banking and finance
internet of things
neural interfacing and control
sports and fitness
point of care
natural language processing
Advancing justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space
Looking beyond smart cities
Inventing, building, and deploying wireless sensor technologies to address complex problems in society, industry, and ecology
Read the preliminary report from the Living Observatory at Tidmarsh on the benefits of restoration projects on four cranberry farms in MA.
Space Exploration Initiative
The Power of WITHOUT is a research theme in the City Science group. The theme proposes that heavy infrastructure solutions are not financ...
Building intelligent personified technologies that collaborate with people to help them learn, thrive, and flourish.
Special Announcement: Call for Letters of Intent to Operate the Space Sustainability RatingThe Consortium Designing the Space Sustainabi...
Can we build a battery-free underwater GPS? While underwater localization is a long-studied problem, we seek to bring it to ba...
Designing systems for cognitive enhancement
Lighting conditions in an indoor environment have been shown to affect our cognition and behaviors in a variety of ways. On average, we s...
Overview: The outermost skin of a space-based structure is designed using materials known to protect against the harsh elements of space....
Project Captivate have been designed to serve as an easy and reliable platform to measure physiology in the real world. We've des...
We present Piezo-Acoustic Backscatter (PAB), the first technology that enables backscatter networking in underwater environments. PAB rel...
Space research, led by a diverse team of women scientists, will be presented at this year's AIAA Ascend Conference.
Building an open, shared, and collaborative future of lunar exploration.Explore the Lunar Open Architecture (LOA) at loa.mit.edu.&nb...
The environmental conditions of prolonged spaceflight pose significant psychological risks for astronauts. In particular, crews of future...
Programmable Water-Based Biocomposites for Digital Design and Fabrication across ScalesAguahoja is an exploration of nature’s design spac...
Wax-based hybrid rocket propellants, including paraffin (common candlewax) and beeswax show promise as high-performing hybrid rocket prop...
Enhancing human physical capability
An inventor of CRISPR-based gene drive has some advice to improve science, ethics, and the life-saving potential of these technologies.
Kevin Esvelt and other experts talk about the risks and possible benefits of using gene drives to eliminate diseases and invasive species.
To oceanographer Katy Croff Bell, the seas’ uncharted depths are full of opportunities to engage women and people of color in science.
New approach could spark an era of battery-free ocean exploration, with applications ranging from marine conservation to aquaculture.
Urban populations around the world are rapidly growing. To improve livability, urban residents must reduce dependency on fossil fuels and...
We present the design, implementation, and evaluation of 𝑈2𝐵, a technology that enables scalable ad ultra-low power ocean IoT. At t...
A new device extracts energy from ambient noise
Creating scalable technologies that evolve with user inventiveness
All over Africa, experts use satellite Earth Observation (EO) data for applications such as monitoring crop health or assessing the risk ...
Neil Gaikwad, a PhD student in the Media Lab's Space Enabled research group, has received the GSC Graduate Teaching Award, an Institute A...
Seamlessly coupling the worlds of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation
We are leveraging current Wireless Sensor Network technology to develop an easily deployable, and inexpensive wireless sensor (LunarWSN) ...
Exploring how social networks can influence our lives in business, health, governance, and technology adoption and diffusion
MIT received two Convergence Accelerator grants from the NSF—one of which is for the Smart Oceans 2020 conference co-hosted by the Media Lab
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
Designing for, with, and by nature
Creating technology for social change
Changing storytelling, communication, and everyday life through sensing, understanding, and new interface technologies
Biological Carbon Pump (BCP), which refers to the transport of particulate organic carbon (POC) from the ocean’s surface to the bottom, d...
Cultivating wisdom through evolutionary and ecological engineering
Reimagining human cooperation in the age of social media and artificial intelligence
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...
The LEGO Wayfinder project combines LEGO, robotics, and seawater into a playground of project-based learning and citizen science for budd...
The aim of this project is to create an open source digital library with open data sets that cross link phenotypic response in plant...
Regenerative agriculture, or “carbon farming,” is the use of agricultural practices and crops that draw down excess atmospheric carbon th...
TransparenSea is an AI system that uses video from tuna longline vessels as input to identify dangerous fishing practices while at sea.Co...
Tidmarsh is a 600-acre former cranberry farm near Plymouth, MA that has undergone a restoration to wetland. We have instrumented the site...
Drawing inspiration from the notion of cognitive incongruence associated with Stroop's famous experiment, from musical principles, and fr...
An astronaut's ability to leverage the sense of touch is substantially reduced when wearing a protective, pressurized spacesuit. We imagi...
Microbial monitoring plays a critical role in informing governments, researchers, and locals on the health of their ecosystem. Unfo...
New generative AI technologies (such as the Generative Adversarial Network, or GAN) can allow us to imagine new species. Hidden within th...
Two of the most important traits of environmental hazards today are their invisibility and the fact that they are experienced by communit...
The Tidmarsh Living Observatory Portal is a research project that focuses on the design and fabrication of a pavilion that will gene...
City Science researchers are developing a slew of tangible and digital platforms dedicated to solving spatial design and urban planning c...
Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg)
The OpenAg™ Personal Food Computer is a tabletop-sized, controlled environment agriculture technology platform that uses robotic systems ...
Aguahoja—a winner of Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards—rethinks the paradigm of recycling.
Sound and space are fundamentally intertwined, at both a physical and perceptual level. Sound radiates from vibrating materials, fillin...
"Space belongs to all countries—every country deserves equal opportunities to pursue scientific achievement for societal benefit."
Team Pulse of the Ocean becomes an Explorer Prize winner in the DISCOVER Competition—the first stage of the Ocean Observing Prize.
Esvelt's career has gone from straight science into ethics and safety.
How biologist Kevin Esvelt came to know the planet, in his own words.
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...
Beyond the Cradle