Brooks Steps Down as CSAIL Head, Dives Back into Science

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Quipping that he is experiencing "a scientific mid-life crisis," legendary robotics pioneer Rod Brooks is stepping down as Director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Brooks' reign at CSAIL, which he has directed since its 2003 formation, will formally end on Friday. However, today marks his first day in his new office, where he will take a year's sabbatical from teaching to embark on two grand challenges of robotics and computer science.

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