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
Cultivating wisdom through evolutionary and ecological engineering
Changing storytelling, communication, and everyday life through sensing, understanding, and new interface technologies
Looking beyond smart cities
Space Exploration Initiative
Urban populations around the world are rapidly growing. To improve livability, urban residents must reduce dependency on fossil fuels and...
We already have all the tools we need to fix climate change. We just need to use them.
Beyond the Cradle
Programmable Water-Based Biocomposites for Digital Design and Fabrication across ScalesAguahoja is an exploration of nature’s design spac...
Kevin Esvelt and other experts discuss potential technological approaches to combating mosquito-borne diseases.
Produced by Media Lab spinoff Graviky Labs, AIR-INK was developed by Fluid Interfaces alum Anirudh Sharma.
How does one scientist deal with the potential ramifications of his own creation?
The aim of this project is to create an open source digital library with open data sets that cross link phenotypic response in plant...
The LEGO Wayfinder project combines LEGO, robotics, and seawater into a playground of project-based learning and citizen science for budd...
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!
Neil Gaikwad, a PhD student in the Media Lab's Space Enabled research group, has received the GSC Graduate Teaching Award, an Institute A...
Neri Oxman, Abrima Erwiah, Tracy Reese, Gabriela Hearst, Eileen Fisher, Karina Givargisoff addressed the issue at UN Women USA event.
Ufuoma Ovienmhada discusses her work using satellite data to help manage invasive water hyacinth in Benin.
All over Africa, experts use satellite Earth Observation (EO) data for applications such as monitoring crop health or assessing the risk ...
In nature, hair has numerous functions such as providing warmth, adhesion, locomotion, sensing, and a sense of touch, as well as its well...
Designing systems for cognitive enhancement
Danielle Wood discusses the satellite technology research and other work underway in her Space Enabled research group.
Advancing justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space
Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg)
Andorra and the City Science research group at the MIT Media Lab are taking on the challenge of turning Andorra into an “Internationally ...
Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne infection in North America. People are infected when bitten by ticks; ticks are typically in...
City Science researchers are developing a slew of tangible and digital platforms dedicated to solving spatial design and urban planning c...
Humanity is facing thorny problems on all fronts. These folks are working to solve them—and trying to avoid the unintended consequences.
Noah Wilson-Rich suggests that urban beekeeping might play a role in revitalizing both a city and a species.
Bees are dying off in record numbers, but ecologist Noah Wilson-Rich is interested in something else: Where are bees healthy and thriving?
Creating technology for social change
The Māori of Aotearoa (New Zealand) have a long and deep connection to their island and ocean ecosystem. Concepts such as ...
Microbes are the foundation upon which life on Earth depends: they set the boundaries of habitability for all plants and animals and crea...
Summer’s great indoor-temperature debate rages on.
Reimagining human cooperation in the age of social media and artificial intelligence
Elowan is a cybernetic lifeform, a plant in direct dialogue with a machine. Using its own internal electrical signals, the plant is inter...
Joi Ito calls for responsible stewardship of the commons beyond our planet.
Anirudh Sharma was at a conference in India when he noticed black particles accumulating on his white shirt.
About 45 minutes of diesel car pollution reaps 30 milliliters of AIR-INK, now on display at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
More ocean data has been collected in the last two years than in all previous years combined, and we are on a path to continue to break t...
Climate change is going to alter the environments that we depend on in myriad ways. We're using data to identify and quantify these poten...
Living Observatory is an initiative for documenting and interpreting ecological change that will allow people, individually and collectiv...
Doppelmarsh is a cross-reality sensor data browser built for experimenting with presence and multimodal sensory experiences. Built on evo...
Two of the most important traits of environmental hazards today are their invisibility and the fact that they are experienced by communit...
ArtBoat is a tool for communities to make collaborative light paintings in public spaces and reimagine the future of their cities. ...
Descending into the dark sea is like exploring deep space.
EEEeb Spring 2019: Urban OceansMarch 24, April 7 and 21, May 19, June 2 To register, please visit this lin...
We now have more challenging choices to make than simply whether to be vegan, pescatarian or carnivore, thanks to technology.
The 2017 and 2018 fires in California were the air quality equivalent of the Daiichi nuclear disaster.
Global climate change is projected to change our planet this century and beyond.
Creating sociotechnical systems that shape our urban environments
The deep sea is the common heritage of all of humankind and we must all share in the responsibility to be good stewards of it.
OpenAg is committed to changing the way the world thinks about farming and food—and we need your help! As an open source project, we beli...
View the main City Science Andorra project profile.
Seventy percent of nations have deep-sea environments within their maritime Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs), yet only 16 percent of them ...
Tree is a virtual experience that transforms you into a rainforest tree. With your arms as branches and body as the trunk, you experience...
Climate change presents a grave threat to overall human well-being, including mental health.
Add deadly car crashes and food safety risks — and the officials overseeing them — to the list of things affected by climate change.
Effects of environmental stressors on daily governance, Nick Obradovich, Dustin Tingley, Iyad Rahwan
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Aug 2018, 201803765; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1803765115
If we are unable to adapt to climate change, it may amplify the marginal gap between citizen need and government assistance.
An Alternative Autonomous Revolution System design for emerging urban contexts and societal aspirationsThe Persuasive Electric Vehic...
Mission Wildlife is a research collaboration between San Diego Zoo Global and the MIT Center for Civic Media to explore the pot...
The Safecast has revolutionized citizen science.