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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 >>

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.
EvoStar is one of the leading European events focused on bio-inspired computation.
O’Reilly is a principal
CSAIL Spotlight imageFor years Dr. Stephanie Seneff has been known throughout the computer science world for her work in natural language processing. A computer scientist with a background in biology, Seneff received her undergraduate degree in biophysics before moving to electrical engineering and computer science for
Dr. Lalana Kagal has been promoted to the role of Principal Research Scientist, effective July 1, 2013.
Kagal is the Deputy Director of the Decentralized Information Group at CSAIL. Her research focuses on modeling how social norms and legal rules work in society in order to automate the
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.
Massachusetts Academy of Sciences Fellows constitute a select and prestigious community of scientists and
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
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. GoDaddy is a domain seller and small business online
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
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”.
Sponsored by the
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
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
Network science, the study of complex interconnected systems, has grown over the past few years as it has become pivotal in understanding a wide variety of fields ranging from molecular and cell biology to social and information sciences and big data. By studying the structure and connectivity
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.
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Contact: Abby Abazorius,
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)
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With recent advances in three-dimensional (3D) printing technology, it is now possible to produce a wide variety of 3D objects,
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.
Courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, publish a shock number of opinions without divulging the author. These unsigned per curiam opinions were traditionally considered a means of deciding uncontroversial cases in which justices were all in agreement. Today, though, these anonymous opinions
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
CSAIL Senior Research Scientist David Clark and CSAIL Visiting Scientist Richard Stallman are two of the 2013 inductees into the Internet Hall of Fame. J.C.R. Licklider, a director of Project MAC (the precursor to CSAIL), and MIT alumnus Robert Metcalfe were also inducted into the Internet Hall of
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Contact: Abby Abazorius
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)
T: 617.324.9135;
A team from MIT has advanced to the next stage of the prestigious DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), a competition sponsored by the
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
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
CSAIL and Pilobolus would like to thank all the sponsors and participants who made the May 19 performance of UP: The Umbrella Project possible. A collaboration between CSAIL and internationally acclaimed dance company Pilobolus, UP brought together over 300 members of the MIT community to
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
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.
Devadas, the Edwin Sibley Webster Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at MIT and a
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. The CSAIL students matriculating in both Masters and PhD programs are listed below;
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). Through the Symposium, the lab aims to celebrate the achievements of CSAIL’s doctoral graduates and provide a forum for sharing the
Haitham Hassanieh, a graduate student in Professor Dina Katabi’s Networks@MIT research group at CSAIL, has been awarded the MIT Arab Student Organization’s (MIT-ASO) Graduate Student Achievement Award. The award, which recognizes the top Arab or Arab-American graduate student studying
It is difficult to provide a detailed and comprehensive picture of wireless network data performance in the real world. Although providers like AT&T and Verizon offer coverage maps on their web sites, there is no reliable source of end-to-end network performance across different providers and
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. A collaboration between the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and internationally
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). Gollakota was honored for his
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