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  • Can control theory make software better?

    Techniques used to ensure that airplanes won’t stall out in flight could be adapted to prove that computer programs won’t divide by zero.

    March 19, 2013
  • Networks of probability

    Devavrat Shah spans disciplines by looking at networks probabilistically and probabilities as networks.

    February 7, 2013
  • Ozdaglar selected as the inaugural Steven and Renee Finn Innovation Fellow

    The fellowship provides tenured, mid-career faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineer and Computer Science with resources for up to three years to pursue new research and development paths.

    November 27, 2012
  • Speed limit for birds

    MIT researchers find critical speed above which birds — and drones — are sure to crash.

    January 20, 2012
  • 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
  • The too-smart-for-its-own-good grid

    New technologies intended to boost reliance on renewable energy could destabilize the power grid if they’re not matched with careful pricing policies.

    August 3, 2011
  • Improving recommendation systems

    Researchers believe that comparing products, rather than rating them on an absolute scale, will lead to algorithms that better predict customers’ preferences.

    July 8, 2011
  • How wise are crowds?

    By melding economics and engineering, researchers show that as social networks get larger, they usually get better at sorting fact from fiction.

    November 16, 2010
  • Can you find me now?

    By demonstrating fundamental limits on their accuracy, MIT researchers show how to improve wireless location-detection systems.

    September 9, 2010
  • Sizing samples

    Many scientific disciplines use computers to infer patterns in data. But how much data is enough to ensure that the inferences are right?

    August 25, 2010
  • Nonlinear thinker

    With techniques for translating complicated equations into ‘sums of squares,’ Pablo Parrilo helps make sense of previously insoluble problems.

    January 29, 2010