In the Media

  • September 21, 2014
    In a two pronged attack on the killer superbugs that have become nearly unstoppable, Tim Lu, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science and principal investigator in MIT's Research Lab of Electronics, has not only developed a gene editing system that can selectively kill the bacteria carrying harmful genes that confer antibiotic resistance or cause disease, but also devised a way of identifying combinations of genes that work together to make bacteria more susceptible to antibiotics. Read more.
  • September 21, 2014
    Tim Lu, EECS associate professor working with an MIT team including EECS professor Collin Stultz has engineered a new adhesive protein made from both bacterial biofilms and mussel protein that is stronger than mussel adhesive — making it an ideal for multiple applications such as ship repair and for medical incisions. Read more.
  • September 17, 2014
    Institute professor Mildred Dresselhaus has teamed with fellow researchers in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department (EECS) and from MIT's Physics Department and Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) to identify a promising light source for optoelectronic chips that can be tuned to different frequencies — crucial to realizing the full potential of moving data with far greater energy efficiency. Read more.
  • September 17, 2014
    At this week’s IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, CSAIL researchers led by Daniela Rus, CSAIL Director and head of the Distributed Robotics Lab will present their work to develop a soft robotic arm, inspired by the design of octopus tentacles, that can snake through a pipe-like environment without a human operator. Read more.
  • September 16, 2014
    Li-Shiuan Peh, professor of electrical engineering and computer science in the EECS Department at MIT has teamed to develop a new system that directs drivers using GPS to avoid traffic congestion. The work won the group one of the best-paper awards at the Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress last week. Read more.
  • September 15, 2014
    Dirk Englund, assistant professor in the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT and head of the Quantum Photonics Group, collaborates with the experts and instruments at Brookhaven Lab’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials to explore the quantum landscape. Read more
  • September 15, 2014
    Dimitri Antoniadis was presented the 2014 Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Aristotle Award at the annual SRC TECHCON conference on Sept. 8 in Austin, Texas. He Is cited by the SRC for outstanding teaching and a deep commitment to the educational experience of his graduate students and for pioneering research in nanoscale solid-state electronic devices involving the application of new materials systems and structures to transistors for deeply scaled electronics. Read more.
  • September 10, 2014
    Principal investigator in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab Charles E. Leiserson is the recipient of the ACM/IEEE Computer Society 2014 Ken Kennedy Award, in recognition of his important impact on parallel computing systems. Read more.
  • September 9, 2014
    Cited for her work as doctor, engineer and scientist to design nano and micro technologies that pioneer new ways to understand and fight disease, Sangeeta N. Bhatia, the John J. (1929) and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) has been awarded the Lemelson-MIT Prize. Read more.
  • September 4, 2014
    “If you want to understand bank runs in financial systems, or congestion in the air transportation system, you have to understand the interaction between social and institutional behavior, and physical and engineered systems,” Professor Munther Dahleh says. “This means integrating education and research across campus, including the business school, humanities and social sciences, sciences, and engineering.” Read more.
  • September 2, 2014
    The late Professor Seth Teller created Principles and Practice of Assistive Technology (PPAT, 6.811) in the Fall of 2011. Through his extensive experience developing assistive technologies (AT) at MIT, his compassion for making technology available to all, and his innovative approach and drive to build this class, student interest in PPAT and AT has grown steadily since. Read more.
  • September 2, 2014
    A research team from the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology including Jongyoon Han, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, has developed a new way to diagnose malaria using magnetic resonance relaxometry (MRR) — a technology that the group is adapting for inexpensive field deployable usage. Read more.
  • August 27, 2014
    Two graduate students working with Hari Balkrishnan, the Fujitsu Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, proposed in 2012 a classroom contest challenge in a graduate-level networking course to design protocols for managing congestion in cellular networks. The prize? Coauthorship of a paper describing the contest and its results in the ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review. The winners? Four undergraduates, João Batalha ’13, Ameesh Goyal ’14, Somak Das ’14, and Joshua Ma ’14, and the two graduate students, Keith Winstein, now assistant professor at Stanford University and Anirudh Sivaraman. Read more!
  • August 15, 2014
    Getting to the source of data-visualization aberrations is a big problem in big data. EECS doctoral student Eugene Wu with Sam Madden, professor of computer science and engineering in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have released a new tool, called DBWipes, that pinpoints aberrations and determines which data sources to investigate. Read more.
  • August 14, 2014
    David Perreault is professor of electrical engineering, associate EECS Department head and head of the Power Electronics Research Group and he and his group have been and are focused on efficiency — how to improve power conversion in the face of an 80 percent rise in demand through 2030. Read more.
  • August 12, 2014
    A team led by Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) researchers including EECS associate professor Wojciech Matusik and project lead and doctoral candidate Adriana Schulz has developed “Fab By Example,” the first data-driven method to help people design products, with a growing database of templates that allow users to customize thousands of complex items — without the need to understand the mechanical engineering that might normally be expected. The team will be presenting its system at this month’s Siggraph graphics conference. Read more.
  • August 8, 2014
    Daniella Rus, Director of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and CSAIL colleague Erik Demaine with researchers from Harvard have designed foldable robots with embedded circuitry to allow for stepwise configuration. Their work appeared in the Aug. 7th issue of Science. Read more.
  • August 5, 2014
    Sangeeta Bhatia, the John and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has developed a new technique for studying the lifecycle of the hepatitis B virus. This work could lead to discovery of effective cure for a disease that affects roughly 400 million people worldwide. Read more.
  • August 4, 2014
    Researchers at MIT -- including EECS graduate student Abe Davis and EECS faculty members Fredo Durand and Bill Freeman, and members of the Computer Graphics Group in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have collaborated with colleagues at Microsoft and Adobe to develop an algorithm to reconstruct an audio signal produced by practically invisible vibrations of objects filmed in video and normally inaudible to human hearing. Read more.
  • August 2, 2014
    A research group that includes Electrical Engineering and Computer Science professor Srini Devadas of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Frontier Award, as part of nearly $75 million that the NSF’s Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program will spend on cybersecurity projects across the country, the foundation announced on July 31. Read more.
  • August 1, 2014
    The National Institutes of Health has awarded eight grants as part of a new phase of the Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) project to study the role that genomic variation plays in modulating gene expression and ultimately human disease. Prof. Manolis Kellis, one of the awardees will lead the MIT project. Read more.
  • July 28, 2014
    Paying attention to the data that says MOOC learning is limited because of high drop rates and other negatives, CSAIL researchers have noted that students need help learning how to watch the videos and these researchers have developed a new way for students to learn how to watch MOOC videos called LectureScape. Read more.
  • July 22, 2014
    Anantha Chandrakasan, Department Head of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT recently acknowledged the contributions of three faculty members who served as part of the Department Leadership Group (DLG) since July 1, 2011. Saman Amarasinghe and Jacob White, both served as co-education officers and Steven Leeb, as undergraduate laboratory officer. Chandrakasan also welcomed the new DLG members (since July 1, 2014) including co-education officers Hae-Seung “Harry” Lee, Rob Miller and undergraduate laboratory officer Karl K. Berggren. Read more.
  • July 19, 2014
    EECS faculty members Hari Balakrishnan and Devavrat Shah with EECS graduate students Jonathan Perry, and Amy Ousterhout, and Hans Fugal of Facebook have devised a new system to reduce delay time in data center queues. Using Fastpass, the name given to the new system, the group has experimentally reduced the average queue length of routers by as much as 99.6 percent in a Facebook data center. Read more.
  • July 11, 2014
    Light is everything to good photography. Knowing this fact well, EECS professor Fredo Durand, also an experienced photographer, has begun to create a new system that uses drones (light-equipped autonomous robots) to create accurate lighting while communicating with the camera-mounted interface. Durand and several other researchers will report on their work at an upcoming international symposium in August.