News Archive 2011

  • New Program Satisfies Particular Taste Buds Finding the best butternut squash ravioli in town or a restaurant with a chic vibe and waterfront views just got easier. A new program developed by CSAIL’s Spoken Language Systems Group parses user reviews on sites like Yelp, extracts pertinent information and then organizes it for easy accessibility. The program relies on information gathered from sentence structure to extract essential...
  • Google and Green Energy Google’s Green Energy Czar Bill Weihl came to the Stata Center Thursday to speak on Green IT as part of CSAIL’s Dertouzos Lecturer Series. Weihl, a former professor of Computer Science at MIT, cut to the heart of the green debate, refuting claims that the Internet makes up a substantial amount of America’s overall energy usage and explaining the importance of using technology,...
  • CSAIL IAP Welcomes Three New Members Chevron, the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and Thermopylae Sciences & Technology (TST) are the newest additions to CSAIL’s Industry Affiliates Program (IAP), a consortium of industry leaders who work in collaboration with CSAIL on groundbreaking computer science and artificial intelligence research.
    The latest additions to the IAP’s coalition are powerhouses...
  • Decoding Vision How does the brain process an image? Research by CSAIL Principal Investigator Ruth Rosenholtz offers a new mathematical model for how the brain summarizes information received from the retina. According to Rosenholtz’s model, the brain creates a statistical summary of each different aspect of the image at hand, while most models show the brain identifying boundaries, alignment and placing...
  • Winston Offering IAP on Speaking SkillsCSAIL Principal Investigator Patrick Henry Winston is hosting How To Speak this Friday from 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. in room 6-120 as part of MIT’s Independent Activities Period. The talk will offer attendees assistance with everything from lecture presentations to these defenses to oral exams and job interviews. During this course, Professor Winston will present a set of rules to follow when...
  • Symposium To Explore Scene Understanding Researchers are invited to attend the fifth Scene Understanding Symposium (SUnS’11), which will feature speakers and presentations focusing on scene understanding and special cognition, object recognition, attention, visual search and much more. The Symposium will take place on Friday, January 28 from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences Auditorium at MIT, 46-...
  • Olympic Kickoff this Afternoon Have you always dreamed of climbing to the top spot on the Olympic podium? Can’t wait for the 2012 London Games? If so, you’re in luck as CSAIL’s own version of this famed competition kicks off this afternoon at 4:30 pm in the G9 lounge. The opening ceremony will feature free pizza and Trivial Pursuit hosted by Professor Randy Davis.
    The festivities continue later this...
  • Qualcomm Awarding Fellowships to EECS PhD Students Looking for funding for a new and unique research project? MIT EECS PhD students are invited to apply for a Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QInF), which will be awarded to students presenting fresh ideas for new research. Qualcomm will be awarding $800,000 in fellowships to eight winning teams (teams are to be made up of two PhD students). Applications are due February 15, 2011 and must include...
  • New Algorithm Could Speed Information Sharing In the never-ending quest for how to disseminate large amounts of information as quickly and efficiently as possible, CSAIL postdoc Keren Censor-Hillel has discovered a way to avoid the information traffic jams bottlenecks often create in ad-hoc networks. Censor-Hillel and Hadas Shachnai of Technion – Israel Institute of Technology presented a new algorithm at the 2011 ACM-SIAM Symposium on...
  • Researchers and Industry Members Invited to NEDB Summit On Friday, January 28, from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., members of the research and industry communities will gather for the Fourth Annual New England Database Summit (NEDB), which will be held in room 32-123 at the Stata Center. Sponsored by Microsoft and Vertica, researchers and industry affiliates are welcome to come share ideas, current research and past experiences at this conference. Keynote speakers...
  • Zooming in With Computational Photography CSAIL Spotlight imageRemember the Polaroid camera- that black box capable of spitting out an image within seconds of snapping the shutter? Once the star of social gatherings, a Polaroid camera now sits on a shelf in Bill Freeman’s office at CSAIL, a relic of a time gone by. The world of photography has transformed dramatically since Freeman worked for Polaroid in the field of electronic imaging during the 1980s...