News Archive 2008

  • Project Qmulus: Building An Integrated Virtual Information EnvironmentCSAIL 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 collaboration with Taiwan-based Quanta Computer Inc., the world’s largest original design manufacturer of...
  • Industry Affiliates Program: Bridging the Lab and the MarketplaceCSAIL Spotlight imageThe value of academic research is traditionally measured by its contribution to the world’s inventory of knowledge, through theses, papers, and physical artifacts. At CSAIL, we also view research as a practical matter – placing additional emphasis on designing and building technologies and solutions that have real-world impact. In many cases, this requires establishing partnerships...
  • Humanoid Robotics Competition: Follow UpWhen Olivier Chatot attended the Humanoid Robotics Competition during IAP last year, he was interested in learning how to program a robot to move and fight. He didn’t expect that the class would lead to a UROP at CSAIL continuing his IAP class project, working on the Little Dog research project, or playing a key role in teaching this year’s IAP course.
  • CSAIL Graduate Wins Prestigious ACM Dissertation AwardSergey Yekhanin, a recent CSAIL doctoral student, has won the prestigious Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Doctoral Dissertation award, carrying with it a $20,000 cash prize.

    Yekhanin beat out 116 other dissertations for the prestigious honor. The competition is open to universities around the world, who are invited to nominate one or two Ph.D. theses in any area of computer science...
  • CSAIL’s CarTel Team Works to Reduce Traffic Woes

  • CSAIL Professor wins leadership award CSAIL professor Erik Demaine won the Katayanagi Emerging Leadership Prize. The Prize, sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University and Tokyo University of Technology, is endowed by Japanese entrepreneur Koh Katayanagi and honors promising young researchers in the computer science field.
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  • CSAIL team wins Micro-Air Vehicle CompetitionA group of CSAIL students, lead by Professor Nick Roy and partnering with Ascending Technologies, won “Best Mission Performance” and “Best Rotorcraft Performance” at the 2008 Micro-Air Vehicle Competition. The competition featured select teams from around the world as part of the inaugural US-Asian Demonstration and Assessment of Micro-Aerial and Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology Conference....
  • CSAIL helps student group bring Human Race Machine to campusDuring the week of March 17th, the MIT community will have a unique opportunity to view the world through a different set of eyes. Hapa, a student group dedicated to issues affecting people with mixed ethnic backgrounds, has organized the delivery of a Human Race Machine to Lobby 10.
  • Dertouzos Lecturer Series: Robert J FullMarch 15, 2007 - Professor Robert J. Full of the University of California at Berkeley gave Dertouzos Lecturer Series Talk titled "Bipedal Bugs, Galloping Ghosts and Gripping Geckos: Neuromechanical Systems Biology"
  • Visionary Research: Teaching Computers to See Like a HumanFor all their sophistication, computers still can't compete with nature's gift—a brain that sorts objects quickly and accurately enough so that people and primates can interpret what they see as it happens. Despite decades of development, computer vision systems still get bogged down by the massive amounts of data necessary just to identify the most basic images. Throw that same image into a...
  • Learning about brains from computers, and vice versa
  • W3C XML is Ten!
  • The 50 Best Robots EverThey're exploring the deep sea and distant planets. They're saving lives in the operating room and on the battlefield. They're transforming factory floors and filmmaking. They're - oh c'mon, they're just plain cool! From Qrio to the Terminator, here are our absolute favorites (at least for now).
  • MIT to teach students how to make apps for Google Android
  • Hacking the vote
  • Computational OrigamiA series of 3 paper sculptures titled "Computational Origami" created by CSAIL principal investigator Prof. Erik Demaine and visiting scientist Martin Demaine will be part of the Design and the Elastic Mind exhibit at MoMA Museum of Modern Art in from February 24 – May 12, 2008.
  • MIT reports new twist in microRNA biology