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Special deliveryToday’s Spotlight, by Christine Daniloff/MIT, features a photograph of a quadrotor carrying a package that is courtesy of the researchers.

In the near future, the package that you ordered online may be deposited at your doorstep by a drone. To ensure safe, timely, and accurate delivery, drones will have to be able to deal with a degree of uncertainty in responding to, say, a shift in position due to winds, sensor measurement errors, or a drop in fuel — but such “what-if” planning typically requires massive computation, which can be difficult to perform on the fly.

Now MIT researchers have come up with a two-pronged approach that significantly reduces the computation associated with lengthy delivery missions.

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Making change

Making change

Today’s Spotlight features a photograph, taken by Bryce Vickmark, of MIT graduate student Dina El-Zanfaly.

It was another testy day in the post-revolution Cairo of 2012, with protestors and police crowding streets that threatened to erupt into violence.

Although she was nearly 5,500 miles away in Cambridge, Mass., MIT graduate student Dina El-Zanfaly was worried. She was thinking of the fab lab she helped found in Cairo — a community-based maker space where anyone can come in, learn to make anything using the lab’s machinery and tools, and work on any project they want. The lab wasn’t only a physical space for Egyptian makers; it was a grassroots movement — just like the Egyptian revolution — to create a community of makers in Egypt from scratch. So, like any concerned parent, El-Zanfaly called the lab’s director to make sure everything was all right.

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