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  • Can control theory make software better?

    Techniques used to ensure that airplanes won’t stall out in flight could be adapted to prove that computer programs won’t divide by zero.

    March 19, 2013
  • After almost 20 years, math problem falls

    MIT researchers’ answer to a major question in the field of optimization brings disappointing news — but there’s a silver lining.

    July 15, 2011
  • More is less

    Complex computer models can involve thousands of variables. But paradoxically, adding more variables can sometimes make them easier to work with.

    June 2, 2010
  • Nonlinear thinker

    With techniques for translating complicated equations into ‘sums of squares,’ Pablo Parrilo helps make sense of previously insoluble problems.

    January 29, 2010