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At a major Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence event held May 31, 2012 at the MIT Stata Center, a new CSAIL initiative known as "bigdata@CSAIL" was announced by MIT president Susan Hockfield as Intel’s CTO, Justin Rattner announced that MIT would house a new Intel research center to focus on techniques for the science and engineering of big data  the huge amounts of information generated by Web users and networked sensors. In addition, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced the Massachusetts Big Data Initiative to investigate how bigdata technologies can improve government.

Indyk/Katabi's sparse Fourier transform (SFT) has been named to MIT Technology Review’s 2012 list of the world’s 10 most important emerging technologies.


Shafi Goldwasser and former graduate student Guy Rosenblum, who is now at Microsoft Research, have conducted a ten year foundational study on computer security that focuses on sidechannel attacks, the latest and greatest threat to security as cloud computing becomes the new standard.

“Of all the ways to be honored, for me education is the one that really means the most,” said Abelson. “That’s how I think of myself at MIT, as a teacher.”

At the Association for Computing Machinery’s Symposium on Theory of Computing in May, Silvio Micali, and graduate student Pablo Azar will present a new type of mathematical game that they’re calling a rational proof.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) named Scott Aaronson of MIT as one of two recipients of this year’s Alan T. Waterman Award. The honor goes to an outstanding researcher under the age of 35 in any field of science or engineering that is supported by the NSF.

EECS faculty members Dina Katabi and Piotr Indyk with graduate students Eric Price and Haitham Hassanieh will present a new algorithm this week at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA) that, for a large range of practically important cases, improves on the fast Fourier transform  in some cases yielding a tenfold increase in speed.







CSAIL Postdoc Chintan Vaishnav has presented a mathematical analysis of the effects of regulation on the telecommunications industry to an audience of regulators and other academics, suggesting that regulators concentrate more on building consensus among disparate economic stakeholders while preventing companies from stifling competition through market dominance.


EECS Professors Dina Katabi and Muriel Medard have teamed to establish a new field (network coding).



The goal of this project is to develop powerful algorithmic sampling techniques which allow one to estimate parameters of the data by viewing only a miniscule portion of it. Such parameters may be combinatorial, such as whether a large network has the "six degrees of separation property", algebraic, such as whether the data is wellapproximated by a linear function, or even distributional, such as whether the data comes from a distribution over a large number of distinct elements.



Jouya Jadidian has been awarded the best student paper prize at IEEE PPPS 2013, the combined 19th IEEE Pulsed Power Conference (PPC) and the 40th IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science (ICOPS) which was held June 2013 in San Francisco, CA, for the paper entitled, “Abrupt Changes in Streamer Propagation Velocity Driven by Electron Velocity Saturation and Microscopic Inhomogeneities.”

