show, Winston details his work with the Genesis system, in particular his research building a system that can understand stories like Shakespeare’s Macbeth in an effort to develop a computer that can...
  • Self-Aware Computing Named World Changing Idea Scientific American has named the self-aware computing concept pioneered by Project Angstrom researchers as one of the “10 World Changing Ideas” in the magazine’s December 2011 edition. Project Angstrom, which is dedicated to developing new computer architectures able to handle the challenges of exascale computing, is led by CSAIL researchers in collaboration with researchers...
  • MIT Announces New Online Learning Initiative MIT has launched a new online learning initiative dubbed “MITx”. Through MITx, individuals worldwide will be able to participate in interactive, online classes taught by MIT professors, and receive feedback and assessment on their progress. Students who demonstrate mastery of subjects will be able to earn a certificate of completion from MITx.
     
    Professor Anant Agarwal, director...
  • CSAIL Researchers Receive Sigcomm Best Paper Award Several CSAIL researchers were awarded an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Sigcomm Best Paper Award for their publication, “They Can Hear Your Heartbeats: Non-Invasive Security for Implanted Medical Devices.” The paper was written by CSAIL Principal Investigator and Associate Professor Dina Katabi, UMass Associate Professor and CSAIL Visiting Scientist Kevin Fu, CSAIL...
  • Gifford Named ACM FellowCSAIL Principal Investigator David Gifford has been named an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) fellow. Gifford was honored for his “contributions to distributed systems, e-commerce and content distribution.”
     
    Gifford, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, develops new machine learning techniques and algorithms to model the transcriptional...
  • Arvind Unveils New Chip Design CSAIL Principal Investigator and Professor Arvind, CSAIL graduate student Myron King and former graduate student Nirav Dave will present a new system that enables hardware designers to specify, in a single programming language, all the functions they want a device to perform at the Association for Computing Machinery’s 17th International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming...
  • Kellis Wins Niki Award CSAIL Principal Investigator Manolis Kellis, an associate professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been awarded the 2011 Niki Award by the Athens Information Technology (AIT) Center of Excellence for Research and Education. The award, which is presented annually, honors prominent Greeks or personalities of Greek descent who are internationally recognized...
  • CSAIL Research Featured on 'This Could Be BIG' Check out CSAIL’s work developing smarter and smoother robotic arms on ABC and Yahoo’s This Could Be BIG. In the episode, CSAIL and LIDS graduate student Sertac Karaman and CSAIL graduate student Jenny Barry demonstrate an algorithm developed to help autonomous robots execute tasks in a more predictable and efficient manner for host Bill Weir.
     
    Watch the episode here: http://...
  • Spotlight on CSAIL's Nicholas Roy CSAIL Associate Professor Nicholas Roy is focused on developing machine learning systems that can navigate the real world.
     
    A new MIT News piece chronicles Roy’s work, from his first experience with robotics as an undergraduate at McGill University to his first research project at MIT designing a robot that can estimate its position and fly through an open window. Current research of...
  • Peh Named ACM Distinguished Scientist CSAIL Principal Investigator Li-Shiuan Peh has been named an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Distinguished Scientist. The ACM Distinguished Scientist award recognizes ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience (including some education experience) and five years of continuous Professional Membership who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a...
  • Collaboration Prompts New Multicore Course The development of a simple computing platform called Beehive at Microsoft Research has become the foundation of a new course at MIT: 6.173 Multicore Systems Laboratory. Originally designed as a low-cost platform meant to spark innovation in computer architecture research, the Beehive system was used during a 2010 IAP course taught by CSAIL Professor Frans Kaashoek, Co-Director Chris Terman...
  • Theory of Computation Group Announces Simons FellowshipThe Theory of Computation (TOC) group at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT is seeking candidates for a post-doctoral position in the general area of the theory of computation. Applicants in all areas of theory are encouraged to apply, including (but not exclusive to) algorithms, complexity theory, combinatorial optimization, cryptography, distributed...
  • FastRunner Takes Off Check out this video of the FastRunner being developed by CSAIL Principal Investigator Russ Tedrake in collaboration with researchers at the Florida Institute of Human and Machine Cognition. Sporting legs fashioned by studying the movements of ostrich legs, the test leg for Fast Runner can currently run at 27 miles per hour. FastRunner should eventually be able to run up to 30-50 miles an hour,...
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  • MegaMIMO Wins Elevator Pitch Contest In just 60 short seconds, CSAIL graduate student Hariharan Shankar Rahul made the case for MegaMIMO, a new Wi-Fi optimization system that solves the problem of overcrowded and overloaded wireless networks. As the first finalist asked to pitch his business plan during the final round of MIT’s $100K Elevator Pitch Contest, Rahul had to wait for almost an hour after his presentation, wondering...
  • Oliva Explores New Ground in Computational Perception Traversing a busy street, entering a new building and locating the elevator may seem like simple tasks, mainly because you don’t notice all the heavy lifting your brain undertakes when absorbing and reacting to your visual surroundings so that you don’t crash into walls or get hit by a car. For years CSAIL Principal Investigator Aude Oliva has studied human visual intelligence, how...
  • CSAIL Students Honored For Outstanding Doctoral Theses Six CSAIL students were recently named winners of the George M. Sprowls Award for the best doctoral theses in computer science. A committee consisting of CSAIL Principal investigators Daniel Jackson, Antonio Torralba, Costis Daskalakis, Dana Moshkovitz and Nickolai Zeldovich selected the award-winning theses, with help from CSAI Principal Investigators Bill Freeman, Tommi Jaakkola, Leslie...
  • Lee’s Artwork Featured in Dana-Farber Holiday Cards The artwork of CSAIL staff member Sally Lee will bring holiday cheer to many this year, as one of Lee’s illustrations has been selected for the Dana-Farber Holiday 2011 Collection. Lee’s illustration, Santa’s Glee, will be available for purchase as a holiday greeting card, and all sales will benefit Dana Farber and the Jimmy Fund.
     
    Lee is an award-winning author and...
  • Clark Receives Lifetime Achievement Award CSAIL Senior Research Scientist David Clark has been presented with the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant contributions to the development of the Internet. The award was presented at a Gala Dinner celebrating the 10th anniversary of the OII in September.
     
  • Abelson Named SIGCSE Award Winner CSAIL Principal Investigator Harold (Hal) Abelson has been named the recipient of the 2012 SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education. The award is presented annually in recognition of significant contributions to computer science education.
     
  • New High-Res Map of Human Genome Unveiled
    Four new papers co-authored by researchers from Associate Professor Manolis Kellis' Computational Biology group at CSAIL unveil a new high-resolution picture of the human genome that should prove useful in better understanding human biology and disease. By carefully examining and comparing the genomes of 29 different mammals, Kellis, a principal investigator at CSAIL, and collaborators around...
  • David Culler Speaking on IT & Sustainable Energy Infrastructure Solutions to sustainability problems could be addressed through applying computational techniques, according to CSAIL researchers.  This fall, the Seminar on Computational Methods for Sustainability will explore the role of computation in solving problems of sustainability, such as energy consumption, developing new chemical processes, and solving large-scale resource allocation problems....
  • Liskov receives Katayanagi Prize for Research Excellence CSAIL Principal Investigator Barbara Liskov has been awarded a Katayanagi Prize for Research Excellence. The Katayanagi Prizes in Computer Science are awarded annually to the best and brightest researchers in the field of computer science, presented by Carnegie Mellon University and endowed by Japanese entrepreneur and education advocate Koh Katayanagi.
     
    Liskov, an Institute Professor at...
  • Researchers Push Towards New Frontiers in Computer Vision In August, researchers from academia and industry gathered to discuss the past, present and future of the field of computer vision during the Frontiers in Computer Vision Workshop at the Stata Center. Unlike many academic workshops, where the overriding goal is to facilitate discussion and collaboration on innovative research, the Frontiers in Computer Vision Workshop was designed to help define...
  • CSAIL's Boris Katz On NPR What does Apple’s new Siri iPhone system, billed as an intelligent assistant, mean for the future of artificial intelligence? Siri allows users to speak with their iPhone, using voice commands to send messages and schedule meetings and reminders, as well as search for restaurant recommendations and directions. 
     
    CSAIL Principal Research Scientist Boris Katz spoke with NPR about...
  • A Fond Farewell for CSAIL's Ladybug Known as a good luck charm in some cultures and a boon to the plant world thanks to its pest-eating abilities, CSAIL has been lucky enough to have its own “ladybug” since the lab’s inception in 2003. Keeping a friendly watch over CSAIL’s front desk in Headquarters, Anne Lawthers, or “Ladybug,” has welcomed many to the lab with warmth and sincerity.
     
    After...
  • Computer Science Gives A Boost To Heart HealthFor immediate release: September 28, 2011
    Contact: Abby Abazorius, CSAIL
    Email: abbya@csail.mit.edu phone: 617-324-9135

     

    Researchers from MIT CSAIL, the University of Michigan, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and Harvard Medical School have developed a new tool that can more accurately determine risk of death in patients who have suffered a heart attack. Results of the...
  • Election Integrity Event this Saturday The CalTech/MIT Voting Technology Project (VTP) is holding a one-day seminar called Election Integrity: Past, Present and Future this Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Stata Center. Admission is free, although participants are asked to pre-register at: http://vote.caltech.edu/drupal/.
     
  • Barzilay Featured as Innovator by Bloomberg Businessweek CSAIL Professor Regina Barzilay’s work has been a driving force for change in developing computer systems that can comprehend natural human language and not just code.
     
    “I want to see the computer benefit directly from human knowledge, without having a person in the middle who does a translation,” said Barzilay, during an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek....
  • Quanta and CSAIL Explore the Cloud Thanks to Quanta Computer, Inc., CSAIL researchers now have access to a mini cloud, a significant contribution to the lab’s research infrastructure.
     
    According to Dr. Ted Chang, Quanta’s CTO, the mini cloud donation is intended to support cloud computing and academic research, and to serve as a “platform to support the T-Party project,” CSAIL’s collaborative...
  • Exploring Watson  
    IBM researcher Gerald Tesauro came to CSAIL Thursday evening to share IBM’s work teaching Watson superhuman strategies for its Jeopardy! challenge. Tesauro, who is widely known for his work developing a self-teaching neural network that learned to play backgammon, explained how IBM leveraged its Deep Blue question answering technology to make Watson a Jeopardy! champion
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  • New Seminar Explores Computational Sustainability On Thursday, September 15 at 3 p.m., the Seminar on Computational Methods for Sustainability commences with Professor Sanjay Sarma speaking on Infrared Street Scanning. This new series, organized by Professor Brian Williams, Postdoctoral Fellow J. Zico Kolter and graduate student Youssef Marzouk, explores the role of computation in solving problems of sustainability, such as energy consumption,...
  • Remembering Danny Lewin MIT is the type of places where students are expected to be exceptional, but even in the midst of a student population considered to be the cream of the crop, Daniel Lewin stood out as extraordinary. Lewin, who is best known for his role as co-founder at Akamai Technologies, Inc., was killed on-board American Airlines Flight 11 on September 11. Although his life was cut short at age 31, he...
  • CSAIL Welcomes New Students Incoming graduate students were welcomed to CSAIL last Friday with a new student orientation session and an ice cream social. Students eagerly gathered in the Stata Center Friday afternoon to learn more about their new home for the next few years.
     
    CSAIL Director Anant Agarwal welcomed students by providing a brief overview of the lab and some of the legendary thinkers and inventors who...
  • Andrew Lo Joins CSAIL This summer CSAIL welcomes a world-renowned economist and the lab’s first full-time member from Sloan: Professor Andrew Lo, the Harris & Harris Group Professor of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management and director of MIT’s Laboratory for Financial Engineering. While the fields of computer science and artificial intelligence may seem atypical for the work of an economist,...
  • Michael Dertouzos Memorial Website Launched August 27, 2011 marks the 10-year anniversary of the passing of Professor Michael Dertouzos, longtime director of the Lab for Computer Science. At this time, all are invited to take a moment

    to pause and reflect upon the life of a legendary leader, an influential technologist and a compassionate humanitarian at a new website created in his memory.

     

    To read more on...
  • MERS Tackles The Human-Robot DivideCSAIL Spotlight imageYou might not have to wait until 2062 to travel to work in an aerocar like George Jetson, thanks to work currently underway at CSAIL. An autonomous personal air taxi capable of ferrying you to Paris by 5pm with a flyover of London may sound futuristic, but it is a current project of CSAIL Principal Investigator Brian Williams and his Model-based Embedded and Robotic Systems (MERS) group.
  • Berners-Lee Inducted Into AI Hall of Fame
  • Ensuring Wireless Safety
  • CSAIL Welcomes New Principal Investigators CSAIL welcomed several new Principal Investigators to its ranks this summer including Principal Research Scientist Judy Brewer, Assistant Professor Adam Chlipala, Harris & Harris Group Professor of Finance Andrew Lo, Associate Professor Aude Oliva, Assistant Professor Julie Shah, and Professor Nir Shavit.
  • Adelson Makes Advances In 3-D Imaging CSAIL Professor Edward Adelson has premiered a new way to create 3-D images with a simple, portable imaging system. The system, called GelSight, can currently register physical features less than a micrometer in depth and about two micrometers across, and produce 3-D models of an object that can be manipulated on a computer screen.
    GelSight could prove useful in everything from medicine to...
  • CLRS Celebrates 500,000 Copies CSAIL members gathered on Thursday, August 4 to celebrate the sale of 500,000 copies of the textbook Introduction to Algorithms written by Professor Thomas Cormen, CSAIL Professor Charles Leiserson, CSAIL Professor Ronald Rivest and Professor Clifford Stein. The book is currently in its third edition, and has sold a half million copies since its initial publication, including 15 translations by...
  • BakeBot Whips Up Some CookiesThe process of creaming butter and sugar, mixing in a handful of dry ingredients and sprinkling in chocolate chips to make cookies is a recipe simple enough for most humans to follow, but for a robot it is a complex task that requires hours of hierarchical planning by roboticists and real-time planning by the robot.
    Graduate student Mario Bollini, a member of Professor Daniela Rus’...
  • Shah Returns To CSAIL Assistant Professor Julie Shah completed her undergraduate, graduate and PhD degrees at MIT, thus when she was offered a position as an assistant professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics accepting the job was easy.
    “MIT is just one of those places where there’s never a dull day,” said Shah. “I also have wonderful mentors and great collaborators here, so it wasn’t a hard...
  • Cummings Makes Appearance on ‘Colbert Report’ Stephen Colbert took a stab at operating a micro aerial vehicle with a smart phone Wednesday evening when Associate Professor Mary (Missy) Cummings was a featured guest on The Colbert Report. During her appearance, Cummings explained her work with semi-autonomous flying drones as a principal investigator at CSAIL and as the director of the Humans and Automation Lab at MIT.
    Cummings’...
  • CSAIL Robots Take Center StageTwo flying robots developed in Professor Daniela Rus’ Distributed Robotics Lab are enjoying some time in the spotlight this summer as they perform at the Joyce Theater with the modern dance company Pilobolus. In a piece called “Seraph,” the two robots interact with a dancer during an exploration of the human-machine relationship, set to a selection from Schubert’s Trio No...
  • Zue Reflects On Time As Director Sitting in his office on the fourth floor of the Stata Center, Delta Electronics Professor Victor Zue smiled mischievously when asked about the biggest challenge of leading CSAIL, MIT’s largest interdepartmental laboratory.
    “The simple word is ‘big,’” he said with a laugh. “The fact that it’s huge makes the work very daunting. If I want to talk to each...
  • It’s Not All Fun and Games A computer system developed by Associate Professor Regina Barzilay, her graduate student S.R.K Branavan and David Silver of University College London has demonstrated the ability to learn language through playing a complex computer game. The system, which had no prior knowledge of how to play “Civilization” or the language in which the game’s instructions were written, was able to infer the...
  • The Invention of E-MailA five-part series in the New York Times last month explored the invention of e-mail, and the development of computer science as a field of study, at MIT. To read this trip through one family’s history and MIT’s beginnings in computer science with Project MAC, check out http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/19/did-my-brother-invent-e-....
  • Red Socks Sendoff For Zue CSAIL members gathered in the amphitheater of the Stata Center recently to honor departing Director Victor Zue. Lab members turned out garbed in knee-high red socks for a lab-wide photo as a memento for Zue. In addition to a very successful tenure as director, Zue made a mark for often being spotted in his signature red socks.
    For more red socks photos, visit http://projects.csail.mit.edu/...