Graduate student Finale Doshi, a campus leader with an extensive record of service to the Institute and the world, has been awarded a Marshall Scholarship for study at the University of Cambridge for 2007.
GAITHERSBURG, Md.--Computer scientists all too familiar with code bugginess have long criticized electronic voting machines that rely entirely on successful software performance, but they have failed for now to persuade a federal advisory committee to recommend otherwise.
Many researchers and entrepreneurs are working on Internet-based knowledge-organizing technologies that stretch traditional definitions of the Web. Lately, some have been calling the technologies "Web 3.0." But really, they're closer to "Web 2.1."
JWT in collaboration with scientists from MIT, Whitehead Institute and other leading institutions today announced the launch of a website, , created as a pro-bono effort to educate the public about stem cell research.
CAMBRIDGE -- One genetically modified bacterium infuses the aroma of mint and bananas into formerly foul-smelling biology labs. Another warns of arsenic in well water. And a third could someday be used to print color photos.
On November second MIT and the University of Southampton announced the launch of a long-term research collaboration that aims to produce the fundamental scientific advances necessary to guide the future design and use of the World Wide Web.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is taking a swing at the security problem that's on everybody's mind these days: Web browser security. In a statement, the group said that its new initiative, dubbed The Secure Browsing Initiative, would seek to build a foundation for a "more secure Web" and "help people make proper trust decisions."
The lack of available technology resources in underserved communities is often referred to as the Digital Divide. Though much has been written about this divide, and though government agencies from many countries actively track the state of this disparity, there have been few, if any, concerted efforts to find viable ways of providing equal access to people in underserved populations.
Rodney Brooks, the current director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, is stepping down after a 14 year career in pursuit of further research and teaching opportunities at the CSAIL. Brooks is scheduled to step down by end of June 2007, after 10 years of serving as director and 4 years as assistant director.
Though researchers have finished sequencing the human genome, it is still far from understood. A major objective of biotechnology is to develop the experimental and computational tools necessary for deciphering the signals encoded within the genome and to understand their role in human health and disease.
BLURRED images wipe the smiles of many happy snappers. But researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Toronto have developed a way to reduce blurring after a photo has been taken.
MIT's Rob Fergus, Barun Singh, William Freeman collaborated with Toronto University's Aaron Hertzmann and Sam Roweis on a two-step technique.
With demand and prices so high for crude oil, petroleum companies are searching for new reservoirs deep below the ocean floor, in areas of more geological complexity. But drilling under the ocean is very expensive, so oil companies need to have as complete an understanding of the geology where they're drilling as possible.
Researchers need a clear agenda to harness the rapidly evolving potential of the World Wide Web, according to an article in the Aug. 11 issue of the journal Science. Calling for the creation of an interdisciplinary "science of the Web," a group of computer scientists suggests the need for new approaches to tap the full richness of this powerful tool, while ensuring that it develops in a way that benefits society as a whole.
Compared with modern touch-screen voting systems, it may seem low tech. But according to its creators, the scratch-and-vote (S&V) system is a good way to let voters check that their ballot papers have been counted as they intended.
MIT researchers are working toward the day when a team of robots could be put into action like a team of Navy SEALs -- doing such dangerous work as searching for survivors after devastating hurricanes or sweeping harbors for mines.
Five MIT researchers are among the pioneers behind a new research center in synthetic biology, a precocious field whose primary long-term goal is to make it easier to design and build useful organisms.
Open Source software might not be as visible in the telecom world, but its impact is slowly but surely being felt. A series of projects are tackling complicated products such as high-end switches, while others are cooking up DNS, Firewall and VPN gear.
Celina Dozier, a chemical engineering major from Florida A&M University, has always known she wanted to come to MIT. This summer, thanks to the MIT Summer Research Program, she put her plan into action.
A group of MIT students are using business and technology to create networking opportunities for Israeli and Palestinian students, and in the process, are reducing hostility and alienation in high school students, according to a recent study by a third-party evaluator.
I was never particularly big on anniversaries. But in a couple of weeks, the computer industry will mark a milestone that deserves a moment of quiet celebration. On Aug. 12, 1981, the IBM Corporation debuted the PC.
The glimmering facade, off-kilter walls, and curving halls of architect Frank Gehry's Ray and Maria Stata Center were designed in part to foster creativity. Two years after the building's opening, its large windows and eye-popping colors have spurred some innovative work in robotics.
"Maggie is a very smart monkey," says Tim Buschman, a graduate student in Professor Earl Miller's neuroscience lab. Maggie isn't visible -- she's in a biosafety enclosure meant to protect her from human germs -- but the signs of her intelligence flow over two monitors in front of Buschman.
Who says "Frankenstein" was just a horror flick? It turns out that what obsessed Dr. Frankenstein -- creating life from lifeless matter -- is one of the animating passions behind a scientific idea called emergence. And whenever science delves into creation, it raises implications for religion.
Researchers at MIT and Harvard are preparing to carry out trials of a new device for treating epilepsy. If successful, it would be the first such device to automatically detect and treat seizures, says John Guttag, at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, who developed it with colleague Ali Shoeb and Steven Schachter, a neurologist at Harvard Medical School, in Boston.
MIT's Dina Katabi is working on technology called COPE designed to deliver a wireless throughput breakthrough: one that will not just involve a 10% increase in throughput or even what the latest 802.11 iterations might bring.
Scientists in America have developed a treatment for epilepsy which they say could help millions of people with the condition. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology hope to try out the neurological pacemaker, which detects and treats seizures before they happen, this summer.
For someone who devised a computer chess program as an MIT undergraduate in the late 1950s, helped create the world's first video game, and held a leadership role with the World Wide Web Consortium, Alan Kotok got his start in an inauspicious fashion -- or so he was told.
A group of researchers at the Brigham and Womens Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are working together to develop SMART: Scalable Medical Alert and Response Technology, a system for patient tracking and monitoring that begins at the emergency site and continues through transport, triage, stabilization, and transfer between external sites and health care facilities as well as within a health care facility.
As part of a research collaboration with MIT computer scientists, the Nokia Research Center Cambridge, in Cambridge MA, is developing cell phones that can understand and respond to written commands typed in English.
MIT assistant professor Dina Katabi says incremental increases in wireless network throughput just aren't going to cut it. Colleague Rob Miller says phishing attacks continue to get trickier and more threatening, and that a "Web wallet" could be the answer to safer e-commerce.
The Deshpande Center for
Technological Innovation at MIT today announced it is awarding $550,000 in
grants to seven MIT research teams that are currently working on discoveries
that could revolutionize drug development and delivery, surgical procedures
and trauma care, safety products in sports and water purification processes,
Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions an engineer can receive. Academy membership honors those who have made "outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice or education" and who have demonstrated accomplishment in the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."
The World Wide Web Consortium has brought key players in the mobile phone industry to the virtual table for a preliminary agreement on best practices for mobile Web content, the organization has announced.
Recently, I attended a public talk by Professor Rodney Brooks, director of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. The talk, titled “Space Exploration and Robotics,” was part of a new lecture series sponsored and held at the MIT Museum with support from the Boston Globe.
The CSAIL Olympics are a lab tradition that originated with the AI lab. Each year during January IAP lab members cross research boundaries and form teams to compete in events involving the body, the mind, and the spirit.
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today launched the industry’s first dual-mode, one-color/two-color microarray platform, offering researchers unprecedented flexibility and performance for gene expression research. Gene expression profiling represents a majority of all DNA microarray experiments.
In 1989, using an insect-like robot named Genghis, Rodney Brooks pitched a bold vision for exploring space: Send up an army of small, cheap machines to rove around on a distant planet and beam back data.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's web-based publishing initiative, OpenCourseWare, has added course material based on EDA vendor Bluespec Inc.'s electronic system level (ESL) synthesis software, Bluespec said Thursday (Jan. 5), calling the software the only ESL synthesis solution for control logic and complex datapaths in chip design today.
Keeping Found Things Found is a multi-year project at the University of Washington Information School by Professors William Jones and Harry Bruce, with Susan Dumais of Microsoft Research. The team is studying the various ways people attempt to make interesting Web pages they've found easily accessible later.