Computer science and technology
Toward the Semantic Web
June 21, 2010A new standard from the World Wide Web Consortium brings the Web a step closer to realizing the vision of its inventor, Tim Berners-Lee.
More is less
June 2, 2010Complex computer models can involve thousands of variables. But paradoxically, adding more variables can sometimes make them easier to work with.
Gesture-based computing on the cheap
May 20, 2010With a single piece of inexpensive hardware — a multicolored glove — MIT researchers are making Minority Report-style interfaces more accessible.
Rivest wins faculty’s Killian Award
May 19, 2010MIT encryption pioneer recognized for ‘extraordinary’ contributions in computer science
Machines that learn better
May 18, 2010New math will make it much easier to build machine-learning systems that tackle a wider range of problems.
When good enough is better
May 13, 2010By exploiting a simple but counterintuitive trick, a new system finds sections of computer programs where accuracy can be traded for speed.
Seeing the forest for the trees
May 7, 2010Object recognition systems that break images into ever smaller parts should be much more efficient and may shed light on how the brain works.
EECS Masterworks 2010: A sweet serving of wits, work and wonder
May 4, 2010
In Profile: Missy Cummings
April 5, 2010Former U.S. Naval fighter pilot aims to improve how humans and computers interact.
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Web sites that can take a punch
March 17, 2010By preventing web applications from deviating from their normal behavior, a new MIT system can keep them online even during a cyberattack.
Explained: Linear and nonlinear systems
February 26, 2010Much scientific research across a range of disciplines tries to find linear approximations of nonlinear behaviors. But what does that mean?
February 25, 2010By mimicking cells, MIT researcher designs electronic circuits for ultra-low-power and biomedical applications.
Jack Wozencraft, information theorist at MIT, 1925-2009
January 21, 2010Jack Wozencraft, considered one of the pioneers of coding theory in the nascent field of information theory, died peacefully August 31, 2009.
January 20, 2010New research could enable computer programming based on screen shots, not just code
January 6, 2010Nanowires made of ‘strained silicon’ — silicon whose atoms have been pried slightly apart — show how to keep increases in computer power coming.
Putting the squeeze on data
December 21, 2009In work that could make it easier to handle huge data sets, MIT researchers improve data compression's fidelity without sacrificing speed
Five from MIT named 2010 IEEE Fellows
December 14, 2009Three EECS faculty members, Hu, Rus and Sudan, and two research staff members of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Reynolds and Stokes, are elevated to Fellow status of the IEEE effective Jan. 1
Computing with a wave of the hand
December 11, 2009A new Media Lab system turns LCD displays into giant cameras that provide gestural control of objects on-screen. And that’s just for starters.
A social network that ballooned
December 11, 2009An MIT team’s savvy use of social media to locate weather balloons as part of a $40,000 DARPA contest may shed light on how to mobilize resources during emergencies.
Rethinking artificial intelligence
December 7, 2009Broad-based MIT project aims to reinvent AI for a new era. By going back and fixing mistakes, researchers hope to produce ‘co-processors’ for the human mind.
CIMIT awards three graduate fellowships to MIT students
December 4, 2009
Flight of fancy
December 3, 2009Using an autonomous mini-helicopter, an MIT team stunned the Association for Unmanned Vehicles International by solving one of its notoriously tough challenges on the first try.