• Muriel Médard has been appointed as the Cecil H. Green Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. In announcing this appointment, Department Head Anantha Chandrakasan shared the following message with his EECS colleagues. Read more.
  • Prof. Daniela Rus, Director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and head of the Distributed Robotics Lab (DRL) envisions new ways for design and manufacture of robots — including the potential for one robot per child in schools. She and members from the DRL group received multiple prizes at the Ultra-Affordable Robot competition particularly for the group's printable, origami-inspired Segway robot, called SEG, which won first place.
  • Since its creation in 2007, the set of Web development tools called "Exhibit" developed by professor of computer science and engineering David Karger and members of the Haystack Group in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, CSAIL, has attracted 1,900 to develop Exhibit websites. In April, Karger and EECS graduate student Ted Benson will present a new study at the Association for Computing Machinery's Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.
  • Imagine a solar wall that lights up, that could detect change in its environment and respond. Then imagine that this wall is really composed of living cells — a hybrid of bacterial biofilms incorporated with nonliving materials such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots. Tim Lu, assistant professor of electrical engineering and biological engineering has led a team that has reported this work in the March 23 issue of Nature Materials. Read more.
  • In a paper to be presented at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Annual Symposium on the Theory of Computing in May, Nir Shavit, professor in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has teamed with Dan Alistarh, a former student at Microsoft Research and Keren Censor-Hillel of the Technion to demonstrate a new analytic technique that, in a wide range of real-world cases, suggests lock-free algorithms actually give wait-free performance, i.e., parallel programming may be better than estimated.
  • Dennis Freeman, professor of electrical engineering, and a team of researchers in MIT's Research Laboratory of Electronics has reported findings in the Biophysical Journal that our selective ability to distinguish sounds depends on the size and distribution of pores just a few nanometers wide in the inner ear's tectorial membrane. The work may ultimately lead to biochemical manipulation or other means to aid in improving hearing. Read more.
  • Today, the MacVicar Faculty Fellows Program announced five new MacVicar Fellows -- selected as exceptional undergraduate teachers, educational innovators, and mentors. Tomás Lozano-Pérez, the School of Engineering Professor of Teaching Excellence in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, is among the five 2014 MacVicar Fellows selected. Read more.
  • Soft robots are in! Among the advantages for developing soft robots, that are soft inside and out, is the fact that high priority to plan for damaging collisions is no longer a requirement, notes Prof. Daniela Rus, director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, CSAIL, where she directs this research in the Distributed Robotics Lab. Rus is working on a robotic fish with EECS graduate student Andrew Marchese, lead author on a paper about this work, and with EECS postdoc Cagdas D. Onal. Read more.
  • Today, March 12, 2014, marks the 25th anniversary of Tim Berners-Lee's proposal for managing general information about accelerators and experiments at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research based in Geneva where Berners-Lee worked at the time as a software engineer. He proposed building a distributed (global) hypertext system which he initially called "Mesh" updating it a year later to the "World Wide Web" as he wrote the code. Read more.
  • CSAIL's Big Data Initiative recently worked with city officials in Boston to highlight transportation issues by enlisting students in a competition. Read about this in the March 5, 2014 article "BIG DATA FOR BOSTON: TO IMPROVE TRANSPORT, CITY ENLISTS MIT STUDENTS TO CRUNCH NUMBERS" by CSAIL writer Adam Conner-Simons.