News Archive 2012

  • Corbato Named Computer History Museum Fellow Fernando J. Corbato, a professor emeritus in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been honored by the Computer History Museum as a 2012 Fellow.
  • Leonard’s Work Featured on Bloomberg TV Bloomberg TV featured the work of John Leonard, a professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering and a principal investigator at CSAIL, in a new piece focused on the future of robotics.
  • Shavit Wins Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing Nir Shavit, a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been awarded the 2012 Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing.
  • CSAIL Tackles Big DataCSAIL Spotlight imageIn May 2012, CSAIL announced a major new initiative to tackle the challenges of the burgeoning field known as “big data” -- data collections that are too big, growing too fast, or are too complex for existing information technology systems to handle.
  • Brooks’ New Company Changes Name to Rethink Robotics, Inc. Heartland Robotics, the latest robotics company from former CSAIL Director Rodney Brooks, has announced that it is changing its name to Rethink Robotics, Inc.
  • All Things Big and Small: The Brain’s Discerning Taste for Size Researchers at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and the MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences have discovered that the brain organizes objects based on their physical size, with a specific region of the brain reserved for recognizing large objects and another reserved for small objects. Their findings, to be published in the June 21 issue of Neuron, could have major implications for fields like robotics, and could lead to a greater understanding of how the brain organizes and maps information.
  • Arvind Honored with Harry H. Goode Memorial Award Arvind, the Johnson Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been named the recipient of the IEEE Computer Society’s Harry H. Goode Memorial Award.
  • Enabling Better Human-Robot Coordination Julie Shah, the Boeing Career Development Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT and a principal investigator at CSAIL, is looking to enable more human-robot coordination on the factory floor.
  • Celebrating CSAIL’s Graduates On Friday, June 8th, the Institute will hold its 146th commencement ceremony. We here at CSAIL would like to join the speaker, Salman Khan, 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!
  • 6.141 Students Showcase Robotics Skills Students in 6.141, Robotics: Science and Systems I recently wrapped up the semester with an afternoon full of robotics demonstrations.
  • MIT CSAIL & Intel Join State of Massachusetts to Tackle Big Data The Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT today announced a major new initiative called bigdata@CSAIL to tackle the challenges of the burgeoning field known as “big data” -- data collections that are too big, growing too fast, or are too complex for existing information technology systems to handle. The announcement was made at an MIT event attended by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who simultaneously announced a new statewide initiative to establish Massachusetts as a hub of big data research.
  • Daskalakis Wins Microsoft Faculty Fellowship Constantinos Daskalakis, X-Window Consortium Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been named a 2012 Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow.
  • Rus Named CSAIL Director Daniela Rus, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been named the next director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), effective May 23.
  • Tedrake Receives Tenure The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has announced that Russ Tedrake has been promoted to the role of associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2012.
  • Turing Award Winner Valiant Speaks at CSAIL Turing Award winner and Harvard University Professor Leslie Valiant spoke at CSAIL last week as part of the lab’s Dertouzos Lecturer Series.
  • Liskov Elected to National Academy of Sciences Barbara Liskov, an Institute Professor at MIT and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), an honor recognizing distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
  • Faster Fourier Transform Named One of World’s Most Important Emerging Technologies The sparse Fourier transform, a new algorithm developed by Professors and CSAIL Principal Investigators Piotr Indyk and Dina Katabi, along with CSAIL graduate students Haitham Hassanieh and Eric Price, has been named to MIT Technology Review's 2012 list of the world's most important emerging technologies.
  • Agarwal to Serve as First President of EdX Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) today announced EdX, a transformational new partnership in online education. Through EdX, the two institutions will collaborate to enhance campus-based teaching and learning and build a global community of online learners.
  • Abelson Honored as Outstanding Educator Hal Abelson has been honored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) with the Karl V. Karlstom Outstanding Educator Award for his contributions to computer science education.
  • Agarwal's Dreams for Online Education MIT News profiled Professor Anant Agarwal's vision for online education.
  • Three CSAIL Members Elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences CSAIL Principal Investigators Arvind, Bonnie Berger and Frans Kaashoek have been elected as new members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Lo Named as One of ‘Most Influential People’ by Time Andrew Lo, the Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been named one of 2012’s “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time magazine.
  • Lynch Named Athena Lecturer The Association for Computing Machinery’s Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W) today named Nancy Lynch, the NEC professor of software science and engineering at MIT and a principal investigator at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), as the 2012-2013 Athena Lecturer.
  • Future Directions for Selected Topics in Computer ScienceCSAIL Spotlight imageOn May 14-15 2011, CSAIL hosted a workshop at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in Cambridge, MA, sponsored by the Office of The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (formerly DDR&E). The goal of the workshop, organized by Ed Lazowska (U Washington) and Victor Zue (MIT CSAIL), was to provide perspectives on barriers to advancement and potential breakthroughs in the growing and rapidly evolving field of computer science.
  • Spotlight on Manolis Kellis Associate Professor Manolis Kellis, a principal investigator at CSAIL, is tackling the biological problem of understanding human disease with computer science.
  • Solar-Lezama Working on New NSF Project to Improve Computer Programming Assistant Professor Armando Solar-Lezama, a principal investigator at CSAIL, will join the University of Pennsylvania and seven other research institutions in a new National Science Foundation (NSF) project to make computer programming faster, easier and more intuitive.
  • Increasing On-Chip Computer Communication To solve the problem posed by the fact that computer chips are no longer getting faster, Li-Shiuan Peh, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has proposed a new method for increasing the efficiency and computational power of computer chips.
  • MIT CSAIL Project Could Transform Robotic Design and Production The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is leading an ambitious new project to reinvent how robots are produced and designed. Funded by a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the project will aim to develop a desktop technology that would make it possible for the average person to design, customize and print a specialized robot in a matter of hours.
  • CSAIL Scientists, Mass State Police to Tackle Problem of Roadside Collisions Between Drivers and Police VehiclesA team of researchers at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), in collaboration with the Massachusetts State Police and BAE Systems, has announced a new project to combat the problem of roadside collisions.
  • All In A Day’s Work: Design and Print Your Own RobotCSAIL Spotlight imageProfessor Daniela Rus is leading an ambitious new project to reinvent how robots are produced and designed. Funded by a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the project will aim to develop a desktop technology that would make it possible for the average person to design, customize and print a specialized robot in a matter of hours.
  • Berger Presents NIH’s Margaret Pittman Lecture The National Institutes of Health (NIH) bestowed the honor of asking Professor Bonnie Berger to give the annual Margaret Pittman Lecture as part of the Institutes’ Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series.
  • Kaelbling Named MacVicar Faculty Fellow Leslie Pack Kaelbling, the Panasonic Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been named a 2012 MacVicar Faculty Fellow.
  • Agarwal to Lead MIT's Open Learning Enterprise Professor Anant Agarwal has been named director of a new unit of MIT created to advance MIT’s online-learning initiative.
  • Wong Speaks on Importance of Pursuing Passions Earlier this month, MIT alumna Andrea Wong chronicled her journey from MIT undergraduate to President of International Production for Sony Pictures Television as part of CSAIL’s Dertouzos Lecturer Series.
  • NSF Honors Aaronson with Alan T. Waterman Award The National Science Foundation (NSF) has named Professor Scott Aaronson, a principal investigator at CSAIL, as one of two recipients of this year’s Alan T. Waterman Award.
  • CSAIL Faculty Offering Summer CoursesThis summer, three CSAIL faculty members are teaching courses as part of MIT's Professional Education program.
  • First 'MITx' course starts March 5 The first course to be offered through MITx, 6.002x: Circuits and Electronics, starts Monday, March 5.
  • Liskov named to National Inventors Hall of Fame The National Inventors Hall of Fame has named Professor Barbara Liskov as one of its 2012 inductees.
  • New CSAIL Research Could Help Secure the Cloud Researchers from the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) aim to develop a new system that would help the cloud identify and recover from an attack almost instantaneously.
  • Matusik Named Sloan Research Fellow The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has named Associate Professor Wojciech Matusik a Sloan Research Fellow for 2012.
  • Kearns Speaks on Social Computation Research Professor Michael Kearns detailed six years of his experiments in social computation last week when he came to CSAIL to speak as part of the annual Dertouzos Lecturer Series.
  • New Navigation System Allows Robots to Explore Alone A new system developed by researchers at CSAIL could one day allow robots to navigate uncertain environments without input from humans.
  • 'MITx' Enrollment Underway Enrollment is now underway for the first course to be offered through MIT’s new online learning initiative, MITx.
  • Dennis Selected for ACM SIGOPS Hall of Fame Professor Emeritus Jack Dennis, a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been inducted into the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Operating Systems (SIGOPS) Hall of Fame.
  • New Multicore Seminar Series Announced Announcing a new CSAIL Multicore Software Seminar Series - a forum for researchers and developers interested in software for multicore machines.
  • CSAIL Student Invention Featured on Discovery Channel Stephan Boyer, an undergraduate student at CSAIL, has been featured on the Discovery Channel riding the electric, self-balancing unicycle he created at MIT.
  • A Taste of Computer Science Researchers at CSAIL are sampling the world of taste testing.
  • Learn More About CSAIL's Students Ever wondered about CSAIL's students and what inspires them to undertake such challenging and exciting computer science research?
  • Agarwal Dreams Big CSAIL Director Anant Agarwal is focused on designing the computer chips, and the super computers, of the future.
  • Katabi and Indyk Develop Groundbreaking Algorithm MIT CSAIL Principal Investigators Dina Katabi and Piotr Indyk have developed a new algorithm that improves on the fast Fourier transform (FFT).