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DRL Dances With Umbrellas

The Distributed Robotics Lab (DRL) at CSAIL joined forces with modern dance company Pilobolus for the second time this fall to light up the nighttime sky when the two premiered their latest work, UP: The Umbrella Project at the PopTech Conference. Through UP, more than 250 volunteers participated in a live performance of constantly changing colorful umbrellas. Each participant in UP was outfitted with an umbrella containing multi-colored LED lights and given the freedom to roam throughout the Camden Harbor Park & Amphitheatre.

Miller Develops New Online Learning Tool


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Abby Abazorius
MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)
T. 617.324.9135; abbya@csail.mit.edu
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In an effort to bring a more human dimension to the online education experience, MIT Professor Rob Miller has developed a new computer system that will help provide students with feedback on their homework assignments and create more interaction between students, teachers, and alumni.


Education Goes Mobile

Hal Abelson - the Class of 1922 Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, a principal investigator at CSAIL and co-chair of the MIT Council on Educational Technology - has been at the forefront of not only computer science education, but also teaching in general for much of his storied career. In the past year, he has been honored with both the Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM) Karl V. Karlstom Outstanding Educator Award and the SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science Education for his work in advancing computer science education.

Joshi Awarded Best Student Paper Prize

Dr. Rohit Joshi, a postdoctoral associate in Professor Peter Szolovits' Clinical Decision Making Group, has been awarded the best student paper prize at the 2012 American Medical Informatics Association's Annual Symposium. The paper, "Prognostic Physiology: Modeling Patient Severity in Intensive Care Units Using Radial Domain Folding", describes a new method for clustering groups of patients in ways that improve a physician's ability to make more accurate predictions about what is likely to happen to them during their episode of intensive care and afterwards.

Sollins Named 2012 AAAS Fellow

Dr. Karen Sollins, a principal research scientist at CSAIL, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

This year 702 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday, 16 February during the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting.

Sibling Power

It's not often that you find two siblings more in sync than Andrew and Jennifer Barry. They go on long runs together along the Charles River, play Frisbee together during the summer and both study robotics at CSAIL. They work just one floor apart at the Stata Center, meeting each other for candy breaks and long runs where they often spend mile after mile ruminating over their latest research problems.

Discovery Channel Features MERS Research

The Discovery Channel has featured new work from Professor Brian Williams' Model-based Embedded and Robotics Systems Group (MERS) at CSAIL on its Daily Planet show. The segment features CSAIL graduate student Peng Yu and his work with increasing collaboration between humans and robots.

During the Daily Planet feature, Yu demonstrates a new system for controlling quadcopters, eventually allowing Daily Planet host Lucas Cochran to guide the quadcopter through a model city using audio and gesture controls. The system could be used for search and rescue operations or surveillance, according to Yu.

EETimes Names Wireless@MIT A Visionary To Watch

EETimes has named the MIT Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing (Wireless@MIT) as one of its 10 electronic visionaries to watch.

"Predicting the future is always fraught with peril, but the visionaries featured here are boldly going where no one has gone before," writes R. Colin Johnson of the 10 electronic visionaries to watch.

The center, which is based at CSAIL and led by Professor Hari Balakrishnan and Professor Dina Katabi, is cited for its dedication to solving the current problems plaguing wireless and its aim to develop the next generation of wireless and mobile technologies.

Zue Awarded Okawa Prize

Victor Zue, the Delta Electronics Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and the director of International Relations for CSAIL, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Okawa Prize. Zue was honored for his "pioneering and outstanding contributions to speech science and conversational spoken-language systems."

CSAIL Team Honored for Printable Robot

This past summer, the African Robotics Network (AFRON) challenged roboticists around the world to design a new class of robot, one that could be easily integrated into classrooms around the world. SEG, a robot designed by CSAIL Director Daniela Rus' Distributed Robotics Lab, took third prize in the traditional (roaming) category of the competition.

SEG, an origami-inspired Segway robot, is a small robot made of polyester. The robot roams on two large wheels, and is able to avoid obstacles and collisions thanks to an onboard sensing and navigation system. What is perhaps most noteworthy about SEG, though, is that the robot was printed on a sheet of polyester and takes less than one day and 15 dollars to produce.

Computer Science Students Look to Twitter for Clues on Election

Polls currently show a tight race between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. While traditional polls survey several thousand people over a couple of days, a new research project by computer science students at MIT and the University of Chicago takes a new look at voter sentiment by analyzing the sentiments of social media users on Twitter. The site, called TwiThinks, is currently tracking how many times each candidate is mentioned on each day in each state, what topics people are tweeting about when they mention a candidate, the latest election news from Twitter users, and nation-wide publicity for each candidate. Approximately 10 million American Twitter users are included in the analysis.

Making Better Sense of Medical Records

New research out of CSAIL’s Clinical Decision Making Group should make it easier and more efficient for computers to parse electronic medical records. In a new paper to be presented at the American Medical Informatics Association’s (AMIA) annual symposium next week, researchers will explain a new system they have developed for disambiguating the meaning of words used in clinical notes written by doctors and nurses. At present, it is difficult for computer systems to analyze electronic medical records as many medical terms can have multiple meanings.

CSAIL & QCRI Announce New Research Collaboration

October 21, 2012- The MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), today announced a new joint research program aimed at advancing the field of computer science. The announcement was made during a signing ceremony as part of the Joint Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum and Arab Expatriate Scientists Network Symposium 2012.

Weitzner Honored for Work With Online Privacy

CSAIL Principal Research Scientist Daniel Weitzner has been named to the 2012 Newsweek Daily Beast Digital Power Index. Weitzner was honored for his work as Deputy Chief Technology Officer for the White House from 2011 through 2012, in particular for his work with online privacy.

"A little more than a year into his current job at the White House, Weitzner is best known as one of the most prominent spokespersons for the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights," wrote Newsweek and the Daily Beast of Weitzner's work.

CSAIL Launches New Center To Tackle Future of Wireless and Mobile Technologies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Abby Abazorius,
MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)
T. 617.324.9135; abbya@csail.mit.edu

---------

The MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) today inaugurated a new interdisciplinary center dedicated to developing the next generation of wireless networks and mobile devices. Headquartered at CSAIL and known as Wireless@MIT, the Center will be a focal point for wireless research at MIT and will address some of the most important challenges facing the wireless and mobile computing fields.

Rivest Named to Cyber Security Hall of Fame

Ronald Rivest, the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Computer Science in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been named to the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame. Rivest is honored for his work developing the RSA algorithm, a method for public-key cryptography, along with Professors Adi Shamir and Len Adleman.

Rivest, Shamir and Adleman are credited with developing the RSA algorithm, an encryption method that operates through key generation, encryption and decryption, and is widely credited with having a significant impact on ecommerce.

CSAIL Researchers Unveil New Automatic Mapping System

Disaster response efforts may be getting a little bit safer, thanks to new CSAIL research. In a new paper by CSAIL research scientist Maurice Fallon, Professor John Leonard, Professor Seth Teller, and CSAIL graduate students Hordur Johannsson and Jonathan Brookshire, a new method for tracking movement inside a building is detailed.

The new system involves a wearable sensor that is able to automatically create a map of the environment through which the wearer is moving. The system also includes a pushbutton for tagging certain features on the map, such as points of interest or structural problems in an emergency situation.

CSAIL Members Invited to Yoga Classes

Research shows that the benefits of yoga include decreased stress and tension, increased strength and balance, increased flexibility and lowered blood pressure.

CSAIL members are invited to attend community yoga on Tuesdays at 5:15 PM in the Hewlett Room, 32-G882. The first block of classes will be offered on Oct. 2nd, 16th, 23rd and 30th. Space is limited, so please arrive early. Bring your yoga mat if you have one. If you do not have a yoga mat, there will be yoga mats available for use.

Space is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Articles

DRL Dances With Umbrellas

The Distributed Robotics Lab (DRL) at CSAIL joined forces with modern dance company Pilobolus for the second time this fall to light up the nighttime sky when the two premiered their latest work, UP: The Umbrella Project at the PopTech Conference. Through UP, more than 250 volunteers participated in a live performance of constantly changing colorful umbrellas. Each participant in UP was outfitted with an umbrella containing multi-colored LED lights and given the freedom to roam throughout the Camden Harbor Park & Amphitheatre.

Miller Develops New Online Learning Tool


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Abby Abazorius
MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)
T. 617.324.9135; abbya@csail.mit.edu
---------------------
In an effort to bring a more human dimension to the online education experience, MIT Professor Rob Miller has developed a new computer system that will help provide students with feedback on their homework assignments and create more interaction between students, teachers, and alumni.


Education Goes Mobile

Hal Abelson - the Class of 1922 Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, a principal investigator at CSAIL and co-chair of the MIT Council on Educational Technology - has been at the forefront of not only computer science education, but also teaching in general for much of his storied career. In the past year, he has been honored with both the Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM) Karl V. Karlstom Outstanding Educator Award and the SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science Education for his work in advancing computer science education.

Joshi Awarded Best Student Paper Prize

Dr. Rohit Joshi, a postdoctoral associate in Professor Peter Szolovits' Clinical Decision Making Group, has been awarded the best student paper prize at the 2012 American Medical Informatics Association's Annual Symposium. The paper, "Prognostic Physiology: Modeling Patient Severity in Intensive Care Units Using Radial Domain Folding", describes a new method for clustering groups of patients in ways that improve a physician's ability to make more accurate predictions about what is likely to happen to them during their episode of intensive care and afterwards.

Sollins Named 2012 AAAS Fellow

Dr. Karen Sollins, a principal research scientist at CSAIL, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

This year 702 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday, 16 February during the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting.

Sibling Power

It's not often that you find two siblings more in sync than Andrew and Jennifer Barry. They go on long runs together along the Charles River, play Frisbee together during the summer and both study robotics at CSAIL. They work just one floor apart at the Stata Center, meeting each other for candy breaks and long runs where they often spend mile after mile ruminating over their latest research problems.

Discovery Channel Features MERS Research

The Discovery Channel has featured new work from Professor Brian Williams' Model-based Embedded and Robotics Systems Group (MERS) at CSAIL on its Daily Planet show. The segment features CSAIL graduate student Peng Yu and his work with increasing collaboration between humans and robots.

During the Daily Planet feature, Yu demonstrates a new system for controlling quadcopters, eventually allowing Daily Planet host Lucas Cochran to guide the quadcopter through a model city using audio and gesture controls. The system could be used for search and rescue operations or surveillance, according to Yu.

EETimes Names Wireless@MIT A Visionary To Watch

EETimes has named the MIT Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing (Wireless@MIT) as one of its 10 electronic visionaries to watch.

"Predicting the future is always fraught with peril, but the visionaries featured here are boldly going where no one has gone before," writes R. Colin Johnson of the 10 electronic visionaries to watch.

The center, which is based at CSAIL and led by Professor Hari Balakrishnan and Professor Dina Katabi, is cited for its dedication to solving the current problems plaguing wireless and its aim to develop the next generation of wireless and mobile technologies.

Zue Awarded Okawa Prize

Victor Zue, the Delta Electronics Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and the director of International Relations for CSAIL, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Okawa Prize. Zue was honored for his "pioneering and outstanding contributions to speech science and conversational spoken-language systems."

CSAIL Team Honored for Printable Robot

This past summer, the African Robotics Network (AFRON) challenged roboticists around the world to design a new class of robot, one that could be easily integrated into classrooms around the world. SEG, a robot designed by CSAIL Director Daniela Rus' Distributed Robotics Lab, took third prize in the traditional (roaming) category of the competition.

SEG, an origami-inspired Segway robot, is a small robot made of polyester. The robot roams on two large wheels, and is able to avoid obstacles and collisions thanks to an onboard sensing and navigation system. What is perhaps most noteworthy about SEG, though, is that the robot was printed on a sheet of polyester and takes less than one day and 15 dollars to produce.

Computer Science Students Look to Twitter for Clues on Election

Polls currently show a tight race between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. While traditional polls survey several thousand people over a couple of days, a new research project by computer science students at MIT and the University of Chicago takes a new look at voter sentiment by analyzing the sentiments of social media users on Twitter. The site, called TwiThinks, is currently tracking how many times each candidate is mentioned on each day in each state, what topics people are tweeting about when they mention a candidate, the latest election news from Twitter users, and nation-wide publicity for each candidate. Approximately 10 million American Twitter users are included in the analysis.

Making Better Sense of Medical Records

New research out of CSAIL’s Clinical Decision Making Group should make it easier and more efficient for computers to parse electronic medical records. In a new paper to be presented at the American Medical Informatics Association’s (AMIA) annual symposium next week, researchers will explain a new system they have developed for disambiguating the meaning of words used in clinical notes written by doctors and nurses. At present, it is difficult for computer systems to analyze electronic medical records as many medical terms can have multiple meanings.

CSAIL & QCRI Announce New Research Collaboration

October 21, 2012- The MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), today announced a new joint research program aimed at advancing the field of computer science. The announcement was made during a signing ceremony as part of the Joint Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum and Arab Expatriate Scientists Network Symposium 2012.

Weitzner Honored for Work With Online Privacy

CSAIL Principal Research Scientist Daniel Weitzner has been named to the 2012 Newsweek Daily Beast Digital Power Index. Weitzner was honored for his work as Deputy Chief Technology Officer for the White House from 2011 through 2012, in particular for his work with online privacy.

"A little more than a year into his current job at the White House, Weitzner is best known as one of the most prominent spokespersons for the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights," wrote Newsweek and the Daily Beast of Weitzner's work.

CSAIL Launches New Center To Tackle Future of Wireless and Mobile Technologies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Abby Abazorius,
MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)
T. 617.324.9135; abbya@csail.mit.edu

---------

The MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) today inaugurated a new interdisciplinary center dedicated to developing the next generation of wireless networks and mobile devices. Headquartered at CSAIL and known as Wireless@MIT, the Center will be a focal point for wireless research at MIT and will address some of the most important challenges facing the wireless and mobile computing fields.

Rivest Named to Cyber Security Hall of Fame

Ronald Rivest, the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Computer Science in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been named to the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame. Rivest is honored for his work developing the RSA algorithm, a method for public-key cryptography, along with Professors Adi Shamir and Len Adleman.

Rivest, Shamir and Adleman are credited with developing the RSA algorithm, an encryption method that operates through key generation, encryption and decryption, and is widely credited with having a significant impact on ecommerce.

CSAIL Researchers Unveil New Automatic Mapping System

Disaster response efforts may be getting a little bit safer, thanks to new CSAIL research. In a new paper by CSAIL research scientist Maurice Fallon, Professor John Leonard, Professor Seth Teller, and CSAIL graduate students Hordur Johannsson and Jonathan Brookshire, a new method for tracking movement inside a building is detailed.

The new system involves a wearable sensor that is able to automatically create a map of the environment through which the wearer is moving. The system also includes a pushbutton for tagging certain features on the map, such as points of interest or structural problems in an emergency situation.

CSAIL Members Invited to Yoga Classes

Research shows that the benefits of yoga include decreased stress and tension, increased strength and balance, increased flexibility and lowered blood pressure.

CSAIL members are invited to attend community yoga on Tuesdays at 5:15 PM in the Hewlett Room, 32-G882. The first block of classes will be offered on Oct. 2nd, 16th, 23rd and 30th. Space is limited, so please arrive early. Bring your yoga mat if you have one. If you do not have a yoga mat, there will be yoga mats available for use.

Space is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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