CSAIL Spotlights

  • 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.
  • Remembering Professor Seth Teller (1964-2014)

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    July 02, 2014
    The head of CSAIL’s Robotics, Vision, and Sensor Networks group, Teller was well known for his efforts to advance human-robot interactions. He died July 1 at the age of 50.
  • Congratulations to the CSAIL class of 2014!

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    June 06, 2014
  • 50 ways that MIT has transformed computing: CSAIL celebrates 50 years of computer science with MAC50 symposium

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    April 14, 2014
  • CSAIL's National Robotics Week Demo Day draws Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, high school students

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    April 08, 2014
  • Robots in our pockets? CSAIL panel discusses future of computing at SXSW Interactive

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    February 25, 2014
    Four of CSAIL’s leading researchers participated in a special panel on the future of computing March 10 at SXSW Interactive, an annual technology festival in Austin, Texas.
  • 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 a Department of Defense-sponsored competition geared towards developing autonomous robots that can be used for disaster relief efforts.
  • 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.
  • MIT Big Data Initiative Launches Transportation Challenge, Privacy Working Group at White House Event

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    November 12, 2013
    The Big Data Initiative at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) today announced two new activities aimed at improving the use and management of Big Data.
  • From an MIT Classroom to a Multimillion Dollar Acquisition

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    October 25, 2013
    Locu, an online platform for promoting local businesses, was founded by students from CSAIL and the Sloan School of Management in 2010. Just three years later the company was acquired by GoDaddy.
  • 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 mobile systems.
  • Taking a New Look at Subway Map Design

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    September 24, 2013
    Dr. Ruth Rosenholtz's research group is applying the computational model they developed to better understand peripheral vision to test the usability of potential new MBTA subway maps.
  • 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 heart of the MIT community: The Middle East Education through Technology (MEET) program founded at MIT with...
  • 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. Now, she is using the novel computer science techniques she developed to better understand how drugs and environmental toxins impact human health.
  • CSAIL Researchers Develop New Ways to Streamline, Simplify 3D Printing

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    July 23, 2013
    New CSAIL research to be presented at the 2013 SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference could transform the field of 3D printing.
  • Team MIT Completes First Hurdle in DARPA Robotics Challenge

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    June 27, 2013
    A team from MIT has advanced to the next stage of the prestigious DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), a competition sponsored by the Department of Defense to promote innovation in robotics technology for disaster-response operations. The MIT team beat out more than one hundred other teams in the first stage of the competition – the Virtual Robotics Challenge (VRC) – to gain one of six prized spots in...
  • 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 to develop an aircraft that can fly like a bird, darting through trees and narrowly avoiding...
  • 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 human intelligence is the next grand challenge.
  • 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.
  • All In A Day’s Work: Design and Print Your Own Robot

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    April 24, 2012
    Professor 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.
  • 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 Investigator Brian Williams and his Model-based Embedded and Robotic Systems (MERS) group.
  • 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 major push to ensure that hospitals switch from paper folders stuffed with memos to a secure and...
  • 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) and Victor Zue (MIT CSAIL), was to provide perspectives on barriers to advancement and potential breakthroughs...
  • 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 past and present and to explore frontiers that lie ahead.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 this profile piece, we take a closer look at the work and paths of some prominent female researchers.
  • W3C: Maintaining a Web of Humanity

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    November 25, 2009
    While the “C” in CSAIL stands for computer, it’s not solely what goes on inside a computer that CSAIL researchers care about – especially when what’s running on the computer is the World Wide Web.
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