• Read the latest MIT EECS Connector (Spring 2015) online. The 2015 Connector features news about the EECS Department's faculty, students, staff and alumni and the groundbreaking initiatives and milestones celebrated this past year by the department's affiliate labs and more.
  • Munther Dahleh, the William A. Coolidge Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will head a new Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS) to be launched on July 1. Offering a range of cross-disciplinary academic programs, including a new undergraduate minor in statistics, IDSS will be home to faculty from the Engineering Systems Division (ESD), the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems(LIDS), and the current Sociotechnical Systems Research Center (SSRC). Read more.
  • Members of the Quantum Photonics Lab including its director Professor Dirk Englund and EECS graduate student Hannah Clevenson have developed a new, ultrasensitive magnetic-field detector that is 1,000 times more energy-efficient than its predecessors. This work, which could lead to miniaturized, battery-powered devices for medical and materials imaging, contraband detection, and geological exploration, is reported in the latest issue of Nature Physics. Read more.
  • The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics has named CSAIL principal investigator Charles E. Leiserson as one of its 2015 Fellows for his “enduring influence on parallel computing systems and their adoption into mainstream use through scholarly research and development.” Read more.
  • MIT is one of three schools to receive an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant to create a “University Center of Exemplary Mentoring” (UCEM) that will focus on the recruitment, retention, and academic success of underrepresented minority doctoral students. Four departments in the MIT School of Engineering (SoE) including the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department (EECS) and Biological Engineering (BE), Chemical Engineering (ChemE) and Mechanical Engineering (MechE) will be part of this three-year program that will recruit 36 underrepresented doctoral students. Read more.
  • Students and graduates of Prof. Rob Miller's group, the User Interface Design Group have designed a system for visualizing and exploring thousands of solutions to a programming problem, ultimately enhancing online teaching and learning. Members of the group including first author and EECS graduate student Elena Glassman will present their work in April at the Association for Computing Machinery's Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Read more.
  • In a broad new assessment of the status and prospects of solar photovoltaic technology, MIT researchers including Vladimir Bulović, Associate Dean for Innovation and the Fariborz Maseeh (1990) Professor of Emerging Technology and Joel Jean, EECS graduate student and lead author in the journal Energy & Environmental Science say that it is “one of the few renewable, low-carbon resources with both the scalability and the technological maturity to meet ever-growing global demand for electricity.” Read more.
  • Michael Stonebraker, a researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) who has revolutionized the field of database management systems (DBMSs) and founded multiple successful database companies, has won the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) A.M. Turing Award, often referred to as “the Nobel Prize of computing.” Read more.
  • Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) principal investigator and EECS Prof. Martin Rinard with members of his research group, the Center for Resilient Software, including CSAIL research scientist Stelios Sidiroglou-Douskos have developed DIODE (for Directed Integer Overflow Detection) a system to provide an effective mechanism for finding dangerous integer overflows that affect memory allocation sites in debugging code. Read more.
  • Qing Hu, the MIT Distinguished Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Principal Investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) has been selected by the Board of Directors of the Optical Society (OSA) as the 2015 recipient of the Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award. He is recognized for his pioneering contributions to high-performance THz quantum-cascade lasers and their applications in imaging and sensing. Read more.