News Archive 2012

  • Sir Tim Berners-Lee Honored in Olympics Opening Ceremony Sir Tim Berners-Lee was honored during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics Friday for his work in developing the World Wide Web.
  • New Aircraft Capable of Fast, Accurate and Repeatable Flight Associate Professor Russ Tedrake and his research group recently unveiled a video of a new computer-controlled aircraft that is able to accurately perform knife-edge turns, rolling 90 degrees to dart through an opening narrower than the aircraft’s wingspan.
  • Bloomberg TV Reports on Tedrake’s Work with Flying Birds
  • First MITx Leadership Gift Presented in Honor of WardMIT alumnus Philippe Laffont has made the first individual leadership gift in support of MITx, MIT’s new online learning initiative. The Philippe & Ana Luisa Laffont Family Foundation contributed $1 million to honor Stephen A. Ward (SB ’66 and SM ’69 in electrical engineering; PhD ’74 in computer science from MIT), Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, who was Laffont’s thesis advisor at MIT.
  • Zue Honored with IEEE Speech and Audio Processing Award Victor Zue, the Delta Electronics Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been named the recipient of the IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award.
  • ‘Seraph’ wins Best Robot Actor Award At the 2012 Robot Film Festival, Seraph won the Best Robot Actor Award.
  • Berger Named ISCB Fellow Bonnie Berger, a professor of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at MIT and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been named a 2012 Fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB).
  • ALFA Researchers Win Best Paper Award Members of the CSAIL AnyScale Learning For All (ALFA) were honored with the best paper award at the 2012 EvoPAR track of the Evo-Applications conference.
  • Matusik Named DARPA Young Faculty Award Winner Wojciech Matusik, an associate professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been named a recipient of the 2012 DARPA Young Faculty Award.
  • New York Takes a Cue from CSAIL
  • 'Seraph' Featured in Robot Film Festival Seraph, a modern dance piece featuring quad-rotors from CSAIL Director Daniela Rus' research group and dancers from the modern dance company Pilobolus, has been selected as a featured film in the upcoming Robot Film Festival, taking place next Saturday, July 14 in New York City.
  • Corbato Named Computer History Museum Fellow Fernando J. Corbato, a professor emeritus in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been honored by the Computer History Museum as a 2012 Fellow.
  • Leonard’s Work Featured on Bloomberg TV Bloomberg TV featured the work of John Leonard, a professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering and a principal investigator at CSAIL, in a new piece focused on the future of robotics.
  • Leonard’s Work Featured on Bloomberg TV
  • Shavit Wins Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing Nir Shavit, a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been awarded the 2012 Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing.
  • Happy birthday, Alan Turing! A tribute...
  • Brooks’ New Company Changes Name to Rethink Robotics, Inc. Heartland Robotics, the latest robotics company from former CSAIL Director Rodney Brooks, has announced that it is changing its name to Rethink Robotics, Inc.
  • All Things Big and Small: The Brain’s Discerning Taste for Size Researchers at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and the MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences have discovered that the brain organizes objects based on their physical size, with a specific region of the brain reserved for recognizing large objects and another reserved for small objects. Their findings, to be published in the June 21 issue of Neuron, could have major implications for fields like robotics, and could lead to a greater understanding of how the brain organizes and maps information.
  • Arvind Honored with Harry H. Goode Memorial Award Arvind, the Johnson Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been named the recipient of the IEEE Computer Society’s Harry H. Goode Memorial Award.
  • Enabling Better Human-Robot Coordination Julie Shah, the Boeing Career Development Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT and a principal investigator at CSAIL, is looking to enable more human-robot coordination on the factory floor.
  • Celebrating CSAIL’s Graduates On Friday, June 8th, the Institute will hold its 146th commencement ceremony. We here at CSAIL would like to join the speaker, Salman Khan, in wishing our graduates luck on the next leg of their journey. The CSAIL students matriculating in both Masters and PhD programs are listed below; congratulations, and best wishes for an exciting future!
  • 6.141 Students Showcase Robotics Skills Students in 6.141, Robotics: Science and Systems I recently wrapped up the semester with an afternoon full of robotics demonstrations.
  • CSAIL Tackles Big DataCSAIL Spotlight imageIn May 2012, CSAIL announced a major new initiative to tackle the challenges of the burgeoning field known as “big data” -- data collections that are too big, growing too fast, or are too complex for existing information technology systems to handle.
  • NPR & WBUR Report On Bigdata@CSAIL
  • MIT CSAIL & Intel Join State of Massachusetts to Tackle Big Data The Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT today announced a major new initiative called bigdata@CSAIL to tackle the challenges of the burgeoning field known as “big data” -- data collections that are too big, growing too fast, or are too complex for existing information technology systems to handle. The announcement was made at an MIT event attended by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who simultaneously announced a new statewide initiative to establish Massachusetts as a hub of big data research.
  • Boston Globe Covers Launch of Big Data Initiative
  • NECN: ‘Going big on big data’
  • Daskalakis Wins Microsoft Faculty Fellowship Constantinos Daskalakis, X-Window Consortium Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been named a 2012 Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow.
  • Rus Named CSAIL Director Daniela Rus, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been named the next director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), effective May 23.
  • Tedrake Receives Tenure The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has announced that Russ Tedrake has been promoted to the role of associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2012.
  • Turing Award Winner Valiant Speaks at CSAIL Turing Award winner and Harvard University Professor Leslie Valiant spoke at CSAIL last week as part of the lab’s Dertouzos Lecturer Series.
  • Liskov Elected to National Academy of Sciences Barbara Liskov, an Institute Professor at MIT and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), an honor recognizing distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
  • Faster Fourier Transform Named One of World’s Most Important Emerging Technologies The sparse Fourier transform, a new algorithm developed by Professors and CSAIL Principal Investigators Piotr Indyk and Dina Katabi, along with CSAIL graduate students Haitham Hassanieh and Eric Price, has been named to MIT Technology Review's 2012 list of the world's most important emerging technologies.
  • Agarwal to Serve as First President of EdX Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) today announced EdX, a transformational new partnership in online education. Through EdX, the two institutions will collaborate to enhance campus-based teaching and learning and build a global community of online learners.
  • Abelson Honored as Outstanding Educator Hal Abelson has been honored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) with the Karl V. Karlstom Outstanding Educator Award for his contributions to computer science education.
  • Agarwal's Dreams for Online Education MIT News profiled Professor Anant Agarwal's vision for online education.
  • Three CSAIL Members Elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences CSAIL Principal Investigators Arvind, Bonnie Berger and Frans Kaashoek have been elected as new members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • All In A Day’s Work: Design and Print Your Own RobotCSAIL Spotlight imageProfessor Daniela Rus is leading an ambitious new project to reinvent how robots are produced and designed. Funded by a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the project will aim to develop a desktop technology that would make it possible for the average person to design, customize and print a specialized robot in a matter of hours.
  • Lo Named as One of ‘Most Influential People’ by Time Andrew Lo, the Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been named one of 2012’s “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time magazine.
  • Lynch Named Athena Lecturer The Association for Computing Machinery’s Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W) today named Nancy Lynch, the NEC professor of software science and engineering at MIT and a principal investigator at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), as the 2012-2013 Athena Lecturer.
  • Spotlight on Manolis Kellis Associate Professor Manolis Kellis, a principal investigator at CSAIL, is tackling the biological problem of understanding human disease with computer science.
  • Solar-Lezama Working on New NSF Project to Improve Computer Programming Assistant Professor Armando Solar-Lezama, a principal investigator at CSAIL, will join the University of Pennsylvania and seven other research institutions in a new National Science Foundation (NSF) project to make computer programming faster, easier and more intuitive.
  • Increasing On-Chip Computer Communication To solve the problem posed by the fact that computer chips are no longer getting faster, Li-Shiuan Peh, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has proposed a new method for increasing the efficiency and computational power of computer chips.
  • MIT CSAIL Project Could Transform Robotic Design and Production The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is leading an ambitious new project to reinvent how robots are produced and designed. Funded by a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the project will aim to develop a desktop technology that would make it possible for the average person to design, customize and print a specialized robot in a matter of hours.
  • CNET Covers Printable Robot Research
  • Wired Covers Printable Robots Research
  • CSAIL Scientists, Mass State Police to Tackle Problem of Roadside Collisions Between Drivers and Police VehiclesA team of researchers at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), in collaboration with the Massachusetts State Police and BAE Systems, has announced a new project to combat the problem of roadside collisions.
  • Boston Globe Covers Effort To Protect Officers On Roadside Duty
  • Berger Presents NIH’s Margaret Pittman Lecture The National Institutes of Health (NIH) bestowed the honor of asking Professor Bonnie Berger to give the annual Margaret Pittman Lecture as part of the Institutes’ Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series.
  • Kaelbling Named MacVicar Faculty Fellow Leslie Pack Kaelbling, the Panasonic Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been named a 2012 MacVicar Faculty Fellow.