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  • Defibrillator for stalled software

    A new tool interrupts the ‘infinite loops’ that cause computer hang-ups, letting users save data and finish tasks before restarting a stalled program.

    August 2, 2011
  • Computer learns language by playing games

    By basing its strategies on the text of a manual, a computer infers the meanings of words without human supervision.

    July 12, 2011
  • The math of the Rubik’s cube

    New research establishes the relationship between the number of squares in a Rubik’s-cube-type puzzle and the maximum number of moves required to solve it.

    June 29, 2011
  • Agarwal named CSAIL director

    Succeeds Zue to lead the Institute’s largest interdisciplinary lab

    June 20, 2011
  • You can take it with you

    A new system lets you transfer open applications between a computer and a cellphone simply by pointing the phone’s camera at the computer’s screen.

    June 16, 2011
  • Faster computer graphics

    Digitally mimicking the photographic blur caused by moving objects is surprisingly hard, but new research offers ways to make it easier.

    June 10, 2011
  • Cookies, anyone?

    Graduate student Mario Bollini of Professor Daniela Rus' Distributed Robotics Lab is currently programming the PR2 robot to bake chocolate chip cookies.

    June 6, 2011
  • Honing household helpers

    MIT computer scientists work toward improving robots’ ability to plan and perform complex actions, domestically and elsewhere.

    May 26, 2011
  • Of minds and machines

    Final installment of MIT’s 150th anniversary symposia explores intelligence — both human and artificial.

    May 9, 2011
  • Speeding swarms of sensor robots

    A new algorithm ensures that robotic environmental sensors will be able to focus on areas of interest without giving other areas short shrift.

    May 3, 2011
  • Demaine’s artwork selected for Smithsonian exhibit

    Part of the <em>40 Under 40: Craft Futures</em> exhibition, which will run starting in 2012.

    April 26, 2011
  • Information Age

    As part of MIT’s 150th-birthday celebration, computer science luminaries — many from MIT's faculty — gathered on campus for a two-day symposium.

    April 14, 2011
  • Flying like the birds

    Multidisciplinary university research initiative, led by a CSAIL researcher, is developing a bird-sized UAV.

    April 9, 2011
  • Targeted results

    By envisioning data as 'graphs,' MIT researchers show how to find local solutions to otherwise overwhelmingly complex problems.

    March 31, 2011
  • Kaashoek wins ACM’s prize for young researchers

    The professor of computer science, 45, is only the fourth recipient of the prize from the Association for Computing Machinery.

    March 29, 2011
  • iRobot to the rescue

    CSAIL spinoff sends robotic aid to Japan

    March 28, 2011
  • Dueling algorithms

    If software companies design their algorithms with the sole intention of outperforming each other, the customer can be the loser.

    March 18, 2011
  • Rivest unlocks cryptography's past, looks toward future

    Public-key system has worked and made Internet commerce feasible, but new systems are ready in case flaws are found.

    February 15, 2011
  • Data visualization tool developed at MIT gets Library of Congress support

    MIT Libraries receives grant for work on 'Exhibit 3.0' software

    February 9, 2011
  • Turning reviews into ratings

    A new system automatically combs through online reviews to provide recommendations according to unusual criteria.

    February 3, 2011

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