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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 Researchers Honored for Contributions

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.

CSAIL Members Named ACM Fellows

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

Research Group Picks Up the Pieces

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., 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.


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