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Communication Scheme Makes Popular Applications 'gracefully Mobile'
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Communication Scheme Makes Popular Applications 'gracefully Mobile'

MIT researchers have developed the mobile shell remote-login program, which addresses the lack of mobility of the popular SSH program.  

Computer Science Tackles 30-Year-Old Economics Problem
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Computer Science Tackles 30-Year-Old Economics Problem

MIT researchers have developed an algorithm for finding an almost perfect approximation of the optimal design of a multi-item auction.  

Researchers Amplify Variations in Video, Making the Invisible Visible
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Researchers Amplify Variations in Video, Making the Invisible Visible

At this summer's Siggraph—the premier computer-graphics conference—researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory will present new...

Robotic Assistants May Adapt to Humans in the Factory
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Robotic Assistants May Adapt to Humans in the Factory

MIT researchers have developed an algorithm that enables a robot to quickly learn an individual's preference for a certain task and adapt accordingly to help complete...

System Improves Automated Monitoring of Security Cameras
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System Improves Automated Monitoring of Security Cameras

MIT researchers have developed a system that can analyze several surveillance cameras more accurately and in less time than it would take a human operator.  

Finding Good Music in Noisy Online Markets
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Finding Good Music in Noisy Online Markets

Columbia University researchers began an online social-media marketing experiment in 2004, creating nine versions of a music download site that presented the same...

New Mathematical Framework Formalizes Oddball Programming Techniques
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New Mathematical Framework Formalizes Oddball Programming Techniques

MIT researchers have developed a mathematical framework that enables developers to reason rigorously about sloppy computation, providing mathematical guarantees...

The Elusive Capacity of Networks
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The Elusive Capacity of Networks

Researchers at MIT, the California Institute of Technology, and the University of Technology in Munich have shown that in a wired network, network coding and error...

Engineering a Safer World
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Engineering a Safer World

MIT professor Nancy Leveson recently hosted a workshop to educate more than 250 safety engineering professionals from around the world about System-Theoretic Accident...

The Robot Revolution Is Just Beginning
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The Robot Revolution Is Just Beginning

When industrial robots were first introduced in the early 1960s initially on automobile assembly lines—computers were still in their infancy, so the robots were...

Simulating Tomorrow's Chips
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Simulating Tomorrow's Chips

Most computer chips today have anywhere from four to 10 separate cores, or processing units, which can work in parallel, increasing the chips' efficiency. But the...

Chips as Mini Internets
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Chips as Mini Internets

MIT researchers have established theoretical limits on the efficiency of packet-switched on-chip communication networks, and have presented measurements from a...

Shifting Sands
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Shifting Sands

Sand in an hourglass might seem simple and straightforward, but such granular materials are actually tricky to model.

Self-Sculpting Sand
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Self-Sculpting Sand

Imagine that you have a big box of sand in which you bury a tiny model of a footstool.

Ideas Global Challenge Team Profile: Wecyclers
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Ideas Global Challenge Team Profile: Wecyclers

A participant in MIT's IDEAS Global Challenge is Wecyclers, a crowdsourced recycling platform that will operate in Lagos, Nigeria, and is designed to incentivize...

A Camera That Peers Around Corners
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A Camera That Peers Around Corners

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a system that can produce recognizable three-dimensional images of objects located around corners...

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Guiding Robot Planes with Hand Gestures

Aircraft-carrier crew use a set of standard hand gestures to guide planes on the carrier deck. But as robot planes are increasingly used for routine air missions...

Sometimes the Quickest Path Is Not a Sraight Line
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Sometimes the Quickest Path Is Not a Sraight Line

Sometimes the fastest pathway from point A to point B is not a straight line: for example, if you're underwater and contending with strong and shifting currents...

Testing Unbuilt Chips
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Testing Unbuilt Chips

MIT researchers have developed Hornet, a software simulator they say models the performance of multicore chips much more accurately than its predecessors.  

Hail to the Geeks
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Hail to the Geeks

Basketball dominates the American sports landscape in March. So perhaps it’s fitting that the sixth annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, held last week...
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