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Winston Featured on Studio 360

CSAIL Professor Patrick Winston’s work creating a computer system that can think and reason like a human has been profiled on the Public Radio International program Studio 360. In the show, Winston details his work with the Genesis system, in particular his research building a system that can understand stories like Shakespeare’s Macbeth in an effort to develop a computer that can think like a human. Listen to the program here.For more on Winston's work, please visit: http://www.csail.mit.edu/user/804.

Self-Aware Computing Named World Changing Idea

Scientific American has named the self-aware computing concept pioneered by Project Angstrom researchers as one of the "10 World Changing Ideas" in the magazine's December 2011 edition. Project Angstrom, which is dedicated to developing new computer architectures able to handle the challenges of exascale computing, is led by CSAIL researchers in collaboration with researchers and software architects at Freescale, Mercury Computer Systems, Lockheed Martin, the University of Maryland and MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL), Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) and the Microphotonics Center (MPhC).

MIT Announces New Online Learning Initiative

MIT has launched a new online learning initiative dubbed "MITx". Through MITx, individuals worldwide will be able to participate in interactive, online classes taught by MIT professors, and receive feedback and assessment on their progress. Students who demonstrate mastery of subjects will be able to earn a certificate of completion from MITx.

Professor Anant Agarwal, director of CSAIL, is leading the development of the MITx open learning software, which will be available free of cost so that other educational institutions can leverage the software for their online education offerings.

CSAIL Researchers Receive Sigcomm Best Paper Award

Several CSAIL researchers were awarded an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Sigcomm Best Paper Award for their publication, "They Can Hear Your Heartbeats: Non-Invasive Security for Implanted Medical Devices." The paper was written by CSAIL Principal Investigator and Associate Professor Dina Katabi, UMass Associate Professor and CSAIL Visiting Scientist Kevin Fu, CSAIL graduate students Shyamnath Gollakota and Haitham Hassanieh, and UMass graduate student Benjamin Ransford.

The paper, which was presented at Sigcomm 2011, presents a new system for preventing attacks on implantable medical devices. Sigcomm presents a best paper award annually.

Gifford Named ACM Fellow

CSAIL Principal Investigator David Gifford has been named an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) fellow. Gifford was honored for his "contributions to distributed systems, e-commerce and content distribution."

Gifford, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, develops new machine learning techniques and algorithms to model the transcriptional regulatory networks that control gene expression programs in living cells. He leads the Computational Genomics group at CSAIL.

Arvind Unveils New Chip Design

CSAIL Principal Investigator and Professor Arvind, CSAIL graduate student Myron King and former graduate student Nirav Dave will present a new system that enables hardware designers to specify, in a single programming language, all the functions they want a device to perform at the Association for Computing Machinery's 17th International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems.

The new system, an extension of the chip-design language BlueSpec designed by Arvind and his students, will allow hardware designers to designate which functions should be hardware and which should be software.

Kellis Wins Niki Award

CSAIL Principal Investigator Manolis Kellis, an associate professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been awarded the 2011 Niki Award by the Athens Information Technology (AIT) Center of Excellence for Research and Education. The award, which is presented annually, honors prominent Greeks or personalities of Greek descent who are internationally recognized for their contributions to science and technology, and for inspiring a new generation of scientists.

Kellis, the leader of the MIT Computational Biology Group, was honored "for his distinguished contribution to science and his research into the human genome at the MIT Computational Biology Group," according to the AIT website.

CSAIL Research Featured on 'This Could Be BIG'

Check out CSAIL's work developing smarter and smoother robotic arms on ABC and Yahoo's This Could Be BIG. In the episode, CSAIL and LIDS graduate student Sertac Karaman and CSAIL graduate student Jenny Barry demonstrate an algorithm developed to help autonomous robots execute tasks in a more predictable and efficient manner for host Bill Weir.

Watch the episode here: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/this-could-be-big-abc-news/smarter-smoother-robot-arm-043228580.html.

Spotlight on CSAIL's Nicholas Roy

CSAIL Associate Professor Nicholas Roy is focused on developing machine learning systems that can navigate the real world.

A new MIT News piece chronicles Roy's work, from his first experience with robotics as an undergraduate at McGill University to his first research project at MIT designing a robot that can estimate its position and fly through an open window. Current research of Roy's includes developing micro-aerial vehicles (MAVs) that can navigate independently.

Read more about Roy's work here.

Peh Named ACM Distinguished Scientist

CSAIL Principal Investigator Li-Shiuan Peh has been named an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Distinguished Scientist. The ACM Distinguished Scientist award recognizes ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience (including some education experience) and five years of continuous Professional Membership who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the computing field.

Collaboration Prompts New Multicore Course

The development of a simple computing platform called Beehive at Microsoft Research has become the foundation of a new course at MIT: 6.173 Multicore Systems Laboratory. Originally designed as a low-cost platform meant to spark innovation in computer architecture research, the Beehive system was used during a 2010 IAP course taught by CSAIL Professor Frans Kaashoek, Co-Director Chris Terman, Professor Robert Morris, Assistant Professor Nickolai Zeldovich and graduate student Silas Boyd-Wickizer to rave reviews, with students competing to develop the quickest solution to the traveling-salesman problem.

Theory of Computation Group Announces Simons Fellowship

The Theory of Computation (TOC) group at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT is seeking candidates for a post-doctoral position in the general area of the theory of computation. Applicants in all areas of theory are encouraged to apply, including (but not exclusive to) algorithms, complexity theory, combinatorial optimization, cryptography, distributed computing, game theory and computation, geometry, parallel computing, and quantum computing. This fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from the Simons Foundation. The fellowship is a two year position, starting the summer or fall of 2010. The fellowship stipend is gauged to attract the highest caliber of applicants.

FastRunner Takes Off

Check out this video of the FastRunner being developed by CSAIL Principal Investigator Russ Tedrake in collaboration with researchers at the Florida Institute of Human and Machine Cognition. Sporting legs fashioned by studying the movements of ostrich legs, the test leg for Fast Runner can currently run at 27 miles per hour. FastRunner should eventually be able to run up to 30-50 miles an hour, according to Tedrake.

MegaMIMO Wins Elevator Pitch Contest

In just 60 short seconds, CSAIL graduate student Hariharan Shankar Rahul made the case for MegaMIMO, a new Wi-Fi optimization system that solves the problem of overcrowded and overloaded wireless networks. As the first finalist asked to pitch his business plan during the final round of MIT's $100K Elevator Pitch Contest, Rahul had to wait for almost an hour after his presentation, wondering about the ultimate outcome. At the end of the night Rahul, who worked with CSAIL Principal Investigator Dina Katabi and CSAIL graduate student Swarun Kumar for two years to develop MegaMIMO, was crowned the grand prize winner and awarded $5,000.

Oliva Explores New Ground in Computational Perception

Traversing a busy street, entering a new building and locating the elevator may seem like simple tasks, mainly because you don't notice all the heavy lifting your brain undertakes when absorbing and reacting to your visual surroundings so that you don't crash into walls or get hit by a car. For years CSAIL's Aude Oliva has studied human visual intelligence, how the brain tackles scene and object recognition and visual memory, by closely examining the functions of the human brain.

CSAIL Students Honored For Outstanding Doctoral Theses

Six CSAIL students were recently named winners of the George M. Sprowls Award for the best doctoral theses in computer science. A committee consisting of CSAIL Principal investigators Daniel Jackson, Antonio Torralba, Costis Daskalakis, Dana Moshkovitz and Nickolai Zeldovich selected the award-winning theses, with help from CSAI Principal Investigators Bill Freeman, Tommi Jaakkola, Leslie Kaelbling, Manolis Kellis, and Tomas Lozano-Perez.

Seven theses from EECS were selected for this year's Sprowls Award, six of which came from CSAIL students.

Lee’s Artwork Featured in Dana-Farber Holiday Cards

The artwork of CSAIL staff member Sally Lee will bring holiday cheer to many this year, as one of Lee's illustrations has been selected for the Dana-Farber Holiday 2011 Collection. Lee's illustration, Santa's Glee, will be available for purchase as a holiday greeting card, and all sales will benefit Dana Farber and the Jimmy Fund.

Lee is an award-winning author and illustrator and has published over 20 books for children. She recently released a new book called A Cat's Alphabet Book.

As for the design behind Santa's Glee, Lee explains that she has an affinity for Santa, cats and presents.

David Clark awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by Oxford Internet Institute

David D. Clark '68, a senior research scientist with the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), is the recipient of the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his intellectual and institutional contributions to the advancement of the Internet. The award was presented to Clark on Sept. 22, in Oxford, England.

Abelson Named SIGCSE Award Winner

CSAIL Principal Investigator Harold (Hal) Abelson has been named the recipient of the 2012 SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education. The award is presented annually in recognition of significant contributions to computer science education.

New High-Res Map of Human Genome Unveiled


Four new papers co-authored by researchers from Associate Professor Manolis Kellis' Computational Biology group at CSAIL unveil a new high-resolution picture of the human genome that should prove useful in better understanding human biology and disease. By carefully examining and comparing the genomes of 29 different mammals, Kellis, a principal investigator at CSAIL, and collaborators around the world have gained a better understanding of the evolution of the human genome by being able to see which aspects have been preserved over time, a key step in understanding human biology and disease.


David Culler Speaking on IT & Sustainable Energy Infrastructure

Solutions to sustainability problems could be addressed through applying computational techniques, according to CSAIL researchers. This fall, the Seminar on Computational Methods for Sustainability will explore the role of computation in solving problems of sustainability, such as energy consumption, developing new chemical processes, and solving large-scale resource allocation problems. The series has been organized by CSAIL Professor Brian Williams, Postdoctoral Fellow J. Zico Kolter and Assistant Professor Youssef Marzouk.

Liskov receives Katayanagi Prize for Research Excellence

CSAIL Principal Investigator Barbara Liskov has been awarded a Katayanagi Prize for Research Excellence. The Katayanagi Prizes in Computer Science are awarded annually to the best and brightest researchers in the field of computer science, presented by Carnegie Mellon University and endowed by Japanese entrepreneur and education advocate Koh Katayanagi.

Liskov, an Institute Professor at MIT and head of the Programming Methodolgy Group at CSAIL, is world-renowned for her pioneering work in programming languages and distributed systems. In 2009, she received the A.M. Turing Award from the Association for Computing Machinery.

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Winston Featured on Studio 360

CSAIL Professor Patrick Winston’s work creating a computer system that can think and reason like a human has been profiled on the Public Radio International program Studio 360. In the show, Winston details his work with the Genesis system, in particular his research building a system that can understand stories like Shakespeare’s Macbeth in an effort to develop a computer that can think like a human. Listen to the program here.For more on Winston's work, please visit: http://www.csail.mit.edu/user/804.

Self-Aware Computing Named World Changing Idea

Scientific American has named the self-aware computing concept pioneered by Project Angstrom researchers as one of the "10 World Changing Ideas" in the magazine's December 2011 edition. Project Angstrom, which is dedicated to developing new computer architectures able to handle the challenges of exascale computing, is led by CSAIL researchers in collaboration with researchers and software architects at Freescale, Mercury Computer Systems, Lockheed Martin, the University of Maryland and MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL), Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) and the Microphotonics Center (MPhC).

MIT Announces New Online Learning Initiative

MIT has launched a new online learning initiative dubbed "MITx". Through MITx, individuals worldwide will be able to participate in interactive, online classes taught by MIT professors, and receive feedback and assessment on their progress. Students who demonstrate mastery of subjects will be able to earn a certificate of completion from MITx.

Professor Anant Agarwal, director of CSAIL, is leading the development of the MITx open learning software, which will be available free of cost so that other educational institutions can leverage the software for their online education offerings.

CSAIL Researchers Receive Sigcomm Best Paper Award

Several CSAIL researchers were awarded an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Sigcomm Best Paper Award for their publication, "They Can Hear Your Heartbeats: Non-Invasive Security for Implanted Medical Devices." The paper was written by CSAIL Principal Investigator and Associate Professor Dina Katabi, UMass Associate Professor and CSAIL Visiting Scientist Kevin Fu, CSAIL graduate students Shyamnath Gollakota and Haitham Hassanieh, and UMass graduate student Benjamin Ransford.

The paper, which was presented at Sigcomm 2011, presents a new system for preventing attacks on implantable medical devices. Sigcomm presents a best paper award annually.

Gifford Named ACM Fellow

CSAIL Principal Investigator David Gifford has been named an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) fellow. Gifford was honored for his "contributions to distributed systems, e-commerce and content distribution."

Gifford, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, develops new machine learning techniques and algorithms to model the transcriptional regulatory networks that control gene expression programs in living cells. He leads the Computational Genomics group at CSAIL.

Arvind Unveils New Chip Design

CSAIL Principal Investigator and Professor Arvind, CSAIL graduate student Myron King and former graduate student Nirav Dave will present a new system that enables hardware designers to specify, in a single programming language, all the functions they want a device to perform at the Association for Computing Machinery's 17th International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems.

The new system, an extension of the chip-design language BlueSpec designed by Arvind and his students, will allow hardware designers to designate which functions should be hardware and which should be software.

Kellis Wins Niki Award

CSAIL Principal Investigator Manolis Kellis, an associate professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been awarded the 2011 Niki Award by the Athens Information Technology (AIT) Center of Excellence for Research and Education. The award, which is presented annually, honors prominent Greeks or personalities of Greek descent who are internationally recognized for their contributions to science and technology, and for inspiring a new generation of scientists.

Kellis, the leader of the MIT Computational Biology Group, was honored "for his distinguished contribution to science and his research into the human genome at the MIT Computational Biology Group," according to the AIT website.

CSAIL Research Featured on 'This Could Be BIG'

Check out CSAIL's work developing smarter and smoother robotic arms on ABC and Yahoo's This Could Be BIG. In the episode, CSAIL and LIDS graduate student Sertac Karaman and CSAIL graduate student Jenny Barry demonstrate an algorithm developed to help autonomous robots execute tasks in a more predictable and efficient manner for host Bill Weir.

Watch the episode here: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/this-could-be-big-abc-news/smarter-smoother-robot-arm-043228580.html.

Spotlight on CSAIL's Nicholas Roy

CSAIL Associate Professor Nicholas Roy is focused on developing machine learning systems that can navigate the real world.

A new MIT News piece chronicles Roy's work, from his first experience with robotics as an undergraduate at McGill University to his first research project at MIT designing a robot that can estimate its position and fly through an open window. Current research of Roy's includes developing micro-aerial vehicles (MAVs) that can navigate independently.

Read more about Roy's work here.

Peh Named ACM Distinguished Scientist

CSAIL Principal Investigator Li-Shiuan Peh has been named an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Distinguished Scientist. The ACM Distinguished Scientist award recognizes ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience (including some education experience) and five years of continuous Professional Membership who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the computing field.

Collaboration Prompts New Multicore Course

The development of a simple computing platform called Beehive at Microsoft Research has become the foundation of a new course at MIT: 6.173 Multicore Systems Laboratory. Originally designed as a low-cost platform meant to spark innovation in computer architecture research, the Beehive system was used during a 2010 IAP course taught by CSAIL Professor Frans Kaashoek, Co-Director Chris Terman, Professor Robert Morris, Assistant Professor Nickolai Zeldovich and graduate student Silas Boyd-Wickizer to rave reviews, with students competing to develop the quickest solution to the traveling-salesman problem.

Theory of Computation Group Announces Simons Fellowship

The Theory of Computation (TOC) group at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT is seeking candidates for a post-doctoral position in the general area of the theory of computation. Applicants in all areas of theory are encouraged to apply, including (but not exclusive to) algorithms, complexity theory, combinatorial optimization, cryptography, distributed computing, game theory and computation, geometry, parallel computing, and quantum computing. This fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from the Simons Foundation. The fellowship is a two year position, starting the summer or fall of 2010. The fellowship stipend is gauged to attract the highest caliber of applicants.

FastRunner Takes Off

Check out this video of the FastRunner being developed by CSAIL Principal Investigator Russ Tedrake in collaboration with researchers at the Florida Institute of Human and Machine Cognition. Sporting legs fashioned by studying the movements of ostrich legs, the test leg for Fast Runner can currently run at 27 miles per hour. FastRunner should eventually be able to run up to 30-50 miles an hour, according to Tedrake.

MegaMIMO Wins Elevator Pitch Contest

In just 60 short seconds, CSAIL graduate student Hariharan Shankar Rahul made the case for MegaMIMO, a new Wi-Fi optimization system that solves the problem of overcrowded and overloaded wireless networks. As the first finalist asked to pitch his business plan during the final round of MIT's $100K Elevator Pitch Contest, Rahul had to wait for almost an hour after his presentation, wondering about the ultimate outcome. At the end of the night Rahul, who worked with CSAIL Principal Investigator Dina Katabi and CSAIL graduate student Swarun Kumar for two years to develop MegaMIMO, was crowned the grand prize winner and awarded $5,000.

Oliva Explores New Ground in Computational Perception

Traversing a busy street, entering a new building and locating the elevator may seem like simple tasks, mainly because you don't notice all the heavy lifting your brain undertakes when absorbing and reacting to your visual surroundings so that you don't crash into walls or get hit by a car. For years CSAIL's Aude Oliva has studied human visual intelligence, how the brain tackles scene and object recognition and visual memory, by closely examining the functions of the human brain.

CSAIL Students Honored For Outstanding Doctoral Theses

Six CSAIL students were recently named winners of the George M. Sprowls Award for the best doctoral theses in computer science. A committee consisting of CSAIL Principal investigators Daniel Jackson, Antonio Torralba, Costis Daskalakis, Dana Moshkovitz and Nickolai Zeldovich selected the award-winning theses, with help from CSAI Principal Investigators Bill Freeman, Tommi Jaakkola, Leslie Kaelbling, Manolis Kellis, and Tomas Lozano-Perez.

Seven theses from EECS were selected for this year's Sprowls Award, six of which came from CSAIL students.

Lee’s Artwork Featured in Dana-Farber Holiday Cards

The artwork of CSAIL staff member Sally Lee will bring holiday cheer to many this year, as one of Lee's illustrations has been selected for the Dana-Farber Holiday 2011 Collection. Lee's illustration, Santa's Glee, will be available for purchase as a holiday greeting card, and all sales will benefit Dana Farber and the Jimmy Fund.

Lee is an award-winning author and illustrator and has published over 20 books for children. She recently released a new book called A Cat's Alphabet Book.

As for the design behind Santa's Glee, Lee explains that she has an affinity for Santa, cats and presents.

David Clark awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by Oxford Internet Institute

David D. Clark '68, a senior research scientist with the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), is the recipient of the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his intellectual and institutional contributions to the advancement of the Internet. The award was presented to Clark on Sept. 22, in Oxford, England.

Abelson Named SIGCSE Award Winner

CSAIL Principal Investigator Harold (Hal) Abelson has been named the recipient of the 2012 SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education. The award is presented annually in recognition of significant contributions to computer science education.

New High-Res Map of Human Genome Unveiled


Four new papers co-authored by researchers from Associate Professor Manolis Kellis' Computational Biology group at CSAIL unveil a new high-resolution picture of the human genome that should prove useful in better understanding human biology and disease. By carefully examining and comparing the genomes of 29 different mammals, Kellis, a principal investigator at CSAIL, and collaborators around the world have gained a better understanding of the evolution of the human genome by being able to see which aspects have been preserved over time, a key step in understanding human biology and disease.


David Culler Speaking on IT & Sustainable Energy Infrastructure

Solutions to sustainability problems could be addressed through applying computational techniques, according to CSAIL researchers. This fall, the Seminar on Computational Methods for Sustainability will explore the role of computation in solving problems of sustainability, such as energy consumption, developing new chemical processes, and solving large-scale resource allocation problems. The series has been organized by CSAIL Professor Brian Williams, Postdoctoral Fellow J. Zico Kolter and Assistant Professor Youssef Marzouk.

Liskov receives Katayanagi Prize for Research Excellence

CSAIL Principal Investigator Barbara Liskov has been awarded a Katayanagi Prize for Research Excellence. The Katayanagi Prizes in Computer Science are awarded annually to the best and brightest researchers in the field of computer science, presented by Carnegie Mellon University and endowed by Japanese entrepreneur and education advocate Koh Katayanagi.

Liskov, an Institute Professor at MIT and head of the Programming Methodolgy Group at CSAIL, is world-renowned for her pioneering work in programming languages and distributed systems. In 2009, she received the A.M. Turing Award from the Association for Computing Machinery.

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