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  • November 15, 2013
    Using artificial intelligence tools including probabilistic graphical models, Ying Liu, EECS graduate student working with Alan Willsky, EECS professor and director of the Laboratory for Information and Decisions Systems (LIDS) has developed a technique that can efficiently infer vital information about the propagation of flight delays at U.S. airports. Liu and Willsky will present their work, which has potential application to a wide range of areas, at the Neural Information Processing Systems Foundation in early December. Read more.
  • November 14, 2013
    The Big Data Initiative at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) today announced two new activities aimed at improving the use and management of Big Data. The first is a series of data challenges designed to spur innovation in how people use data to solve problems and make decisions. Read more.
  • November 4, 2013
    Martin Rinard, professor in the MIT EECS Department and principal investigator in the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and members of his research group have developed a new programming framework that knows when a bit of data can be sacrificed to permit timely and energy efficient performance -- while allowing for calculation of accurate results.
  • October 29, 2013
    At this month’s IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transport Systems, Berthold Horn, professor of computer science and engineering in the EECS Department at MIT and member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), presented a new algorithm for alleviating traffic flow instabilities, which he believes could be implemented by a variation of the adaptive cruise-control systems that are an option on many of today’s high-end cars. Read more.
  • October 27, 2013
    In a series of communications to the MIT community, President L. Rafael Reif announced a new MIT Innovation Initiative for which he appointed Vladimir Bulovic, director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories, as the MIT School of Engineering's Associate Dean for Innovation. Sloan School professor Fiona Murray will co-lead the Innovation Initiative as MIT Sloan's Associate Dean for Innovation. Jesus del Alamo, Donner Professor of Science in the EECS Department and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow, has been named director of MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL). Additionally, President Reif announced that current MIT Chancellor (and former EECS department head) Eric Grimson will assume the new ad hoc role as Chancellor for Academic Advancement — reflecting his key role in communicating MIT’s fundraising priorities with alumni and donors around the world as the Institute takes on a multiyear capital campaign. Martin Schmidt, associate provost will serve as acting provost. Read more.
  • October 17, 2013
    SuperUROP in its second year features guest speakers Susan Hockfield and Ray Stata at its Sept. 26 reception. The MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) held a kickoff reception at the Stata Center on Sept. 26 for 80 of its juniors and seniors who recently started their yearlong participation in the Advanced Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (or SuperUROP). Speakers at the reception praised SuperUROP, now in its second year, for continuing to raise the bar at MIT for undergraduate research and innovation, while fostering collaboration between faculty and industry. Read more.
  • October 16, 2013
    MIT EECS faculty members in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab CSAIL Frans Kaashoek, Nickolai Zeldovich and Armando Solar-Lezama along with EECS graduate student Xi Wang have created a system they call Stack which will automatically scan programmer's code to avoid compilers from tossing bits of code that might not appear essential. Read more.
  • October 11, 2013
    Along with 9 other finalists, EECS graduate student Cody Gilleland presented his dream research proposal in April to Regeneron. He was named inaugural recipient, based on his presentation to essentially bring Moore's law to early stage drug delivery by designing a new system for developing and validating drug targets (prior to mouse model trials).
  • October 4, 2013
    Self-assembling robots were dismissed even by Daniela Rus, professor of computer science and engineering and director of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), until she worked again with former MIT EECS senior John Romanishin, now a research scientist in CSAIL and the one who was convinced (since his undergraduate days) that it could be done. They will present their work on the new self-propelled robots at the IEEE RSJ International conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. Read more.
  • October 2, 2013
    When Anantha Chandrakasan, the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor of Electrical Engineering, took the helm of MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) in 2011, he quickly set two big ideas into motion. One was to make the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) more appealing to EECS majors. The goal was to offer Course 6 undergraduates more research options within the department, as well as chances to work on longer-term, sustained projects. The other was to form the Undergraduate Student Advisory Group in EECS (USAGE) to help him understand the student perspective. Read more.
  • September 30, 2013
    Imagine building a cellphone app that could be instantaneously used in the face of a flood or hurricane — where not only the app creator but many others could jump in to add needed ways for data to be shared as needed. Members of the Decentralized Information Group at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) presented their work at the Workshop on Semantic Cities last month in Beijing.
  • September 26, 2013
    Curious about how the Genomics revolution of our day is changing the medicine of the future? Listen to Manolis Kellis' recent talk for TEDxCambridge. Manolis Kellis is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at MIT, a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where he directs the MIT Computational Biology Group.
  • September 25, 2013
    Dina Katabi, professor in the MIT EECS Department, principal investigator in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and co-director of Wireless@MIT has been selected as a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. She is cited by the MacArthur Fellows Program for her work "at the interface of computer science and electrical engineering to improve the speed, reliability, and security of data exchange. Katabi has contributed to a range of networking issues, from protocols to minimize congestion in high-bandwidth networks to algorithms for spectrum analysis, though most of her work centers on wireless data transmission."
  • September 23, 2013
    In an effort to understand how today's object-recognition systems fall short of their desired goal, Antonio Torralba, EECS associate professor and members of his group in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have created a system that by allowing humans to see the world the way an object-recognition system does, will ultimately become a tool for researchers to improve current recognition systems. Read more.
  • September 18, 2013
    MITx has announced two new online learning opportunities that will provide course-sequences in related areas culminating in course-sequence certificates. One of these 'XSeries' titled “Foundations of Computer Science” has been developed by faculty members in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT. MITx has announced two new online learning opportunities that will provide course-sequences in related areas culminating in course-sequence certificates. One of these 'XSeries' titled “Foundations of Computer Science” has been developed by faculty members in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT. The two-year sequence is offered this fall (2013) and will offer certificates (not credit) on completion. Read more.
  • September 16, 2013
    Optoelectronic computer chips that will use light to move data rather than electricity are much closer to reality thanks to the clever application of graphene (on Silicon) by researchers from MIT, Columbia University and IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center under the direction of Dirk Englund, the Jamieson Career Development Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. The work, titled "Silicon photonics: Graphene benefits" appears in the Sept. 15, 2013 edition of Nature Photonics. Read more
  • September 13, 2013
    Daniel Sanchez, assistant professor in the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department (EECS) and principal investigator in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and his student Nathan Beckmann have developed a software alternative to manage high-speed on-chip memory (cache). Read more
  • September 11, 2013
    EECS graduate students Alessandro Chiesa and Madars Virza have teamed to develop a new system which can detect tampering in the cloud. The team presented their system, which is described as a practical, succinct zero-knowledge proof for arbitrary programs, at the International Cryptology Conference in August. Read more
  • September 9, 2013
    Today the National Science Foundation announced the formation of a new center, the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines (CBMM) based at MIT. Under the direction of Tomas Poggio, the McDermott Professor of Brain Sciences and Human Behavior at MIT, researchers from his department and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will work with colleagues from major research institutions in the US and from international institutions. Read more
  • August 30, 2013
    Timothy Lu, assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department with EECS graduate student Samuel Perli and Fahim Farzadfard, MIT Biology Department graduate student have developed a technique that can turn genes on or off inside yeast and human cells -- a potential window on understanding the function of those genes and also leading to engineering genes that could perform useful functions. Read more.
  • August 23, 2013
    A new summer UROP experience was organized and run by members of the EECS faculty to allow students to build web apps for educational technology, both for online courses (edX) and for residential courses on campus. Sixteen students – including nine freshmen, five sophomores and two juniors built some very impressive apps and learned a lot of coding -- together. The prospect of making both MITand MITx courses better was a strong motivator for the participants. Photo: 6.MITx UROP Richard Lu, Course 6 sophomore demonstrates the Pentimento Player app, an interactive 'video' player. Read more!
  • August 23, 2013
    On the news of the death of Professor Emeritus Kenneth N. Stevens, Department Head Anantha Chandrakasan shared the following message with his EECS faculty colleagues. Please read also the MIT News Office Aug. 23, 2013 obituary by Larry Hardesty titled: "Kenneth Stevens, professor emertitus in EECS, dies at 89. Stevens' pioneering work as the originator of the quantal theory of speech helped earn him the National Medal of Science."
  • August 17, 2013
    Detecting early-stage malarial infection of blood cells is a diagnostic that has recently come closer to reality through the work of MIT's Anantha Chandrakasan, EECS Department Head, and Subra Suresh, former MIT Dean of Engineering, now president of Carnegie Mellon University. The work, which has been published Aug. 8 in the journal Lab on a Chip, is potentially applicable to detecting other infections and diseases.
  • August 14, 2013
    Muriel Médard, professor of electrical engineering in the MIT EECS Department and principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) and EECS graduate student Falvio du Pin Calmon have teamed with researchers at the National University of Ireland to demonstrate that the security of many keyless-entry systems may not be as secure as previously thought. Médard and the NUI team will present their work at the Asilomar Conference on Signals and Systems in September.
  • August 8, 2013
    Rodney Brooks, iRobot co-founder and Chairman and CTO of Rethink Robotics, was recently featured in the MIT News Office — following the selection by Technology Review of Rethink Robotics as one of 50 Disruptive Companies 2013. Founded by Brooks in 2008, Rethink Robotics is stocking manufacturers with easily taught assembly-line capable robots that can work safely alongside humans.