Better robot vision
October 6, 2013A neglected statistical tool could help robots better understand the objects in the world around them.
Surprisingly simple scheme for self-assembling robots
October 3, 2013Small cubes with no exterior moving parts can propel themselves forward, jump on top of each other, and snap together to form arbitrary shapes.
Professor emeritus Rodney Brooks refines the sequel to iRobot
August 8, 2013Rodney Brooks’ startup, Rethink Robotics, is producing robots that can adapt to manufacturing tasks and the factory environment.
April 11, 2013MIT senior Paul Lazarescu uses his engineering talents to help people with disabilities and improve everyday technology.
Knowing the unknown
March 26, 2013Researchers work to build robots’ awareness of their own limitations.
Robot meets world
March 20, 2013A new way of reasoning about what happens when a robot’s limb strikes an object could lead to more efficient and reliable robotic-control systems.
Teaching robots lateral thinking
February 25, 2013New algorithms could help household robots work around their physical shortcomings.
Humans and robots work better together following cross-training
February 11, 2013Swapping of roles improves efficiency as well as robots’ confidence and humans’ trust.
The robotic equivalent of a Swiss army knife
November 30, 2012Reconfigurable robot a step toward something that can become almost anything.
November 26, 2012Siblings Andrew and Jennifer Barry have not only managed to maintain a close friendship into their adult years, but are also both studying robotics at CSAIL
CSAIL team honored for printable robot
November 8, 2012
Department snapshot: Mechanical Engineering
October 16, 2012More MechE students choose to design their own education.
Researchers engineer light-activated skeletal muscle
August 29, 2012Technique may enable robotic animals that move with the strength and flexibility of their living counterparts.
Connoisseur of chaos
August 28, 2012Where other roboticists try to suppress the complex dynamics of mechanical systems, Russ Tedrake exploits them, to make control more efficient and versatile.
Soft autonomous robot inches along like an earthworm
August 9, 2012Flexible design enables body-morphing capability.
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.
New aircraft capable of fast, accurate and repeatable flight
July 26, 2012CSAIL's Robot Locomotion Group unveils new computer-controlled aircraft that can perform knife-edge turns.
Autonomous robot scans ship hulls for mines
July 16, 2012Algorithms enable robot to navigate and view propellers and other complex structures.
Mechanical engineers develop an ‘intelligent co-pilot’ for cars
July 12, 2012Semiautonomous system takes the wheel to keep drivers safe.
All things big and small: the brain’s discerning taste for size
June 20, 2012New research shows brain has distinct regions for identifying different sized objects.
Robotic assistants may adapt to humans in the factory
June 11, 2012New algorithm allows robots and humans to work side by side.
Daniela Rus named CSAIL director
May 22, 2012EECS professor to become new leader of MIT’s largest interdepartmental laboratory.
Whirr, click, hum: Robots go at it in 2.007 finale
May 11, 2012Competition concludes mechanical design class, unleashing a wide variety of spinning, pumping and striking robots.
Woodie Flowers, a pioneer of hands-on engineering education
May 6, 2012Flowers and his former student, David Wallace, have created a fun, teamwork-based approach to learning the art of mechanical design.