Pentagon Officials Explore CSAIL

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Pentagon Officials Explore CSAIL
Photo: Jason Dorfman, CSAIL photographer
From left to right: Professor Nicholas Roy, Professor Seth Teller and Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn, III.

CSAIL played host to an entourage of high-level United States government officials on Thursday, February 10 when Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn, III, visited the lab to learn about the latest advances in computer science.

On what Lynn referred to as a “reconnaissance trip,” he toured the robotics labs of Professors Daniela Rus, Russ Tedrake, Seth Teller and Nicholas Roy, exploring a diverse array of cutting edge robotics research.

Lynn was particularly interested in learning about the newest developments in cyber security. Following his foray into the world of robotics, Lynn participated in a stimulating discussion of cyber security with Professors Frans Kaashoek, Ronald Rivest and Nickolai Zeldovich.

Military Aide Brig. Gen. Larry Nicholson, Special Advisor Dr. Christopher Kirchhoff and Director of Industrial Policy Brett Lambert accompanied Lynn on his tour of the lab. The trip was hosted by CSAIL Director Victor Zue and MIT’s Vice President for Research and Associate Provost Claude Canizares.

Abby Abazorius, CSAIL