Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)

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  • Polina Golland, associate professor in the MIT EECS department and principal investigator in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), working with EECS graduate student Archana Venkataraman has developed an algorithm which can aid in deciphering what regions of the brain are involved in certain diseases ultimately enabling drug companies to develop more effective treatments for the disease that specifically target these regions.
  • Members of the MIT Database Group including Sam Madden, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and co-leader of the 'bigdata@CSAIL' initiative, EECS graduate student Alvin Cheung, and researchers from Cornell University are presenting work this week at the 38th International Conference on Very Large Databases on Pyxis - a new system that automatically streamlines websites’ database access patterns, making the sites up to three times as fast while allowing the types of languages already favored by Web developers.
  • The MIT News Office has featured Russ Tedrake, the X Consortium Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. From his beginnings -- not in computer science -- to his discovery, as an undergraduate, of computer programming as a means to achieve his passion to build things, Russ Tedrake has carved a path as a unique roboticist.
  • 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.

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