News Archive 2009

  • Three from CSAIL Named AAAS FellowsTom Knight, Tomaso Poggio and Bruce Tidor have just been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences. Knight’s citation was for his efforts in computing technology and the engineering discipline of synthetic biology.
  • CSAIL-Related 2010 IAP OfferingsThis January, CSAIL faculty and staff will be offering a wide selection of courses to the community. While many are scholastic in nature, just as many demonstrate an artistic or playful side of the lab. A sample of courses can be found below.
    Black and White Bootcamp (Jon Proulx)
  • Robot Garden in the Economist Coverage of the Distributed Robotics Lab’s robotic garden continues to grow, with a recent feature on the project in the Economist.
  • Aaronson Wins Junior Bose Teaching Award CSAIL’s Scott Aaronson has been selected to receive this year’s Junior Bose Teaching Award. The honor is awarded by the School of Engineering in recognition of “an outstanding contributor to education from among the junior faculty of the School of Engineering.” Within the lab, Scott joins past recipient Hari Balakrishnan (2002).
  • Karger and Rinard Made ACM FellowsDavid Karger and Martin Rinard have been named as ACM Fellows for 2009. Fellowship is an honor conferred in recognition of the achievements in computer science and information technology of outstanding ACM members.
  • CSAIL Researchers Among Those Elevated By IEEEDaniela Rus and Madhu Sudan have just been elevated to Fellow status within the prestigious IEEE. Conferred by its board of directors, Fellow status denotes an “extraordinary record of accomplishments” in one of the organization’s fields of interest.
  • CSAIL Partners with Northrop Grumman On December first, prominent aerospace and defense company Northrop Grumman announced a new research partnership aimed at countering cybersecurity threats.
  • Noah Meyerhans Recognized as Finalist: Sysadmin of the YearAt this year’s Large Installation System Administration (LISA) Conference in Baltimore, TIG’s Noah Meyerhans was selected as a top finalist for Sysadmin of the Year.
  • When Signals CrossCSAIL 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, Professor John Guttag and his research team are engaged in applied signal processing. But the marriage...
  • Rivest and Team Win NEC Top Honors CSAIL researcher Ron Rivest, along with colleagues Adi Shamir and Len Adleman, have received the 2009 NEC C&C Prize. The award is given in recognition of outstanding contribution to R&D activities, and pioneering work related to the integration of computers and communications technologies.
  • Liskov Kicks Off Dertouzos Lecture Series On Thursday, November 5. CSAIL Principal Investigator Barbara Liskov gave the opening talk of the 2009-2010 Dertouzos Lecture Series. Liskov, winner of this year’s Turing Award, spoke on the value of abstraction as well as some of the ways she has seen the field change during her long and distinguished career.
  • Prince Albert of Monaco Comes to CSAIL On October 26th, His Royal Highness of Monaco became the second head of state to visit MIT in a four day period. A guest of Ray Stata, the prince visited the labs of both Daniela Rus and Russ Tedrake while on campus.
  • Researcher Tomaso Poggio Receives Okawa Prize Principal Investigator Tomaso Poggio has just received the 2009 Okawa Prize. Awarded by the Okawa Foundation, it is meant to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to research, technological development and business in the fields of information and telecommunications.
  • Shafi Goldwasser Honored by Franklin Institute Shafrira Goldwasser, CSAIL theory professor, is a 2010 recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science. The award recognizes her study of cryptography, which has led to significant improvements in Internet security.
  • Berthold Horn Wins IEEE Life Time Achievement Award CSAIL PI Berthold Horn has just received IEEE’s Azriel Rosenfeld Life Time Achievement Award. Founded in 2007, the award is meant to honor those who have made significant contributions to the field of computer vision over the course of longtime careers.
  • Students Honored for Outstanding Doctoral ThesesThree students have been selected to receive this year’s George M. Sprowls Award for the best doctoral theses in computer science.
  • Berners-Lee and Langer Honored As Recipients of Millennium Prize CSAIL PI Tim Berners-Lee, along with MIT Professor Robert Langer, was honored for the Millennium Prize Award at a forum and dinner at the Finnish Embassy. Each researcher discussed his work and views on advances in his respective field on Thursday, October 8th before a large group of technology and policy leaders.
  • Promotion and Changes in CSAIL’s Faculty LineupThis fall as the Institute begins another academic year, CSAIL does so with a number of promotions and new appointments. The Executive Committee of the MIT Corporation approved all changes effective July 1; we are sure that they will only serve to deepen and strengthen the lab’s base of talent.
  • Lab Spinoff Causes Biotech StirIn a recent edition of The Economist, Ginkgo BioWorks was profiled as one of a handful of companies spurring biotechnological innovation. The iGem competition, which is also administered through the lab, was similarly cited as a model for understanding the path that biological engineering projects may take in the future.
  • Lynch Recognized by IEEE CSAIL PI Nancy Lynch has been awarded this year’s Emanuel R. Piore Award. Administered by the IEEE, the award is intended to reward outstanding achievement in the field of information processing. This year, the award was given in recognition of Lynch’s contributions to foundations of distributed and concurrent computing.
  • CSAIL New Graduate Student OrientationWe are very pleased to welcome 58 new graduate students this year. The annual graduate student orientation and lab ice cream social will be held this Friday. Orientation starts at 2:00pm (more).
  • Remembering Senator Kennedy: A Personal LookIn the wake of Edward Kennedy’s death on Tuesday, Massachusetts is dealing with the loss of one of its most outsize figures. In addition to being a politician and scion of the nation’s most iconic family, Kennedy also had a quiet history of advocacy that spread across the country and the world – and may be one of his greatest legacies.
  • Quantum ComputingCSAIL 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 by uncertainty. In Professor Scott Aaronson’s view, this is where some of the most...
  • CSAIL Student Workshop Promotes Collaboration, Interaction
  • CSAIL Video Archive Launches If you’ve ever been curious about a video you saw on the kiosk screens in Stata, a lecture you saw last year, or even archived research footage from the vaults of the AI Lab and LCS, you’re in luck. The CSAIL Video Archive has just debuted on the homepage.
  • Crypto in the Clouds Workshop Hosted by CSAILFrom August 3rd to 5th, CSAIL plays host to a workshop dedicated to understanding the challenges and opportunities presented by cloud computing. The conference aims specifically to discuss implementation of the techniques needed to render cloud computing secure and trustworthy.
  • CSAIL Researchers Win First Prize at Aerial Robotics Competition A team of students working under PI Nicholas Roy has taken top honors at the International Aerial Robotics Competition. Now in its 19th year, the challenges given at each competition become successively more complex. They are organized into a series of missions; this year’s competition was the fifth.
  • Quanta and CSAIL Continue Collaboration On Thursday, July 17th, Quanta Computers and CSAIL/MIT formalized their ongoing commitment to research collaboration and continued innovation. T-Party, the original partnership between the two entities, was launched in 2005 as a way to explore the future of mobile communication.
  • Rivest Sounds Off About Security In The Clouds At this year’s annual RSA Security Conference, Ron Rivest noted some of the difficulties in securing cloud computing. The CSAIL PI points out that terminology matters, particularly where sensitive data is concerned.
  • Multicore ComputingCSAIL 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 while Agarwal is capable of thinking on a grand scale, he is also preoccupied with the challenge of how...
  • CSAIL PIs Teach Summer Courses2009 Short Courses taught by CSAIL faculty and staff through MIT Professional Education – Short Programs (new url http://web.mit.edu/professional/short-programs/index.html)
     
  • Autonomous Forklift Demonstration in Virginia During the week of June 8th, researchers working on the agile robotics forklift project took their craft south for demonstration. The forklift was put through its paces in front of a host of industry and military notables in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
  • CSAIL Graduates Begin New Chapter On Friday, June 5th, the Institute will hold its 143rd commencement ceremony. We here at CSAIL would like to join the speaker, Governor Deval Patrick, 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; congratulations, and best wishes for an exciting future!
     
     
  • Annual Industry Affiliates Meeting Returns to CSAIL On May 27th and 28th, the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory will play host to the annual meeting of its industrial partnership organization. The Industry Affiliates Program, or IAP, is a consortium of companies working in concert with CSAIL on a wide host of technological innovations.
  • Researchers Rewarded by Department of Defense A team of researchers headed by CSAIL PI Daniela Rus is to receive a grant in support of a project called Smart Adaptive Reliable Teams for Persistent Surveillance (SMARTS). The grant is one of nine awarded to teams of researchers who count members of the Institute community among their number.
  • CSAIL Groups Win Computer Vision HonorsOn June 23rd, CSAIL researchers will have the unique honor of receiving two out of four awards presented for excellence at the IEEE’s Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition. Ce Liu, Jenny Yuen and Antonio Torralba’s “Label Transfer via Dense Scene Alignment” won Best Student Paper.
  • Incoming PI Honored By ACMCostis Daskalakis, who will be a CSAIL faculty member beginning this fall, has just been awarded the 2008 Doctoral Dissertation Award by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Daskalakis is the second CSAIL PI to have been honored by the ACM this year. In March, Professor Barbara Liskov was announced as the winner of this year’s ACM Turing Award.
  • Brooks to Deliver Keynote for MIT$100K CompetitionFormer CSAIL Director Rodney Brooks will deliver the keynote address tomorrow at the Grand Finale of MIT’s $100K Entrepreneurship Competition. The competition was founded to encourage MIT community members to funnel their talent, energy and ideas into creating the leading businesses of the future.
  • CSAIL PI Named AAAI Fellow Professor Daniela Rus has just been named a 2009 Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. The fellowship, now in its nineteenth year, was created to recognize those who have made dedicated and sustained contributions to the field. This year Rus, who also serves as head of the Artificial Intelligence directorate, was one of nine new inductees.
  • Stata at FiveCSAIL Spotlight imageThe Ray and Maria Stata Center is a soaring, disorienting, quirky and controversial place to be. Concocted of glass, plywood, brick, cement, industrial steel, titanium, and a palette of paint directly out of Dr. Seuss, its winding staircases, tilted walls, and unexpected corners evoke a playful spirit of exploration that has in many ways been infectious. The building is home to the Computer...
  • Three of CSAIL’s Finest Win Infinite Mile Awards On April 29th, three CSAIL staff members were honored with the Infinite Mile Award, the School of Engineering’s highest honor. Financial Officer Kris Lantheaume and Administrative Assistant Joanne Hanley received two of nine Infinite Mile Awards for Excellence, while Assistant Director of Infrastructure Jack Costanza was awarded one of two Infinite Mile Awards for Sustained Excellence.
  • Berners-Lee Elected to National Academy of Sciences Yesterday, CSAIL Principal Investigator Tim Berners-Lee was one of six MIT faculty members elected to the National Academy of Sciences. The NAS, established in 1863, is an organization whose membership is conferred only on those most distinguished in their fields. Berners-Lee was elected as one of a handful of foreign associates, whose numbers make up less than a fifth of the overall Academy.
  • JHU Collaboration Brings Talented Youth To CSAIL On Saturday, April 4th, seventy-five middle- and high school students from Johns Hopkins’ Center for Talented Youth made a visit to CSAIL for robotics workshops, project demonstrations, and an inside view of life here at the lab. Accompanied by their parents, the trip marked the first year of collaboration with CTY, spearheaded by CSAIL’s Daniela Rus.
  • CSAIL Student’s Video Garners Playful Award Graduate student Michael Bernstein and a group of collaborators have been awarded a Golden Mouse Award from the prestigious CHI Conference. The conference, an event on human factors in computing systems, has been held annually since 1982; this is the first year in which a video showcase has been held.
  • Researchers Make Breakthrough in Antibody Understanding A finding by a team of MIT engineers suggests that an attached sugar found on antibodies is unnecessary for effective functioning. This discovery means that the last barrier to mass producing therapeutic antibodies using bacterial or fungal means, rather than mammalian cells.
  • Synthetic Biology at CSAIL Takes OffFormer CSAIL graduate student Reshma Shetty has been busy since she left the Institute. The biological engineering PhD has founded a new company called Gingko BioWorks which is working hard to make the fabrication of biological building blocks a reality. She sits down for a detailed interview on her project, available here.
  • Rinard To Win ACM-ICPC Coaching Award Electrical engineering Professor Martin Rinard will be the winner of a coaching honor this April at the International Collegiate Programming Contest. The competition, which has taken place for over thirty years, is designed to challenge the best and brightest young minds in computer science to solve a computational problem collectively in just five hours.
  • Sally Lee, Administrative Assistant in CSAIL, receives book award Sally Lee, Administrative Assistant in CSAIL, has received an award for her book, “The Tutu Ballet”. Sally’s book was selected for the Reader Views Award, an annual literary award that honors writers who self-publish or have their books published by a small press or independent book publisher.
  • Liskov Receives Turing Award Professor Barbara Liskov has just become the second woman to receive the Association for Computing Machinery’s A. M. Turing Award. First awarded in 1966, the Turing is considered the “Nobel Prize of computing.” The other CSAIL PIs to have won the award are Ron Rivest (2002), Butler Lampson (1992) and Fernando J. Corbató (1990).
  • Daniel Jackson Made MacVicar Fellow CSAIL PI Daniel Jackson has been named one of four MacVicar Faculty Fellows this year. The honor is conferred in recognition of innovative teaching practices and excellence in education. It commemorates a late Dean for Undergraduate Education, Margaret MacVicar.
    Professor Jackson’s inventive classroom manner and clarity of explanation are among the reasons he won the panel over. And, like many of...