Tom Knight, Tomaso Poggio and Bruce Tidor have just been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences. Knight’s citation was for his efforts in computing technology and the engineering discipline of synthetic biology.
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.
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).
David Karger and Martin Rinard have been named as ACM Fellows for 2009. Fellowship is an honor conferred in recognition of the achievements in computer science and information technology of outstanding ACM members.
Daniela Rus and Madhu Sudan have just been elevated to Fellow status within the prestigious IEEE. Conferred by its board of directors, Fellow status denotes an “extraordinary record of accomplishments” in one of the organization’s fields of interest.
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.
On Thursday, November 5. CSAIL Principal Investigator Barbara Liskov gave the opening talk of the 2009-2010 Dertouzos Lecture Series. Liskov, winner of this year’s Turing Award, spoke on the value of abstraction as well as some of the ways she has seen the field change during her long and distinguished career.
On October 26th, His Royal Highness of Monaco became the second head of state to visit MIT in a four day period. A guest of Ray Stata, the prince visited the labs of both Daniela Rus and Russ Tedrake while on campus.
Principal Investigator Tomaso Poggio has just received the 2009 Okawa Prize. Awarded by the Okawa Foundation, it is meant to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to research, technological development and business in the fields of information and telecommunications.
Shafrira Goldwasser, CSAIL theory professor, is a 2010 recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science. The award recognizes her study of cryptography, which has led to significant improvements in Internet security.
CSAIL PI Berthold Horn has just received IEEE’s Azriel Rosenfeld Life Time Achievement Award. Founded in 2007, the award is meant to honor those who have made significant contributions to the field of computer vision over the course of longtime careers.
CSAIL PI Tim Berners-Lee, along with MIT Professor Robert Langer, was honored for the Millennium Prize Award at a forum and dinner at the Finnish Embassy. Each researcher discussed his work and views on advances in his respective field on Thursday, October 8th before a large group of technology and policy leaders.
This fall as the Institute begins another academic year, CSAIL does so with a number of promotions and new appointments. The Executive Committee of the MIT Corporation approved all changes effective July 1; we are sure that they will only serve to deepen and strengthen the lab’s base of talent.
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.
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.
In the wake of Edward Kennedy’s death on Tuesday, Massachusetts is dealing with the loss of one of its most outsize figures. In addition to being a politician and scion of the nation’s most iconic family, Kennedy also had a quiet history of advocacy that spread across the country and the world – and may be one of his greatest legacies.
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.
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.
From August 3rd to 5th, CSAIL plays host to a workshop dedicated to understanding the challenges and opportunities presented by cloud computing. The conference aims specifically to discuss implementation of the techniques needed to render cloud computing secure and trustworthy.
A team of students working under PI Nicholas Roy has taken top honors at the International Aerial Robotics Competition. Now in its 19th year, the challenges given at each competition become successively more complex. They are organized into a series of missions; this year’s competition was the fifth.
On Thursday, July 17th, Quanta Computers and CSAIL/MIT formalized their ongoing commitment to research collaboration and continued innovation. T-Party, the original partnership between the two entities, was launched in 2005 as a way to explore the future of mobile communication.
At this year’s annual RSA Security Conference, Ron Rivest noted some of the difficulties in securing cloud computing. The CSAIL PI points out that terminology matters, particularly where sensitive data is concerned.
During the week of June 8th, researchers working on the agile robotics forklift project took their craft south for demonstration. The forklift was put through its paces in front of a host of industry and military notables in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
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!
On May 27th and 28th, the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory will play host to the annual meeting of its industrial partnership organization. The Industry Affiliates Program, or IAP, is a consortium of companies working in concert with CSAIL on a wide host of technological innovations.
A team of researchers headed by CSAIL PI Daniela Rus is to receive a grant in support of a project called Smart Adaptive Reliable Teams for Persistent Surveillance (SMARTS). The grant is one of nine awarded to teams of researchers who count members of the Institute community among their number.
On June 23rd, CSAIL researchers will have the unique honor of receiving two out of four awards presented for excellence at the IEEE’s Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition. Ce Liu, Jenny Yuen and Antonio Torralba’s “Label Transfer via Dense Scene Alignment” won Best Student Paper.
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.
Former CSAIL Director Rodney Brooks will deliver the keynote address tomorrow at the Grand Finale of MIT’s $100K Entrepreneurship Competition. The competition was founded to encourage MIT community members to funnel their talent, energy and ideas into creating the leading businesses of the future.
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.
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.
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.
On Saturday, April 4th, seventy-five middle- and high school students from Johns Hopkins’ Center for Talented Youth made a visit to CSAIL for robotics workshops, project demonstrations, and an inside view of life here at the lab. Accompanied by their parents, the trip marked the first year of collaboration with CTY, spearheaded by CSAIL’s Daniela Rus.
Graduate student Michael Bernstein and a group of collaborators have been awarded a Golden Mouse Award from the prestigious CHI Conference. The conference, an event on human factors in computing systems, has been held annually since 1982; this is the first year in which a video showcase has been held.
A finding by a team of MIT engineers suggests that an attached sugar found on antibodies is unnecessary for effective functioning. This discovery means that the last barrier to mass producing therapeutic antibodies using bacterial or fungal means, rather than mammalian cells.
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.
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.
Sally Lee, Administrative Assistant in CSAIL, has received an award for her book, “The Tutu Ballet”. Sally’s book was selected for the Reader Views Award, an annual literary award that honors writers who self-publish or have their books published by a small press or independent book publisher.
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).
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.
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.