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.
Turning reviews into ratings
February 3, 2011A new system automatically combs through online reviews to provide recommendations according to unusual criteria.
January 11, 2011A new algorithm enables much faster dissemination of information through self-organizing networks with a few scattered choke points.
First improvement of fundamental algorithm in 10 years
September 27, 2010The max-flow problem, which is ubiquitous in network analysis, scheduling, and logistics, can now be solved more efficiently than ever.
Cars as traffic sensors
September 24, 2010A new algorithm optimizes the dissemination of information about traffic and road conditions through networks of wirelessly connected cars.