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Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
The Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)
pursues fundamental research across the entire breadth of computer science
and artificial intelligence. CSAIL is committed to leading the field both in
new theoretical approaches and in the creation of applications that have broad societal impact.
CSAIL's current research activities span three principal areas:
- Artificial Intelligence (AI). This area of research
aims to understand and develop systems—living and artificial—capable
of intelligent reasoning, perception, and behavior. Specific research includes
core AI computational biology, computer graphics, computer vision, human
language technology, machine learning, medical informatics, robotics, and the
- Systems. This area of research aims to discover common
principles, models, metrics, and tools of computer systems, both hardware
and software. Specific research includes compilers, computer architecture
and chip design, operating systems, programming languages, and computer
- Theory. This area of research studies the mathematics
of computation and its consequences. Specific research includes algorithms,
complexity theory, computations geometry, cryptography, distrusted computing,
information security, and quantum computing.
CSAIL encourages student participation in its research projects.
Undergraduates may become involved through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Program (UROP), and research assistanships are available to graduate students.
CSAIL graduate students are typically enrolled in the departments of Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science, Mathematics, Aeronautics and Astronautics,
Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and Mechanical Engineering, and the MIT-Harvard
Division of Health Sciences and Technology.