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  • May 13, 2014
    The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) has awarded the 2014 Diversity Award to Professor Polina Golland for her leadership role in creating the new annual “Rising Stars in EECS” workshop for women. Read more.
  • May 13, 2014
    Researchers from MIT and the Whitehead Institute, including EECS professor and Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab member David Gifford, have revealed a new way that genotype, the hardwired genetic format for each organism, can result in different phenotype, the organism's actual physical characteristics. This nonchromosomal material may be more important and more accessible for future research. Read more.
  • May 9, 2014
    Ron Weiss, associate professor in the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Biological Engineering Departments, has weighed in for an article in the May 7, 2014 issue of Nature. Read more.
  • May 7, 2014
    Marc Baldo, MIT professor of electrical engineering has teamed with MIT’s Troy Van Voorhis, professor of chemistry and other researchers to understand the theory behind singlet excitonic fission -- a process by which extra electrons are produced by incoming photonic energy -- first observed in the 1960s. This new understanding of what materials will generate this added energy has potential for creating solar cells that demonstratew up to 25 per cent increased efficiency. Read more.
  • May 5, 2014
    Gregory Wornell, the Sumitomo Electric Industries Professor in the MIT EECS Dept., working with colleagues has devised a new theory to reduce the number of sensors needed for high-resolution imaging systems. This work ("Multi-Coset, Sparse Imaging Arrays"), reported in the latest issue of IEEE Tranactions on Antennas and Propagation, will potentially be used for explosives detection and collision avoidance in vehicles. Read more.
  • May 2, 2014
    Researchers in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory — including EECS professor Regina Barzilay and phd student Nate Kushman — working with colleagues at the University of Washington, have developed a new computer system that can automatically solve the type of word problems common in introductory algebra classes. Read more.
  • April 30, 2014
    An MIT team whose integrated chip restores lost power to partially shaded solar panels — achieving double the energy capture improvement of similar technologies — won big on Monday night at the seventh annual MIT Clean Energy Prize (CEP) competition. Five of the six members of Unified Solar, the winning team, in this high profile competition, are graduate students in the laboratory of EECS Professor Steeve Leeb. Read more.
  • April 29, 2014
    As MIT launches into the construction of a new nano center in the heart of its campus (becoming the new building 12), the plans for this exciting new center and the people who will lead these efforts are highlighted in several MIT News Office articles including a video featuring Vladimir Bulovic, Associate Dean for Innovation, and Fariborz Maseeh (1990) Professor of Emerging Technology. Read more.
  • April 23, 2014
    Prof. Steven B. Leeb met with Sharon Burke, assistant secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, about the non-intrusive load monitor developed at MIT, during Burke's visit to the Army Base Camp Integration Laboratory at Fort Devens, Mass. The monitor can look at an energy grid and break down energy use by individual devices plugged into a system. Read more.
  • April 23, 2014
    Rahul Sarpeshkar, professor in the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department and head of the Analog Circuits and Biological Systems Group in MIT's Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) is featured by the Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) at MIT for his work that blends both biological (wet) and electronic analog circuits (dry) in research that could lead to newly engineered immune cells that could detect cancer cells and kill them, for example. Read more.
  • April 16, 2014
    Robert D. Blumofe and Charles E. Leiserson were announced today as the winners of the 2013 Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award for contributions to robust parallel and distributed computing. The ACM credits Blumofe and Leiserson for developing provably efficient randomized “work-stealing” scheduling algorithms and Cilk, a small but powerful programming-language extension for multithreaded computing. The Kanellakis Award honors specific theoretical accomplishments that significantly affect the practice of computing. Read more.
  • April 16, 2014
    Until now the theoretical and much studied quasiparticle known as the exciton — responsible for the transfer of energy within devices such as solar cells, LEDs, and semiconductor circuits — has never been observed in action. Now researchers in the Center for EXcitonics in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at MIT including EECS professors Marc Baldo and Vladimir Bulovic, and investigators at the City College of New York have imaged excitons' motions directly. Read more.
  • April 15, 2014
    Twenty-seven Start6 students traveled to Northern California over spring break to visit start-ups, meet alumni, and engage with and present to venture capital firms in the SF area. Their trip included tours and tech talks at DropBox, Lemnos Labs, Quizlet, Meraki, Cisco, FireEye, and Pinterest, as well as a pitch session at Andreessen Horowitz (A16Z), a Menlo Park venture capital firm. Read more.
  • April 9, 2014
    As the director of MIT’s BigData@CSAIL industry initiative, and the co-director of the more research-focused Intel Science and Technology Center (ISTC) for Big Data, EECS professor and CSAIL principal investigator Sam Madden talks with the MIT News Office about the growing complexity of data. From social networks and images to real time financial transactions, Madden talks about the issues (and opportunities) of what to do with this data. Read more.
  • April 7, 2014
    Imagine being curious enough as an 11 year old — on seeing your babysitter's mysterious calculus textbook symbols — to jump grades in order to leap several years ahead in math? Scott Aaronson, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science and affiliate with the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), has always had a way of thinking beyond -- now looking for the truths in computational complexity, and consequently influencing the way computation is perceived and executed in the future. Read more.
  • March 28, 2014
    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.
  • March 27, 2014
    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.
  • March 24, 2014
    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.
  • March 24, 2014
    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.
  • March 17, 2014
    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.
  • March 14, 2014
    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.
  • March 13, 2014
    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.
  • March 12, 2014
    Prof. Henry I. Smith, Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering and principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at MIT, was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) at the Academy’s 3rd annual conference on March 7, 2014. Prof. Smith was cited “For innovative contributions to micro and nanofabrication technology and applications.”
  • March 12, 2014
    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.
  • March 7, 2014
    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.