Computer science and technology
First improvement of fundamental algorithm in 10 years
September 26, 2010The max-flow problem, which is ubiquitous in network analysis, scheduling, and logistics, can now be solved more efficiently than ever.
August 24, 2010Many scientific disciplines use computers to infer patterns in data. But how much data is enough to ensure that the inferences are right?
15 MIT students awarded DOE-funded Science Graduate Fellowships
August 10, 2010Among 150 students nationwide awarded fellowships in program's first year
RNA offers a safer way to reprogram cells
July 25, 2010New technique holds promise to revert cells to an immature state that can develop into any cell type.
3 Questions: Nicholas Roy on deploying drones in U.S. skies
July 21, 2010MIT robotics expert discusses the logistical hurdles of regulating unmanned aircraft for civilian use.
A plane that lands like a bird
July 19, 2010An innovative control system allows a foam glider to touch down on a perch or a wire like a pet parakeet.
Computer automatically deciphers ancient language
June 29, 2010A new system that took a couple hours to decipher much of the ancient language Ugaritic could help improve online translation software.
An Internet 100 times as fast
June 27, 2010A new network design that avoids the need to convert optical signals into electrical ones could boost capacity while reducing power consumption.
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 1, 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 19, 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 17, 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 12, 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 6, 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 4, 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 16, 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 25, 2010Much scientific research across a range of disciplines tries to find linear approximations of nonlinear behaviors. But what does that mean?
February 24, 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.