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The Boston Globe’s Hiawatha Bray spotlighted MIT’s participation in the DARPA Robotics Challenge in the Aug. 5 edition of the paper.
“‘We’re in this to win it,’ said Seth Teller, who leads an Atlas programming team at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. The intra-state throwdown underscores Massachusetts’ prominence as a center for robotics research. In addition to Boston Dynamics, local firms include Bedford-based iRobot Corp., maker of the popular Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner. IRobot also designed a mechanical hand for Atlas,” wrote Bray.

The Boston Globe’s Michael Farrell reported on new work by CSAIL researchers that could transform the 3D printing field.
“The MIT researchers created a new programming language to streamline the process so it will be easier to print objects with multiple materials, so they can be squishy and flexible at one place, firm at another, or reflect light and conform to touch. Right now, making objects like that is an arduous and technically challenging task and beyond the ability of off-the-shelf 3D printing software,” wrote Farrell.

The Boston Globe examined the growing trend of computer science graduates heading for career paths in entrepreneurship, as opposed to working in academia or for established tech giants. “A newly minted PhD in the hot field of data analytics, Adam Marcus could have walked away from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with his pick of lucrative jobs from any of the computing titans, from Google Inc. to Microsoft Corp.,” wrote Michael Farrell for the Boston Globe. “But like a growing number of his peers from MIT, and scores of other new graduates at top universities, he’s eschewing corporate America for the unpredictable world of scrappy Internet start-ups.

The Boston Globe’s Michael Farrell reported on the achievements of Professors Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali upon the occasion of the two winning the A.M. Turing Award. “Their complex algorithms and advanced mathematical theories probably would not mean much to anyone without a degree in computer science, but the work of two Massachusetts Institute of Technology professors has established the gold standard for safeguarding transactions on the Web,” wrote Farrell. “Some 30 years after professors Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali began working in the field of modern cryptography, the two were awarded the prestigious A.M.

The Boston Globe explored Professor Seth Teller’s new work to help protect officers on roadside duty. “Professor Seth Teller of the university’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab is trying to create life-saving devices for police, paramedics, and other first responders,” wrote Hiawatha Bray of the Boston Globe. Read the full article here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2012/04/01/mit-engineers-fight-roads....

The Boston Globe’s Hiawatha Bray covered the new MIT Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing when the center was launched in October 2012. “The MIT Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing will bring together scientists and engineers from academia and the private sector to create the next generation of mobile devices, with tougher data security, longer battery life, and faster data download speeds,” wrote Bray. Read the full article here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2012/10/11/mit-creates-new-center-wi....

The Boston Globe covered the launch of the bigdata@CSAIL initiative, the Intel Science and Technology Center for Big Data at CSAIL and Governor Deval Patrick’s announcement of a new effort aimed at making the state a leader in big data innovation. “Two new initiatives based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could help make Massachusetts a global center for the emerging field of “big data” — the ability to quickly dissect and understand floods of digital information,” wrote D.C. Denison for the Boston Globe. Read the full article here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2012/05/29/mit-mass-launch-big-data-....

The Boston Globe’s Joel Brown reviewed the UP: Umbrella Project performance that took place on Sunday, May 19 at MIT. UP is a collaboration between CSAIL’s Distributed Robotics Lab and modern dance company Pilobolus. “It was part college dance, part video game, part Simon Says, part high-tech experiment,” wrote Brown of UP. Real the full article here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/2013/05/20/mit-pilobolus-dance-rain-sort.... Check out the Boston Globe’s photos from UP here: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/cambridge/2013/05/20/the-led-coordinated-....

Professor Hari Balakrishnan
Jason Dorfman, CSAIL photographer

In an article in the April 17 edition of The Boston Globe, Professor Hari Balakrishnan, CSAIL principal investigator and co-director of the MIT Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing (Wireless@MIT), explains that many cellphone users experienced service issues following the Boston Marathon bombings because wireless networks were overwhelmed.

“Hari Balakrishnan, a computer science professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said the shortcomings Monday demonstrate that wireless networks have to be upgraded to function better during disasters, when authorities and people most need to use mobile phones,” wrote Michael Farrell, author of the article.