News Archive 2005

  • Moses named ESD acting director

    Dean of Engineering Thomas Magnanti announced that he has appointed Institute Professor Joel Moses as acting director of MIT's Engineering Systems Division, an academic and research division formed to tackle the large-scale engineering challenges of the 21st century.

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  • Institute Professors

    On a muggy Saturday morning last summer, the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood was humming with people. The Boston Symphony Orchestra followed conductor James Levine through a contemporary overture commissioned for his debut season in Boston.

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  • The Lady and her Robots

    One day at a movie theater in 1977, Helen Greiner met the man who would change her life. Like most, he had his flaws. He was too fat. His legs were stubby and his arms were too long. His voice was oddly pitched and flat. But to the 11-year-old girl transfixed by Star Wars , R2D2 was the most...

  • Science search made easier in developing nations

    Scientists in developing countries may soon have better access to peer research on the Internet, thanks to a partnership between search specialists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Elsevier.

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  • Soldier, trumpeter, helper, slave

    An interesting book appeared in the bookshop near my house this week. Roughly the size of a slender novel, its shiny black cover was dominated by a giant silver robot, zapping a hapless human victim with red laser beams coming out of its eyes. Its title was How to Survive a Robot Uprising.

  • Hopping Microrobots

    If you want to travel to distant stars, or find life on another world, it takes a bit of planning. That's why NASA has established NIAC, the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts. For the past several years, NASA has been encouraging scientists and engineers to think outside the box, to come up...

  • The Secret Truth

    Parents used to accept routine vaccinations for their children without a second thought. But as more parents weigh the benefits of vaccination against the possible risks, some are hesitating, even resisting, those shots, as doctors struggle to persuade them of their safety. At stake is the...

  • CSAIL Spotlight: Robot Swims in International Fundraiser

    On December 3rd, 2005 over a quarter of a million people and one robot swam as part of the World Swim for Malaria. Money raised by the project will be used to buy mosquito nets to protect children from malaria.

    Robot AMOUR, project of the Rus Robotics Laboratory, swam at 4pm EST. Daniela...

  • How the iPod Will Change the Face of Computer Security

    Apple probably didn't intend it, but the iPod will likely prove to be an important stepping stone into solving a problem that has faced computer scientists for more than 30 years. Bruce Potter explains.

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  • CSAIL Spotlight: Google to provide support for CSAIL Kenya and Fiji outreach programs

    Recently MIT was ranked first among universities in the country for commitment to national service.

    In the tradition of service, CSAIL is pleased to announce that Google will partner with CSAIL's infrastructure...

  • Dertouzos Lecturer Series: Professor Avi Wigderson

    Professor Avi Wigderson from the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton gave a talk titled "The Power and Weakness of Randomness in Computation" on November 10th, 2005.


    Humanity has grappled with the meaning and utility of randomness for centuries....

  • Faculty help bring films to life

    MIT faculty are now starring in "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination," a new exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science that combines objects from "Star Wars" films with real-world technologies.

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  • Teams lay BioBrick foundation for genetic engineering

    Thirteen international teams unveiled their biological designs at MIT last weekend at the 2005 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition.

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  • 'The Matrix' is a step closer to reality; Neuroscientists break code on sight

    In the sci-fi movie "The Matrix," a cable running from a computer into Neo's brain writes in visual perceptions, and Neo's brain can manipulate the computer-created world. In reality, scientists cannot interact directly with the brain because they do not understand enough about how it codes and...

  • Faculty named to professorships

    A number of faculty members have been appointed to named professorships. All appointments are for three-year terms and became effective July 1 unless otherwise noted.

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  • Eric Grimson named head of EECS

    Professor Eric Grimson, a leading expert in computer vision, has been named the new head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

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  • MIT and Nokia establish joint laboratory for high-impact research

    MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Nokia Research Center today announced a research collaboration to advance the state of the art in mobile computing and communications technologies.

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  • Marketers claim to fight spam

    The Direct Marketing Association, an industry group for companies that send people pitches they didn't ask for, announced the other day that its members will now stand at the front lines in the war on spam.

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  • Sliding Around

    Here's a seemingly simple puzzle.

    Place four coins on the bottom row of circles (G, D, E, and R), leaving the letters MARTIN exposed. Your challenge is to slide the coins along the paths joining the circles so that the four coins cover the top row of circles (M, T, I, and blank), exposing...

  • SpringBoard:New England 2005 Bootcamp

    A CWE/Springboard Enterprise Bootcamp has been held each year since 2000. This years all-day event was a "...workshop designed to provide entrepreneurs with the tools they need to successfully develop and execute a venture capital presentation." For women thinking about starting their own...

  • Robot Will Swim in International Fundraiser

    Rus Robotics Laboratory robot AMOUR will swim as part of the World Swim for Malaria on December 3, 2005. From AMOUR's Sponsor me page, " AMOUR is in training to make the tumble turns slick so if we get sponsored by the lap we're in good shape to give Michael Phelps a run for his money." The swim...

  • MIT Family Weekend

    Family Weekend is a time for MIT families to discover MIT and all that the Institute has to offer.

    This years Family Weekend took place October 14-16, 2005. Each year Family Weekend provides families the opportunity to interact with faculty and administrators to experience MIT culture...

  • Panel: E-voting vulnerable

    GAITHERSBURG, Md.--Overlooked bugs and malicious code pose a plausible threat to software on electronic voting machines, a panel of election experts said Friday.

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  • These robots can fit 200 to an M&M

    Robots built by Dartmouth College researchers can march 200 in a row across an M&M and manipulate an object as small as a cell.

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  • Bot Builders Scramble for Cash

    ARLINGTON, Virginia -- With the exception of military and space applications, the United States is falling behind Europe and Asia in robotics research, according to an international study by the World Technology Evaluation Center.

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  • Scholars explore American Constitution

    MIT faculty research on the roots and future reach of the U.S. Constitution -- from a renowned historian's new book on how the Constitution was originally ratified to a media scholar's study of how rights of free expression relate to video games such as Grand Theft Auto -- bring Constitution Day...

  • Researchers Discover Key to Human Embryonic Stem-Cell Potential


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  • Why Origami Is Critical to New Drugs

    It's no surprise that Erik Demaine counts juggling among his hobbies. The 24-year-old--a home-schooled child prodigy who became M.I.T.'s youngest professor ever at age 20--picks off one arcane math problem after another. "I work on anything I consider fun," he says. "I'm a geek." Demaine, who...

  • NASA Robotics Internship Program Tours CSAIL

    Thirty-three members of the NASA Robotic internship program visited CSAIL in early August. Their tour included a a visit to the Model- based Embedded and Robotic Systems Group and the Humanoid Robotics Group.

    The NASA Robotics Internship Program is an intensive resident summer program of...

  • NSF proposes next-generation Internet

    The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has proposed a next-generation Internet with built-in security and functionality that connects all kinds of devices, with researchers challenging the government agency to look at the Internet as a "clean slate".

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  • MIT program bridges Mideast divide

    Much has been said about the political, religious and historical rifts that divide Israelis from Palestinians, but two MIT students have found something young people from these groups have in common: an interest in technology.

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  • Technical Team Recognized for Groundbreaking Achievement With Determina Memory Firewall

    Determina(TM) Inc. today
    announced its CTO, Saman Amarasinghe, and two co-founders from MIT, Derek
    Bruening and Vladimir Kiriansky, are all recipients of the highly-regarded
    InfoWorld's Innovator 2005 award. The full story and results appear in the
    August 1, 2005, edition...

  • EECS appoints 10 to professorships

    The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has announced the appointment of six professors to career development chairs and four to other named professorships.

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  • Harvard, MIT profs land $200K each in Microsoft grants

    A Harvard University assistant professor and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology assistant professor will each receive $200,000 from Microsoft Corp. to fund their research.

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  • Many minds, one goal: Curb bad traffic

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Some of the best Internet minds in the world met for the first time last week to brainstorm new ways to defend against 'Net-clogging threats.

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  • Professor Emeritus Robert Fano receives an Honorary Degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino

    Professor Emeritus Robert Fano receives an Honorary Degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino. Professor Fano was born in Torino, Italy, and did most of his undergraduate work at the School of Engineering of Torino before coming to the United States in 1939.


  • Microsoft Research Names First Winners of New Faculty Fellowship Awards, Fueling Innovative Research in Computer Science

    Microsoft Research today
    announced the first five recipients of its New Faculty Fellowship Awards, a
    new program that honors early-career university professors who demonstrate
    exceptional talent for novel research and thought leadership in their


  • Researchers Reveal Holes in Grid

    The widely used Secure Shell technology is not so secure against worm-type attacks that could cause "cascade failure" to grid clusters, MIT researchers say.

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  • Akamai's Tom Leighton to Testify at U.S. Congressional Hearing on the Future of Computer Science Research

    Dr. Tom Leighton, co-founder and chief scientist of Akamai Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAM), the leading global service provider for accelerating content and business processes online, will present testimony tomorrow before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science.


  • Robot 'zoo' is a class act

    Icarus and Mostly Harmless were among the machines on hand at a robotic "petting zoo" May 5 held in honor of the inauguration of President Susan Hockfield.

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  • Time Travelers to Meet in Not Too Distant Future

    Suppose it is the future - maybe a thousand years from now. There is no static cling, diapers change themselves, and everyone who is anyone summers on Mars.

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  • Link Ban 'Threatens Free Speech'

    Experts speaking in defense of hacker magazine 2600 say a ruling that prevents sites from linking to a controversial DVD-descrambling utility imperils traditional free speech.

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  • Dertouzos Lecturer Series: Professor Daphne Koller

    Professor Daphne Koller from Stanford University gave a talk titled "Probabilistic Models for Complex Domains: Cells, Bodies, and Webpages" on May 6th, 2005.


    Many domains in the real world are richly structured, containing a diverse set of objects, related to each other...

  • Quanta Computer, Inc. and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announce TParty Project

    Quanta Computer, Inc. and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology today announced a five-year, $20M joint research collaboration project ("TParty") aimed at developing the next generation of platforms for computing and communication beyond personal computers.

    TParty will address one of...

  • Why robots are scary--and cool

    For early researchers in artificial intelligence who were out to play God, it turned out the devil was in the details.

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  • Teams build robots that walk like humans
    MIT's version of the "robotoddler" is just the latest MIT entry in the world of robots that can move themselves in a variety of settings. There's still a long way to go before today's robots evolve into practical, everyday technologies, but even now, autonomous robotic vehicles developed at MIT are...
  • Software gives descriptive directions

    Automatically-generated directions for getting from one place to another are a staple of the Internet age, but they rarely include landmarks.

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  • Computation comes to life
    For years biologists have used computer models and high-performance computers to simulate and understand living processes. More recently, computer scientists have drawn inspiration from biology to immunize information systems against malware and to create algorithms that mutate without human...
  • Crack in SHA-1 code 'stuns' security gurus

    Three Chinese researchers said last week that they have compromised the SHA-1 hashing algorithm at the core of many of today's mainstream security products.

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  • A New Model Army Soldier Rolls Closer to Battle

    The American military is working on a new generation of soldiers, far different from the army it has.

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