banking and finance
neural interfacing and control
internet of things
point of care
natural language processing
sports and fitness
Designing for, with, and by nature
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
Seamlessly coupling the worlds of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation
Changing storytelling, communication, and everyday life through sensing, understanding, and new interface technologies
Exploring how social networks can influence our lives in business, health, governance, and technology adoption and diffusion
Exploring the essence of code as a creative medium
Looking beyond smart cities
WBUR’s picks for winter art exhibits around the Boston area include director’s fellow Christine Sun Kim’s “Off the Charts.”
Space Exploration Initiative
Circuit Stickers is a toolkit for crafting electronics using flexible and sticky electronic pieces. These stickers are created by printin...
Beyond the Cradle
Ten multi-disciplinary teams join MIT’s design entrepreneurship accelerator.
Paper Dreams explores how human creativity can be supported by artificial intelligence.Prior research on AI and creativity has primarily ...
Biodiversity on planet Earth is under momentous threat, with extinction rates estimated between 100 and 1,000 times their pre-human level...
Programmable Water-Based Biocomposites for Digital Design and Fabrication across ScalesAguahoja is an exploration of nature’s design spac...
Exploring new forms of social justice through art
Space/Craft explores sculpting in zero gravity. Making artistic works by hand is a fundamentally human act, but how will it transfor...
The Orbit Weaver Suit for zero gravity was designed by Media Lab Director's Fellow Andrea Lauer in collaboration with ...
Complex biological systems such as brain circuits are extended 3-D structures made out of nanoscale building blocks such as proteins, RNA...
Produced by Media Lab spinoff Graviky Labs, AIR-INK was developed by Fluid Interfaces alum Anirudh Sharma.
New adjunct associate professor combines fine arts and coding.
Engaging people in creative learning experiences
This mission included participation from several departments at MIT and outside collaborators from across the globe.
The OpenAg™ Personal Food Computer is a tabletop-sized, controlled environment agriculture technology platform that uses robotic systems ...
Congratulations to Fluid Interfaces alum Anirudh Sharma and his spinoff Graviky Labs!
The Grain Prism is a hybrid musical instrument that combines granular synthesis and live audio recordings. Presented in a capacitive touc...
Bernal, Guillermo, Lily Zhou, Haripriya Mehta, and Pattie Maes. NeurIPS Workshop on Machine Learning for Creativity and Design, December 14, 2019.
Congratulations to Cynthia Hua from the Poetic Justice group!
As bikes navigate city streets after dark, they are often equipped with lights. The lights make the bikes visible to cars or other bikers...
Berke, A., Sanchez Lengeling, T., Nawyn, J., & Larson, K. (2019, November). Bike Swarm. In Conference Companion Publication of the 2019 on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (pp. 1-4). ACM.
Currently on view at the Museum of the City of New York in the exhibition "Who We Are: Visualizing NYC by the Numbers," November 22 - Jun...
“[The wild boars] look at me like I am a visitor. It's like they’re the owners and I’m the guest. Wild animals that normally live in natu...
Please help Poetic Justice create an artwork that includes all the communities, voices, and languages of NYC.
Sparking discussion about the social, cultural, and ethical implications of emerging technologies through design and storytelling
Designing systems for cognitive enhancement
Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellow Prathima Muniyappa uses the transformative power of design to empower marginalized indigenous communities.
Advancing justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space
Aguahoja I shows how nature can help us to design new materials, highlighting the relationship between nature and technology.
InspirationSleep is a forgotten country of the mind. A vast majority of our technologies are built for our waking state, even though a th...
Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg)
Extending expression, learning, and health through innovations in musical composition, performance, and participation
“Can a man know the truth and tell it to the greatest number and still be misunderstood? Can one man be of the many and still be known?” ...
Scratch is a programming language and online community that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, games, and animations—a...
Overview: How will we build the coming generations of Space Architecture—the modules, space ships, and space stations that will ensc...
Creating technology for social change
The award recognizes outstanding contributions within the realm of scientific photography.
Transforming data into knowledge
Building socially engaging robots and interactive technologies to help people live healthier lives, connect with others, and learn better
Today, the environments that humans occupy in space are designed for survival. Humans are carefully shuttled to and from space, and durin...
"Loops" combines the work of the Lab's Synthetic Characters group, Merce Cunningham, and digital artists Paul Kaiser and Shelley Eshkar. ...
Marc Downie, Paul Kaiser, and Shelley Eshkar collaborated on Loops, an exploration of Merce Cunningham's life and work.
How to build intelligent music systems out of interacting audio-processing agents.
An exhibition at the Barbican in London features work from OpenAg, the Mediated Matter group, Joy Buolamwini, and more.
David Sun Kong discusses the mission of the Community Biotechnology Initiative on the Mass Cultural Council’s podcast.
SFMOMA has announced that Neri Oxman will receive a prestigious award this fall
Gemini—an acoustical “twin chaise"—spans multiple scales of the human existence extending from the warmth of the womb to the stretches ...
Microbes are the foundation upon which life on Earth depends: they set the boundaries of habitability for all plants and animals and crea...
The Dezeen Awards 2019 design longlist includes two projects from the Mediated Matter group.
Xiao Xiao performs La Vie En Rose and a Tang Dynasty poem on the theremin at New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME).
Postdoc Dan Novy on SciFi-preneurship, a summer series from the All Turtles Podcast.
MotivationThe need for inexpensive, reliable, 3D, 360-degree display technologies grows as augmented reality applications continue to inc...
Elowan is a cybernetic lifeform, a plant in direct dialogue with a machine. Using its own internal electrical signals, the plant is inter...
Storytelling is a fundamental way in which human beings understand the world. Imagine watching a movie telling the story of your life, ho...
Can a modified snap bracelet be used to land infrastructure on an asteroid? It is notoriously difficult to stick a landing on a low ...
Living Distance is a mission and a fantasy realized, in which a wisdom tooth is sent to outer space and back down to Earth again. Carried...
MIT’s residence hall for women and women-identifying students opens a craft studio to promote creativity and belonging.