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  • 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
  • First improvement of fundamental algorithm in 10 years

    The max-flow problem, which is ubiquitous in network analysis, scheduling, and logistics, can now be solved more efficiently than ever.

    September 27, 2010
  • Cars as traffic sensors

    A new algorithm optimizes the dissemination of information about traffic and road conditions through networks of wirelessly connected cars.

    September 24, 2010
  • Drug discovery, Netflix style?

    MIT researchers apply ranking algorithms to pharmaceutical R&D.

    April 13, 2010

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