• Professor Rob Miller and members of the User Interface Design Group at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have devised a system that uses crowd-sourcing to annotate instructional videos for improved learning. Read more.
  • Jack Ruina, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1963 to 1997 and emeritus thereafter, died on Feb. 4 at the age of 91. Read more.
  • Start6 classes are over, but it is still well remembered by all involved and present — including Dennis Keohane, tech writer for the Boston Globe's Beta Boston. Keohane took in most of the classes for two weeks and a day with full opportunity to talk with the speakers and students and visitors. Read more.
  • In 2008, the World Health Organization announced a global effort to eradicate malaria, which kills about 800,000 people every year. As part of that goal, scientists are trying to develop new drugs that target the malaria parasite during the stage when it infects the human liver — crucial because some strains of malaria can lie dormant in the liver for several years before flaring up. Read more.
  • Five members of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of a total of eight MIT faculty have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering including Hari Balakrishnan, Sangeeta Bhatia, Anantha Chandrakasan, L. Rafael Reif and Daniela Rus. Read more.
  • A new joint class, Elections and Voting Technology (6.S897 and 17.S952) had students from Political Science and EECS examining both the technical and political complexities of elections. The class was taught jointly by Prof. Charles Stewart III of Political Science and Prof. Ron Rivest of EECS. Read more.
  • The MIT School of Engineering welcomes twelve new faculty, including six, who join the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Read more.
  • In building multicore chips, a common inefficiency arises with the addition of more than eight cores. EECS professor Nir Shavit, principal investigator in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), a former student now at Microsoft Research and several EECS graduate students have analyzed data structures called priority codes and dodged logjams using skip code. Read more.
  • Dirk Englund and his team in the Quantum Photonics Laboratory have collaborated with colleagues at Brookhaven National Laboratory and an outside company to create a new technique to extend quantum-secured communication. Using nitrogen atoms embedded in synthetic diamond the researchers have trapped qubits that can transfer photons extending the superposition time of these qubits a hundredfold — ultimately leading toward practical quantum computing. Read more.
  • Two EECS Department faculty Jesus del Alamo and Rajeev Ram are recipients of Bose Grants — out of five MIT professors selected for research projects that are high-risk yet potentially having significant impact. The grants are given in memory of Amar Bose, electrical engineering professor, who taught in EECS and founded the Bose Corporation. Read more.