Artificial Intelligence

Model learns how individual amino acids determine protein function A machine-learning model from MIT researchers computationally breaks down how segments of amino acid chains determine a protein’s function, which could help researchers design and test new proteins for drug development or biological research. 
Proteins are linear chains of amino ...
Kicking neural network design automation into high gear A new area in artificial intelligence involves using algorithms to automatically design machine-learning systems known as neural networks, which are more accurate and efficient than those developed by human engineers. But this so-called neural architecture search (NAS) technique is computationally ...
“Particle robot” works as a cluster of simple units Taking a cue from biological cells, researchers from MIT, Columbia University, and elsewhere have developed computationally simple robots that connect in large groups to move around, transport objects, and complete other tasks.
This so-called “particle robotics” system — based on a ...
Using machine learning for medical solutions Pharmaceutical companies spend a lot of time testing potential drugs, and they end up wasting  much of that effort on candidates that don’t pan out. Kyle Swanson wants to change that.
A master’s student in computer science and engineering, Swanson ...
Open access task force releases draft recommendations The Ad Hoc Task Force on Open Access to MIT’s Research has released a set of draft recommendations that aim to support and increase the open sharing of MIT publications, data, software, and educational materials. They are available for public comment until April ...
Tim Berners-Lee named FT “Boldness in Business” Person of the Year The week that his invention of the World Wide Web turned 30, MIT professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has been named the Financial Times’ Person of the Year in their special “Boldness in Business” issue.
Berners-Lee was honored for his new ...
Ethics, computing, and AI: Perspectives from MIT The MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing will reorient the Institute to bring the power of computing and artificial intelligence to all fields at MIT; allow the future of computing and AI to be shaped by all MIT disciplines; ...
Exercises in amazement: Discovering deep learning It was standing-room only in the Stata Center’s Kirsch Auditorium when some 300 attendees showed up for opening lectures for MIT’s intensive, student-designed course 6.S191 (Introduction to Deep Learning).
Nathan Rebello, a first-year graduate student in chemical engineering, was among ...
Robot hand is soft and strong Fifty years ago, the first industrial robot arm (called Unimate) assembled a simple breakfast of toast, coffee, and champagne. While it might have looked like a seamless feat, every movement and placement was coded with careful consideration.
Even with today’s ...
Combining artificial intelligence with their passions Computational thinking will be the mark of an MIT education when the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing opens this fall, and glimpses of what's to come were on display during the final reception of a three-day celebration of the college ...
Computing the future As part of the public launch of the Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, MIT hosted a special fireside chat Wednesday, Feb.27, at Kresge Auditorium that brought together six MIT professors who have received the Association for Computing Machinery’s esteemed ...
Negotiating with infrastructure cyberterrorists In ransomware cyberattacks, hackers steal a victim’s sensitive data and threaten to publish or block access to it unless a ransom is paid. Across the globe each year, millions of ransomware attacks are carried out on businesses, cities, and organizations, ...
Solve launches 2019 global challenges At the Feb. 28 Hello World, Hello MIT event celebrating the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, MIT Solve Executive Director Alex Amouyel announced the launch of Solve’s newest set of global challenges: Circular Economy, Community-Driven Innovation, Early Childhood ...
Mini cheetah is the first four-legged robot to do a backflip MIT’s new mini cheetah robot is springy and light on its feet, with a range of motion that rivals a champion gymnast. The four-legged powerpack can bend and swing its legs wide, enabling it to walk either right-side up or ...
Addressing the promises and challenges of AI A three-day celebration event this week for the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing put focus on the Institute’s new role in helping society navigate a promising yet challenging future for artificial intelligence (AI), as it seeps into nearly ...
For founders of new college of computing, the human element is paramount The new MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing is destined to become a major center of artificial intelligence research. But a public conversation between the college’s founders on Thursday helped illuminate the very human impulses guiding it.
“It’s a ...
Lighting the path When she was an MIT undergraduate studying electrical engineering, Jeannette Wing ’78, SM ’79, PhD ’83 took a required computer science class and began thinking about changing her major. But before making the decision, she called her father, a professor ...
The future of education in a world of pervasive computing Computers have become so pervasive in today’s world that preparing students to work and assume leadership roles in this shifting landscape requires giving them a better understanding of how computers work, how to use them, and how they affect every ...
Taking the lead in shaping the future of computing and artificial intelligence With a box of popcorn in one hand, Hal Abelson, a renowned computer scientist, strolled through the first floor of the Ray and Maria Stata Center studying the machine learning exhibits that surrounded him on the afternoon of Feb. 26. ...
Tailbot Shows Off Midair Skills
UC Berkeley researchers have demonstrated how an active tail can help a robot control pitch during falls and jumps. Read more: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/diy/uc-berkeley-tailbot-robot-with-tail-shows-off-more-midair-skills
How Lizards, Robots Use Tails To Be More Agile
UC Berkeley researchers have demonstrated how an active tail can help lizards (and robots) control pitch during jumps and falls. Read more: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/diy/dinosaurlike-tails-make-terrestrial-mobile-robots-more-agile
Wireless Headband to Detect Smiling, Frowning
University of Tsukuba AI Lab researchers are using a wireless headband that detects smiles and frowns to coach robots how to do tasks. Read more: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/artificial-intelligence/using-smiles-and-frowns-to-teach-robots-how-to-behave
Robot comedian performs
Robotic stand-up comedian Data and its creator Heather Knight performing at the Robot Film Festival in New York City, July 16, 2011. Read more: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/diy/robot-film-festival-watch-all-the-films
Robot Helps You Put Your Shirt On
Researchers at Nara Institute of Science and Technology in Japan have developed a robot that can assist the elderly or people with limited arm movement to put on a shirt. Read more: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/medical-robots/robot-helps-you-put-your-shirt-on
Robot Keeps Balance When Kicked, Hit
Roboticists at the German Aerospace Center have discovered a new way to keep bipedal robots from falling over. Read more: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/a-new-way-for-robots-to-balance-on-two-feet
The Evolution of Self-Driving Vehicles
This is part 1/3 of the keynote presentation by Sebastian Thrun and Chris Urmson on self-driving cars at IROS 2011. Part 2/3 is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXylqtEQ0tk. Part 3/3 is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOWhu_aa9kM. Read more: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/artificial-intelligence/how-google-self-driving-car-works (Recorded using a pocket camcorder; apologies for ...
The ParkourBot: A Dynamic Bow Leg Climbing Robot
Video describing the ParkourBot: A Dynamic Bow Leg Climbing Robot by Amir Degani, Siyuan Feng, H. Benjamin Brown, Kevin M. Lynch, Howie Choset and Matthew T. Mason. Presented on May 10, 2011 at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and ...

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