In the Media

  • 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.
  • March 5, 2014
    What is the role of big data? How should individual rights be protected in the face of big data? Big Data's challenges were presented and discussed by speakers including John Podesta, White House Counselor, MIT President L. Rafael Reif, and Cynthia Dwork, a distinguished scientist at Microsoft Research and a pioneer of “differential privacy.” Read more.
  • February 27, 2014
    Electrical engineering and computer science students at MIT are accustomed to designing the circuitry or control algorithms for, say, a robot. But they have largely been left out of building the robot itself. Now, a teaching laboratory called the Engineering Design Studio enables them to fabricate entire electronics-based systems. Read more.
  • February 26, 2014
    Charles E. Leiserson has been named recipient of the IEEE Computer Society's 2014 Taylor L. Booth Award for his contributions to computer science education. Noted for coauthoring the textbook “Introduction to Algorithms,” one of computer science’s most cited publications, Prof. Leiserson is recognized by the IEEE Computer Society “for worldwide computer science education impact through writing a best-selling algorithms textbook and developing courses on algorithms and parallel programming.” Read more.
  • February 25, 2014
    Sangeeta Bhatia, the John and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has teamed with current and former postdocs and a graduate student to develop a simple, quick and cheap test to improve cancer diagnosis rates. Read more.
  • February 25, 2014
    Armando Solar-Lezama, associate professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT and principal investigator in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab has developed an improved method to correct code using the programming language called Sketch. Solar-Lezama and his graduate students Rohit Singh, Rishabh Singh, and Zhilei Zu, along with MIT senior Rebecca Krosnick will present their work (Modular Synthesis of Sketches using Models) at the 2014 Verification, Model Checking, and Abstract Interpretation Conference. Read more.
  • February 19, 2014
    Prof. Srini Devadas has developed new ways to manage caches for today's and tomorrow's massively multicore chips while improving performance efficiency. Devadas, EECS PhD student George Kurian and Omer Khan, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Connecticut and a former postdoc in Devadas’ lab have reported this work in two papers. Read more.
  • February 19, 2014
    Last week, computer science luminaries - including seven Turing Award winners and Eric Schmidt, Google’s former CEO and current executive chairman, either attended or contributed appreciations in celebration of the 70th birthday of Butler Lampson adjunct professor at MIT since 1987 and a technical fellow at Microsoft Research. Lampson is celebrated as one of the founding fathers of the modern PC. Read more.
  • February 14, 2014
    This year the Dan David Foundation International Board has selected Marvin Minsky to receive the Dan David Foundation Prize for the Future Time Dimension titled “Artificial Intelligence: The Digital Mind. Prof. Minsky was selected as one of the founders of the field of artificial intelligence. He is cited as among the most influential intellectuals of the twentieth century in a variety of disciplines, including AI, robotics, computation, learning, cognition, philosophy and optics. Read more.
  • February 12, 2014
    Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab's Leslie Kaelbling, the Panasonic Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in collaboration with members of her research group the Learning and Intelligent Systems Group have developed a new way to use "multiagent systems" to allow for teams of robots to accomplish tasks requiring flexibility and communication in uncertain environments. Read more.
  • February 11, 2014
    Start6, the new EECS IAP workshop for immersion in innovation and entrepreneurship, wrapped up its third week with sendoffs from two icons in the world of startups: Drew Houston, ’05, Co-founder and CEO of Dropbox, and Institute Professor Bob Langer. Houston joined Anantha Chandrakasan, EECS Department Head and creator of Start6, for a fireside chat on Monday, January 27. Read more.
  • February 10, 2014
    Professor Yoel Fink, Director of The Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), designated Vivienne Sze, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, as the 2013 recipient of The Jonathan Allen Junior Faculty Award. Professor Sze's work focuses on development and implementation of energy-efficient and high-performance systems for various multimedia applications such as video coding/processing, imaging and vision. Read more.
  • February 10, 2014
    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department Head Anantha Chandrakasan and Associate Department Heads David Perreault and Bill Freeman announced the promotions of Professors Manolis Kellis, Collin Stultz, and Ron Weiss to the rank of Full Professor, and of Professor Timothy Lu to the rank of Associate Professor without Tenure, effective July 1, 2014. Read more.
  • February 10, 2014
    Researchers at MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratory (MTL) including Anantha Chandrakasan, the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor of Electrical Engineering, recent EECS PhD graduate Marcus Yip, EECS graduate student Rui Jin and research scientist Nathan Ickes, together with physicians from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI), have developed a new, low-power signal-processing chip that could lead to a cochlear implant that requires no external hardware. The implant would be wirelessly recharged -- taking just two minutes -- and would run for about eight hours on each charge. Read more.
  • February 5, 2014
    Srini Devadas has been selected to receive the IEEE Computer Society’s 2014 Technical Achievement Award “For pioneering work in secure hardware, including the invention of Physical Unclonable Functions and single-chip secure processor architectures.” Read more.
  • February 4, 2014
    MIT President L. Rafael Reif announced to the MIT community the permanent appointments of two longtime members of the MIT community to provost and chancellor. Martin A. Schmidt, a faculty member of the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer since 1988, and director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories from 1999 to 2006, has served as associate provost since 2008 and (since last fall) as acting provost.
  • February 3, 2014
    6.041, Introduction to Probability has been offered in the EECS Department for decades. This term (ST2014) Professors John Tsitsiklis and Patrick Jaillet will teach the subject in a much wider context and to a much wider class — with roughly 18 to 20,000 students as part of MITx. Read more.
  • February 1, 2014
    Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and EECS graduate students Sang-Woo Jun and Ming Liu, working with Arvind, the Charles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, have developed a storage system for big-data analytics that can dramatically decrease the time it takes to access information. Read more.
  • January 22, 2014
    In Start6, a new entrepreneurship program for MIT engineering students offered during IAP, participants have received advice from such guest speakers as Paul English, cofounder of Kayak; Mike Evans ’99, MEng ’00, and COO and cofounder of GrubHub; Marina Hatsopoulos ’92, serial entrepreneur, former CEO and director of Z Corporation, and angel investor; and Max Krohn ’08, cofounder of OkCupid. And that was just on the first day. The three-week workshop, which began Jan. 13 ... read more.
  • January 17, 2014
    Marvin Minsky, a faculty member in the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science since 1958 and co-founder (in 1959) of the Artificial Intelligence Lab (now the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory), has been recognized the the BBVA Foundation for his lifetime achievements in establishing the field of artificial intelligence as well as his contributions to mathematics, cognitive science, robotics and philosophy.
  • January 13, 2014
    James K. Roberge, professor of electrical engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) since 1967, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. Roberge continued teaching in the department through the fall 2013 term.
  • December 27, 2013
    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department graduate student Mohsen Ghaffari, also a member of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has developed a new way to use “vertex connectivity” that could ultimately lead to communication protocols that will allow as much network bandwidth as possible. Ghaffari and members of an international team will present this work in January at the ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms in Portland, Oregon.