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  • At the recent International Conference on Robotics and Automation, MIT researchers led by Daniela Rus, the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, presented a printable origami robot that folds itself up from a flat sheet of plastic when heated and measures about a centimeter from front to back. Read more.
  • DARPA Robotics Challenge MIT Team leader Russ Tedrake reports on the real win in the team's sixth placement in last week's competition. The team not only won the overall best-paper award at the 2014 International Conference on Humanoid Robots, but they also accomplished research that will have huge near and longterm payoffs. Read more.
  • The MIT DARPA Robotics Challenge Team led by Professor Rus Tedrake reached new heights in the June 5-6 international DARPA Robotics Challenge in Pomona California, as they nimbly programmed their Atlas robot to perform a wide range of tasks in one hour. The goal of the event was to develop mobile robots to perform useful tasks in disaster-relief situations — in response to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Read more.
  • EECS graduate students Andrew Spielberg and Stuart Baker, and postdoc Mehmet Dogar with EECS Professor and Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) Daniela Rus have developed a new algorithm that significantly reduces the time it takes for several robots to plan and execute a task. Read more.
  • A computer vision enabled technology developed by a team of EECS faculty Bill Freeman and Frédo Durand and their students is enabling a new way to identify structural defects in objects. The group will report this latest work at the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in June. Read more.
  • MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department Head Anantha Chandrakasan and Associate Department Heads Bill Freeman, Silvio Micali, and David Perreault announced in February 2015, the promotions of eight faculty members in the department. Professors Adalsteinsson, Daniel, Golland, and Torralba are promoted to full professor. Professors Chilpala, Polyanskiy and Vaikuntanathan are promoted to associate professor. The promotions are effective July 1, 2015. Read more.
  • EECS alumna Cynthia Breazeal, SM '93, ScD '00, associate professor of media arts and sciences at MIT, and members of her group in the Media Lab, the Personal Robotics Group, has developed a system that allows pre-school children to program interactive robots to serve as a introduction to programming principles as well as... Read more.
  • Please come to our Informational Meeting on Wednesday, March 18th to hear faculty, researchers, and grad students present on exciting research happenings at CSAIL, and how you can be a part of them! check it out!
  • Here’s one way to get kids excited about programming: a "robot garden" with dozens of fast-changing LED lights and more than 100 origami robots that can crawl, swim, and blossom like flowers. Read more.
  • Five members of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of a total of eight MIT faculty have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering including Hari Balakrishnan, Sangeeta Bhatia, Anantha Chandrakasan, L. Rafael Reif and Daniela Rus. Read more.

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