• Through MIT spinout QD Vision, co-founded by Vlaimir Bulovic, the Fariborz Maseeh Chair in Emerging Technology at MIT and Associate Dean of the MIT Innovation Initiative, and QD Vision co-founder and former PhD student ('05) in the Bulovic ONE Lab, Seth Coe-Sullivan, have developed an optical component that can boost the color gamut for LCD televisions by roughly 50 percent, and increase energy-efficiency by around 20 percent. Read more.
  • Prof. Sangeeta Bhatia, the John J. and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Health Sciences and Technology & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT has been cited by Foreign Policy as one of its 100 Global Leading Thinkers specifically for her work in developing accessible diagnostics for colon cancer that would enable earlier detection. Read more.
  • Students and faculty in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department gathered yesterday, Nov. 17, 2014, to celebrate award winning thesis work by several EECS graduate students. Department Head Anantha Chandrakasan welcomed the winners and attendees and Professor Devavrat Shah, the EECS Student Awards chair, emceed the event. He recognized the work of the awards committees led by Professors Daskalakis, Hoyt, Zeldovich and Zheng. Read more. See photos.
  • EECS associate professor Devavrat Shah and his group at MIT’s Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) specializes in analyzing how social networks process information. In 2012, they demonstrated algorithms that could predict what topics would trend on Twitter up to five hours in advance; this year, they used the same framework to predict fluctuations in the prices of the online currency known as Bitcoin. Their work has also been applied to recommendation engines at Amazon and Netflix — with surprising results. Read more.
  • Timothy Lu, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science and biological engineering has come up with a new reason to engineer E. coli — so that genomic memory can be both long-term and analog -- not just on or off. The work appears in the latest online issue of Science and in The Scientist magazine. Read more.
  • President Barak Obama announced on Nov. 10, 2014, 19 new winners of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor — including Institute Professors Mildred Dresselhaus and Robert Solow. Read more.
  • Distinguishing between emphysema and heart failure on an emergency basis has been a problem — often resulting in the wrong drug treatments. EECS faculty members George Verghese and Thomas Heldt, working with EECS graduate student Rebecca Mieloszyk in the Research Lab of Electronics (RLE) Computational Physiology and Clinical Inference Group, have devised an algorithm to analyze carbon dioxide levels in exhaled air to distinguish between these conditions using equipment already ubiquitous in US and European ambulances. Read more.
  • If you’re playing improvisational games or Taboo in class, chances are you’re in 6.UAT Oral Communication. This is not your average engineering class—yet instructors and students agree that 6.UAT is invaluable to success in engineering. Read more.
  • At this year’s Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages and Applications (OOPSLA) conference, EECS faculty member Martin Rinard and several students from his group in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory presented a new system that lets programmers identify sections of their code that can tolerate inconsequential error. The system, dubbed Chisel, then determines which program instructions to assign to unreliable hardware components, to maximize energy savings yet still meet the programmers’ accuracy requirements. Read more.