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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 >>

Professor Anant Agarwal and Professor Andrew Lo are two of 198 new members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Members of the Academy include some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders.
Professor Saman Amarasinghe was named the winner of the Most Influential Paper Award at the 2013 IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Code Generation and Optimization (CGO). Amarasinghe was honored for his 2003 paper, “An Infrastructure for Adaptive Dynamic Optimization,” co-written with
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has announced that Professor Erik Demaine and CSAIL Visiting Scientist Martin Demaine have been named 2013 Guggenheim Fellows for their work with origami from wood, plastic, metal, and glass. The Demaines were selected for this honor from a group of
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has announced that it is honoring Professor Piotr Indyk and Professor Dina Katabi for their innovations in computing technology. Indyk has been named one of the recipients of the Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award, which honors specific
Assistant Professor Julie Shah’s work with developing new algorithms that allow robots to collaborate and adapt to the working preferences of their human co-workers, has been featured in The New York Times.
The article spotlights Shah’s work with cross-training, a new method for
Institute Professor Barbara Liskov, a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been named a recipient of the 2012 Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Special Interest Group on Operating Systems (SIGOPS) Hall of Fame Award. Liskov was honored along with Brian M. Oki for their 1988 paper
Professor Peter Szolovits has been named the recipient of the 2013 Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence. The award is presented annually by the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) in honor of Morris F. Collen, a pioneer in the field.
According to the ACMI, the award
The Royal Academy of Engineering has announced that Professor Tim Berners-Lee has been named one of the winners of the inaugural Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering for his work in creating the World Wide Web. The award honored Berners-Lee, Marc Andreessen, Vinton Cerf, Robert Kahn, and Louis
MIT professors Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali have won the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) A.M. Turing Award for their pioneering work in the fields of cryptography and complexity theory. The two developed new mechanisms for how information is encrypted and secured, work that
On March 6, the MIT Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing (Wireless@MIT) kicked off its new lecture series with a discussion on wireless spectrum policy with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski. Professors Hari Balakrishnan and Dina Katabi, co-
The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) has announced that the recipient for the 2013 Privacy Leadership Award is Daniel Weitzner, director and co-founder of the MIT Decentralized Information Group, and former United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy
Professor Erik Demaine has been honored with the 2013 European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS) Presburger Award for young scientists. Demaine was selected for his, “outstanding contributions in several fields of algorithms, namely computational geometry, data structures,
A common problem in introductory courses like 6.00 Introduction to Computer Science and Programming occurs when it is time to grade assignments. In order to provide students with useful feedback on the mistakes they have made and how they can improve their work, teaching assistants (TAs) spend
Professor Anant Agarwal, president of edX and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Agarwal was cited for contributions to shared-memory and multicore computer architectures.
Election to the NAE is among the highest professional
Barbara Liskov, an Institute Professor at MIT and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been named a 2012 Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Charter Fellows are selected for their work, “in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible
On Tuesday, February 5, CSAIL kicked off a new entrepreneurship initiative with a talk by Meraki co-founders and former CSAIL graduate students John Bicket and Sanjit Biswas. The CSAIL entrepreneurship initiative aims to help students turn great computer science ideas into successful technology
The National Science Foundation (NSF), along with the journal Science, has honored a team of CSAIL researchers for their work in the 10th annual International Science & Technology Visualization Challenge. CSAIL graduate students Michael Rubinstein, Neal Wadhwa and MIT alumni Eugene Shih and Hao
Dr. David Clark and Dr. Karen Sollins have been honored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGCOMM with the Test of Time Award for their paper “Tussle in Cyberspace: Defining Tomorrow’s Internet”. Clark and Sollins published the paper in 2002 along with co-authors
Lindsay is a 23-year-old coffee lover and researcher at MEEI who lives in Somerville. She has a Keurig Vue Brewer to allow her to make a wide variety of hot and cold beverages at the touch of a button; however, Lindsay has trouble using many features of the machine as she is blind and cannot see
In May of 2012, Harvard and MIT joined forces to create edX, an online learning initiative aimed at developing a new, interactive learning experience specifically for the Internet. With MITx, MIT’s new online learning model, serving as the technical platform, Harvard, MIT and Berkeley are

Contact: Abby Abazorius
MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)
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In an effort to bring a more human dimension to the online education experience, MIT Professor Rob Miller has developed a new
CSAIL Spotlight imageHow does a bird handle the wind, hanging effortlessly while battered by gusts and darting through clusters of trees with seamless precision? Associate Professor Russ Tedrake wants to understand how birds can operate under such conditions and create machines that can do the same. His current goal is
CSAIL Spotlight imageWhat if machines could think like us - comprehending social cues, visual prompts and spoken words just like a human would? For CSAIL Professor Patrick Winston, the Ford Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science and leader of the Genesis Group at CSAIL, uncovering the true nature of
CSAIL Spotlight imageIn May 2012, CSAIL announced a major new initiative to tackle the challenges of the burgeoning field known as “big data” -- data collections that are too big, growing too fast, or are too complex for existing information technology systems to handle. The announcement was made at an MIT
Contact: Abby Abazorius,
MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)
T. 617.324.9135;
The Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT today announced a major new initiative called bigdata@CSAIL to tackle
CSAIL Spotlight imageOn May 14-15 2011, CSAIL hosted a workshop at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in Cambridge, MA, sponsored by the Office of  The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (formerly DDR&E).  The goal of the workshop, organized by Ed Lazowska (U Washington)
CSAIL Spotlight imageAn elderly woman who lives alone needs assistance with everything from remembering to take her medicine to putting away the dishes. Her children work fulltime and are only able to assist her on nights and weekends. To assist her mother during those daytime hours when she is all alone, her daughter
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Researchers from MIT CSAIL, the University of Michigan, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and Harvard Medical School have developed a new tool that can more
CSAIL Spotlight imageYou might not have to wait until 2062 to travel to work in an aerocar like George Jetson, thanks to work currently underway at CSAIL. An autonomous personal air taxi capable of ferrying you to Paris by 5pm with a flyover of London may sound futuristic, but it is a current project of CSAIL Principal
CSAIL Spotlight imageIn 1974 Professor Peter Szolovits made a prediction: By the 1980s a majority of large hospitals would have adopted the use of electronic medical records. While the necessary technology did not progress as quickly as expected to allow for this transition, the U.S. government is currently making a
CSAIL Spotlight imageRemember the Polaroid camera- that black box capable of spitting out an image within seconds of snapping the shutter? Once the star of social gatherings, a Polaroid camera now sits on a shelf in Bill Freeman’s office at CSAIL, a relic of a time gone by. The world of photography has
CSAIL Spotlight imageIt isn't everyday that a computer scientist wins one of the most coveted awards in aeronautics. But when Rick Cory started in Associate Professor Russ Tedrake's Robot Locomotion Group as a Ph.D. student, he wasn't out to conduct robotics as usual. "We were trying to think of a project that
CSAIL Spotlight imageFor as long as there have been computers, there has been coding. And with coding comes repetition—lots of it. That's always been the basic fact of a programmer's existence, even as computers have become ever more friendly from a user's perspective. That's where Sikuli comes in. The latest
CSAIL Spotlight imageIn the public eye, computer scientists are often portrayed as dry, secluded – and almost always male. But behind the outdated stereotype, the lab is full of real world applications, exciting collaborations, and researchers of both genders who are working hard to advance the state of the field. For
CSAIL Spotlight imageThe human body and the systems that maintain it are, at their most basic, bundles of crackling electricity. Impulses, currents and waves can be found in every part of our world, and they offer much in the way of information if they can be properly read and interpreted. At the abstract level,
CSAIL Spotlight imageQuantum computing is one of the most fascinating – if counterintuitive – final frontiers in the computing world today. Saddled with technical limitations and the potential impossibility of their pursuit, experimentalists and theoreticians alike have found themselves beset from all sides
CSAIL Spotlight imageProfessor Anant Agarwal has a tendency to think big. One recent piece of work has just been donated to the MIT Museum after being documented in the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records as the largest microphone array on the planet – and that was just one component of a larger project. But
CSAIL Spotlight imageEarly in the fall of 2008, students began gathering before a raised platform of fake grass. The artificial turf was adorned with evenly spaced tomato plants, nestled in sensible terra cotta pots. And while the small cluster of plants and grow lamps might have seemed incongruous under other
CSAIL Spotlight imageCSAIL Professor Madhu Sudan is thinking about communication. His project posits that communication is possible between beings with no common bond of language or shared history. Its direct substantiating case examines a theoretical instance of the third kind, placing extraterrestrials and
CSAIL Spotlight imageThe field of robotics began relatively modestly. Its founders attempted to create simple machines capable of performing tasks or interacting with the world. But in doing so, the first roboticists opened the door to an amazing area of study, rich with possibilities for extraordinary contributions to
CSAIL Spotlight imageThe CSAIL Center for Robotics brings together leading experts in robotics who are engaged in research aimed at creating robots that can drive cars, walk, fly, or swim; grasp and assemble arbitrary objects; perceive the world and find their way in buildings and streets; coordinate and form teams;
CSAIL Spotlight imageOver the past four decades, CSAIL has partnered with numerous companies. Yet none of them have been quite like the Nokia and CSAIL collaboration known as Mobile Ecosystem 2012. In fact, CSAIL has worked with Nokia a number of times in the past, yet the current effort is still distinct. According to
CSAIL Spotlight imageWhile the “C” in CSAIL stands for computer, it’s not solely what goes on inside a computer that CSAIL researchers care about – especially when what’s running on the computer is the World Wide Web. “When you’re on the Web, you’re not connecting to a
CSAIL Spotlight imageImagine having complete access to your own personalized environment – your notes, presentations, music, TV recordings, photo albums, recipes – from anywhere in the world, anytime. Making this dream a reality is the goal of Project Qmulus, CSAIL’s five-year, $20 million