In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the EE Times is recognizing the innovators who made the electronics industry what it is today and particularly the visionaries who are creating new paths. Several members of the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department are among the ten visionaries selected. Rodney Brooks, the Panasonic Professor of Robotics (emeritus) at MIT and robotics entrepreneur and Founder, Chairman and CTO of Rethink Robotics (formerly Heartland Robotics), is cited for introducing co-robots such as Baxter (pictured above) with the aim to work with U.S. workers to increase their productivity, rather than take over their jobs. Similarly, Brooks as a Founder, former Board Member (1990 - 2011) and former CTO (1990 - 2008) of iRobot Corp, has worked towards behavior-based robotics that he plans to extend into every aspect of human labor blended with automation to build manufacturing productivity. Read more.
The MIT Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing (Wireless@MIT) headed by EECS faculty members Hari Balakrishnan and Dina Katabi, is also cited by the EE Times as visionaries for the center's goals to solve current problems to enable the next generation of mobile devices. Working with founding industry affiliates, Amazon, Cisco, Intel, MediaTek, Microsoft Research, STMicroelectronics and Telefonica, members of the Wireless@MIT Center based in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) will be tackling bandwidth limitations, power consumption limitations and building new apps to accommodate network variability to avoid the glitches in mobile use prevalent in today's mobile computing environment. Read more.