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 trio of CSAIL PIs has been hailed for their work in each of their respective fields. Jonathan Kelner, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, received an NSF CAREER award in January. The award is a way of recognizing junior faculty likely to become leaders in the future.
Professor Tom Knight was recently nominated by the Institute of Engineering and Technology as one of their top 25 most influential figures in engineering and technology today.
Four CSAIL Principal Investigators have been elected Fellows of the prestigious Association for Computing Machinery. That four of this year's forty-four new members came from one lab is a testament to the lab's continuing excellence in the field.
The new members are:
- Hari Balakrishnan, for contributions to computer networking and distributed systems
A group of researchers headed by CSAIL Professor David Karger has just released a program which may help organize the ephemera of our messy daily lives. List.it, a new information capture tool, tries to efficiently serve the purpose of all the tools we use – and misuse – to create a kind of sprawling paper trail of memory. Information scraps, until now corralled in notebooks, emails to oneself, scribbles on scraps of paper, the backs of envelopes (and even the backs of hands), are meant to be entered into the program so that they can be accessed from one location.