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Program in Media Arts and Sciences

The Program in Media Arts and Sciences (MAS) focuses on the invention, study, and creative use of new technologies that change how we express ourselves, how we communicate with each other, how we learn, and how we perceive and interact with the world. The field draws on a number of other disciplines, including computer science, cognitive sciences, communications, design, and the expressive arts. The program offers undergraduate and graduate subjects (listed under MAS in the MIT Subject Listing & Schedule, http://student.mit.edu/catalog/index.cgi) and a graduate program leading to master's and doctoral degrees. Its academic programs are intimately linked with the research programs of the Media Laboratory.

Undergraduate Study

Most MAS undergraduate subjects are project-oriented and relate to ongoing research within the Media Laboratory. Certain graduate subjects are open to advanced undergraduates (see the online MIT Subject Listing & Schedule, http://student.mit.edu/catalog/index.cgi, for details).

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) positions at the Media Lab are a major part of the MAS education offerings to undergraduates. First-year students participating in UROP are encouraged to register for MAS.111 Introduction to Research in Media Arts and Sciences.

The MAS Alternative Freshman Year Program emphasizes project-oriented work and connections to current research topics. Students in this program attend mainstream lectures for core freshman subjects but take recitations/tutorials led by Media Laboratory researchers, take two MAS subjects, and participate in research through UROP positions at the Media Lab. This program is suitable for first-year students who intend to pursue any undergraduate major.

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Graduate Study

Media Arts and Sciences offers a graduate program leading to master's and PhD degrees. Graduate students work closely with a research advisor in an apprenticeship relationship. Students enter the program from a wide variety of backgrounds, including electrical engineering, physics, computer science, cognitive science, mechanical engineering, art and design, and the learning sciences.

For the master's degree, students are required to spend at least four terms in residence (one of which may be a summer term) and to complete a satisfactory research thesis.

Students wishing to pursue a PhD degree must demonstrate exemplary progress in the master's program and gain approval from a departmental committee review. Requirements for the PhD degree include successful completion of MAS general exams, and successful completion and defense of a dissertation based on original and significant research within one of the Media Lab's research groups.

Research Assistantships

The Program in Media Arts and Sciences offers financial assistance to all successful applicants in the form of research assistantships within the Media Laboratory, which are an important part of the educational program. Research assistants receive academic credit for part of their research activities.

Inquiries

Additional information about the programs in Media Arts and Sciences, graduate admissions, research programs, and research assistantships may be obtained from MAS Headquarters, Room E15-435, 617-253-5114, fax 617-253-8542, mas@media.mit.edu.

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Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Teaching Staff

Mitchel Resnick, PhD
LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research
Program Head

Patricia Maes, PhD
Alex W. Dreyfoos Professor of Media Technology
Associate Program Head

Professors

Harold Abelson, PhD
Class of 1922 Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Media Arts and Sciences

Neil Gershenfeld, PhD
Professor of Media Arts and Sciences

Hiroshi Ishii, PhD
Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Arts and Sciences

Tod Machover, MM
Muriel R. Cooper Career Development Professor of Music and Media

Eric Klopfer, PhD
Professor of Education and Engineering Systems
Director, Scheller Teacher Education Program
(On leave)

Nicholas Negroponte, MArch
Professor of Media Technology

Alex Pentland, PhD
Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences

Rosalind Picard, ScD
Professor of Media Arts and Sciences

Associate Professors

Edward S. Boyden III, PhD
Benesse Career Development Associate Professor of Research and Education
Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, Biological Engineering, and Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Cynthia Breazeal, ScD
Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences

Hugh Herr, PhD
Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences and Health Sciences and Technology

Joseph Jacobson, PhD
Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences

Sepandar Kamvar, PhD

LG Career Development Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences

Ramesh Raskar, PhD
Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences

Deb Roy, PhD
Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences

Joseph Paradiso, PhD
Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences

Assistant Professors

Cesar Hidalgo Ramaciotti, PhD
Asahi Broadcasting Corporation Career Development Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences

Neri Oxman, PhD
Sony Corporation Career Development Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences

Kevin Slavin, BFA
Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences

Research Staff

Senior Research Scientist

Andrew Lippman, PhD

Professors Emeriti

Marvin Minsky, PhD
Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, Emeritus

Seymour Papert, PhD
Professor of Education and Media Technology, Emeritus

Barry Vercoe, DM
Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, Emeritus

 

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