News Archive 2012

  • DRL Dances With Umbrellas The Distributed Robotics Lab (DRL) at CSAIL joined forces with modern dance company Pilobolus for the second time this fall to light up the nighttime sky when the two premiered their latest work, UP: The Umbrella Project at the PopTech Conference.
  • Dennis Awarded IEEE John von Neumann Medal Professor Jack Dennis, a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been named the recipient of the 2013 IEEE John von Neumann Medal. Dennis was honored, “For fundamental abstractions to implement protection in operating systems and for the dataflow programming paradigm.”
  • Miller Develops New Online Learning Tool A new online learning tool developed by Professor and CSAIL Principal Investigator Rob Miller brings "the crowd" into online education.
  • Education Goes Mobile Professor Hal Abelson is looking to increase access to education through a new medium: mobile technology.
  • Joshi Awarded Best Student Paper Prize Dr. Rohit Joshi, a postdoctoral associate in Professor Peter Szolovits’ Clinical Decision Making Group (http://groups.csail.mit.edu/medg/people/psz/home/Pete_MEDG_site/Home.html), has been awarded the best student paper prize at the 2012 American Medical Informatics Association’s Annual Symposium.
  • Sollins Named 2012 AAAS Fellow Dr. Karen Sollins, a principal research scientist at CSAIL, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
  • Sibling Power Siblings Andrew and Jennifer Barry have not only managed to maintain a close friendship into their adult years, but are also both studying robotics at CSAIL.
  • Andrew Howard Launches 2012-2013 Dertouzos Series On Thursday, November 15, CSAIL members enjoyed a virtual trip into space thanks to Dr. Andrew Howard, the first Dertouzos Lecturer of CSAIL’s 2012-2013 series.
  • Engadget Spotlights CSAIL RoboticsEngadget has featured new research from Brian Williams’ Model-based Embedded and Robotics Systems Group at CSAIL, focusing on the group’s work to increase collaboration between robots and humans.
  • Engadget Spotlights CSAIL Research
  • Discovery Channel Features MERS Research The Discovery Channel has featured new work from Professor Brian Williams’ Model-based Embedded and Robotics Systems Group at CSAIL on its Daily Planet show.
  • Discover Channel Features MERS Research
  • EETimes Names Wireless@MIT A Visionary To Watch EETimes has named the MIT Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing (Wireless@MIT) as one of its 10 electronic visionaries to watch.
  • EETimes Names Wireless@MIT A Visionary To Watch
  • Flying Like the BirdsCSAIL Spotlight imageHow does a bird handle the wind, hanging effortlessly while battered by gusts and darting through clusters of trees with seamless precision? Associate Professor Russ Tedrake wants to understand how birds can operate under such conditions and create machines that can do the same. His current goal is to develop an aircraft that can fly like a bird, darting through trees and narrowly avoiding obstacles during fast-paced flight.
  • Zue Awarded Okawa Prize Victor Zue, the Delta Electronics Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and the director of International Relations for CSAIL, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Okawa Prize.
  • CSAIL Team Honored for Printable RobotThis past summer, the African Robotics Network (AFRON) challenged roboticists around the world to design a new class of robot, one that could be easily integrated into classrooms around the world. SEG, a robot designed by CSAIL Director Daniela Rus’ Distributed Robotics Lab, took third prize in the traditional (roaming) category of the competition.
  • Computer Science Students Look to Twitter for Clues on ElectionA new research project by computer science students at MIT and the University of Chicago takes a new look at voter sentiment by analyzing the sentiments of social media users on Twitter.
  • Making Better Sense of Medical Records New research out of CSAIL’s Clinical Decision Making Group should make it easier and more efficient for computers to parse electronic medical records.
  • Epoch Foundation Visits CSAIL During Biennial MIT Trip The Epoch Foundation, an organization of more than a dozen Taiwanese conglomerates, recently made its biennial visit to MIT. During the weeklong visit, representatives of the Foundation came to CSAIL for an afternoon of exploration of some of the latest cutting-edge computer science research underway at the lab.
  • CSAIL Team Selected for DARPA Robotic ChallengeA team of researchers from CSAIL has been selected to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC).
  • CSAIL & QCRI Announce New Research Collaboration The MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), today announced a new joint research program aimed at advancing the field of computer science.
  • Weitzner Honored for Work With Online Privacy CSAIL Principal Research Scientist Daniel Weitzner has been named to the 2012 Newsweek Daily Beast Digital Power Index.
  • CSAIL Launches New Center To Tackle Future of Wireless and Mobile Technologies MIT today inaugurated a new interdisciplinary center dedicated to developing the next generation of wireless networks and mobile devices. Headquartered at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and known as Wireless@MIT, the Center will be a focal point for wireless research at MIT and will address some of the most important challenges facing the wireless and mobile computing fields.
  • NPR Explores Wireless@MIT
  • CRN Reports on Wireless@MIT Launch
  • Boston Globe On Wireless@MIT
  • Rivest Named to Cyber Security Hall of Fame Ronald Rivest, the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Computer Science in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been named to the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame.
  • CSAIL Researchers Unveil New Automatic Mapping System A new paper by CSAIL research scientist Maurice Fallon, Professor John Leonard, Professor Seth Teller, and CSAIL graduate students Hordur Johannsson and Jonathan Brookshire details a new method for tracking movement inside a building.
  • CSAIL Members Invited to Yoga Classes CSAIL members are invited to attend community Yoga on Tuesdays at 5:15 PM in 32-G882.
  • Guttag’s Research Featured in Big Data Book New research by Professor and CSAIL Principal Investigator John Guttag and Professor Collin Stultz into using computer science techniques to predict a patient’s risk of death following a heart attack is featured in famed photographer Rick Smolan’s new book on big data.
  • Guttag's Research Featured in Big Data Book
  • Lo Named Nash Distinguished Lecturer CSAIL Principal Investigator Andrew Lo has been named a 2012 Nash Distinguished Lecturer by Carnegie Mellon University.
  • CSAIL Research Examines How Smart Phone Apps Track Users New research from CSAIL’s Decentralized Information Group (DIG) shows that a majority of applications not only collect user information when the application is in operation, but also when the application is inactive or when the user has turned off his or her smart phone screen.
  • New Scientist Takes a Look at CarSpeak
  • Big Data Lecture Series Kicks Off Tomorrow On Wednesday, September 12, bigdata@CSAIL, CSAIL’s new initiative focused on tackling the challenges presented by this burgeoning field, kicks off its first lecture series with a talk by Google fellows Jeffrey Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat.
  • CSAIL and Dell Join Forces for Innovation in Education Think Tank On Thursday, September 13 at 10am EST CSAIL and Dell are joining forces for a Social Think Tank on Innovation in Education.
  • CSAIL Welcomes New Students Incoming graduate students were welcomed to CSAIL last Friday with a new student orientation session and an ice cream social.
  • Researchers Identify Biochemical Functions for Most of the Human Genome New map finds genetic regulatory elements account for 80 percent of our DNA.
  • Goldwasser Named Simons Investigator The Simons Foundation has announced that Shafi Goldwasser, the RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been named a Simons Investigator.
  • Spotlight on Russ Tedrake Learn more about Russ Tedrake's path to the world of robotics in a new MIT News feature.
  • CSAIL Grad Develops ‘Pencil With Potential’ CSAIL graduate Mario Bollini is kick starting a new endeavor called Sprout, a pencil that when planted will sprout into a plant.
  • Unlocking The Key To Human IntelligenceCSAIL Spotlight imageWhat if machines could think like us - comprehending social cues, visual prompts and spoken words just like a human would? For CSAIL Professor Patrick Winston, the Ford Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science and leader of the Genesis Group at CSAIL, uncovering the true nature of human intelligence is the next grand challenge.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek Spotlights MERS Research in Manufacturing In a new video on the future of robotics, Bloomberg Businessweek featured Professor Brian Williams’ Model-based Embedded and Robotic Systems Group (MERS) and their work with developing new methods for robots and humans to work together in efficient and successful ways.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek Spotlights MERS Research in Manufacturing
  • EMC Spotlights bigdata@CSAILEMC TV is putting the spotlight on CSAIL’s new initiative bigdata@CSAIL, in a 30-minute piece on the station’s IT Insider show.
  • The wisdom of crowds A new paper out of Associate Professor Manolis Kellis' group shows the wisdom of crowds when it comes to selecting methods for analyzing gene regulatory networks.
  • Sana AudioPulse Wins Mobile Health Challenge A new telemedicine solution called Sana AudioPulse allows healthcare providers around the world to screen for hearing impairment through a simple mobile phone application. The Sana AudioPulse team, which is made up of students from CSAIL, MIT, Harvard, Northeastern and the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) in Brazil, was recently honored as the winner of the GSMA Mobile Health Challenge.
  • CSAIL Donates 3-D Printer to Weston Middle School CSAIL members recently constructed and donated a new RapMan 3.2 3-D Printer to Weston Middle School.
  • Jackson’s ‘Dark Machines’ Exhibit on Display at MIT Museum A new exhibit of Daniel Jackson’s photographs called “Dark Machines: Inside MIT’s Laboratories” is now on display at the MIT Museum.