Research update: SPHERES to get powerful magnets and goggles
August 2, 2012New wireless power and camera setups will expand the mini-satellites’ vision and navigation capabilities.
Writing graphics software gets much easier
August 2, 2012A new programming language for image-processing algorithms yields code that’s much shorter and clearer — but also faster.
Autonomous robot scans ship hulls for mines
July 17, 2012Algorithms enable robot to navigate and view propellers and other complex structures.
Mechanical engineers develop an ‘intelligent co-pilot’ for cars
July 13, 2012Semiautonomous system takes the wheel to keep drivers safe.
Searching genomic data faster
July 10, 2012Biologists’ capacity for generating genomic data is increasing more rapidly than computing power. A new algorithm will help them keep up.
Sharing data links in networks of cars
July 5, 2012A new algorithm lets networks of Wi-Fi-connected cars, whose layout is constantly changing, share a few expensive links to the Internet.
Robotic assistants may adapt to humans in the factory
June 12, 2012New algorithm allows robots and humans to work side by side.
System improves automated monitoring of security cameras
June 5, 2012New approach uses mathematics to reach a compromise between accuracy, speed.
Lynch named Athena Lecturer
April 18, 2012Professor honored for advances in distributed systems that enable dependable Internet and wireless network applications.
April 2, 2012New algorithms could enable heaps of ‘smart sand’ that can assume any shape, allowing spontaneous formation of new tools or duplication of broken mechanical parts.
Robots go head to head, 250 miles above Earth
January 25, 2012Third annual Zero Robotics competition pits robots against each other on the International Space Station.
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Data mining without prejudice
December 16, 2011A new technique for finding relationships between variables in large datasets makes no prior assumptions about what those relationships might be.
December 2, 2011A computational biologist and physician, Collin Stultz takes a unique approach to studying diseases that could lead to new treatments.
New algorithm could substantially speed up MRI scans
November 1, 2011Faster scans could reduce the time patients spend in the machine from 45 to 15 minutes.
Smarter robot arms
September 21, 2011A combination of two algorithms developed at MIT allows autonomous robots to execute tasks much more efficiently — and move more predictably.
Andrew Lo joins CSAIL
August 30, 2011Economist hopes to merge the fields of computer science and artificial intelligence with research on financial markets and risk.
Milestone for MIT Press’s bestseller
August 10, 2011What began as lecture notes for an MIT computer-science class has become the standard text in the field, selling half a million copies in 20 years.
Portable, super-high-resolution 3-D imaging
August 9, 2011A simple new imaging system could help manufacturers inspect their products, forensics experts identify weapons and doctors identify cancers.
The math of the Rubik’s cube
June 29, 2011New research establishes the relationship between the number of squares in a Rubik’s-cube-type puzzle and the maximum number of moves required to solve it.
Honing household helpers
May 26, 2011MIT computer scientists work toward improving robots’ ability to plan and perform complex actions, domestically and elsewhere.
Speeding swarms of sensor robots
May 3, 2011A new algorithm ensures that robotic environmental sensors will be able to focus on areas of interest without giving other areas short shrift.
March 31, 2011By envisioning data as 'graphs,' MIT researchers show how to find local solutions to otherwise overwhelmingly complex problems.