• Last week, computer science luminaries - including seven Turing Award winners and Eric Schmidt, Google’s former CEO and current executive chairman, either attended or contributed appreciations in celebration of the 70th birthday of Butler Lampson adjunct professor at MIT since 1987 and a technical fellow at Microsoft Research. Lampson is celebrated as one of the founding fathers of the modern PC. Read more.
  • This year the Dan David Foundation International Board has selected Marvin Minsky to receive the Dan David Foundation Prize for the Future Time Dimension titled “Artificial Intelligence: The Digital Mind. Prof. Minsky was selected as one of the founders of the field of artificial intelligence. He is cited as among the most influential intellectuals of the twentieth century in a variety of disciplines, including AI, robotics, computation, learning, cognition, philosophy and optics. Read more.
  • Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab's Leslie Kaelbling, the Panasonic Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in collaboration with members of her research group the Learning and Intelligent Systems Group have developed a new way to use "multiagent systems" to allow for teams of robots to accomplish tasks requiring flexibility and communication in uncertain environments. Read more.
  • Start6, the new EECS IAP workshop for immersion in innovation and entrepreneurship, wrapped up its third week with sendoffs from two icons in the world of startups: Drew Houston, ’05, Co-founder and CEO of Dropbox, and Institute Professor Bob Langer. Houston joined Anantha Chandrakasan, EECS Department Head and creator of Start6, for a fireside chat on Monday, January 27. Read more.
  • Professor Yoel Fink, Director of The Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), designated Vivienne Sze, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, as the 2013 recipient of The Jonathan Allen Junior Faculty Award. Professor Sze's work focuses on development and implementation of energy-efficient and high-performance systems for various multimedia applications such as video coding/processing, imaging and vision. Read more.
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department Head Anantha Chandrakasan and Associate Department Heads David Perreault and Bill Freeman announced the promotions of Professors Manolis Kellis, Collin Stultz, and Ron Weiss to the rank of Full Professor, and of Professor Timothy Lu to the rank of Associate Professor without Tenure, effective July 1, 2014. Read more.
  • Researchers at MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratory (MTL) including Anantha Chandrakasan, the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor of Electrical Engineering, recent EECS PhD graduate Marcus Yip, EECS graduate student Rui Jin and research scientist Nathan Ickes, together with physicians from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI), have developed a new, low-power signal-processing chip that could lead to a cochlear implant that requires no external hardware. The implant would be wirelessly recharged -- taking just two minutes -- and would run for about eight hours on each charge. Read more.
  • Srini Devadas has been selected to receive the IEEE Computer Society’s 2014 Technical Achievement Award “For pioneering work in secure hardware, including the invention of Physical Unclonable Functions and single-chip secure processor architectures.” Read more.
  • MIT President L. Rafael Reif announced to the MIT community the permanent appointments of two longtime members of the MIT community to provost and chancellor. Martin A. Schmidt, a faculty member of the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer since 1988, and director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories from 1999 to 2006, has served as associate provost since 2008 and (since last fall) as acting provost.
  • 6.041, Introduction to Probability has been offered in the EECS Department for decades. This term (ST2014) Professors John Tsitsiklis and Patrick Jaillet will teach the subject in a much wider context and to a much wider class — with roughly 18 to 20,000 students as part of MITx. Read more.