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Throughout our 40-year history, we have eagerly engaged in collaborative research partnerships with government agencies and leading technology companies. These partnerships benefit from shared goals and resources, and have resulted in significant technological advances and innovative new solutions. Here are some current partnerships in which we are involved.

Department of Defense Research & Engineering (DDR&E), the mission of which is “to ensure that the warfighters today and tomorrow have superior and affordable technology to support their missions, and to give them revolutionary war-winning capabilities,” is partnering with CSAIL.

Foxconn, the largest contract manufacturer of electronics worldwide, which employs more than 450,000 people in China and is that country’s largest exporter, is working with CSAIL.

Nokia, the world leader in mobile communications, is involved in a collaboration with CSAIL around a research initiative called The Mobile Ecosystem 2012. This initiative comprises a number of individual research projects aimed at enabling Nokia phone users to have more intuitive and integrated interactions with their phones – as well as between their phones and other computing devices.

Northrop Grumman Corporation, an industry leader in all aspects of computer network operations and cyber security, is working with CSAIL as part of their Cybersecurity Research Consortium. The consortium will take on some of the world's leading cyber problems including attribution in cyberspace, supply chain risk, and securing critical infrastructure networks.

The T-Party Project, a collaboration with Quanta Computer, explores the development of an integrated virtual information environment enabling people to interface with their laptops, phones, televisions, cameras, and MP3 players from any universal device, anywhere in the world.

Project Oxygen (completed), was a lab-wide series of project focusing on developing network, software, perceptual, and user technology systems that truly serve people by being pervasive, adaptable, and intentional. Oxygen was sponsored by Acer, Delta Electronics, Hewlett-Packard, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, Nokia Research Center, Philips Research, and DARPA.

The "TCSC" partnership between MIT, Tsinghua University and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has formed a virtual Theoretical Computer Science Center with the purpose of conducting collaborative research.

Industrial sponsors interested in developing a collaborative research partnership with CSAIL should contact Elizabeth Bruce, Director of Industry Partnerships at industry@csail.mit.edu. Information regarding standard contractual terms for CSAIL research partnerships may be viewed by clicking the sample contract below.

Research Agreement for Industrial Sponsors located in the USA

Research Agreement for Industrial Sponsors located outside the USA