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  • Energy-friendly chip can perform powerful artificial-intelligence tasks In recent years, some of the most exciting advances in artificial intelligence have come courtesy of convolutional neural networks, large virtual networks of simple information-processing units, which are loosely modeled on the anatomy of the human brain.
  • A virtual “guide dog” for navigation Researchers at CSAIL and MIT's Microsystems Research Laboratories (MTL) have developed a low-power chip for processing 3-D camera data that could help visually impaired people navigate their environments. The chip consumes only one-thousandth as much power as a conventional computer...
  • Auto-bug-repair system uses machine learning to fix 10 times as many errors as its predecessorsCSAIL researchers have developed a machine-learning system that can comb through repairs to open-source computer programs and learn their general properties, in order to produce new repairs for a different set of programs. The researchers tested their system on a set of programming errors, culled...
  • Mapping regulatory elements
  • Web inventor teaches web course - learn about "Internet of Things" through edXIt seems strangely appropriate that the inventor of the World Wide Web is now teaching his first web course. Tim Berners-Lee and several other researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) are part of the team behind a new first-of-its-kind "Internet of Things"...
  • Marvin Minsky, founding father of AI (and CSAIL), dies at 88Marvin Minsky, a mathematician, computer scientist, and pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence, died at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital on Sunday, Jan. 24, of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 88. Minsky, a professor emeritus at both CSAIL and the MIT Media Lab, was a pioneering...
  • Watch drones do donuts around obstacles thanks to planning algorithmsGetting drones to fly around without hitting things is no small task. Obstacle-detection and motion-planning are two of computer science’s trickiest challenges, because of the complexity involved in creating real-time flight plans that avoid obstacles and handle surprises like wind and weather. In...
  • PhD takes 1 million photos of Boston skyline over 5 yearsIf a picture’s worth a thousand words, than Adrian Dalca is one seriously verbose researcher. Over the last five years, the CSAIL PhD student has been snapping away at the Boston skyline from his MIT apartment, taking approximately one million shots with an assortment of GoPros, phone cameras and...
  • CSAIL's World Wide Web consortium wins an Emmy!The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the global web-standards organization housed at CSAIL, received a Technology & Engineering Emmy Award on Friday for its work to make video content more accessible with text captioning and subtitles. The Emmy recognizes W3C’s Timed Text Markup Language (TTML...
  • Team joins $10 million NSF grant to combat software bugsThe next time a software maker tells you to update your favorite computer application immediately to fix serious defects or patch gaping security holes, don’t lose faith. Help is on the way. A team including associate professor Adam Chlipala of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence...
  • PhD takes 1 million photos of Boston skyline over 5 yearsIf a picture’s worth a thousand words, than Adrian Dalca is one seriously verbose researcher. Over the last five years, the CSAIL PhD student has been snapping away at the Boston skyline from his MIT apartment, taking approximately one million shots with an assortment of GoPros, phone cameras and...
  • Could this app make you a better driver?Want to improve Boston’s recently-confirmed reputation for having the worst drivers in the country? Fortunately, now there’s an app for that. Mobile-based telematics — apps and hardware that measure driving behaviors — may be the future of safer roads. Increasingly, people are using these...
  • Two researchers named to Forbes' "30 Under 30" listNBA All-Star Steph Curry. "Star Wars" actor John Boyega. Platinum-selling rapper Fetty Wap. And, of course, CSAIL researchers Abe Davis and Teasha Feldman-Fitzthum.Okay, those last two might not be household names, but they were among the select few picked to be part of Forbes "30 under 30" list,...
  • Computer scientists explain what they do, in very simple wordsThis fall xkcd web cartoonist Randall Munroe published “Thing Explainer,” a book that explains the mechanics behind concepts like smartphones and nuclear reactors using only the English language’s 1,000 most commonly used words. (Well, technically, “ten hundred” - the word “thousand” isn’t on the...
  • Toyota names three CSAIL PIs to consult for AI initiativeThe new Toyota Research Institute (TRI) - a $1 billion investment in artificial intelligence - aims to reduce traffic casualties, develop cars capable of navigating without human input, and advance the field of autonomous systems. This week TRI announced the advisory board and initial technical...
  • Computer model matches humans at predicting how objects moveWe humans take for granted our remarkable ability to predict things that happen around us. For example, consider Rube Goldberg machines: One of the reasons we enjoy them is because we can watch a chain-reaction of objects fall, roll, slide and collide, and anticipate what happens next. But how do...
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