Artificial Intelligence

A bottom-up view of the state An endless wait in a crowded room. The official's impassive expression while handling a client in need.
Exasperating and sometimes infuriating public service bureaucracies are things with which Bernardo Zacka '05, a newly-appointed assistant professor of political science, is well acquainted.
"These ...
Looking back at Project Athena In October, the Institute announced the creation of the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, an ambitious new enterprise that will allow students to better tailor their educational interests to their goals. But the ideas driving this exciting new effort ...
Bridge to the future of engineering School of Engineering faculty are embracing the new MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing as a bold response to the rapid evolution of computing that is altering and, in many cases, fundamentally transforming their disciplines.
Inspired by student interest ...
The many interfaces of computing The new MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing will incorporate the modern tools of computing into disciplines across the Institute. “The college will equip students to be as fluent in computing and AI [artificial intelligence] as they are in ...
Highlighting new research opportunities in civil and environmental engineering On October 18, alumni, postdocs, graduate students, and professors gathered at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s annual New Research Alumni Reception. The annual event invites the broader MIT CEE community back to campus to network with peers and become ...
Why some Wikipedia disputes go unresolved Wikipedia has enabled large-scale, open collaboration on the internet’s largest general-reference resource. But, as with many collaborative writing projects, crafting the content can be a contentious subject.
Often, multiple Wikipedia editors will disagree on certain changes to articles or policies. ...
To build new college, MIT seeks campus and alumni input Since announcing the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, Institute leaders have reached out to the campus and alumni communities in a series of forums, seeking ideas about the transformative new entity that will radically integrate computing with disciplines ...
Fleets of drones could aid searches for lost hikers Finding lost hikers in forests can be a difficult and lengthy process, as helicopters and drones can’t get a glimpse through the thick tree canopy. Recently, it’s been proposed that autonomous drones, which can bob and weave through trees, could ...
Addressing the possibility of life on Mars In 2018, millions of people around the world caught glimpses of the planet Mars, discernible as a bright red dot in the summer’s night skies. Every 26 months or so, the red planet reaches a point in its elliptical orbit ...
Machines that learn language more like kids do Children learn language by observing their environment, listening to the people around them, and connecting the dots between what they see and hear. Among other things, this helps children establish their language’s word order, such as where subjects and verbs ...
Model paves way for faster, more efficient translations of more languages MIT researchers have developed a novel “unsupervised” language translation model — meaning it runs without the need for human annotations and guidance — that could lead to faster, more efficient computer-based translations of far more languages.
Translation systems from Google, Facebook, ...
Q&A: Climate change, tough tech startups, and the future of energy intelligence The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) 2018 annual research conference brought together energy researchers, policymakers, and industry members working on cutting-edge technologies and business models for the transition to a low-carbon future. Panels ranged from the latest developments in the fight ...
MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future announces advisory and research boards Launched earlier this year, the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future brings together a diverse team of MIT faculty and researchers from throughout the Institute, all seeking to understand the relationship between technology and work and how ...
How should autonomous vehicles be programmed? A massive new survey developed by MIT researchers reveals some distinct global preferences concerning the ethics of autonomous vehicles, as well as some regional variations in those preferences.
The survey has global reach and a unique scale, with over 2 ...
How to mass produce cell-sized robots Tiny robots no bigger than a cell could be mass-produced using a new method developed by researchers at MIT. The microscopic devices, which the team calls “syncells” (short for synthetic cells), might eventually be used to monitor conditions inside an ...
Computational science grad students awarded U.S. Department of Energy fellowships Four MIT graduate students have been awarded 2018 United States Department of Energy (DoE) Computational Science Graduate Fellowships to address intractable challenges in science and engineering. Nationwide, MIT garnered the most fellowships out of this year’s 26 recipients.
The fellows receive ...
School of Engineering third quarter 2018 awards Members of the MIT engineering faculty receive many awards in recognition of their scholarship, service, and overall excellence. Every quarter, the School of Engineering publicly recognizes their achievements by highlighting the honors, prizes, and medals won by faculty working in our academic departments, ...
Defending against Spectre and Meltdown attacks In January the technology world was rattled by the discovery of Meltdown and Spectre, two major security vulnerabilities in the processors that can be found in virtually every computer on the planet.
Perhaps the most alarming thing about these vulnerabilities ...
Exploring the future of learning through virtual and augmented reality At a recent on-campus symposium titled “VR, Sound and Cinema: Implications for Storytelling and Learning,” MIT Open Learning explored the future of storytelling and learning through virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).  
The event featured a panel 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
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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