learning + teaching
neural interfacing and control
banking and finance
natural language processing
internet of things
sports and fitness
Exploring how social networks can influence our lives in business, health, governance, and technology adoption and diffusion
Advancing justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space
Enhancing human physical capability
Designing Systems for Cognitive Support
MACH, My Automated Conversation coacH, is a system for people to practice social interactions in face-to-face scenarios. MACH consists of a…
Ancient textiles have played a major role in the social, economic, and religious structures of communities around the world. Iconic, indige…
Invent new tangible and embodied interactions that inspire and engage people
There are currently UROP openings for this project. AttentivU is a device, in the form factor of a pair of gla…
Humanizing Agent-Based Models (h-ABM) emerges as a pioneering technique to simulate real-world behaviors, aiming to seamlessly bridge …
Making the invisible visible–inside our bodies, around us, and beyond–for health, work, and connection
Looking beyond smart cities
MIT City Science has developed an international network of cooperative City Science LabsWe are developing concepts and key technology that …
The City Science Lab@Guadalajara is a collaboration with the University of Guadalajara (UdeG), a network composed of 15 campuses within the…
What would it be like if we could see our movement? Illuminate (2023, Chelsi Alise Cocking) is an interactive art installation in whic…
Designing tools, methods and systems that connect rather than divide us to create a healthier society
Imagine a personal AI agent that you can converse with naturally about your friends and family, helping you remember previous topics you’ve…
This work was presented at the ACM CHI 2023 conference. By Joanne Leong, Florian Perteneder, Muhender Raj Rajvee, and…
Future Worlds | Design and action for the future we want to live in
Working with leading neuroscientist Richard Davidson and the Healthy Minds Institute, we are developing objective biomarkers to interpret a…
The increasing prevalence of large-scale labor aggregation platforms, worker analytics, and algorithmic decision-making by management raise…
People and intelligent machines in a creative, symbiotic loop
Cultivating Creativity | Catalyzing a global movement enabling everyone to unlock
and unleash their individual and collective creativity
Building intelligent personified technologies that collaborate with people to help them learn, thrive, and flourish.
Despite technology's ability to connect people across geographic divides and give them dedicated platforms for self-expression, today's so…
Kumar, I. K. (2023). FOSTERING WELL-BEING: Designing Technology to Improve the Psychological Well-being of Foster-Involved Youth (thesis).
A Virtual Platform for Bridging the Climate Science Communication GapEarth Mission Control (EMC) - is an immersive visualization platform f…
A paper led by Ehsan Hoque, alum of the Affective Computing group, receives UbiComp's 10-Years Impact Award.
Space Exploration Initiative
Multiple projects related to the theme of how digital systems may support attention, memory, and optimal performance.
OmniFiber is a reconfigurable fiber technology for movement-based interactions based on thin fluidic fiber actuators with closed-loop strai…
Advancing human wellbeing by developing new ways to communicate, understand, and respond to emotion
Through an embodied, spatial audio experience, Collective Echos makes tangible a living library of human experiences.In the face of intensi…
Engaging people in creative learning experiences
Latent Lab - Navigating Innovation: Interactive Data Exploration & InspirationLatent Lab is an AI-driven, graphical knowledge expl…
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
A tool for exploring the Media Lab’s research and synthesizing new project ideas.
AbstractAs conversational agents powered by large language models become more human-like, users are starting to view them as companions rat…
Connected Mind + Body | Revolutionizing the future of mental and physical wellbeing
InspirationSleep is a forgotten country of the mind. A vast majority of our technologies are built for our waking state, even though a thir…
The Power of WITHOUT is a research theme in the City Science group. The theme proposes that heavy infrastructure solutions are not financia…
Exploring the essence of code as a creative medium
Extending expression, learning, and health through innovations in musical composition, performance, and participation
During facilitated small-group conversations, facilitators have to manage many tasks, including handling the technology, managin…
Decentralized Society | Architecting the new internet for the good of the people
The Joy Branch project explores different user interfaces to allow parrots to shape their sonic environment. Animal agency—contr…
Life with AI | Designing the future of smart systems to improve the human experience
The most meaningful connections between people are often formed through expression of shared vulnerability and emotional experiences. Despi…
We take as a starting point for our work the recent scholarship by Sasha Costanza-Chock, Design Justice, in which she described design jus…
Study shows users can be primed to believe certain things about an AI chatbot’s motives, which influences their interactions with the bot.
Pataranutaporn, P., Liu, R., Finn, E. et al. Influencing human–AI interaction by priming beliefs about AI can increase perceived trustworthiness, empathy and effectiveness. Nat Mach Intell (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s42256-023-00720-7
City Science researchers are developing a slew of tangible and digital platforms dedicated to solving spatial design and urban planning cha…
Project shares ways to create community around design equity, ethics, and justice.
Many community organizations want to engage in conversations with their constituents but lack the support they need to analyze feedback. Mo…
Media Lab Professor Alex 'Sandy' Pentland, MIT CSAIL Director Daniela Rus, and Prof. Josh Tenenbaum discuss the future of intelligence.
For BBC Science Focus, Media Lab research scientist Dr. Kate Darling considers the potential harms of mistreating robots.
The NIH reports on research from the Fluid Interfaces group and Harvard Medical School investigating the effect of naps on creativity.
With Ghost in the Machine, alum Misha Sra and collaborator Purav Bhardwaj invite participants to consider the anthropomorphization of AI,
The Washington Post reports on research from the Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces group & Harvard Medical School that naps could aid creativity.
Sharifa Alghowinem, a research scientist at the Media Lab, explores personal robot technology that explains emotions in English and Arabic.
The Clubhouse provides a creative and safe out-of-school learning environment where young people from underserved communities around the wo…
Public libraries are one of most trusted public institutions in the U.S. and increasingly provide a broad range of education services, rang…
Several of our projects aim to support learning and creativity. While some systems focus on a specific skill to be strengthened, e.g.,…
With the emergence of social robots in people’s daily lives, their interactions with people need to consider not only engaging with in…
This project was produced as part of the 2021 Snap Creative Challenge, focused on "The Future of Co-located Social AR."Wem…
The KALM project consists of a multimodal dataset and a wearable system for managing anxiety. With this set of tools we aim to make n…