Unique Middle East program rooted at MIT bears fruit - MIT News Office
September 19th, 2007
Three years ago, Wissam Jarjoui faced an uncertain future in an unstable place. The Palestinian student from East Jerusalem had never met an Israeli, and he hadn't even heard of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
CSAIL graduate student James McLurkin finds inspiration for his distributed robotic systems in nature. The behavior of his swarmbots, a swarm of 100 tiny robots, are based on the way insects communicate, specifically ants and bees.
Swarmbots can only communicate at a distance of three feet and use other robots as landmarks to transmit information. LEDs are used to signify the behavior of the robots. Read more at James McLurkin's web site.
We would like to extend a special welcome to Wissam Jarjoui, the first Middle East Education through Technology (MEET) student to be accepted at MIT. CSAIL has been heavily involved with MEET since its conception in 2004 and we are excited to see how successful it has become in such a short period of time.
Tilera Corp, founded by CSAIL's Prof. Anant Agarwal, announced that it has begun to ship a 64-core processor. This processor features 64 identical processor cores (tiles). Each tile can independently run a full operating system, or multiple tiles taken together can run a multi-processing operating system like SMP Linux. Anant Agarwal created the first mesh-based multicore architecture as part of the Raw research project.
Friday, August 3rd CSAIL students David Moore, Edwin Olson, and Albert Huang conduct testing of MIT's DARPA grand challenge vehicle at a hangar at the South Weymouth Navel Air Station. The weather on Friday was hot enough to stall equipment, but testing continues for the next DARPA grand challenge event.
June 28,2007 - Yesterday afternoon CSAIL had a chance to honor its outgoing Director, Rod Brooks at an ice cream social. The social featured a video of Brook's accomplishments, which ranged from professorships, authorships, new innovations in robotics, and one staring role in a movie.
CSAIL member Professor Gerald Jay Sussman gives the final lecture of 6.001, which is being retired from the MIT curriculum after the Fall 2007 term. Sussman and Professor Hal Abelson developed the course in 1980; it proved to be one of the most influential undergraduate subjects at MIT. Courses based on the 6.001 textbook have been offered at many other universities around the world.
CSAIL's Computational Biology Group led by Manolis Kellis co-led one of the first large-scale comparisons of multiple animal genomes. Results of the project will appear in four papers in Nature, and 40 companion papers in Genome Research, Genetics, Nature Genetics, and other journals.
CSAIL PI Manolis Kellis helped organize the 4th Annual RECOMB Satellite on Regulatory Genomics, organized jointly by the Broad Institute, CSAIL, and Harvard Medical School. The conference was held at MIT this past weekend and was a tremendous success, with 230 people attending from 10 countries in 4 continents. The scientific program represented the top labs in gene regulation from around the world.
Pawan Deshpande has received a Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation award for the high quality of his M. Eng. Thesis, "Decoding Algorithms for Complex Natural Language Tasks." The prize carries a cash award of $ 4,000 and is given to recipients who demonstrate extraordinary achievement in computers and communications technology, knowledge engineering, and allied fields. Pawan was advised by Prof. Regina Barzilay.