banking and finance
internet of things
neural interfacing and control
point of care
sports and fitness
natural language processing
Space Exploration Initiative
Extending human and computer abilities in sensing, communication, and actuation through signals and networks
Exploring how social networks can influence our lives in business, health, governance, and technology adoption and diffusion
MIT Governance Lab and the Institute for Governance Reform work with the government of Sierra Leone to conduct rapid-response surveys.
New issues in privacy debate with technology and contact-tracing.
Promoting deeper learning and understanding in human networks
Safe Paths is an MIT-led, free, open source technology that enables jurisdictions and individuals to maximize privacy, while also ma...
Let’s jumpstart a new infrastructure for industry, health, learning, and the people.
We present Piezo-Acoustic Backscatter (PAB), the first technology that enables backscatter networking in underwater environments. PAB rel...
It’s not about your wireless or cable bill, it’s about your right to learn.
Designing systems for cognitive enhancement
China, South Korea used smartphone apps to monitor people with the disease. Americans have different views of privacy and data collection.
Making the invisible visible–inside our bodies, around us, and beyond–for health, work, and connection
Reimagining human cooperation in the age of social media and artificial intelligence
A novel acoustic-based backscatter design offers an innovative scheme for underwater energy harvesting and data transmission.
"There's got to be a better way to share space and work together remotely—but computers or phones may not be the right tools."
Creating scalable technologies that evolve with user inventiveness
Changing storytelling, communication, and everyday life through sensing, understanding, and new interface technologies
AlterEgo is a non-invasive, wearable, peripheral neural interface that allows humans to converse in natural language with mach...
The relationship between news content and its presentation has been a long-studied problem in the communications domain. Often, chan...
Today’s assistive communication devices are far from perfect. Using state of the art small, wearable sensors and powerful machine learnin...
Creating technology for social change
Transforming data into knowledge
For people who can’t speak out loud due to illness or injury, AlterEgo might return their ability to communicate in real time.
This is a grassroots challenge to get friends to participate in democracy by making calls to congresspeople in all 50 states. Live phone ...
Emotional content is an important part of language. There are many use cases now showing that natural language processing is becoming an ...
Real-time collaborative self-expression in virtual reality
Collective memory and attention are sustained by two channels: oral communication (communicative memory) and the physical recording of in...
Did you know that submarines today still cannot wirelessly communicate with airplanes? For decades, communicating between underwater and ...
Civic Entertainment is a project based at the Center for Civic Media that explores the intersection of civic engagement with film, televi...
Communicating a message through entertainment can be difficult, because you have to be careful not to preach to the audience.
LeakyPhones is a public/private headset that was designed to encourage face-to-face interactions, curiosity, and healthier ...
Rhythm is a collection of open-source tools to make it easier for researchers to examine, analyze, and augment human interaction. Rh...
César Hidalgo considers the role technology plays in how people and events enter, and fade from, collective memory.
We asked futurists, tech execs, academics, researchers, and a sci-fi writer to imagine our tech-driven society in 20 years.
Fadel Adib is one of 25 recipients of the Office of Naval Research's 2019 Young Investigator Awards, and the only awardee from MIT.
What if we could look at the entire history of humanity at once? Pantheon aims to create a data-driven view of history by collecting...
Enhancing mobile life through improved user interactions
BBC: New tech lets submarines 'email' planesFox News: Submarine breakthrough: MIT develops wireless system to let subs communicate with p...
PubPub reinvents publication to align with the way the web was designed: collaborative, evolving, and open. PubPub uses a graphical forma...
People express and communicate their mental states–such as emotions, thoughts, and desires–through facial expressions, vocal nuances, ges...
Travis Rich, MIT PhD Thesis, 2017
Responsive Science is a way of conducting research that invites openness and community involvement from the earliest stages of each proje...
FiftyNifty.org takes the hassle out of calling your lawmakers.
Elisa Celis, Peter Krafft, and Nathan Kobe. (2016). Sequential Voting Promotes Collective Discovery in Social Recommendation Systems. The Tenth International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM).
Wang, Q., Gao, J., Zhou, T., Hu, Z., & Tian, H. (2016). Critical size of ego communication networks. EPL (Europhysics Letters), 114(5), 58004.
Modern web presentations such as Youtube feature videos with commentary appended at the bottom. In our new imagining of Videotext, we put...
Reach merges inherently local communications with user requests or offers of services. It is built atop data from services users already ...
DbDb (pronounced DubDub) is a collaborative, visually based analysis and simulation platform. We promote open distribution of experimenta...
Comm.unity is a platform that implements a wireless, device-to-device information system that bypasses the need for any centralized serve...