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Airborne Robots to be Used in Predicting Weather Patterns

As winter sets in with a vengeance in New England, the weather is once again foremost in people’s minds. Damage prevention and safe, efficient travel are among the many reasons why more accurate weather prediction would be a valuable technology to develop. MIT researchers, including Professor Nick Roy, are working to solve this problem using the innovative solution of robotic aircraft.

W3C Launches Mobile Open Source Checker

Those who are frustrated by accessibility issues when browsing the web on iPhones or G1s may not have to wait much longer for relief. The World Wide Web Consortium, headed by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has just released a tool called the W3C mobileOK checker to facilitate the verification of content accessibility on various devices.

Kerberos Garners Coveted Technology Prize

The Institute has been awarded the Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration for developing, implementing and supporting Kerberos, the widely employed network authentication system. The award, which carries with it $100,000 in prize money, is given in two levels; the higher one that MIT received is in recognition for distinction over an extended period of time.

Devadas Wins Prestigious ID Trail Blazer Award

At the 2008 ID World International Congress in Milan, CSAIL Professor Srini Devadas was honored as this year’s ID Trail Blazer for his work on unclonable silicon chips. Dr. Devadas is also co-founder and CTO of Verayo Inc.

The technology in question is based on silicon biometrics technology known as Physical Unclonable Functions, or PUFs. Playing on the imperfections and quirks of each individual silicon chip, it provides each chip with an distinct individual identity for authentication. The new technology can now be implanted in existing FPGA devices and the systems based on them.

CSAIL’S Weitzner Tapped for Tech Position in Obama Administration

Late last month, CSAIL PI Daniel Weitzner was chosen as part of a group who will oversee President-elect Barack Obama’s “innovation agenda.” The group’s agenda is designed to increase and facilitate both civilian participation in government and government engagement in and with technology. Split into sub-groups for greater specificity, the team will focus on:

- innovation and government
- innovation and national priorities
- innovation and science, and
- innovation and civil society.

Founding Father of AI Oliver Selfridge Dies at 82

Oliver Selfridge, one of the leading lights in the early days of artificial intelligence, died Wednesday in Boston. Born in 1926, Selfridge attended Middlesex School in Concord and graduated from MIT at the age of 19 with a degree in mathematics. In 1956, he and a group of colleagues (among them Marvin Minsky) organized the first public meeting on artificial intelligence at Dartmouth, leading to the creation of the field.

CSAIL Researchers Discuss Illusion Vs. Reality of Robotics

In Monday’s New York Times, a few CSAIL PIs sat down to offer their views on the robotics revolution – the real, the fake, and even the Jetsons.

For the average child who grew up on Saturday morning cartoons, it was a tragedy to learn that The Future would probably include neither hovercars nor robotic butlers. But in our collective dejection, we may have missed the many ways in which robots have begun to gently invade our daily lives.

iGem Jamboree Spurs Collaboration, Innovation

On November 8th and 9th, CSAIL played host to the fifth annual International Genetically Modified Machines (or iGem) Jamboree. Drawing on the talents of teams from 21 countries around the world, the Jamboree aims to foster creativity in partnership with standardization of biological building blocks in the field of synthetic biology.

Each team is given a toolkit of biological parts at the beginning of the summer. The teams then synthesize and implement projects of their own design; the challenge culminates in the competition known as the Championship Jamboree.

CSAIL Co-Hosts Regulatory Genomics Conference

From October 29th to November 2nd, MIT played host to a series of meetings in the area of regulatory genomics. The conference was a combination of the 5th annual RECOMB Satellite on Regulatory Genomics, the 4th annual RECOMB Satellite on Systems Biology, and the 3rd annual DREAM reverse engineering challenge. Co-organized by CSAIL and the Broad Institute, this year’s conference surpassed all previous years in both complexity and success.

CSAIL Hosts Second IAP Event

On October 29th, CSAIL hosted the fall meeting of its Industrial Affiliate Program. The all-day event, held in Kiva, was a chance for industry representatives to meet upcoming CSAIL graduates. It also gave them a chance to learn more about the various research initiatives taking place in the lab.

IAP Welcomes Its Newest Member: Coatue

Last week, CSAIL’S Industry Affiliate Program gained its newest member, Coatue Management. Based in New York, the company manages investments on behalf of both institutional investors and nonprofit organizations, among others. In its eight years of growth, Coatue has been committed to technology; a current large project seeks to develop an overarching software platform that is capable of servicing the equity investment process from start to finish. The fund is IAP’s first financial services partner.

Berners-Lee is Top Agenda-Setter

Silicon.com has chosen World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee as its number one Agenda Setter in 2008. Berners-Lee is director of the World Wide Web Consortium, which works to develop standards, software, and specifications to contribute to greater web safety, uniformity and usability.

Family Weekend Comes to CSAIL

On Friday, October 17, CSAIL played host to relatives of MIT students from around the country and the world. Family Weekend, organized in conjunction with the MIT Parents Association, is a weekend-long series of classes, receptions, tours, performances and lectures that allows families to experience MIT for themselves.

Attendees of the CSAIL lecture were given an inside look at various projects from around the lab:


- Gerald Sussman: The Legacy of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science
- Stephanie Seneff: Computer Games for Learning Mandarin

CarTel Circumvents Gridlock, Avoids Delays

A mobile-sensor network known as CarTel hopes to revolutionize the way traffic is understood, analyzed and (hopefully) avoided. The project is driven (excuse the pun) by CSAIL professors Hari Balakrishnan and Samuel Madden, in collaboration with Jacob Eriksson, Sejoon Lim and professor Daniela Rus. In a further example of cross-cutting and partnership, the initiative is funded by NSF and the T-Party Project (itself a group effort shared by MIT and Quanta Computer).

Arvind Continues MIT Tradition with Induction into NAE

CSAIL Professor Arvind, along with Robert Armstrong of the MIT Energy Initiative, was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering early this month. The NAE, founded in 1964, honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the field of engineering in the areas research, practice, education and technology. To read more about Arvind’s research, click here; for more information about the Institute’s links to the NAE, click here.

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Airborne Robots to be Used in Predicting Weather Patterns

As winter sets in with a vengeance in New England, the weather is once again foremost in people’s minds. Damage prevention and safe, efficient travel are among the many reasons why more accurate weather prediction would be a valuable technology to develop. MIT researchers, including Professor Nick Roy, are working to solve this problem using the innovative solution of robotic aircraft.

W3C Launches Mobile Open Source Checker

Those who are frustrated by accessibility issues when browsing the web on iPhones or G1s may not have to wait much longer for relief. The World Wide Web Consortium, headed by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has just released a tool called the W3C mobileOK checker to facilitate the verification of content accessibility on various devices.

Kerberos Garners Coveted Technology Prize

The Institute has been awarded the Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration for developing, implementing and supporting Kerberos, the widely employed network authentication system. The award, which carries with it $100,000 in prize money, is given in two levels; the higher one that MIT received is in recognition for distinction over an extended period of time.

Devadas Wins Prestigious ID Trail Blazer Award

At the 2008 ID World International Congress in Milan, CSAIL Professor Srini Devadas was honored as this year’s ID Trail Blazer for his work on unclonable silicon chips. Dr. Devadas is also co-founder and CTO of Verayo Inc.

The technology in question is based on silicon biometrics technology known as Physical Unclonable Functions, or PUFs. Playing on the imperfections and quirks of each individual silicon chip, it provides each chip with an distinct individual identity for authentication. The new technology can now be implanted in existing FPGA devices and the systems based on them.

CSAIL’S Weitzner Tapped for Tech Position in Obama Administration

Late last month, CSAIL PI Daniel Weitzner was chosen as part of a group who will oversee President-elect Barack Obama’s “innovation agenda.” The group’s agenda is designed to increase and facilitate both civilian participation in government and government engagement in and with technology. Split into sub-groups for greater specificity, the team will focus on:

- innovation and government
- innovation and national priorities
- innovation and science, and
- innovation and civil society.

Founding Father of AI Oliver Selfridge Dies at 82

Oliver Selfridge, one of the leading lights in the early days of artificial intelligence, died Wednesday in Boston. Born in 1926, Selfridge attended Middlesex School in Concord and graduated from MIT at the age of 19 with a degree in mathematics. In 1956, he and a group of colleagues (among them Marvin Minsky) organized the first public meeting on artificial intelligence at Dartmouth, leading to the creation of the field.

CSAIL Researchers Discuss Illusion Vs. Reality of Robotics

In Monday’s New York Times, a few CSAIL PIs sat down to offer their views on the robotics revolution – the real, the fake, and even the Jetsons.

For the average child who grew up on Saturday morning cartoons, it was a tragedy to learn that The Future would probably include neither hovercars nor robotic butlers. But in our collective dejection, we may have missed the many ways in which robots have begun to gently invade our daily lives.

iGem Jamboree Spurs Collaboration, Innovation

On November 8th and 9th, CSAIL played host to the fifth annual International Genetically Modified Machines (or iGem) Jamboree. Drawing on the talents of teams from 21 countries around the world, the Jamboree aims to foster creativity in partnership with standardization of biological building blocks in the field of synthetic biology.

Each team is given a toolkit of biological parts at the beginning of the summer. The teams then synthesize and implement projects of their own design; the challenge culminates in the competition known as the Championship Jamboree.

CSAIL Co-Hosts Regulatory Genomics Conference

From October 29th to November 2nd, MIT played host to a series of meetings in the area of regulatory genomics. The conference was a combination of the 5th annual RECOMB Satellite on Regulatory Genomics, the 4th annual RECOMB Satellite on Systems Biology, and the 3rd annual DREAM reverse engineering challenge. Co-organized by CSAIL and the Broad Institute, this year’s conference surpassed all previous years in both complexity and success.

CSAIL Hosts Second IAP Event

On October 29th, CSAIL hosted the fall meeting of its Industrial Affiliate Program. The all-day event, held in Kiva, was a chance for industry representatives to meet upcoming CSAIL graduates. It also gave them a chance to learn more about the various research initiatives taking place in the lab.

IAP Welcomes Its Newest Member: Coatue

Last week, CSAIL’S Industry Affiliate Program gained its newest member, Coatue Management. Based in New York, the company manages investments on behalf of both institutional investors and nonprofit organizations, among others. In its eight years of growth, Coatue has been committed to technology; a current large project seeks to develop an overarching software platform that is capable of servicing the equity investment process from start to finish. The fund is IAP’s first financial services partner.

Berners-Lee is Top Agenda-Setter

Silicon.com has chosen World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee as its number one Agenda Setter in 2008. Berners-Lee is director of the World Wide Web Consortium, which works to develop standards, software, and specifications to contribute to greater web safety, uniformity and usability.

Family Weekend Comes to CSAIL

On Friday, October 17, CSAIL played host to relatives of MIT students from around the country and the world. Family Weekend, organized in conjunction with the MIT Parents Association, is a weekend-long series of classes, receptions, tours, performances and lectures that allows families to experience MIT for themselves.

Attendees of the CSAIL lecture were given an inside look at various projects from around the lab:


- Gerald Sussman: The Legacy of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science
- Stephanie Seneff: Computer Games for Learning Mandarin

CarTel Circumvents Gridlock, Avoids Delays

A mobile-sensor network known as CarTel hopes to revolutionize the way traffic is understood, analyzed and (hopefully) avoided. The project is driven (excuse the pun) by CSAIL professors Hari Balakrishnan and Samuel Madden, in collaboration with Jacob Eriksson, Sejoon Lim and professor Daniela Rus. In a further example of cross-cutting and partnership, the initiative is funded by NSF and the T-Party Project (itself a group effort shared by MIT and Quanta Computer).

Arvind Continues MIT Tradition with Induction into NAE

CSAIL Professor Arvind, along with Robert Armstrong of the MIT Energy Initiative, was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering early this month. The NAE, founded in 1964, honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the field of engineering in the areas research, practice, education and technology. To read more about Arvind’s research, click here; for more information about the Institute’s links to the NAE, click here.

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