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  • The MIT Big Data Challenge: Transportation in the City of Boston is now open!The MIT Big Data Challenge: Transportation in the City of Boston is now open! What can we learn from 2.3 Million Taxi Rides? To learn more about the challenge and the data, join us: MEETUP: TUESDAY DEC 10 5:00-7:00pm LOCATION:  Stata Center, 32-G882, Hewlett Meeting Room DETAILS and SIGN UP:...
  • Charles Leiserson now AAAS FellowThe American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recently  awarded the distinction of fellow to Charles Leiserson, for distinguished contributions to the theory and practice of parallel and distributed computing, practical impact, and transfer of new knowledge to others.
  • Jim Glass and John Leonard elevated to IEEE fellowsIEEE has elevated Jim Glass and John Leonard to IEEE fellows. Jim Glass is honored for contributions to probabilistic segment-based speech recognition and spoken dialogue interfaces. John Leonard is honored for contributions to navigation and mapping for mobile robots and autonomous underwater...
  • Dina Katabi Featured on Bloomberg TVMIT's Dina Katabi discusses how researchers have created a technology that may give people x-ray vision. She speaks with Deirdre Bolton on Bloomberg Television's "Money Moves." (Source: Bloomberg)
  • Yuan Luo Awarded First Prize at SymposiumYuan Luo, a PhD student in Professor Peter Szolovits’ Clinical Decision Making Group, has been awarded the first prize at the Natural Language Processing Doctoral Consortium in 2013 American Medical Informatics Association’s Annual Symposium. The presentation, “Subgraph Augmented...
  • Cheung Honored with PhD Fellowship Program Award CSAIL graduate student Alvin Cheung has been named one of the 2013 Intel Labs U.S. PhD Fellowship Program Awardees. Cheung was selected for his work with, “making database applications perform using program analysis.”   Cheung is a graduate student in the MIT Database Group and the...
  • CSAIL Spotlight imageMIT Big Data Initiative Launches Transportation Challenge, Privacy Working Group at White House EventFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Abby Abazorius MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) T: 617-324-9135; abbya@csail.mit.edu -------------------
  • Fano Celebrates 96th Birthday On Monday, November 11, Professor Emeritus Robert Fano celebrated his 96th birthday. Fano was the Ford Professor of Engineering in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science until his retirement in June 1984. He organized Project MAC (Multiple Access Computing or Machine-...
  • Researchers Win OOPSLA Best Paper AwardCSAIL researchers were honored with the Best Paper Award at the 2013 Association for Computing Machinery’s Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages and Applications conference (OOPSLA) for their paper “Verifying Quantitative Reliability for Programs That Execute on Unreliable...
  • Rus Named Viterbi Professor Professor Anantha Chandrakasan, head of the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has announced that Professor Daniela Rus, director of CSAIL, has been appointed the Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Established in 1999...
  • Fast Company Spotlights Peripheral Vision ResearchFast Company has profiled Dr. Ruth Rosenholtz’s work evaluating subway maps to see which provide the most information to the human eye. Rosenholtz and her research group have applied their new technique to submissions to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) subway maps...
  • Fast Company Spotlights Peripheral Vision ResearchFast Company has profiled Dr. Ruth Rosenholtz’s work evaluating subway maps to see which provide the most information to the human eye. Rosenholtz and her research group have applied their new technique to submissions to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) subway maps...
  • Robot Locomotion Group wins ICRA Best Paper AwardCSAIL graduate student Anirudha Majumdar, postdoctoral associate Amir Ali Ahmadi, and Associate Professor Russ Tedrake were awarded the Best Conference Paper Award at the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). The group was honored for their paper “Control...
  • CSAIL Spotlight imageFrom an MIT Classroom to a Multimillion Dollar AcquisitionDuring 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...
  • Spoken Language Systems Group Develops New Automatic Speaker Tracking TechniqueCSAIL’s Spoken Language Systems Group has unveiled a new technique for automatically tracking speakers in audio recordings. The new technique tackles the task of speaker diarization, or computationally determining how many speakers are present in a recording. Traditional approaches to...
  • Using Computer Science to Determine How to Present Information Visually New research by CSAIL Principal Research Scientist Aude Oliva provides new clues about the brain’s visual memory. In collaboration with Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) doctoral student Michelle Borkin and Professor Hanspeter Pfister, Oliva and graduate students Zoya...
  • Theory of Computation Group to Receive Top Honors at SODA 2014Members of the CSAIL Theory of Computation (TOC) group will be taking home top honors from the 2014 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) – Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA). Students, faculty and postdoctoral associates from TOC...
  • Rus' Work Featured on NPRRobert Krulwich, co-host of RadioLab and a science correspondent for NPR, penned a piece drawing attention to CSAIL Director Daniela Rus’ groundbreaking work in robotics.    “Somebody should be watching Daniela Rus and her pals at MIT, because what they are doing is so crazy,...
  • Malik Opens 2013-2014 Dertouzos Lecturer Series with Talk on Computer Vision Jitendra Malik, the Arthur J. Chick Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley, kicked off the 2013-2014 Dertouzos Lecturer Series on Thursday, October 10. Malik, who is renowned for his work in computer vision, discussed “The Three R'...
  • CSAIL Spotlight imageWireless Center Previews Next Generation TechnologyOn 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...
  • CSAIL Researchers Develop Flying, Jumping, Rolling Modular RobotsA team of researchers from Professor Daniela Rus’ Distributed Robotics Lab has developed a new type of self-assembling, jumping, flying rolling, modular robot called M-Blocks. The robots, “are cubes with no external moving parts. Nonetheless, they’re able to climb over and around...
  • Researchers to Address Future of Wireless at One-Day Event On Monday, October 7, reporters are invited to attend a one-day MIT event that will address some of the biggest challenges facing the wireless industry. Hosted by the MIT Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing (Wireless@MIT), the event will showcase the latest cutting-edge research...
  • Kellis Speaks on Future of Computational Biology at TEDx On September 13, 2013, Associate Professor Manolis Kellis took the stage at TEDxCambridge to explain his work with computational biology and his hopes for the future of medicine. Using his own genome as an example, Kellis described his work using advanced computer science techniques to transform...
  • Katabi Named MacArthur Foundation Fellow Professor Dina Katabi has been named one of the 2013 MacArthur Fellows. Often referred to as “genius grants,” the MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to individuals who have “shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a...
  • CSAIL Spotlight imageTaking a New Look at Subway Map DesignImagine 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...
  • CSAIL Spotlight imageMEET Builds Ties, Fosters Innovation in the Middle EastDuring 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...
  • CSAIL Video to Premiere at Boston Ballet Night of StarsCSAIL members have created a video in collaboration with Boston Ballet that will have its premiere at the Boston Ballet Night of Stars on the Boston Common on Saturday, September 21st.     
  • Leonard Named Associate Head for Research at Dept. of Mechanical Engineering Professor John Leonard has been named the associate head for research of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, effective as of Monday, September 16, 2013.   Leonard is a professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering and a principal...
  • New Scientist Examines MIT Approach to DARPA ChallengeNew Scientist takes a closer look at the DARPA Robotics Challenge, in particular MIT’s approach to developing software that will allow them to successfully operate the Atlas humanoid robot, built by Boston Dynamics, through a series of obstacles designed to mimic a typical disaster-relief...
  • O’Reilly Honored with Top Prize at EvoStar Conference Dr. Una-May O’Reilly has been honored with the EvoStar Award for Outstanding Contribution of Evolutionary Computation in Europe during the 2013 EvoStar conference.   EvoStar is one of the leading European events focused on bio-inspired computation.  
  • CSAIL Spotlight imageA Computer Scientist’s Approach to MedicineFor 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...
  • Kagal Promoted to Principal Research Scientist Dr. Lalana Kagal has been promoted to the role of Principal Research Scientist, effective July 1, 2013.   Kagal is the Deputy Director of the Decentralized Information Group at CSAIL. Her research focuses on modeling how social norms and legal rules work in society in order to automate the...
  • Four from CSAIL Named to Massachusetts Academy of Sciences Professors and CSAIL Principal Investigators Edward Adelson, Shafi Goldwasser, Tom Leighton, and Barbara Liskov have been named 2013 Fellows of the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences.   Massachusetts Academy of Sciences Fellows constitute a select and prestigious community of scientists and...
  • Golland Honored with Jamieson Prize for Teaching Associate Professor Polina Golland has been honored as one of two recipients of the 2013 Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching.   Golland is a professor in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and a principal investigator at CSAIL where she is focused on...
  • Leonard Makes Advances in 3-D MappingProfessor John Leonard and his colleagues at the National University of Ireland (NUI) at Maynooth have developed a new mapping algorithm that creates highly-detailed 3-D maps.   “The technique solves a major problem in the robotic mapping community that’s known as either “...
  • Team MIT Welcomes Atlas RobotThe MIT team competing in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), a competition sponsored by the Department of Defense to promote innovation in robotics technology for disaster-response operations, has received the multi-million dollar humanoid robot designed by Boston Dynamics for use in the...
  • CSAIL Start-Up Acquired by GoDaddy GoDaddy has acquired CSAIL start-up company Locu, an online platform that helps promote local businesses, for $70 million. Locu was co-founded by CSAIL PhD candidate Marek Olszewski and CSAIL postdoctoral associate Stelios Sidiroglou-Douskos. GoDaddy is a domain seller and small business online...
  • Vote for the CSAIL SXSW Panel Proposal      What are the biggest technological challenges facing today’s computer scientists? What new research is on the horizon, how will it change the way that we use computers, and what will the digital landscape look like in 10 years?If you’d like the answer to these...
  • Shah and Gombolay Receive Best Paper Award Assistant Professor Julie Shah and graduate student Matthew Gombolay have been honored as the recipients of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Best Intelligent Systems Paper Award for 2012. Shah and Gombolay were recognized for their paper "A Uniprocessor Scheduling...
  • Rus Discusses ‘Ikeabot’, Manufacturing in White House HangoutOn Friday, August 9, CSAIL Director Daniela Rus discussed the future of robotics during a “We the Geeks” Google+ Hangout session hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. During the event, Rus discussed her work in robotics, highlighting several recent projects...
  • Daskalakis & Students Honored with Best Paper Award Associate Professor Constantinos Daskalakis and his students Alan Deckelbaum and Christos Tzamos won the Best Paper Award and the Best Student Paper Award at the 2013 ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce for their paper “Mechanism Design via Optimal Transport”.  
  • Rus to Discuss Future of Robotics during White House Google+ Hangout Join CSAIL Director Daniela Rus this Friday, August 9 at 2:00 PM EDT as she talks about the future of robotics during a “We the Geeks” Google+ Hangout session hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Rus and other pioneering scientists – including Rodney...
  • MIT vs. WPI in the DARPA Robotics ChallengeThe Boston Globe’s Hiawatha Bray spotlighted MIT’s participation in the DARPA Robotics Challenge in the Aug. 5 edition of the paper.   “‘We’re in this to win it,’ said Seth Teller, who leads an Atlas programming team at MIT’s Computer Science and...
  • Agarwal Talks edX, Online Learning on ‘The Colbert Report’ Professor Anant Agarwal appeared on the July 24 edition of The Colbert Report, a satirical late-night comedy show hosted by comedian Stephen Colbert. Agarwal, a former director of CSAIL, is the president of edX, the not-for-profit online learning enterprise founded by Harvard University and the...
  • Researchers Develop New Method for Understanding Network Connections Network science, the study of complex interconnected systems, has grown over the past few years as it has become pivotal in understanding a wide variety of fields ranging from molecular and cell biology to social and information sciences and big data. By studying the structure and connectivity...
  • Three from CSAIL Named to ‘AI’s 10 to Watch’ List Three CSAIL roboticists have been named to IEEE Intelligent Systems’ 2013 list of “AI’s 10 to Watch”, which celebrates 10 rising stars in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). The CSAIL members named to the list are: Nora Ayanian, Finale Doshi-Velez and Stefanie Tellex...
  • Boston Globe Reports on New 3D Printing ResearchThe Boston Globe’s Michael Farrell reported on new work by CSAIL researchers that could transform the 3D printing field.   “The MIT researchers created a new programming language to streamline the process so it will be easier to print objects with multiple materials, so they can be...
  • Freeman Receives Test of Time Award Professor William Freeman has been honored with the Test of Time Award for his paper "Orientation Histograms for Hand Gesture Recognition,” co-written by Michal Roth in 1995. The award was presented at the 2013 IEEE Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition Conference in Shanghai, China....
  • CSAIL Spotlight imageCSAIL Researchers Develop New Ways to Streamline, Simplify 3D Printing FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Abby Abazorius, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) T: 617-324-9135; abbya@csail.mit.edu ------------------- With recent advances in three-dimensional (3D) printing technology, it is now possible to produce a wide variety of 3D objects,...
  • New Work Improves Network CongestionAt the annual conference of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Data Communication, Professor Hari Balakrishnan and CSAIL graduate student Keith Winstein will present a new computer system called Remy that designs computer algorithms for controlling network...
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