In the Media

  • November 18, 2014
    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.
  • November 13, 2014
    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.
  • November 12, 2014
    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.
  • November 10, 2014
    Institute professor Mildred (Millie) Dresselhaus is featured in Science magazine's careers section in a conversation about her research, teaching and primarily her pioneering role model for women
  • November 6, 2014
    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.
  • November 5, 2014
    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.
  • October 30, 2014
    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.
  • October 30, 2014
    Professor Muriel Medard working with EECS graduate student Flavio du Pin Calmon and researchers from Maynooth University in Ireland have shown that since existing practical cryptographic schemes demonstrate elements of information-theoretic security thereby preventing extraction of some of their data — it is possible to calculate minimum-security guarantees for any given encryption scheme — enabling information managers to make more informed decisions about how to protect data. Read more.
  • October 29, 2014
    Rodney Brooks, Founder, Chairman, CTO of Rethink Robotics and Panasonic Professor of Robotics (emeritus) at MIT, has spent his life creating intelligent machines that do our bidding. Read more about him and why he fears there will not be enough workforce robots in the future.
  • October 28, 2014
    EECS associate department head and professor of electrical engineering David Perreault working with former associate professor in the EECS Department Joel Dawson as co-founders of Eta Dvices, have developed a technology that will not only boost cell phone battery life but save energy in cell towers — to achieve an average efficiency greater than 70 percent. MIT News has featured this story. Read more.
  • October 22, 2014
    Did you find your first job through Anne Hunter's list? Based on the article in the Boston Globe (online today at betaboston) Anne Hunter has reached many EECS (and MIT) undergraduate and MEng students through her "jobs list" sent out on a frequent basis since the mid 1990s. Read more!
  • October 22, 2014
    Five EECS faculty and associated researchers are among the 14 MIT research teams selected to receive Deshpande research grants for fall 2014. Initiated in 2002 through the MIT School of Engineering and made possible by a gift from Desh and Jaishree Deshpande, the Center’s mission is to move technologies from the laboratories at MIT to the marketplace. Read more.
  • October 21, 2014
    Using Bayesian regression, Devavrat Shah, member of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems and the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (LIDS) and recent graduate student Kang Zhang have identified patterns from five months of price data from all major Bitcoin exhanges — enabling them to predict the price of Bitcoin — thereby allowing them to double their investment over a 50 day period. Read more.
  • October 17, 2014
    Karl K. Berggren, professor of electrical engineering and computer science in MIT's EECS department and member of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) and the Research Lab of Electronics (RLE) and EECS graduate student Adam McCaughan have devised the Nanocryotron — the Ntron for shor — a new approach to a 1950s design, that now shows promise for use in superconducting computer chips at 50 - 100 times energy efficiency and greater processing power. Read more.
  • October 15, 2014
    A new 1,252 square foot multi-roomed student lounge on the first floor of Building 36 was officially opened for use by Course 6 undergraduates on Oct. 7. Read more.
  • October 10, 2014
    On Oct. 3 a panel discussion titled "Challenging Technical Privilege: How Race and Gender Matter" was held at MIT. Sponsored by Women's and Gender Studies, EECS, CSAIL, Office of Minority Education, and ICEO, the event provided a candid, open discussion on issues of Technical Privilege and Stereotype Threat
  • October 9, 2014
    Yesterday, Oc.t 8, 2014, Advanced Micro Devices, one of the world's biggest chip-design companies appointed Lisa Su, '91 SB, SM and '94 PhD, as its president and chief executive officer. She is the first female to head the 45 year old company and the latest female top executive at a major Silicon Valley tech company. Read more.
  • October 6, 2014
    Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) research scientist Luis Fernando Velásquez-García and his group have devised a new way for manufacturing nanoscale devices cheaply using arrays of carbon nanotubes. Their work, published in the IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, promises a wide range of applications. read more
  • September 30, 2014
    Mehmet Fatih Yanik has teamed to create a drug delivery pipeline using nanoparticles — enabling rapid testing in zebrafish for eventual delivery to human subjects of biologics, including antibodies, peptides, RNA and DNA. Read more.
  • September 24, 2014
    Prof. Asuman Ozdaglar is appointed Director of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, LIDS, effective Oct. 1, 2014. Read more.
  • 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.