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Research is the lifeblood of CSAIL. Applying computational thinking and advanced technologies, we pose difficult questions and pursue innovative answers. While research is our core activity, we view it not as an end in itself but as a means to an end. The goal is not merely to build our knowledge but rather to impact our world. Ultimately, our research is intended to someday improve the way we live, work, and play; heal, travel, and learn; manage our lives, and care for our environment. READ MORE >>

CSAIL Principal Investigator Srini Devadas and three former students have been selected as the 2014 winners of the Most Influential Paper Award at a prestigious systems research conference.
CSAIL Spotlight imageImagine playing a video game like Call of Duty or Battlefield and having the ability to lead your virtual army unit while moving freely throughout your house.
Imagine playing a video game like Call of Duty or Battlefield and having the ability to lead your virtual army unit while moving freely throughout your house.

Gaming could become this realistic, thanks to new technology developed by Dina Katabi’s research group at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) that allows for highly accurate, 3-D motion tracking. The new system, dubbed “WiTrack”, uses radio signals to track a person through walls and obstructions, pinpointing her 3-D location to within 10 to 20 centimeters — about the width of an adult hand.
MIT'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, 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.
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, “making database applications perform using program analysis.”
CSAIL Spotlight imageThe Big Data Initiative at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) today announced two new activities aimed at improving the use and management of Big Data.
CSAIL 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 Hardware.”
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 by Andrew and Erna Viterbi, the chair recognizes significant contributions in the field of communications and signal processing.
CSAIL 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).
CSAIL Spotlight imageLocu, an online platform for promoting local businesses, was founded by students from CSAIL and the Sloan School of Management in 2010. Just three years later the company was acquired by GoDaddy.
CSAIL’s Spoken Language Systems Group has unveiled a new technique for automatically tracking speakers in audio recordings.
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 Bylinskii and Phillip Isola studied the memorability of a wide variety of visualizations to help decipher the best ways to present information visually.
Members 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 have been named as winners of all three best paper awards.
CSAIL Spotlight imageOn 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 mobile systems.
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 designed to tackle the biggest challenges facing the wireless industry, and will feature talks by MIT faculty and researchers, as well as demonstrations of next generation wireless and mobile systems.
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.
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 marked capacity for self-direction.”
CSAIL Spotlight imageDr. Ruth Rosenholtz's research group is applying the computational model they developed to better understand peripheral vision to test the usability of potential new MBTA subway maps.
Professor John Leonard has been named the associate head for research of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, effective as of Monday, September 16, 2013.
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.
CSAIL Spotlight imageFor years Dr. Stephanie Seneff has been known throughout the computer science world for her work in natural language processing. Now, she is using the novel computer science techniques she developed to better understand how drugs and environmental toxins impact human health.
Dr. Lalana Kagal has been promoted to the role of Principal Research Scientist, effective July 1, 2013.
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.
The 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 competition.
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.
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 Policy for Non-Preemptive Task Sets with Precedence and Temporal Constraints," which they presented at the AIAA Infotech@Aerospace Conference last year.
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”.
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 Brooks, former CSAIL director and president of Rethink Robotics - will discuss how robots can help transform everything from school classrooms to the factory floor, and operating rooms to the way we explore the Solar System.
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 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
In a new paper appearing in the August edition of Nature Biotechnology, Associate Professor Manolis Kellis and colleagues from the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), the MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE), and the Broad Institute, describe a new algorithm that can infer direct dependencies in a network.
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.
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 imageNew CSAIL research to be presented at the 2013 SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference could transform the field of 3D printing.
The Simons Foundation has announced that Professor Piotr Indyk has been selected as a Simons Investigator. Indyk is one of 13 mathematicians, theoretical physicists and computer scientists named as 2013 Simons Investigators and one of two professors at MIT selected for the honor.
A study published in the Stanford Technology Law Review by a group of scholars at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University uses machine learning algorithms to provide new evidence for authorship of unsigned judicial decisions.
CSAIL Director Daniela Rus has been elected to the Massachusetts Women’s Forum (MWF). Founded in 1991, the Forum aims to bring together females leaders across industries and sectors to enrich and enhance professional development, encourage exposure to a broad spectrum of ideas, provide opportunity for new relationships and to validate the contributions women are making to the State of Massachusetts.
Several CSAIL members were recently inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame, which aims to publicly recognize a distinguished and select group of visionaries, leaders and luminaries who have made significant contributions to the development and advancement of the Internet.
CSAIL Spotlight imageA team from MIT has advanced to the next stage of the prestigious DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), a competition sponsored by the Department of Defense to promote innovation in robotics technology for disaster-response operations. The MIT team beat out more than one hundred other teams in the first stage of the competition – the Virtual Robotics Challenge (VRC) – to gain one of seven prized spots in the next stage of the competition, slated for December 2013.
Scott Aaronson has been awarded tenure by the Executive Committee of the MIT Corporation effective July 1, 2013. Aaronson, the TIBCO Career Development Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and a member of the Theory of Computation and Complexity Theory groups at CSAIL, came to MIT in 2007 following postdoctoral appointments at the Institute of Advanced Study and the University of Waterloo, Ontario.
Professor Daniela Rus, director of CSAIL, has been appointed to the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council. Rus was appointed following recommendation from the Computing Research Association (CRA), in consultation with the National Science Foundation (NSF), and was one of five new members named to the CCC Council.
CSAIL and Pilobolus would like to thank all the sponsors and participants who made the May 19 performance of UP: The Umbrella Project possible.
CSAIL Spotlight imageDuring 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 heart of the MIT community: The Middle East Education through Technology (MEET) program founded at MIT with CSAIL support.
Professor Srini Devadas has been honored for his significant contributions to the Design Automation Conference (DAC) and his impact on the course of DAC’s history.
On Friday, June 7th, the Institute will hold its 147th commencement ceremony. We here at CSAIL would like to join the speaker, Drew Houston ‘05, in wishing our graduates luck on the next leg of their journey.
CSAIL members are invited to attend CSAIL’s inaugural Ph.D. Symposium to be held on Wednesday, June 5 at 1:00 p.m. in the Kirsch Auditorium (32-123).
Haitham Hassanieh, a graduate student in Professor Dina Katabi’s Networks@MIT research group at CSAIL, has been awarded the MIT Arab Student
From Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19, a group of CSAIL researchers is hosting a location-based, Android “Game-Jam,” a two-day event dedicated to bringing game developers together to build a host of mobile games that will aid in this research.
MIT students, faculty and staff are invited to come light up the Cambridge sky during the second performance of UP: The Umbrella Project on Sunday, May 19 at 7:45 p.m. at Jack Barry Field.
Assistant Professor Shyamnath Gollakota, an MIT graduate who completed his doctoral research in Professor Dina Katabi’s Networks@MIT research group at CSAIL, has won the 2012 Doctoral Dissertation Award presented by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).