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  • April 9, 2015
    Munther Dahleh, the William A. Coolidge Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will head a new Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS) to be launched on July 1. Offering a range of cross-disciplinary academic programs, including a new undergraduate minor in statistics, IDSS will be home to faculty from the Engineering Systems Division (ESD), the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems(LIDS), and the current Sociotechnical Systems Research Center (SSRC). Read more.
  • April 6, 2015
    Members of the Quantum Photonics Lab including its director Professor Dirk Englund and EECS graduate student Hannah Clevenson have developed a new, ultrasensitive magnetic-field detector that is 1,000 times more energy-efficient than its predecessors. This work, which could lead to miniaturized, battery-powered devices for medical and materials imaging, contraband detection, and geological exploration, is reported in the latest issue of Nature Physics. Read more.
  • April 6, 2015
    The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics has named CSAIL principal investigator Charles E. Leiserson as one of its 2015 Fellows for his “enduring influence on parallel computing systems and their adoption into mainstream use through scholarly research and development.” Read more.
  • April 2, 2015
    MIT is one of three schools to receive an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant to create a “University Center of Exemplary Mentoring” (UCEM) that will focus on the recruitment, retention, and academic success of underrepresented minority doctoral students. Four departments in the MIT School of Engineering (SoE) including the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department (EECS) and Biological Engineering (BE), Chemical Engineering (ChemE) and Mechanical Engineering (MechE) will be part of this three-year program that will recruit 36 underrepresented doctoral students. Read more.
  • March 30, 2015
    Students and graduates of Prof. Rob Miller's group, the User Interface Design Group have designed a system for visualizing and exploring thousands of solutions to a programming problem, ultimately enhancing online teaching and learning. Members of the group including first author and EECS graduate student Elena Glassman will present their work in April at the Association for Computing Machinery's Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Read more.
  • March 26, 2015
    In a broad new assessment of the status and prospects of solar photovoltaic technology, MIT researchers including Vladimir Bulović, Associate Dean for Innovation and the Fariborz Maseeh (1990) Professor of Emerging Technology and Joel Jean, EECS graduate student and lead author in the journal Energy & Environmental Science say that it is “one of the few renewable, low-carbon resources with both the scalability and the technological maturity to meet ever-growing global demand for electricity.” Read more.
  • March 25, 2015
    Michael Stonebraker, a researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) who has revolutionized the field of database management systems (DBMSs) and founded multiple successful database companies, has won the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) A.M. Turing Award, often referred to as “the Nobel Prize of computing.” Read more.
  • March 24, 2015
    Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) principal investigator and EECS Prof. Martin Rinard with members of his research group, the Center for Resilient Software, including CSAIL research scientist Stelios Sidiroglou-Douskos have developed DIODE (for Directed Integer Overflow Detection) a system to provide an effective mechanism for finding dangerous integer overflows that affect memory allocation sites in debugging code. Read more.
  • March 23, 2015
    Former and current EECS graduate students have created new methods to automate identification of potential areas for development in rural villages in both India and sub-Saharan Africa. The group won a $10,000 prize last year from the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge. Read more.
  • March 20, 2015
    Postdoc6, launched in 2014 to build a networking and supportive community in EECS for its postdocs has come full cycle. Read about what the postdoctoral life in EECS and how the postdoctoral community is gaining new perspective and voice in the department.
  • March 20, 2015
    The Optical Society (OSA) announced on March 1, 2015, the selection of Professor James G. Fujimoto as the recipient of the Frederic Ives Medal / Quinn Prize. He is recognized for pioneering the field of optical coherence tomography (OCT) and for his research group’s and collaborator’s contributions leading to its widespread medical application and major commercial impact. Read more.
  • March 20, 2015
    Qing Hu, the MIT Distinguished Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Principal Investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) has been selected by the Board of Directors of the Optical Society (OSA) as the 2015 recipient of the Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award. He is recognized for his pioneering contributions to high-performance THz quantum-cascade lasers and their applications in imaging and sensing. Read more.
  • March 17, 2015
    MIT announced a major thrust toward addressing cybersecurity with the launch of three new initiatives including one focused on technology research to be based in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). Read more.
  • March 12, 2015
    EECS alumna Cynthia Breazeal, SM '93, ScD '00, associate professor of media arts and sciences at MIT, and members of her group in the Media Lab, the Personal Robotics Group, has developed a system that allows pre-school children to program interactive robots to serve as a introduction to programming principles as well as... Read more.
  • March 9, 2015
    Members of the Optical and Quantum Communications Group in the Research Lab of Electronics (RLE) including Prof. Jeffrey Shapiro with senior research scientist Franco Wong and postdoc Zheshen Zhang have shown in a recent paper in Physical Review Letters that entanglement can improve optical sensor performance even if doesn't survive light's interaction with the environment. Read more.
  • February 27, 2015
    Here’s one way to get kids excited about programming: a "robot garden" with dozens of fast-changing LED lights and more than 100 origami robots that can crawl, swim, and blossom like flowers. Read more.
  • February 27, 2015
    When MIT senior Sheldon Trotman walks into any room, he almost instinctively looks for inefficiencies. The electrical engineering and computer science major is bent on streamlining our world, and has already founded several small companies that aim to do so. Read more.
  • February 26, 2015
    Professor Vladimir Bulovic holds the Fariborz Maseeh Chair in Emerging Technology at MIT, heads the MIT.nano project, and co-leads the MIT Innovation Initiative. His ONE Lab has been a hotbed of scientific discovery... Read more.
  • February 25, 2015
    Erna Viterbi, a warm and gracious philanthropist who with her husband, Qualcomm co-founder Andrew ’56, SM ’57, gave generously to MIT and a variety of other institutions, died Feb. 17 in San Diego. At MIT, the Viterbis established endowed professorships and fellowships for graduate students in the departments of electrical engineering and computer science and biological engineering. Four faculty members and more than 40 students on campus have benefited directly from their generosity. Read more.
  • February 23, 2015
    This week, at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE's) International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), the group of Anantha Chandrakasan, EECS Department Head and the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor in Electrical Engineering at MIT, will present a new transmitter design that reduces power leakage when transmitters are idle — greatly extending battery life and ultimately enabling the potential for the transmission of data needed for the "Internet of things". Read more.
  • February 21, 2015
    On February 19th, the birthday of Nicolaus Copernicus, Professor James G. Fujimoto was awarded the Honorary Doctorate Degree at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Poland. Professor Fujimoto was awarded the University’s highest academic distinction, Doctor Honoris Causa. Read more.
  • February 21, 2015
    Yoel Fink, Director of MIT's Research Laboratory of Electronics and professor of materials science and electrical engineering and computer sicence has teamed to develop multifunctional fibers made from abundant, low cost aluminum metal and silica glass. Read more.
  • February 18, 2015
    Mapping the human genome, accomplished a decade ago, was heralded for laying the foundation for understanding genetic variation and links to a wide range of diseases. But genes can be switched on and off by many chemical modifications, aka "epigenetic marks." Now Manolis Kellis, EECS professor and member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab and the Broad Institute has led an NIH group that has created a similar map of the human epigenome. This work will lead to a global map towards understanding fundamental developmental and disease processes in humans. Read more.
  • February 18, 2015
    Our susceptibility to disease depends both on the genes that we inherit from our parents and on our lifetime experiences. These two components — nature and nurture — seem to affect very different processes in the context of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study published today in the journal Nature. Read more.
  • February 18, 2015
    In the quest for improving the speed and efficiency of multicore chips, EECS Assistant Professor Daniel Sanchez and graduate student Nathan Beckmann designed a system that moves data around multicore chips' memory banks — improving execution by 18 percent on average while increasing energy efficiency as well. They won an award for this work in 2013. Now.. Read more.