Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)

  • CSAIL/EECS researchers including EECS graduate students Adam Marcus and Eugene Wu and EECS professors Sam Madden, Rob Miller and David Karger, have developed a way for users of crowdsourcing database operations to avoid computational details in the process while cost effectiveness is significantly improved. The new system called Qurk will automatically crowdsource tasks that are difficult or impossible to perform computationally.
  • Professor Srini Devadas has been selected as an Edwin Sibley Webster Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, joining Prof. Alan Willsky as the second Edwin Sibley Webster chaired professor at MIT. Professor Devadas succeeds nearly sixty years of many prominent faculty members holding this professorship, including Ernst Guillemin in 1960, Lan Jen Chu in 1963, Peter Elias in 1974, and Ronald Rivest in 1992.
  • A new flexible robot that moves like an earthworm, called "Mesworm," has been devised by researchers from Harvard University, Seoul National University and MIT including EECS professor Daniela Rus, director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). The robot, designed to stand up to tortuous conditions and still keep on moving in its earthworm-like manner, may prove useful under hazardous conditions that are tight and/or unreachable.
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department PhD candidate Alec Rivers, working with EECS Associate Professor Fredo Durand and MIT Mechanical Engineering Department PhD candidate Ilan Moyer will be presenting a new digitally driven method for creating precise shapes with minimal human guidance at this week's Siggraph conference in Los Angeles.
  • Jonathan Ragan-Kelley, EECS graduate student and Andrew Adams, a CSAIL postdoc, have led the development of Halide, a new programming language for image-processing algorithms. Halide not only yields code that’s much shorter and clearer — but it is much faster and is now available online. At this month’s Siggraph, the premier graphics conference, Ragan-Kelley and Adams will present a paper on Halide, which they co-wrote with EECS faculty members Professors Saman Amarasinghe and Fredo Durand and with colleagues at Adobe and Stanford University.
  • With the goal of developing an aircraft that can fly like a bird, quickly darting around fixed and moving objects, EECS Associate Professor Russ Tedrake as lead of a five-year multi-research initiative, has created a new autonomous flying aircraft that is coming very close to this reality. This work, carried out in Tedrake's lab by his group, the Robot Locomotion Group in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) is featured on the CSAIL website.
  • Daniel Jackson, professor of computer science and engineering in the EECS department, principal investigator in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, CSAIL, head of the CSAIL Software Design Group, and MacVicar Faculty Fellow is also an avid photographer. His work featuring black and white photos of labs at MIT and titled 'Dark Machines: Inside MIT's Laboratories' is now on exhibit (through Dec. 31, 2012) at the MIT Museum.
  • Shafi Goldwasser, the RSA professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT and principal investigator with the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, is among three at MIT selected as Simons Investigator by the Simons Foundation.


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