In the Media

  • April 16, 2014
    Until now the theoretical and much studied quasiparticle known as the exciton — responsible for the transfer of energy within devices such as solar cells, LEDs, and semiconductor circuits — has never been observed in action. Now researchers in the Center for EXcitonics in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at MIT including EECS professors Marc Baldo and Vladimir Bulovic, and investigators at the City College of New York have imaged excitons' motions directly. Read more.
  • April 15, 2014
    Twenty-seven Start6 students traveled to Northern California over spring break to visit start-ups, meet alumni, and engage with and present to venture capital firms in the SF area. Their trip included tours and tech talks at DropBox, Lemnos Labs, Quizlet, Meraki, Cisco, FireEye, and Pinterest, as well as a pitch session at Andreessen Horowitz (A16Z), a Menlo Park venture capital firm. Read more.
  • April 9, 2014
    As the director of MIT’s BigData@CSAIL industry initiative, and the co-director of the more research-focused Intel Science and Technology Center (ISTC) for Big Data, EECS professor and CSAIL principal investigator Sam Madden talks with the MIT News Office about the growing complexity of data. From social networks and images to real time financial transactions, Madden talks about the issues (and opportunities) of what to do with this data. Read more.
  • April 7, 2014
    Imagine being curious enough as an 11 year old — on seeing your babysitter's mysterious calculus textbook symbols — to jump grades in order to leap several years ahead in math? Scott Aaronson, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science and affiliate with the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), has always had a way of thinking beyond -- now looking for the truths in computational complexity, and consequently influencing the way computation is perceived and executed in the future. Read more.
  • March 28, 2014
    Prof. Daniela Rus, Director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and head of the Distributed Robotics Lab (DRL) envisions new ways for design and manufacture of robots — including the potential for one robot per child in schools. She and members from the DRL group received multiple prizes at the Ultra-Affordable Robot competition particularly for the group's printable, origami-inspired Segway robot, called SEG, which won first place.
  • March 27, 2014
    Since its creation in 2007, the set of Web development tools called "Exhibit" developed by professor of computer science and engineering David Karger and members of the Haystack Group in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, CSAIL, has attracted 1,900 to develop Exhibit websites. In April, Karger and EECS graduate student Ted Benson will present a new study at the Association for Computing Machinery's Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.
  • March 24, 2014
    Imagine a solar wall that lights up, that could detect change in its environment and respond. Then imagine that this wall is really composed of living cells — a hybrid of bacterial biofilms incorporated with nonliving materials such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots. Tim Lu, assistant professor of electrical engineering and biological engineering has led a team that has reported this work in the March 23 issue of Nature Materials. Read more.
  • March 24, 2014
    In a paper to be presented at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Annual Symposium on the Theory of Computing in May, Nir Shavit, professor in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has teamed with Dan Alistarh, a former student at Microsoft Research and Keren Censor-Hillel of the Technion to demonstrate a new analytic technique that, in a wide range of real-world cases, suggests lock-free algorithms actually give wait-free performance, i.e., parallel programming may be better than estimated.
  • March 17, 2014
    Dennis Freeman, professor of electrical engineering, and a team of researchers in MIT's Research Laboratory of Electronics has reported findings in the Biophysical Journal that our selective ability to distinguish sounds depends on the size and distribution of pores just a few nanometers wide in the inner ear's tectorial membrane. The work may ultimately lead to biochemical manipulation or other means to aid in improving hearing. Read more.
  • March 14, 2014
    Today, the MacVicar Faculty Fellows Program announced five new MacVicar Fellows -- selected as exceptional undergraduate teachers, educational innovators, and mentors. Tomás Lozano-Pérez, the School of Engineering Professor of Teaching Excellence in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, is among the five 2014 MacVicar Fellows selected. Read more.
  • 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.