Computer science and technology
Predicting what topics will trend on Twitter
November 1, 2012A new algorithm predicts which Twitter topics will trend hours in advance and offers a new technique for analyzing data that fluctuate over time.
Mining physicians’ notes for medical insights
October 31, 2012A new approach to algorithmically distinguishing words with multiple possible meanings could help find useful data in electronic medical records.
MIT's CSAIL launches new center to tackle the future of wireless and mobile technologies
October 11, 2012Will address major technical challenges facing wireless field, bring together academia and industry
Deciphering the language of transcription factors
September 10, 2012A new method identifies the precise binding sites of transcription factors — proteins that regulate the production of other proteins — with 10 times the accuracy of its predecessors.
15 MIT students named Siebel Scholars
September 10, 2012Graduate students in computer science, bioengineering and business honored.
Researchers identify biochemical functions for most of the human genome
September 5, 2012New map provides a reference for interpreting function of disease-associated regions.
Mapping neurological disease
September 5, 2012New algorithm can analyze information from medical images to identify diseased areas of the brain and connections with other regions.
Connoisseur of chaos
August 29, 2012Where other roboticists try to suppress the complex dynamics of mechanical systems, Russ Tedrake exploits them, to make control more efficient and versatile.
Making crowdsourcing easier
August 24, 2012A new system for crowdsourcing database operations spares the user from worrying about the computational details but improves cost effectiveness.
New nanoparticles shrink tumors in mice
August 16, 2012Particles that shut off cancer genes could also allow researchers to screen potential drug targets more rapidly.
New router enhances the precision of woodworking
August 8, 2012Handheld device precisely follows a digital plan with minimal guidance from a user.
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.
Three MIT faculty named Simons Investigators
July 24, 2012Goldwasser, Guionnet and Seidel are among 21 researchers selected.
UC Berkeley joins edX
July 24, 2012UC Berkeley joins Harvard and MIT not-for-profit online-learning collaborative; edX broadens free course offerings into public health, computer science and solid-state chemistry; opens registration
Research update: Chips with self-assembling rectangles
July 19, 2012New technique allows production of complex microchip structures in one self-assembling step.
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Berger named ISCB fellow
July 16, 2012Applied mathematics, computer science professor honored for contributions in computational biology and bioinformatics.
Searching genomic data faster
July 10, 2012Biologists’ capacity for generating genomic data is increasing more rapidly than computing power. A new algorithm will help them keep up.
Communication scheme makes popular applications ‘gracefully mobile’
June 28, 2012New MIT software keeps tens of thousands of people logged into remote computers from mobile devices, but the underlying technology could improve a host of other programs.
New technique allows simulation of noncrystalline materials
June 22, 2012Multidisciplinary team develops mathematical approach that could help in simulating materials for solar cells and LEDs.
Aircraft engineered with failure in mind may last longer
June 15, 2012New design approach tailors planes to fly in the face of likely failures.
System improves automated monitoring of security cameras
June 5, 2012New approach uses mathematics to reach a compromise between accuracy, speed.
MIT, Intel unveil new initiatives addressing ‘big data’
May 31, 2012An Intel research center based at MIT will be the cornerstone of a new research project dubbed ‘bigdata@CSAIL.’
L. Rafael Reif selected as MIT’s 17th president
May 16, 2012As provost since 2005, the president-elect has inspired innovation and played a critical role in the financial stewardship of the Institute.
The elusive capacity of networks
May 15, 2012Calculating the total capacity of a data network is a notoriously difficult problem, but information theorists are beginning to make some headway.