CSAIL Spotlights

  • 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...
  • 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 from a glance...
  • 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...
  • 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
    With recent advances in three-dimensional (3D) printing technology, it is now possible to produce a wide variety of 3D objects, utilizing computer graphics models and simulations. But while the hardware exists to reproduce complex, multi-material objects, the software behind the printing process is...
  • Team MIT Completes First Hurdle in DARPA Robotics Challenge

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    June 27, 2013

    Contact: Abby Abazorius
    MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)
    T: 617.324.9135; abbya@csail.mit.edu

    A team from MIT has advanced to the next stage of the prestigious DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), a competition...
  • 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 event...
  • 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 past and...
  • 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 transformed...
  • 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 could...
  • 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 from...
  • 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...
  • 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. “When you’re on the Web, you’re not connecting to a computer, you’re connecting to humanity,” says Tim...
  • Multicore Computing

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    July 09, 2009
    Professor Anant Agarwal has a tendency to think big. One recent piece of work has just been donated to the MIT Museum after being documented in the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records as the largest microphone array on the planet – and that was just one component of a larger project. But while...
  • The Center for Robotics: Intelligence in Action

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    July 06, 2009
    The CSAIL Center for Robotics brings together leading experts in robotics who are engaged in research aimed at creating robots that can drive cars, walk, fly, or swim; grasp and assemble arbitrary objects; perceive the world and find their way in buildings and streets; coordinate and form teams;...
  • Agile Robotics: Autonomous Forklift

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    May 30, 2009
    The field of robotics began relatively modestly. Its founders attempted to create simple machines capable of performing tasks or interacting with the world. But in doing so, the first roboticists opened the door to an amazing area of study, rich with possibilities for extraordinary contributions to...
  • Semantic Communication: Uncertainty in the Digital Age

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    May 24, 2009
    CSAIL Professor Madhu Sudan is thinking about communication. His project posits that communication is possible between beings with no common bond of language or shared history. Its direct substantiating case examines a theoretical instance of the third kind, placing extraterrestrials and...
  • Quantum Computing

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    May 24, 2009
    Quantum computing is one of the most fascinating – if counterintuitive – final frontiers in the computing world today. Saddled with technical limitations and the potential impossibility of their pursuit, experimentalists and theoreticians alike have found themselves beset from all sides by...
  • Precision Agriculture: Sustainable Farming in the Age of Robotics

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    April 22, 2009
    Early in the fall of 2008, students began gathering before a raised platform of fake grass. The artificial turf was adorned with evenly spaced tomato plants, nestled in sensible terra cotta pots. And while the small cluster of plants and grow lamps might have seemed incongruous under other...
  • Industry Affiliates Program: Bridging the Lab and the Marketplace

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    September 14, 2008
    The value of academic research is traditionally measured by its contribution to the world’s inventory of knowledge, through theses, papers, and physical artifacts. At CSAIL, we also view research as a practical matter – placing additional emphasis on designing and building technologies and...
  • Project Qmulus: Building An Integrated Virtual Information Environment

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    July 07, 2008
    Imagine having complete access to your own personalized environment – your notes, presentations, music, TV recordings, photo albums, recipes – from anywhere in the world, anytime. Making this dream a reality is the goal of Project Qmulus, CSAIL’s five-year, $20 million collaboration with Taiwan-...
  • Stata at Five

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    May 24, 2008
    The Ray and Maria Stata Center is a soaring, disorienting, quirky and controversial place to be. Concocted of glass, plywood, brick, cement, industrial steel, titanium, and a palette of paint directly out of Dr. Seuss, its winding staircases, tilted walls, and unexpected corners evoke a playful...
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