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Five from MIT are among TR100

Five MIT researchers and numerous alumni are among the TR100, a list of 100 top young innovators in technology announced Sept. 15 by Technology Review, MIT's magazine of innovation. The complete list appears in the October issue, online at and on newsstands Sept. 30. The TR100 are people under age 35 recognized in industries such as biotechnology, computing, energy, medicine, nanotechnology, telecommunications and transportation. They will be honored at the magazine's Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT on Sept. 24-25.

The five from MIT and their TR100 citations, are Cynthia Breazeal, assistant professor in media arts and sciences, for building robots that convey human-like expressions and emotions; Vladislav Gavrilets, a postdoctoral associate in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, for designing flight control technology that could lead to unmanned, autonomous helicopters; Yu Huang, a a postdoctoral fellow in materials science and engineering, for fashioning three-dimensional grids of nanowires that act as electronic circuits; Jovan Popovic, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, for making simpler, more powerful animation tools for novices and professionals; and Maximilian Riesenhuber, a postdoctoral fellow in brain and cognitive sciences, for programming computers to recognize objects the way the human brain does.

WTC: the book

A collection of MIT essays about the World Trade Center disaster, its consequences and some of the lessons learned is now available on the web. Ten researchers from four MIT departments contributed to "The Towers Lost and Beyond." The collection features eight chapters, including a brief history of the WTC towers and technical analyses of the collisions, the fires and the collapse of the towers. It was edited by Eduardo Kausel, professor of civil and environmental engineering. The book can be downloaded from

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 17, 2003.

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