CSAIL Spotlights

  • Data, drones and 3D-printed hearts - the 7 coolest things that happened at CSAIL in 2015

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    December 08, 2015
    It’s been a busy year for MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). Researchers won the Turing Award, created groundbreaking algorithms to fix code and detect disease, and developed exciting new robots and artificial-intelligence systems. As 2015 comes to a close,...
  • NASA gives CSAIL 6-ft-tall humanoid robot to develop software for future space missions

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    November 17, 2015
    This week NASA announced that MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) is one of just two institutions who will receive “R5,” a six-foot, 290-pound humanoid robot also known as “Valkyrie” that will serve on future space missions to Mars and beyond.
    Full story here.
  • Self-flying drone dips, darts and dives through trees at 30 mph

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    November 02, 2015
    A researcher from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has developed an obstacle-detection system that allows a drone to autonomously dip, dart and dive through a tree-filled field at upwards of 30 miles per hour. (Full story)
     
  • “MultiFab” 3D-prints a record 10 materials at once, no assembly required

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    September 28, 2015
    3D printing is great, assuming that all you need to do is print one material for one purpose, and that you’re okay with it taking a few tries. But the technology is still far behind where it could be in reliably...
  • CSAIL joins with Toyota on $25 million research center for autonomous cars

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    September 04, 2015
    The World Health Organization estimates that 3,400 people die each day from traffic-related accidents. Could autonomous cars be part of the solution?
    Today CSAIL announced a new $25 million research center funded by Toyota to further the development of autonomous vehicle technologies, with...
  • CSAIL team shows President Obama their motion-tracking device at White House Demo Day

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    August 06, 2015
    It’s rare that anyone, including even an MIT computer scientist, is extended an invitation to the Oval Office. Even rarer, still: the opportunity to fall on your face in front of the “Leader of the Free World.”
    To be clear, this particular fall in question was intentional. On Tuesday, researchers...
  • CSAIL report: giving government special access to data poses major security risks

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    July 07, 2015
    In recent months, government officials in the United States, the United Kingdom, and other countries have made repeated calls for law-enforcement agencies to be able to access, upon due authorization, encrypted data to help them solve crimes.
    Beyond the ethical and political implications of such an...
  • CSAIL team finishes inches away from winning $2 million DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC)

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    June 05, 2015
    CSAIL finishes inches away from winning $2 million DARPA Robotics Challenge
    Research team programs 6’2’’, 400-lb humanoid robot to lift beams, climb stairs & drive car
    By Adam Conner-Simons, MIT CSAIL
     
    Last week, after three years, two months and 650,000 lines of code, the CSAIL ...
  • Learn a language while you text

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    May 14, 2015
    The average person spends 10 to 15 minutes a day waiting for texts and instant-message (IM) replies, according to an analysis by Carrie Cai, a PhD student at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL).
    What if you could be more productive during those idle moments? Cai is on...
  • Learn about Big Data online! Enroll now in CSAIL-taught course with MIT Professional Education

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    April 28, 2015
    Sign Up Now for Spring Session of "Tackling the Challenges of Big Data"

    Starting May 5 MIT Professional Education will be offering a new installment of the online professional course, "Tackling the Challenges of Big Data".
    Twelve faculty experts from CSAIL will lead the course with...
  • Michael Stonebraker wins $1m Turing Award

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    March 25, 2015
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    Michael Stonebraker, a researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) who has revolutionized the field of database management systems (DBMSs) and founded multiple successful database companies, has won the Association for...
  • MIT announces 3 new cybersecurity initiatives

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    March 02, 2015
    MIT Launches Three Institute-Wide Cybersecurity Efforts
    New research programs to tackle technical, regulatory and business challenges.

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On Thursday, March 12, MIT launched three new research endeavors aimed at addressing the technical, regulatory and business...
  • How an LED-filled “robot garden” can make coding more accessible

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    February 26, 2015
    Here’s one way to get kids excited about programming: a "robot garden" with dozens of fast-changing LED lights and more than 100 origami robots that can crawl, swim, and blossom like flowers.
    A team from CSAIL  and the Department of Mechanical Engineering have developed a tablet-operated...
  • Obama, UK PM Cameron announce CSAIL cybersecurity competition

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    January 16, 2015
    As part of a series of cybersecurity initiatives made public today during British Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit with President Barack Obama, the two nations announced that MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) will face off against the University of Cambridge...
  • Learn about Big Data online! Enroll now in CSAIL-taught course with MIT Professional Education

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    January 13, 2015
    Sign Up Now for Spring Session of "Tackling the Challenges of Big Data"

    Starting February 3 MIT Professional Education will be offering a new installment of the online professional course, "Tackling the Challenges of Big Data".
    Twelve faculty experts from CSAIL will lead the course with...
  • CSAIL opens lab to 150 local students for "Hour of Code"

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    December 12, 2014
    Yesterday CSAIL hosted 150 local students for its first annual “Hour of Code” demo fair, tied to the international initiative aimed at getting young people excited about programming.
    Researchers showed off their work to math and computer science students from schools throughout greater Boston,...
  • New $15m MIT initiative on cybersecurity policy headed by CSAIL's Weitzner

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    November 18, 2014

    MIT has received $15 million in funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to establish an initiative aimed at laying the foundations for a smart, sustainable cybersecurity policy to deal with the growing cyber threats faced by governments, businesses, and individuals.
    The MIT...
  • CSAIL team helps MIT win international RobotX self-driving boat competition

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    November 01, 2014
    This week a team featuring multiple Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) researchers took home the grand prize in an international competition centered on autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).
    Members of CSAIL’s Marine Robotics Group joined forces with more than 20...
  • Learn about Big Data online! Enroll now in CSAIL-taught course with MIT Professional Education

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    September 25, 2014
    MIT Professional Education Announces Two Additional Offerings of Online X Professional Course on Big Data, in Response to Success of Initial Offering

    Sign Up Now for Fall and Spring Sessions of Tackling the Challenges of Big Data   
    MIT Professional Education will...
  • 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 center. But CSAIL...
  • 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...
  • 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

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    April 14, 2014
    CSAIL was founded as Project MAC on July 1, 1963 with the goal of developing a system that would allow individuals to access computational power much as we are able to access electricity for our homes. The result was time-sharing and a new paradigm of interactive computing, which laid the...
  • 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...
  • 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 Computer...
  • 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...
  • 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 later...
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