Data is good. More data is better. And understanding how to use and make sense of large amounts of data is paramount. Munther Dahleh, the William A. Coolidge Professor and Director of the Institute for Data, Systems and Society, knows that data collection and analysis has many, practical implications that can benefit the world.
Located in Lexington, MA, The MIT Lincoln Laboratory Beaver Works Center gives students the opportunity to creatively explore solutions to world problems. Robert Shin, the Director of Beaver Works, says students from campus are collaborating with the lab on “incredibly meaningful” and innovative projects and research.
When several Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AeroAstro) students read of an event that dares “the brave and brainy to design, build and pilot home-made flying machines off a 28-foot high flight deck in hopes of soaring into the wild blue yonder,” there was no way they could not take up the challenge.
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From its low-profile beginnings 15 years ago, MIT’s Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program (UPOP) has grown to become one of the largest co-curricular programs on campus. With nearly half of all sophomores applying each year, UPOP has earned a reputation among students and employers as a success accelerator.
“This is the century of genetic engineering,” says MIT Professor Christopher Voigt. “There are applications from new materials to pharmaceuticals to chemicals, agriculture — essentially, anything you see biology in nature doing.”
In today’s cyber world, sharing selfies is one thing but keeping personal information private is another. Luckily, Vinod Vaikuntanathan, the Steven and Renee Finn Career Development Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, is working to make data stored on the cloud, more secure.
After three years, two months, and 650,000 lines of code, a team of researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) stood proudly with their humanoid robot in a sporting arena surrounded by thousands of spectators. They were just one step away from winning the $2 million grand prize at an international competition that many have been calling “the Robot Olympics.”
On June 5-6, a team of nearly two dozen MIT students and faculty led by Russ Tedrake from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory will compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) final in Pomona, California. The DRC is a team competition to develop robot systems capable of assisting humans in responding to natural and human-made disasters.