CSAIL Spotlights

  • Hearing by seeing: “visual mic” uses potato-chip bag to recover sound from video footage

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    August 04, 2014
    Researchers at MIT CSAIL, Microsoft, and Adobe have developed an algorithm that can reconstruct an audio signal by analyzing minute vibrations of objects depicted in video. In one set of experiments, they were able to recover intelligible speech from the vibrations of a potato-chip bag...
  • A charging solution for delivery drones: Take after our feathered friends?

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    July 10, 2014
    Amazon’s plan to unleash a wave of "delivery drones" has occasionally been criticized as a pie-in-the-sky idea (literally, if they start shipping baked goods).
    One limitation is that Amazon's devices currently only store enough energy to fly within 10 miles of a fulfillment...
  • Remembering Professor Seth Teller (1964-2014)

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    July 02, 2014
    Seth Teller, a professor of computer science and engineering at MIT who was well known for his efforts to advance human-robot interactions, died on July 1. He was 50, and had been a faculty member since 1994.
    President L. Rafael Reif announced the news in an email to the MIT community.
    “I...
  • Congratulations to the CSAIL class of 2014!

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    June 06, 2014
    On June 6, MIT held its 148th commencement ceremony. We here at CSAIL would like to congratulate our 2013-2014 graduates and wish them good luck on the next leg of their journey!

    Below is the complete list of CSAIL students matriculating in both Masters and PhD programs.
    Anwar Afian...
  • 50 ways that MIT has transformed computing: CSAIL celebrates 50 years of computer science with MAC50 symposium

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    April 14, 2014

    50 ways that MIT has transformed computer science

    In May CSAIL commemorated a half-century of computer science at MIT with “MAC50,” a two-day symposium that both reflects on MIT’s history and explores the future of computing, with talks on robotics, artificial intelligence, Big...
  • CSAIL's National Robotics Week Demo Day draws Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, high school students

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    April 08, 2014

    MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) hosted a group of Boston-area students and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for a special demo day Monday in conjunction with the fifth annual National Robotics Week, an initiative geared towards getting young people excited about...
  • Robots in our pockets? CSAIL panel discusses future of computing at SXSW Interactive

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    February 25, 2014
    by Adam Conner-Simons
    From social networks to smartphones, computer science has never played a more central role in our lives, completely transforming how we communicate, work, learn, shop and entertain.
    As industry leaders like Google grow more interested in what’s happening in robotics...
  • CSAIL team advances to finals of DARPA Robotics Challenge

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    January 21, 2014
     
    In December a team from MIT advanced to the final round of the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), a Department of Defense-sponsored competition in which researchers from around the world operate robots to complete a series of tasks that include walking on rocky terrain, turning valves, opening...
  • New system allows for high-accuracy, through-wall, 3-D motion tracking

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    December 14, 2013


    Imagine playing a video game like Call of Duty or Battlefield and having the ability to lead your virtual army unit while moving freely throughout your house.
     
    Gaming could become this realistic, thanks to new technology developed by Dina Katabi’s research group at the MIT...
  • MIT Big Data Initiative Launches Transportation Challenge, Privacy Working Group at White House Event

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    November 12, 2013
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Abby Abazorius
    MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)
    T: 617-324-9135; abbya@csail.mit.edu
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    The Big Data Initiative at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) today announced two new activities aimed...
  • From an MIT Classroom to a Multimillion Dollar Acquisition

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    October 25, 2013
    During MIT’s Independent Activities Period in January 2010, a team of students and researchers from CSAIL and the Sloan School of Management came together with the idea of creating a new type of online restaurant recommendation service based off of semantic web technologies. Just three years...
  • Wireless Center Previews Next Generation Technology

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    October 09, 2013
    On Monday, October 7, the MIT Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing (Wireless@MIT) hosted a one-day event showcasing new advances in wireless systems and mobile technology. The event featured talks by MIT faculty and researchers, as well as demonstrations of next generation wireless and...
  • Taking a New Look at Subway Map Design

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    September 24, 2013
    Imagine that you’re traveling to Boston for a weekend conference. You arrive in the city at Boston’s South Station and decide to take the subway system to get to Kendall Square in Cambridge. Once you locate the Red Line stop at South Station, how much information are you able to glean...
  • MEET Builds Ties, Fosters Innovation in the Middle East

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    September 20, 2013
    During a visit to Israel and Palestine in March 2013, President Barack Obama made a speech to a crowd of 2,000 young Israelis in Jerusalem in which he encouraged the nation’s youth to push for peace. In his talk, the President paid tribute to an educational program near and dear to the...
  • A Computer Scientist’s Approach to Medicine

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    September 13, 2013
    For years Dr. Stephanie Seneff has been known throughout the computer science world for her work in natural language processing. A computer scientist with a background in biology, Seneff received her undergraduate degree in biophysics before moving to electrical engineering and computer science for...
  • CSAIL Researchers Develop New Ways to Streamline, Simplify 3D Printing

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    July 23, 2013

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Abby Abazorius,
    MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)
    T: 617-324-9135; abbya@csail.mit.edu
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    With recent advances in three-dimensional (3D) printing technology, it is now possible to produce a wide variety of 3D objects,...
  • Team MIT Completes First Hurdle in DARPA Robotics Challenge

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    June 27, 2013

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Abby Abazorius
    MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)
    T: 617.324.9135; abbya@csail.mit.edu
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    A team from MIT has advanced to the next stage of the prestigious DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), a competition sponsored by the...
  • Flying Like the Birds

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    November 13, 2012
    How 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...
  • Unlocking The Key To Human Intelligence

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    August 20, 2012
    What 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...
  • CSAIL Tackles Big Data

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    June 01, 2012
    In 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. The announcement was made at an MIT...
  • All In A Day’s Work: Design and Print Your Own Robot

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    April 24, 2012
    An elderly woman who lives alone needs assistance with everything from remembering to take her medicine to putting away the dishes. Her children work fulltime and are only able to assist her on nights and weekends. To assist her mother during those daytime hours when she is all alone, her daughter...
  • MERS Tackles The Human-Robot Divide

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    September 26, 2011
    You 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...
  • Health Care of the Future

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    August 02, 2011
    In 1974 Professor Peter Szolovits made a prediction: By the 1980s a majority of large hospitals would have adopted the use of electronic medical records. While the necessary technology did not progress as quickly as expected to allow for this transition, the U.S. government is currently making a...
  • Future Directions for Selected Topics in Computer Science

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    May 14, 2011
    On May 14-15 2011, CSAIL hosted a workshop at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in Cambridge, MA, sponsored by the Office of  The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (formerly DDR&E).  The goal of the workshop, organized by Ed Lazowska (U Washington)...
  • Computation and the Transformation of Practically Everything

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    March 11, 2011
    "Computation and the Transformation of Practically Everything," April 11-12, 2011, will celebrate the evolution of the Information Age and MIT's contributions. The event will bring together early and recent pioneers from a variety of fields to review the role computation has played in the...
  • Zooming in With Computational Photography

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    February 18, 2011
    Remember 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...
  • Perching Glider Takes a Cue from the Birds

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    September 28, 2010
    It isn't everyday that a computer scientist wins one of the most coveted awards in aeronautics. But when Rick Cory started in Associate Professor Russ Tedrake's Robot Locomotion Group as a Ph.D. student, he wasn't out to conduct robotics as usual. "We were trying to think of a project that...
  • Sikuli Rethinks Programming

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    April 22, 2010
    For as long as there have been computers, there has been coding. And with coding comes repetition—lots of it. That's always been the basic fact of a programmer's existence, even as computers have become ever more friendly from a user's perspective. That's where Sikuli comes in. The latest...
  • When Signals Cross

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    April 01, 2010
    The human body and the systems that maintain it are, at their most basic, bundles of crackling electricity. Impulses, currents and waves can be found in every part of our world, and they offer much in the way of information if they can be properly read and interpreted. At the abstract level,...
  • Women In Computer Science

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    February 18, 2010
    In the public eye, computer scientists are often portrayed as dry, secluded – and almost always male. But behind the outdated stereotype, the lab is full of real world applications, exciting collaborations, and researchers of both genders who are working hard to advance the state of the field. For...
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