News Archive 2013

  • The New York Times profiles Aude Oliva's research on face memorabilityThe New York Times recently profiled new research from Principal Investigator Aude Oliva, who generated a computer algorithm that can subtly modify the image of a person’s face to make it easier or harder to remember.
  • VIDEO: Does quantum computing seem too complicated? PI Scott Aaronson breaks it down in "Explained"CSAIL Principal Investigator Scott Aaronson, an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, breaks down the intricacies of quantum computing in laymen's terms to share what it's about and why it's important.
  • Srini Devadas earns ASPLOS Most Influential Paper Award for malware researchCSAIL Principal Investigator Srini Devadas and three former students have been selected as the 2014 winners of the Most Influential Paper Award at a prestigious systems research conference.
  • New system allows for high-accuracy, through-wall, 3-D motion trackingCSAIL Spotlight imageImagine playing a video game like Call of Duty or Battlefield and having the ability to lead your virtual army unit while moving freely throughout your house.
  • New system allows for high-accuracy, through-wall, 3-D motion trackingImagine playing a video game like Call of Duty or Battlefield and having the ability to lead your virtual army unit while moving freely throughout your house.

    Gaming could become this realistic, thanks to new technology developed by Dina Katabi’s research group at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) that allows for highly accurate, 3-D motion tracking. The new system, dubbed “WiTrack”, uses radio signals to track a person through walls and obstructions, pinpointing her 3-D location to within 10 to 20 centimeters — about the width of an adult hand.
  • Lori Glover Awarded "Best Session" at ASEE CIECLori Glover, the Director of Industry Affiliates at CSAIL, will be receiving the Best Session award from the College-Industry Partnership Division (CIPD) of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) for her presentation on creating successful university/industry partnerships (CIPD 433: Issues in Higher Education).
  • ACM Names Fellows for Computing Advances that Are Transforming Science and SocietyACM has recognized 50 of its members, including CSAIL researchers Nir Shavit and Dina Katabi, for their contributions to computing that are driving innovations across multiple domains and disciplines. The 2013 ACM Fellows, from the world’s leading universities, corporations, and research labs, have achieved advances in computing research and development that are accelerating the digital revolution and impacting every dimension of how we live, work, and play.
  • The MIT Big Data Challenge: Transportation in the City of Boston is now open!The MIT Big Data Challenge: Transportation in the City of Boston is now open!
    What can we learn from 2.3 Million Taxi Rides?
    To learn more about the challenge and the data, join us:
    MEETUP: TUESDAY DEC 10 5:00-7:00pm
  • Charles Leiserson now AAAS FellowThe American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recently awarded the distinction of fellow to Charles Leiserson, for distinguished contributions to the theory and practice of parallel and distributed computing, practical impact, and transfer of new knowledge to others.
  • Jim Glass and John Leonard elevated to IEEE fellowsIEEE has elevated Jim Glass and John Leonard to IEEE fellows. Jim Glass is honored for contributions to probabilistic segment-based speech recognition and spoken
    dialogue interfaces. John Leonard is honored for contributions to navigation and mapping for mobile
    robots and autonomous underwater vehicles.
  • Dina Katabi Featured on Bloomberg TVMIT's Dina Katabi discusses how researchers have created a technology that may give people x-ray vision. She speaks with Deirdre Bolton on Bloomberg Television's "Money Moves." (Source: Bloomberg)
  • Yuan Luo Awarded First Prize at SymposiumYuan Luo, a PhD student in Professor Peter Szolovits’ Clinical Decision Making Group, has been awarded the first prize at the Natural Language Processing Doctoral Consortium in 2013 American Medical Informatics Association’s Annual Symposium.
  • Cheung Honored with PhD Fellowship Program Award CSAIL graduate student Alvin Cheung has been named one of the 2013 Intel Labs U.S. PhD Fellowship Program Awardees. Cheung was selected for his work, “making database applications perform using program analysis.”
  • MIT Big Data Initiative Launches Transportation Challenge, Privacy Working Group at White House EventCSAIL Spotlight imageThe Big Data Initiative at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) today announced two new activities aimed at improving the use and management of Big Data.
  • Fano Celebrates 96th Birthday On Monday, November 11, Professor Emeritus Robert Fano celebrated his 96th birthday. Fano was the Ford Professor of Engineering in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science until his retirement in June 1984. He organized Project MAC (Multiple Access Computing or Machine-Aided Cognition), the predecessor to CSAIL, in 1963 and was its director until September 1968.
  • Researchers Win OOPSLA Best Paper Award CSAIL researchers were honored with the Best Paper Award at the 2013 Association for Computing Machinery’s Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages and Applications conference (OOPSLA) for their paper “Verifying Quantitative Reliability for Programs That Execute on Unreliable Hardware.”
  • Rus Named Viterbi Professor Professor Anantha Chandrakasan, head of the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has announced that Professor Daniela Rus, director of CSAIL, has been appointed the Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Established in 1999 by Andrew and Erna Viterbi, the chair recognizes significant contributions in the field of communications and signal processing.
  • Fast Company Spotlights Peripheral Vision Research
  • Fast Company Spotlights Peripheral Vision Research
  • Robot Locomotion Group wins ICRA Best Paper Award CSAIL graduate student Anirudha Majumdar, postdoctoral associate Amir Ali Ahmadi, and Associate Professor Russ Tedrake were awarded the Best Conference Paper Award at the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA).
  • From an MIT Classroom to a Multimillion Dollar Acquisition CSAIL Spotlight imageLocu, an online platform for promoting local businesses, was founded by students from CSAIL and the Sloan School of Management in 2010. Just three years later the company was acquired by GoDaddy.
  • Spoken Language Systems Group Develops New Automatic Speaker Tracking TechniqueCSAIL’s Spoken Language Systems Group has unveiled a new technique for automatically tracking speakers in audio recordings.
  • Using Computer Science to Determine How to Present Information Visually New research by CSAIL Principal Research Scientist Aude Oliva provides new clues about the brain’s visual memory. In collaboration with Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) doctoral student Michelle Borkin and Professor Hanspeter Pfister, Oliva and graduate students Zoya Bylinskii and Phillip Isola studied the memorability of a wide variety of visualizations to help decipher the best ways to present information visually.
  • Theory of Computation Group to Receive Top Honors at SODA 2014 Members of the CSAIL Theory of Computation (TOC) group will be taking home top honors from the 2014 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) – Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA). Students, faculty and postdoctoral associates from TOC have been named as winners of all three best paper awards.
  • Rus' Work Featured on NPR
  • Malik Opens 2013-2014 Dertouzos Lecturer Series with Talk on Computer Vision Jitendra Malik, the Arthur J. Chick Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley, kicked off the 2013-2014 Dertouzos Lecturer Series on Thursday, October 10. Malik, who is renowned for his work in computer vision, discussed “The Three R's of Computer Vision: Recognition, Reconstruction and Reorganization” and his view on what progress is needed to further advance the field.
  • Wireless Center Previews Next Generation Technology CSAIL Spotlight imageOn Monday, October 7, the MIT Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing (Wireless@MIT) hosted a one-day event showcasing new advances in wireless systems and mobile technology. The event featured talks by MIT faculty and researchers, as well as demonstrations of next generation wireless and mobile systems.
  • CSAIL Researchers Develop Flying, Jumping, Rolling Modular Robots
  • Researchers to Address Future of Wireless at One-Day Event On Monday, October 7, reporters are invited to attend a one-day MIT event that will address some of the biggest challenges facing the wireless industry. Hosted by the MIT Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing (Wireless@MIT), the event will showcase the latest cutting-edge research designed to tackle the biggest challenges facing the wireless industry, and will feature talks by MIT faculty and researchers, as well as demonstrations of next generation wireless and mobile systems.
  • Kellis Speaks on Future of Computational Biology at TEDx On September 13, 2013, Associate Professor Manolis Kellis took the stage at TEDxCambridge to explain his work with computational biology and his hopes for the future of medicine.
  • Katabi Named MacArthur Foundation Fellow Professor Dina Katabi has been named one of the 2013 MacArthur Fellows. Often referred to as “genius grants,” the MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to individuals who have “shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.”
  • Taking a New Look at Subway Map DesignCSAIL Spotlight imageDr. Ruth Rosenholtz's research group is applying the computational model they developed to better understand peripheral vision to test the usability of potential new MBTA subway maps.
  • MEET Builds Ties, Fosters Innovation in the Middle EastCSAIL Spotlight imageDuring a visit to Israel and Palestine in March 2013, President Barack Obama made a speech to a crowd of 2,000 young Israelis in Jerusalem in which he encouraged the nation’s youth to push for peace. In his talk, the President paid tribute to an educational program near and dear to the heart of the MIT community: The Middle East Education through Technology (MEET) program founded at MIT with CSAIL support.
  • CSAIL Video to Premiere at Boston Ballet Night of Stars CSAIL has created a video in collaboration with Boston Ballet that will have its premiere at the Boston Ballet Night of Stars on the Boston Common on Saturday, September 21st.
  • Leonard Named Associate Head for Research at Dept. of Mechanical Engineering Professor John Leonard has been named the associate head for research of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, effective as of Monday, September 16, 2013.
  • New Scientist Examines MIT Approach to DARPA Challenge
  • O’Reilly Honored with Top Prize at EvoStar Conference Dr. Una-May O’Reilly has been honored with the EvoStar Award for Outstanding Contribution of Evolutionary Computation in Europe during the 2013 EvoStar conference.
  • A Computer Scientist’s Approach to Medicine CSAIL Spotlight imageFor years Dr. Stephanie Seneff has been known throughout the computer science world for her work in natural language processing. Now, she is using the novel computer science techniques she developed to better understand how drugs and environmental toxins impact human health.
  • Kagal Promoted to Principal Research Scientist Dr. Lalana Kagal has been promoted to the role of Principal Research Scientist, effective July 1, 2013.
  • Four from CSAIL Named to Massachusetts Academy of Sciences Professors and CSAIL Principal Investigators Edward Adelson, Shafi Goldwasser, Tom Leighton, and Barbara Liskov have been named 2013 Fellows of the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences.
  • Golland Honored with Jamieson Prize for Teaching Associate Professor Polina Golland has been honored as one of two recipients of the 2013 Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Leonard Makes Advances in 3-D Mapping
  • Team MIT Welcomes Atlas Robot The MIT team competing in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), a competition sponsored by the Department of Defense to promote innovation in robotics technology for disaster-response operations, has received the multi-million dollar humanoid robot designed by Boston Dynamics for use in the competition.
  • CSAIL Start-Up Acquired by GoDaddy GoDaddy has acquired CSAIL start-up company Locu, an online platform that helps promote local businesses, for $70 million. Locu was co-founded by CSAIL PhD candidate Marek Olszewski and CSAIL postdoctoral associate Stelios Sidiroglou-Douskos.
  • Vote for the CSAIL SXSW Panel Proposal What are the biggest technological challenges facing today’s computer scientists? What new research is on the horizon, how will it change the way that we use computers, and what will the digital landscape look like in 10 years? If you’d like the answer to these questions and many more about the future of technology, vote for the CSAIL panel proposal at the 2014 South by Southwest (SXSW) conference.
  • Shah and Gombolay Receive Best Paper Award Assistant Professor Julie Shah and graduate student Matthew Gombolay have been honored as the recipients of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Best Intelligent Systems Paper Award for 2012. Shah and Gombolay were recognized for their paper "A Uniprocessor Scheduling Policy for Non-Preemptive Task Sets with Precedence and Temporal Constraints," which they presented at the AIAA Infotech@Aerospace Conference last year.
  • Daskalakis & Students Honored with Best Paper Award Associate Professor Constantinos Daskalakis and his students Alan Deckelbaum and Christos Tzamos won the Best Paper Award and the Best Student Paper Award at the 2013 ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce for their paper “Mechanism Design via Optimal Transport”.
  • Rus Discusses ‘Ikeabot’, Manufacturing in White House Hangout
  • Rus to Discuss Future of Robotics during White House Google+ Hangout Join CSAIL Director Daniela Rus this Friday, August 9 at 2:00 PM EDT as she talks about the future of robotics during a “We the Geeks” Google+ Hangout session hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Rus and other pioneering scientists – including Rodney Brooks, former CSAIL director and president of Rethink Robotics - will discuss how robots can help transform everything from school classrooms to the factory floor, and operating rooms to the way we explore the Solar System.
  • MIT vs. WPI in the DARPA Robotics Challenge