Artificial Intelligence

Fleet of autonomous boats could service some cities, reducing road traffic The future of transportation in waterway-rich cities such as Amsterdam, Bangkok, and Venice — where canals run alongside and under bustling streets and bridges — may include autonomous boats that ferry goods and people, helping clear up road congestion.
Researchers ...
Gauging language proficiency through eye movement A study by MIT researchers has uncovered a new way of telling how well people are learning English: tracking their eyes.
That’s right. Using data generated by cameras trained on readers’ eyes, the research team has found that patterns of ...
Making driverless cars change lanes more like human drivers do In the field of self-driving cars, algorithms for controlling lane changes are an important topic of study. But most existing lane-change algorithms have one of two drawbacks: Either they rely on detailed statistical models of the driving environment, which are ...
Albatross robot takes flight
MIT engineers have designed a robotic glider that can skim along the water’s surface, riding the wind like an albatross while also surfing the waves like a sailboat.
In regions of high wind, the robot is designed to stay aloft, ...
Applying machine learning to challenges in the pharmaceutical industry MIT continues its efforts to transform the process of drug design and manufacturing with a new MIT-industry consortium, the Machine Learning for Pharmaceutical Discovery and Synthesis. The new consortium already includes eight industry partners, all major players in the pharmaceutical ...
Researchers develop virtual-reality testing ground for drones Training drones to fly fast, around even the simplest obstacles, is a crash-prone exercise that can have engineers repairing or replacing vehicles with frustrating regularity.
Now MIT engineers have developed a new virtual-reality training system for drones that enables a ...
Students demonstrate "calculated imagination" in robot competition On Thursday evening, the Johnson Ice Rink was transformed into a world of pure imagination. Students taking 2.007 (Design and Manufacturing I) showcased their own imaginative designs in the class’ final robot competition. This year’s Willy Wonka-themed competition featured a ...
Celebrating 21st century statistics Researchers across disciplines use statistics to measure, to model, and to mine for insights. But the field of statistics has been changed by the advent of huge data sets, and by new technologies such as machine learning and deep neural ...
Protecting confidentiality in genomic studies Genome-wide association studies, which look for links between particular genetic variants and incidence of disease, are the basis of much modern biomedical research.
But databases of genomic information pose privacy risks. From people’s raw genomic data, it may be possible ...
Self-driving cars for country roads Navigating roads less traveled in self-driving cars is a difficult task. One reason is that there aren’t many places where self-driving cars can actually drive. Companies like Google only test their fleets in major cities where they’ve spent countless hours ...
Building AI systems that make fair decisions A growing body of research has demonstrated that algorithms and other types of software can be discriminatory, yet the vague nature of these tools makes it difficult to implement specific regulations. Determining the existing legal, ethical and philosophical implications of ...
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

Load More