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CSAIL-Related 2010 IAP Offerings

This January, CSAIL faculty and staff will be offering a wide selection of courses to the community. While many are scholastic in nature, just as many demonstrate an artistic or playful side of the lab. A sample of courses can be found below.

Black and White Bootcamp (Jon Proulx)

Aaronson Wins Junior Bose Teaching Award

CSAIL’s Scott Aaronson has been selected to receive this year’s Junior Bose Teaching Award. The honor is awarded by the School of Engineering in recognition of “an outstanding contributor to education from among the junior faculty of the School of Engineering.” Within the lab, Scott joins past recipient Hari Balakrishnan (2002).

Rivest and Team Win NEC Top Honors

CSAIL researcher Ron Rivest, along with colleagues Adi Shamir and Len Adleman, have received the 2009 NEC C&C Prize. The award is given in recognition of outstanding contribution to R&D activities, and pioneering work related to the integration of computers and communications technologies.

Lab Spinoff Causes Biotech Stir

In a recent edition of The Economist, Ginkgo BioWorks was profiled as one of a handful of companies spurring biotechnological innovation. The iGem competition, which is also administered through the lab, was similarly cited as a model for understanding the path that biological engineering projects may take in the future.

Lynch Recognized by IEEE

CSAIL PI Nancy Lynch has been awarded this year’s Emanuel R. Piore Award. Administered by the IEEE, the award is intended to reward outstanding achievement in the field of information processing. This year, the award was given in recognition of Lynch’s contributions to foundations of distributed and concurrent computing.

CSAIL Student Workshop Promotes Collaboration, Interaction

The call for papers is now open for the fifth annual CSAIL Student Workshop. Conceived as a way for students to meet, discuss their research, and take a much-needed break from the city. With transportation provided and free registration, this working retreat is equal parts work and play (not to mention an excellent chance for students to connect with others working in similar areas). For more information or to submit a paper, please visit the CSW site here.

CSAIL Video Archive Launches

If you’ve ever been curious about a video you saw on the kiosk screens in Stata, a lecture you saw last year, or even archived research footage from the vaults of the AI Lab and LCS, you’re in luck. The CSAIL Video Archive has just debuted on the homepage.


CSAIL Graduates Begin New Chapter

On Friday, June 5th, the Institute will hold its 143rd commencement ceremony. We here at CSAIL would like to join the speaker, Governor Deval Patrick, in wishing our graduates luck on the next leg of their journey. The CSAIL students matriculating in both Masters and PhD programs are listed below; congratulations, and best wishes for an exciting future!

Incoming PI Honored By ACM

Costis Daskalakis, who will be a CSAIL faculty member beginning this fall, has just been awarded the 2008 Doctoral Dissertation Award by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Daskalakis is the second CSAIL PI to have been honored by the ACM this year. In March, Professor Barbara Liskov was announced as the winner of this year’s ACM Turing Award.

CSAIL PI Named AAAI Fellow

Professor Daniela Rus has just been named a 2009 Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. The fellowship, now in its nineteenth year, was created to recognize those who have made dedicated and sustained contributions to the field. This year Rus, who also serves as head of the Artificial Intelligence directorate, was one of nine new inductees.

Three of CSAIL’s Finest Win Infinite Mile Awards

On April 29th, three CSAIL staff members were honored with the Infinite Mile Award, the School of Engineering’s highest honor. Financial Officer Kris Lantheaume and Administrative Assistant Joanne Hanley received two of nine Infinite Mile Awards for Excellence, while Assistant Director of Infrastructure Jack Costanza was awarded one of two Infinite Mile Awards for Sustained Excellence.

Berners-Lee Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Yesterday, CSAIL Principal Investigator Tim Berners-Lee was one of six MIT faculty members elected to the National Academy of Sciences. The NAS, established in 1863, is an organization whose membership is conferred only on those most distinguished in their fields. Berners-Lee was elected as one of a handful of foreign associates, whose numbers make up less than a fifth of the overall Academy.

Synthetic Biology at CSAIL Takes Off

Former CSAIL graduate student Reshma Shetty has been busy since she left the Institute. The biological engineering PhD has founded a new company called Gingko BioWorks which is working hard to make the fabrication of biological building blocks a reality. She sits down for a detailed interview on her project, available here.

Rinard To Win ACM-ICPC Coaching Award

Electrical engineering Professor Martin Rinard will be the winner of a coaching honor this April at the International Collegiate Programming Contest. The competition, which has taken place for over thirty years, is designed to challenge the best and brightest young minds in computer science to solve a computational problem collectively in just five hours.

Liskov Receives Turing Award

Professor Barbara Liskov has just become the second woman to receive the Association for Computing Machinery’s A. M. Turing Award. First awarded in 1966, the Turing is considered the “Nobel Prize of computing.” The other CSAIL PIs to have won the award are Ron Rivest (2002), Butler Lampson (1992) and Fernando J. Corbató (1990).

Daniel Jackson Made MacVicar Fellow

CSAIL PI Daniel Jackson has been named one of four MacVicar Faculty Fellows this year. The honor is conferred in recognition of innovative teaching practices and excellence in education. It commemorates a late Dean for Undergraduate Education, Margaret MacVicar.

Professor Jackson’s inventive classroom manner and clarity of explanation are among the reasons he won the panel over. And, like many of his Institute colleagues, he eschews white boards and PowerPoint in favor of the traditional delivery of the chalkboard, rendering his lectures more accessible for note taking and comprehension.

Aaronson Named Sloan Fellow

CSAIL Professor Scott Aaronson has just secured a coveted Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship for the year 2009. The fellowships are intended to support promising young faculty as they embark on their research and academic careers.


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