Medard honored for contributions to information theory community

Muriel Médard, the Cecil H. Green Professor in EECS, received the 2017 Aaron D. Wyner Distinguished Service Award at the recent IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT) in Aachen, Germany.

Médard is the first woman to receive the honor, formerly known as the IT Society Distinguished Service Award. It recognizes “an individual who has shown outstanding leadership in, and provided long-standing, exceptional service to, the information theory community.” 

EECS Professor James Fujimoto and two colleagues win European Inventor Award for 2017

The European Patent Office (EPO) has recognized American engineers James G. Fujimoto and Eric A. Swanson and German physicist Robert Huber with the 2017 European Inventor Award for their development of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). The team was distinguished in the Non-EPO Countries category, one of five categories for the annual award.

Drones that drive

Photo: Brandon Araki |CSAIL


Rachel Gordon | CSAIL

Being able to both walk and take flight is typical in nature — many birds, insects, and other animals can do both. If we could program robots with similar versatility, it would open up many possibilities: Imagine machines that could fly into construction areas or disaster zones that aren’t near roads and then squeeze through tight spaces on the ground to transport objects or rescue people.


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