CSAIL Spotlights

  • First-ever 3-D printed robots made of both solids and liquids

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    April 18, 2016
    One reason we don’t yet have robot personal assistants buzzing around doing our chores is because making them is hard. Assembling robots by hand is time-consuming, while automation — robots building other robots — is not yet fine-tuned enough to make robots that can do complex tasks.
    But if...
  • How this $10 laser could help self-driving cars

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    March 25, 2016
    The Microsoft Kinect was a boon to robotics researchers. The cheap, off-the-shelf depth sensor allowed them to quickly and cost-effectively prototype innovative systems that enable robots to map, interpret, and navigate their environments.
    But sensors like the Kinect, which use infrared light to...
  • CSAIL PhD has made seven robots, and still finds time to meditate.

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    March 14, 2016
    For Julian Straub, one man’s trash truly became his treasure when a microcontroller sparked a keen interest in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence. The German native is a fourth-year EECS student studying how robots can better understand their surroundings. Straub studied electrical...
  • CSAIL, University of Cambridge team up for “Cambridge 2 Cambridge” cybersecurity hackathon

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    March 07, 2016
    With cyber-attacks and data privacy becoming increasingly important global concerns, many cybersecurity experts have called for more international collaboration in developing technologies to help us protect our data and systems.

    To that end, this past weekend students from MIT’s Computer...
  • Marvin Minsky, founding father of AI (and CSAIL), dies at 88

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    January 25, 2016
    Marvin 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...
  • PhD takes 1 million photos of Boston skyline over 5 years

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    January 19, 2016
    If 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?

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    January 05, 2016
    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...
  • Data, drones and 3D-printed hearts - the 7 coolest things that happened at CSAIL in 2015

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    December 08, 2015
    It’s been a busy year for MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). Researchers won the Turing Award, created groundbreaking algorithms to fix code and detect disease, and developed exciting new robots and artificial-intelligence systems. As 2015 comes to a close,...
  • NASA gives CSAIL 6-ft-tall humanoid robot to develop software for future space missions

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    November 17, 2015
    This week NASA announced that MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) is one of just two institutions who will receive “R5,” a six-foot, 290-pound humanoid robot also known as “Valkyrie” that will serve on future space missions to Mars and beyond.
    Full story here.
  • Self-flying drone dips, darts and dives through trees at 30 mph

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    November 02, 2015
    A researcher from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has developed an obstacle-detection system that allows a drone to autonomously dip, dart and dive through a tree-filled field at upwards of 30 miles per hour. (Full story)
     
  • "Data Science Machine" crunches numbers faster and more effectively than most humans

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    October 16, 2015
    Big-data analysis consists of searching for buried patterns that have some kind of predictive power. But choosing which “features” of the data to analyze usually requires some human intuition. In a database containing, say, the beginning and end dates of various sales promotions and weekly...
  • “MultiFab” 3D-prints a record 10 materials at once, no assembly required

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    September 28, 2015
    3D printing is great, assuming that all you need to do is print one material for one purpose, and that you’re okay with it taking a few tries. But the technology is still far behind where it could be in reliably...
  • CSAIL joins with Toyota on $25 million research center for autonomous cars

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    September 04, 2015
    The World Health Organization estimates that 3,400 people die each day from traffic-related accidents. Could autonomous cars be part of the solution?
    Today CSAIL announced a new $25 million research center funded by Toyota to further the development of autonomous vehicle technologies, with...
  • CSAIL team shows President Obama their motion-tracking device at White House Demo Day

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    August 06, 2015
    It’s rare that anyone, including even an MIT computer scientist, is extended an invitation to the Oval Office. Even rarer, still: the opportunity to fall on your face in front of the “Leader of the Free World.”
    To be clear, this particular fall in question was intentional. On Tuesday, researchers...
  • CSAIL report: giving government special access to data poses major security risks

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    July 07, 2015
    In recent months, government officials in the United States, the United Kingdom, and other countries have made repeated calls for law-enforcement agencies to be able to access, upon due authorization, encrypted data to help them solve crimes.
    Beyond the ethical and political implications of such an...
  • CSAIL team finishes inches away from winning $2 million DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC)

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    June 05, 2015
    CSAIL finishes inches away from winning $2 million DARPA Robotics Challenge
    Research team programs 6’2’’, 400-lb humanoid robot to lift beams, climb stairs & drive car
    By Adam Conner-Simons, MIT CSAIL
     
    Last week, after three years, two months and 650,000 lines of code, the CSAIL ...
  • Learn a language while you text

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    May 14, 2015
    The average person spends 10 to 15 minutes a day waiting for texts and instant-message (IM) replies, according to an analysis by Carrie Cai, a PhD student at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL).
    What if you could be more productive during those idle moments? Cai is on...
  • Learn about Big Data online! Enroll now in CSAIL-taught course with MIT Professional Education

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    April 28, 2015
    Sign Up Now for Spring Session of "Tackling the Challenges of Big Data"

    Starting May 5 MIT Professional Education will be offering a new installment of the online professional course, "Tackling the Challenges of Big Data".
    Twelve faculty experts from CSAIL will lead the course with...
  • Michael Stonebraker wins $1m Turing Award

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    March 25, 2015
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    Michael Stonebraker, a researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) who has revolutionized the field of database management systems (DBMSs) and founded multiple successful database companies, has won the Association for...
  • MIT announces 3 new cybersecurity initiatives

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    March 02, 2015
    MIT Launches Three Institute-Wide Cybersecurity Efforts
    New research programs to tackle technical, regulatory and business challenges.

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On Thursday, March 12, MIT launched three new research endeavors aimed at addressing the technical, regulatory and business...
  • How an LED-filled “robot garden” can make coding more accessible

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    February 26, 2015
    Here’s one way to get kids excited about programming: a "robot garden" with dozens of fast-changing LED lights and more than 100 origami robots that can crawl, swim, and blossom like flowers.
    A team from CSAIL  and the Department of Mechanical Engineering have developed a tablet-operated...
  • Obama, UK PM Cameron announce CSAIL cybersecurity competition

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    January 16, 2015
    As part of a series of cybersecurity initiatives made public today during British Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit with President Barack Obama, the two nations announced that MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) will face off against the University of Cambridge...
  • Learn about Big Data online! Enroll now in CSAIL-taught course with MIT Professional Education

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    January 13, 2015
    Sign Up Now for Spring Session of "Tackling the Challenges of Big Data"

    Starting February 3 MIT Professional Education will be offering a new installment of the online professional course, "Tackling the Challenges of Big Data".
    Twelve faculty experts from CSAIL will lead the course with...
  • CSAIL opens lab to 150 local students for "Hour of Code"

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    December 12, 2014
    Yesterday CSAIL hosted 150 local students for its first annual “Hour of Code” demo fair, tied to the international initiative aimed at getting young people excited about programming.
    Researchers showed off their work to math and computer science students from schools throughout greater Boston,...
  • New $15m MIT initiative on cybersecurity policy headed by CSAIL's Weitzner

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    November 18, 2014

    MIT has received $15 million in funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to establish an initiative aimed at laying the foundations for a smart, sustainable cybersecurity policy to deal with the growing cyber threats faced by governments, businesses, and individuals.
    The MIT...
  • CSAIL team helps MIT win international RobotX self-driving boat competition

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    November 01, 2014
    This week a team featuring multiple Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) researchers took home the grand prize in an international competition centered on autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).
    Members of CSAIL’s Marine Robotics Group joined forces with more than 20...
  • Learn about Big Data online! Enroll now in CSAIL-taught course with MIT Professional Education

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    September 25, 2014
    MIT Professional Education Announces Two Additional Offerings of Online X Professional Course on Big Data, in Response to Success of Initial Offering

    Sign Up Now for Fall and Spring Sessions of Tackling the Challenges of Big Data   
    MIT Professional Education will...
  • Hearing by seeing: “visual mic” uses potato-chip bag to recover sound from video footage

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    August 04, 2014
    Researchers at MIT CSAIL, Microsoft, and Adobe have developed an algorithm that can reconstruct an audio signal by analyzing minute vibrations of objects depicted in video. In one set of experiments, they were able to recover intelligible speech from the vibrations of a potato-chip bag...
  • A charging solution for delivery drones: Take after our feathered friends?

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    July 10, 2014
    Amazon’s plan to unleash a wave of "delivery drones" has occasionally been criticized as a pie-in-the-sky idea (literally, if they start shipping baked goods).
    One limitation is that Amazon's devices currently only store enough energy to fly within 10 miles of a fulfillment center. But CSAIL...
  • Remembering Professor Seth Teller (1964-2014)

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    July 02, 2014
    Seth Teller, a professor of computer science and engineering at MIT who was well known for his efforts to advance human-robot interactions, died on July 1. He was 50, and had been a faculty member since 1994.

    President L. Rafael Reif announced the news in an email to the MIT community...
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