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  • Robots go head to head, 250 miles above Earth

    Third annual Zero Robotics competition pits robots against each other on the International Space Station.

    January 25, 2012
  • Data mining without prejudice

    A new technique for finding relationships between variables in large datasets makes no prior assumptions about what those relationships might be.

    December 16, 2011
  • Double duty

    A computational biologist and physician, Collin Stultz takes a unique approach to studying diseases that could lead to new treatments.

    December 2, 2011
  • At a crossroads

    New research predicts which cars are likeliest to run lights at intersections.

    November 30, 2011
  • New algorithm could substantially speed up MRI scans

    Faster scans could reduce the time patients spend in the machine from 45 to 15 minutes.

    November 1, 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
  • Milestone for MIT Press’s bestseller

    What began as lecture notes for an MIT computer-science class has become the standard text in the field, selling half a million copies in 20 years.

    August 10, 2011
  • Portable, super-high-resolution 3-D imaging

    A simple new imaging system could help manufacturers inspect their products, forensics experts identify weapons and doctors identify cancers.

    August 9, 2011
  • Clearing the decks

    A new planning tool helps direct traffic on aircraft carriers.

    August 2, 2011
  • Safer skies

    A new algorithm could help prevent midair collisions, which involve 10 to 12 small aircraft every year.

    July 5, 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
  • ‘Smart cars’ that are actually, well, smart

    Mechanical engineers work to develop intelligent onboard transportation systems that can prevent car crashes.

    June 14, 2011
  • Honing household helpers

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

    May 26, 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
  • Targeted results

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

    March 31, 2011
  • No backtalk

    One key to making parallel algorithms efficient is to minimize the amount of communication between cores.

    February 28, 2011
  • Retooling algorithms

    Charles Leiserson and his team are experts at designing parallel algorithms — including one for a chess-playing program that outperformed IBM’s Deep Blue.

    February 25, 2011
  • Turning reviews into ratings

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

    February 3, 2011
  • Breaking bottlenecks

    A new algorithm enables much faster dissemination of information through self-organizing networks with a few scattered choke points.

    January 11, 2011

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