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Research is the lifeblood of CSAIL. Applying computational thinking and advanced technologies, we pose difficult questions and pursue innovative answers. While research is our core activity, we view it not as an end in itself but as a means to an end. The goal is not merely to build our knowledge but rather to impact our world. Ultimately, our research is intended to someday improve the way we live, work, and play; heal, travel, and learn; manage our lives, and care for our environment. READ MORE >>

Professor Anant Agarwal, president of edX and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Agarwal was cited for contributions to shared-memory and multicore computer architectures.
 
Election to the NAE is among the highest professional
Barbara Liskov, an Institute Professor at MIT and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been named a 2012 Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Charter Fellows are selected for their work, “in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible
On Tuesday, February 5, CSAIL kicked off a new entrepreneurship initiative with a talk by Meraki co-founders and former CSAIL graduate students John Bicket and Sanjit Biswas. The CSAIL entrepreneurship initiative aims to help students turn great computer science ideas into successful technology
The National Science Foundation (NSF), along with the journal Science, has honored a team of CSAIL researchers for their work in the 10th annual International Science & Technology Visualization Challenge. CSAIL graduate students Michael Rubinstein, Neal Wadhwa and MIT alumni Eugene Shih and Hao
Dr. David Clark and Dr. Karen Sollins have been honored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGCOMM with the Test of Time Award for their paper “Tussle in Cyberspace: Defining Tomorrow’s Internet”. Clark and Sollins published the paper in 2002 along with co-authors
Lindsay is a 23-year-old coffee lover and researcher at MEEI who lives in Somerville. She has a Keurig Vue Brewer to allow her to make a wide variety of hot and cold beverages at the touch of a button; however, Lindsay has trouble using many features of the machine as she is blind and cannot see
In May of 2012, Harvard and MIT joined forces to create edX, an online learning initiative aimed at developing a new, interactive learning experience specifically for the Internet. With MITx, MIT’s new online learning model, serving as the technical platform, Harvard, MIT and Berkeley are

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In an effort to bring a more human dimension to the online education experience, MIT Professor Rob Miller has developed a new
Hal Abelson - the Class of 1922 Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, a principal investigator at CSAIL and co-chair of the MIT Council on Educational Technology – has been at the forefront of not only computer science education, but also teaching in general for
It’s not often that you find two siblings more in sync than Andrew and Jennifer Barry. They go on long runs together along the Charles River, play Frisbee together during the summer and both study robotics at CSAIL. They work just one floor apart at the Stata Center, meeting each other for
How does a bird handle the wind, hanging effortlessly while battered by gusts and darting through clusters of trees with seamless precision? Associate Professor Russ Tedrake wants to understand how birds can operate under such conditions and create machines that can do the same. His current goal is
A team of researchers from CSAIL has been selected to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). The group, led by Professor Seth Teller, will include co-investigators Associate Professor Russ Tedrake, Assistant Professor Julie Shah and Dr. Karl Iagnemma.
 
Over the next two years, teams
October 21, 2012— The MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), today announced a new joint research program aimed at advancing
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The MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) today inaugurated a new interdisciplinary center dedicated to developing the
Chances are that if you own a smart phone you have downloaded a host of different applications, from weather tools to maps, social media applications and games. Many consumers are aware that smart phone applications tend to gather personal information about users, oftentimes tracking location and
What if machines could think like us - comprehending social cues, visual prompts and spoken words just like a human would? For CSAIL Professor Patrick Winston, the Ford Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science and leader of the Genesis Group at CSAIL, uncovering the true nature of

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Uncovering and modeling gene regulatory networks is one of the longstanding challenges in computational biology
Interactive proofs, which CSAIL researchers helped pioneer, have emerged as one of the major research topics in theoretical computer science. In the classic interactive proof, a questioner with limited computational power tries to extract reliable information from a computationally powerful
How does a bird handle the wind, hanging effortlessly while battered by gusts and darting through clusters of trees with seamless precision? Associate Professor Russ Tedrake wants to understand how birds can operate under such conditions and create machines that can do the same. His current goal is

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The human brain can recognize thousands of different objects, but neuroscientists have long grappled
In May 2012, CSAIL announced a major new initiative to tackle the challenges of the burgeoning field known as “big data” -- data collections that are too big, growing too fast, or are too complex for existing information technology systems to handle. The announcement was made at an MIT event
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The Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT today announced a major new initiative called bigdata@CSAIL to tackle
An elderly woman who lives alone needs assistance with everything from remembering to take her medicine to putting away the dishes. Her children work fulltime and are only able to assist her on nights and weekends. To assist her mother during those daytime hours when she is all alone, her daughter

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is leading an ambitious new project to reinvent how robots are designed and produced.

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Picture this scenario: a police car, lights flashing, is stopped on the side of an Interstate, its occupant helping a motorist with car trouble
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Cloud computing has become completely ubiquitous, spawning hundreds of new web based services, platforms for building applications, and



David D. Clark '68, a senior research scientist with the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), is the recipient of the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his intellectual and institutional contributions to the advancement
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Researchers from MIT CSAIL, the University of Michigan, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and Harvard Medical School have developed a new tool that can more
You might not have to wait until 2062 to travel to work in an aerocar like George Jetson, thanks to work currently underway at CSAIL. An autonomous personal air taxi capable of ferrying you to Paris by 5pm with a flyover of London may sound futuristic, but it is a current project of CSAIL Principal
In 1974 Professor Peter Szolovits made a prediction: By the 1980s a majority of large hospitals would have adopted the use of electronic medical records. While the necessary technology did not progress as quickly as expected to allow for this transition, the U.S. government is currently making a
Donned in a gauzy dental gown, the PR2 robot lifts its left hand and grasps the mixing bowl placed in front of it. The robot’s right hand, equipped with a rubber spatula, shortly follows suit, veering inside the bowl and toward the mound of softened butter waiting inside. Then, in a
On May 14-15 2011, CSAIL hosted a workshop at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in Cambridge, MA, sponsored by the Office of  The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (formerly DDR&E).  The goal of the workshop, organized by Ed Lazowska (U Washington)
At a time when the Internet puts an untold amount of information at anyone’s fingertips, and automated scientific experiments churn out data faster than researchers can keep up with it, and communications networks can include billions of people, even the simplest computational tasks can become so
In Hollywood blockbusters, robots are often portrayed as menacing machines intent on destroying mankind. In the fight to contain the nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, robots may prove to be a powerful ally in reigning in a dangerous situation.
Thanks to Bedford-
Remember the Polaroid camera- that black box capable of spitting out an image within seconds of snapping the shutter? Once the star of social gatherings, a Polaroid camera now sits on a shelf in Bill Freeman’s office at CSAIL, a relic of a time gone by. The world of photography has transformed
Today, visiting almost any major website — checking your Facebook news feed, looking for books on Amazon, bidding for merchandise on eBay — involves querying a database. But the databases that these sites maintain are enormous, and searching them anew every time a new user logs on would be
It isn't everyday that a computer scientist wins one of the most coveted awards in aeronautics. But when Rick Cory started in Associate Professor Russ Tedrake's Robot Locomotion Group as a Ph.D. student, he wasn't out to conduct robotics as usual. "We were trying to think of a project that could
For as long as there have been computers, there has been coding. And with coding comes repetition—lots of it. That's always been the basic fact of a programmer's existence, even as computers have become ever more friendly from a user's perspective. That's where Sikuli comes in. The latest from
The human body and the systems that maintain it are, at their most basic, bundles of crackling electricity. Impulses, currents and waves can be found in every part of our world, and they offer much in the way of information if they can be properly read and interpreted. At the abstract level,
In the public eye, computer scientists are often portrayed as dry, secluded – and almost always male. But behind the outdated stereotype, the lab is full of real world applications, exciting collaborations, and researchers of both genders who are working hard to advance the state of the field. For
While the “C” in CSAIL stands for computer, it’s not solely what goes on inside a computer that CSAIL researchers care about – especially when what’s running on the computer is the World Wide Web. “When you’re on the Web, you’re not connecting to a computer, you’re connecting to humanity,” says Tim
Professor Anant Agarwal has a tendency to think big. One recent piece of work has just been donated to the MIT Museum after being documented in the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records as the largest microphone array on the planet – and that was just one component of a larger project. But while
The CSAIL Center for Robotics brings together leading experts in robotics who are engaged in research aimed at creating robots that can drive cars, walk, fly, or swim; grasp and assemble arbitrary objects; perceive the world and find their way in buildings and streets; coordinate and form teams;
The field of robotics began relatively modestly. Its founders attempted to create simple machines capable of performing tasks or interacting with the world. But in doing so, the first roboticists opened the door to an amazing area of study, rich with possibilities for extraordinary contributions to
Quantum computing is one of the most fascinating – if counterintuitive – final frontiers in the computing world today. Saddled with technical limitations and the potential impossibility of their pursuit, experimentalists and theoreticians alike have found themselves beset from all sides by
CSAIL Professor Madhu Sudan is thinking about communication. His project posits that communication is possible between beings with no common bond of language or shared history. Its direct substantiating case examines a theoretical instance of the third kind, placing extraterrestrials and
Early in the fall of 2008, students began gathering before a raised platform of fake grass. The artificial turf was adorned with evenly spaced tomato plants, nestled in sensible terra cotta pots. And while the small cluster of plants and grow lamps might have seemed incongruous under other
Imagine having complete access to your own personalized environment – your notes, presentations, music, TV recordings, photo albums, recipes – from anywhere in the world, anytime. Making this dream a reality is the goal of Project Qmulus, CSAIL’s five-year, $20 million collaboration with Taiwan-
Over the past four decades, CSAIL has partnered with numerous companies. Yet none of them have been quite like the Nokia and CSAIL collaboration known as Mobile Ecosystem 2012. In fact, CSAIL has worked with Nokia a number of times in the past, yet the current effort is still distinct. According to