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  • Abelson named SIGCSE award winner

    October 25, 2011
  • Unlocking the key to human intelligence

    October 19, 2011
  • Computer science gives a boost to heart health

    New technique searches for subtle indicators of risk hidden in a patient’s EKG.

    October 13, 2011
  • MERS tackles the human-robot divide

    October 11, 2011
  • An oracle for object-oriented programmers

    By automatically cataloging connections between software 'objects,' a new system orients programmers joining large software projects in midstream.

    October 7, 2011
  • Smarter robot arms

    A combination of two algorithms developed at MIT allows autonomous robots to execute tasks much more efficiently — and move more predictably.

    September 21, 2011
  • Andrew Lo joins CSAIL

    Economist hopes to merge the fields of computer science and artificial intelligence with research on financial markets and risk.

    August 30, 2011
  • Increasing fuel efficiency with a smartphone

    A network of dashboard-mounted phones can collect data on traffic lights and tell drivers how to avoid inefficient stopping and starting.

    August 25, 2011
  • 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