Ushering in a new era of computing

November 30, 2022

As a graduate student doing his master’s thesis on speech recognition at the MIT AI Lab (now the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory), Dan Huttenlocher worked closely with Professor Victor Zue. Well known for pioneering the development of systems that enable an user to interact with computers using spoken language, Zue traveled frequently […]

A breakthrough on “loss and damage,” but also disappointment, at UN climate conference

November 29, 2022

As 2022 United Nations climate change conference, known as COP27, stretched into its final hours on Saturday, Nov. 19, it was uncertain what kind of agreement might emerge from two weeks of intensive international negotiations. In the end, COP27 produced mixed results: on the one hand, a historic agreement for wealthy countries to compensate low-income […]

Lessons in innovation based on values of the Cherokee Nation

November 29, 2022

Traditional Cherokee community values can broadly be condensed into four primary teachings that have guided members of the community through life and its challenges for centuries, two members of the Cherokee nation told an MIT audience last week. Be respectful and curious; observe and learn from your environment; take time to think about and find […]

MIT Policy Hackathon produces new solutions for technology policy challenges

November 28, 2022

Almost three years ago, the Covid-19 pandemic changed the world. Many are still looking to uncover a “new normal.” “Instead of going back to normal, [there’s a new generation that] wants to build back something different, something better,” says Jorge Sandoval, a second-year graduate student in MIT’s Technology and Policy Program (TPP) at the Institute […]

The task of magnetic classification suddenly looks easier

November 28, 2022

Knowing the magnetic structure of crystalline materials is critical to many applications, including data storage, high-resolution imaging, spintronics, superconductivity, and quantum computing. Information of this sort, however, is difficult to come by. Although magnetic structures can be obtained from neutron diffraction and scattering studies, the number of machines that can support these analyses — and […]

Industrializing 3D printing

November 28, 2022

The cutting edge of additive manufacturing offers a world of possibilities for companies looking to transform their manufacturing processes and create new products. But companies that want to tap into that world have traditionally had to invest huge sums of money into the latest 3D printing machines and then figure out how to integrate them […]

Celebrating “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” at MIT

November 28, 2022

Excited cheers and applause filled the 26-100 lecture hall on Nov. 20, as 77 Massachusetts Avenue — the main entrance to MIT — appeared on the big screen during a showing of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The several hundred MIT students in the audience had been waiting with eager anticipation for the first glimpse of […]

Celebrating open data

November 18, 2022

The inaugural MIT Prize for Open Data, which included a $2,500 cash prize, was recently awarded to 10 individual and group research projects. Presented jointly by the School of Science and the MIT Libraries, the prize recognizes MIT-affiliated researchers who make their data openly accessible and reusable by others. The prize winners and 16 honorable […]

From LGO to PhD

November 18, 2022

Many students in MIT’s Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program return to the workplace primed to tackle complex operational problems. But sometimes their research sparks deep scholarly interest, and they bring their LGO toolkit into an academic career instead. That was the case for Jimmy Smith SM ’18, MBA ’18, who’s currently pursuing a PhD […]

Uncovering the rich connections between South Asia and MIT

November 18, 2022

In 1884, an article in a widely circulated Indian nationalist newspaper expounded on the value of a technical education for Indians who were being denied such opportunities by the colonial British state. Even though MIT was barely more than two decades old, the author pointed to the Institute as a model of technical learning for […]