LCS/AI Lab Timeline

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This Web-based timeline is meant to document the history of computing research at MIT, which dates back to the 1940's. It is, at the moment, quite incomplete, and needs help from those interested in rounding out the story. Computer-related research at MIT has been conducted by many different Laboratories and Departments, including the Whirlwind project, the Research Lab of Electronics, the Computer-Aided Design project, Project MAC and its descendants (the Lab for Computer Science and the Artificial Intelligence Lab), the Information Technology program at the Sloan School, and the Media Lab. Indeed, at the turn of the millenium, computing is becoming an important focus of many other engineering departments as well.

All Events

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  Year  
Event
1945 As We May Think published
Categories: World-Wide Web, Information Retrieval, Societal Impact
Group: Other MIT
1949 MIT Numerically-Controlled Milling Machine Project (NCMM)
Group: CAD
1954 First hand-drawn input to a computer
1954 MIT's (the world's?) first Operating System
Categories: Articles, Operating Systems
Group: CAD
1955 "Gestalt Programming" - Fixing up Whirlwind...
Group: CAD
1955 Convolutional coding
Category: Information Theory
Group: Theory Group
1955 First ATLAS launch pad being built at Cape Canaveral
Group: CAD
1956 APT Project (Automatically Programmed Tools) for numerical control
Group: CAD
1956 First on-line keyboard input to Whirlwind. (Pre Teager's Pre-CTSS work)
Group: CAD
1957 Language features from APT to AED
Group: CAD
1959 Test of LISP for CAD use: Point-Line Diagrams with Constraints
Group: CAD
1959 Project transition from APT to CAD
Group: CAD
1959 CAD project begins
Group: CAD
1959 APT's MIT ARELEM proves Plex modeling (and improves APT)
Group: CAD
1959 Timesharing memo
Category: Timesharing
1959 Modeling Plex roots for AED in APT
Group: CAD
1960 Doug Ross supervised the first Electronic CAD SM and first 3D CAD SM theses
Group: CAD
1960 First paper on Lisp
Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Symbolic Manipulation, Mathematics of Computation, Programming Languages, Lisp
Group: Other MIT
1960 Flexowriter Interrogation Tape (FLIT) for the TX-0 Computer
Categories: Timesharing, Timesharing, Timesharing
1960 Man Computer Symbiosis published
Category: Timesharing
1961 Time shared multiprocessor recommended for MIT
Category: Timesharing
1961 DEC gives PDP 1 to Electrical Engineering Department.
Category: Timesharing
1961 Computer utility model
Category: Timesharing
1961 SAINT, symbolic integration program
Category: Mathlab
1961 Steps towards artificial intelligence published
Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Articles
1961 Computer-controlled hand
Category: Artificial Intelligence
1961 AED (Automated Engineering Design) language development starts.
Group: CAD
1961 The "Bootstrap Compiler" to program AED-0 Compiler (ESL's Computer Applications Group, CAG, had no prior compiler experience, APT notwithstanding!)
Group: CAD
1961 The first software engineering language
Categories: Programming Languages, Programming Methodology and Design, Computer Aided Design
Groups: CAD, Programming Systems
1961 CTSS Version 1 running on IBM 709
Category: CTSS
1961 CTSS running on 709.
Category: CTSS
1962 Lisp 1.5 manual published
Category: Lisp
1962 PDP 1 TECO text editor
Category: Editors
1962 First paper on CTSS
Category: CTSS
1962 First credible chess program
Category: Artificial Intelligence

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