Wojciech Matusik, an associate professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been named a recipient of the 2012 DARPA Young Faculty Award. Matusik, a member of the Computer Graphics Group at CSAIL, is currently focusing his research on direct digital manufacturing and computer graphics, in particular modeling and physical reproduction of materials, computational photography, and novel display systems.
Prior to joining MIT, Matusik worked at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Adobe Systems, and Disney Research Zurich.
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has named Associate Professor Wojciech Matusik a Sloan Research Fellow for 2012. Through his research Matusik, a principal investigator at CSAIL, focuses on bridging the gap between the digital and real world.
"Today's Sloan Research Fellows are tomorrow's Nobel Prize winners," said Dr. Paul L. Joskow, President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. "These outstanding men and women are responsible for some of the most exciting science being done today. The Foundation is proud to support them during this pivotal stage of their careers."
Computer scientists often develop mathematical models to understand how animals move, enabling breakthroughs in designing things like microrobotic wings and artificial bone structures.
With new approach, researchers specify desired properties of a material, and a computer system generates a structure accordingly.
MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the MIT Corporation have announced the promotion of three CSAIL members.
Principal Investigators Erik Demaine and Piotr Indyk have been named full professors and Principal Investigator Wojciech Matusik has been named an associate professor.
By exploiting the graphics-rendering software that powers sports video games, researchers at MIT and the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) have developed a system that automatically converts 2-D video of soccer games into 3-D. The converted video can be played back over any 3-D device — a commercial 3-D TV, Google’s new Cardboard system, which turns smartphones into 3-D displays, or special-purpose displays such as Oculus Rift. The researchers presented the new system last week at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Multimedia conference.
3-D movies immerse us in new worlds and allow us to see places and things in ways that we otherwise couldn’t. But behind every 3-D experience is something that is uniformly despised: those goofy glasses.Fortunately, there may be hope. In a new paper, a team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science have demonstrated a display that lets audiences watch 3-D films in a movie theater without extra eyewear.Dubbed “Cinema 3D,” the prototype uses a special array of lenses and mirrors to enable viewers to watch a 3-D movie from any seat in a theater.
Almost every object we use is developed with computer-aided design (CAD). Ironically, while CAD programs are good for creating designs, using them is actually very difficult and time-consuming if you’re trying to improve an existing design to make the most optimal product.
In this age of smartphones and tablet computers, touch-sensitive surfaces are everywhere. They’re also brittle, as people with cracked phone screens everywhere can attest.
This fall’s new FAA regulations have made drone flight easier than ever for both companies and consumers. But what if the drones out on the market aren’t exactly what you want?A new system from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) is the first to allow users to design, simulate, and build their own custom drone. Users can change the size, shape, and structure of their drone based on the specific needs they have for payload, cost, flight time, battery usage, and other factors.