Research in Computer Science
Perhaps the most important facet of graduate education in Area II is involvement in original research.
The primary laboratory concerned with computer science research is the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). The Laboratory for Computer Science and the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory merged on July 1, 2003 to form CSAIL. Over 750 personnel, including approximately 85 faculty and research supervising staff and over 300 graduate students, are affiliated with CSAIL. In addition, there are several research groups in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, LIDS, the Research Laboratory of Electronics, RLE, and the Media Laboratory, which make extensive and sophisticated use of computers and digital technology in their work.
To facilitate involvement in research, entering students are urged to associate as soon as possible with a research group within a laboratory. This association is readily changed if a student's interests change.
Summaries of computer science research in Area II can be found in the CSAIL website http://www.csail.mit.edu/node/39.