Making 3-D printing as simple as printing on paper

If you haven’t used a 3-D printer yet, you may be surprised to learn that it isn’t fully automated the way your office’s inkjet is....
08 May 2017, by

CSAIL launches artificial intelligence initiative with industry

From self-driving cars to the internet of things, artificial intelligence (AI) has reached new levels of sophistication in recent years. With that in mind, this week MIT’s Computer Science and Artif...
12 April 2017, by

Toward printable, sensor-laden “skin” for robots

In this age of smartphones and tablet computers, touch-sensitive surfaces are everywhere. They’re also brittle, as people with cracked phone screens everywhere can attest. Covering a robot — or...
27 March 2017, by

Engineers design “tree-on-a-chip”

Trees and other plants, from towering redwoods to diminutive daisies, are nature’s hydraulic pumps. They are constantly pulling water up from their roots to the topmost leaves, and pumping sugars pr...
22 March 2017, by

Security for multirobot systems

Distributed planning, communication, and control algorithms for autonomous robots make up a major area of research in computer science. But in the literature on multirobot systems, security has gotten...
17 March 2017, by

Mind control: Correcting robot mistakes using EEG brain signals

For robots to do what we want, they need to understand us. Too often, this means having to meet them halfway: teaching them the intricacies of human language, for example, or giving them explicit comm...
06 March 2017, by

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Data Civilizer system links data scattered across files for easy querying

The age of big data has seen a host of new techniques for analyzing large data sets. But before any of those techniques can be applied, the target data has to be aggregated, organized, and cleaned up....
24 January 2017, by

Design, simulate and build a custom drone

This fall’s new FAA regulations have made drone flight easier than ever for both companies and consumers. But what if the drones out on the market aren’t exactly what you want? A new system fro...
05 December 2016, by

Professor Emeritus Whitman Richards dies at 84

Whitman Richards '53, PhD '65, professor emeritus of cognitive sciences and of media arts and sciences and principal investigator in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, died o...
18 October 2016, by

3-D printed robots with shock-absorbing skins

Anyone who’s watched drone videos or an episode of BattleBots knows that robots can break - and often it’s because they don’t have the proper padding to protect themselves. But this week rese...
03 October 2016, by

EQ-Radio: Detecting emotions with wireless signals

By measuring your heartbeat and breath, this device from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab can tell if you’re excited, happy, angry or sad
21 September 2016, by

MIT CSAIL’s 6-foot-tall NASA humanoid robot has landed

By Adam Conner-Simons, MIT CSAIL This week MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) received an unusual package: a six-foot-tall, 300-pound humanoid robot that NASA h...
28 April 2016, by

Wireless localizer could mean safer drones and password-free WiFi

By Adam Conner-Simons | CSAIL We’ve all been there, impatiently twiddling our thumbs while trying to locate a WiFi signal. But what if, instead, the WiFi could locate us?...
01 April 2016, by

Enabling human-robot rescue teams

By Larry Hardesty, MIT CSAIL Autonomous robots performing a joint task send each other continual updates: “I’ve passed through a door and am turning 90 degrees right.” “After advancing 2 fe...
18 February 2016, by

Motion-planning algorithms allow drones to make hairpin turns in a simulated “forest”

Adam Conner-Simons | CSAIL Getting drones to fly around without hitting things is no small task. Obstacle-detection and motion-planning are two of computer science’s trickiest challenges, because...
19 January 2016, by

CSAIL shows off demos to 150 high-schoolers for “Hour of Code”

By Adam Conner-Simmons | CSAIL Last Friday, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) hosted 150 local high school students for its second annual “Hour of Code” ev...
15 December 2015, by

NASA gives MIT a humanoid robot to develop software for future space missions

By Adam Conner-Simons, MIT CSAIL NASA announced yesterday that MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) is one of two university research groups nationwide that will...
18 November 2015, by

Soft robotic gripper can pick up and identify wide array of objects

By Adam Conner-Simons, MIT CSAIL Robots have many strong suits, but delicacy traditionally hasn’t been one of them. Rigid limbs and digits make it difficult for them to grasp, hold, and manipulat...
02 October 2015, by

Former DARPA Program Manager Gill Pratt to direct Toyota’s new $50M robotics investment

In a surprise move today, Toyota held a press conference (see video below) announcing a substantial investment in robotics and AI research to develop "advanced driving support" technology, with forme...
04 September 2015, by



M-Blocks, with John Romanishin

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews John Romanishin from MIT, about his modular robotics project ‘M-Blocks’. M-Blocks are small cubes (5 cm on a side) that have no external actuators, yet the...
05 September 2014, by

CSAIL study finds that human subjects prefer when robots give the orders | MIT News   New research coming out of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) suggests that letting robots have control over human tasks in manufac...
28 August 2014, by

Self-contained soft-bodied robotic fish

What looks like a fish, swims like a fish but isn’t a fish? The latest in soft-bodied robots created by team of engineers of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at th...
19 March 2014, by and

Aggressive flight using laser scanner, IMU, & 3D map Evan Ackerman, writing for IEEE Spectrum's Automaton blog, saysResearchers at MIT CSAIL have decided that slow and obstacle-free flight is boring, so they’ve come up wit...
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