learning + teaching
neural interfacing and control
banking and finance
natural language processing
internet of things
sports and fitness
Looking beyond smart cities
Designing tools, methods and systems that connect rather than divide us to create a healthier society
Future Worlds | Design and action for the future we want to live in
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.
Space Exploration Initiative
Inventing, building, and deploying wireless sensor technologies to address complex problems in society, industry, and ecology
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
Connected Mind + Body | Revolutionizing the future of mental and physical wellbeing
Exploring how social networks can influence our lives in business, health, governance, and technology adoption and diffusion
Decentralized Society | Architecting the new internet for the good of the people
Life with AI | Designing the future of smart systems to improve the human experience
Van-Atta Acoustic Backscatter (VAB) is the first technology for ultra-low-power underwater networking and communication, which can transmit…
Swarms of robots will revolutionize many applications, from targeted material delivery to farming. However, the characteristics that make t…
Yuan, Y., Jahani, E., Zhao, S. et al. Implications of COVID-19 vaccination heterogeneity in mobility networks. Commun Phys 6, 206 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s42005-023-01325-7
Digital Currency Initiative
Promoting deeper learning and understanding in human networks
Mayton, Brian, et al. "The networked sensory landscape: Capturing and experiencing ecological change across scales." PRESENCE: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments 26.2 (2017): 182-209.
Newly published research shows that a focus on sharing can make it harder for social media users to tell whether content is accurate.
Transforming data into knowledge
Michael Schrage considers the past, present, and future of recommendation engines, including Pattie Maes's advances in software agents.
SensorNets: Towards Reconfigurable Multifunctional Fine-grained Soft and Stretchable Electronic Skins.SensorNets is a bioin…
Ziv Epstein talks about his latest research project, which will attempt to "map the networks of cooperation and serendipity at Burning Man."
Reimagining human cooperation in the age of social media and artificial intelligence
Creating technology for social change
In Wired, Deb Roy, director of the MIT CCC, and postdoc Nabeel Gillani make the case for "you-are-here" maps for the internet.
He was recognized for his innovative contributions to wireless sensing and for networking advances in challenging environments.
Living Observatory is an initiative for documenting and interpreting ecological change that will allow people, individually and collectivel…
Boroushaki, Tara, et al. "Robotic Grasping of Fully-Occluded Objects using RF Perception." IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2021).
The current system of scientific recognition and funding has significant bias towards work published in the top few percent of journal…
Can robots find and grasp hidden objects?Robots are not capable of handling tasks as simple as restocking grocery store shelves as th…
We present Piezo-Acoustic Backscatter (PAB), the first technology that enables backscatter networking in underwater environments. PAB relie…
As bikes navigate city streets after dark, they are often equipped with lights. The lights make the bikes visible to cars or other bikers, …
We present the design, implementation, and evaluation of 𝑈2𝐵, a technology that enables scalable ad ultra-low power ocean IoT. At the…
A new device extracts energy from ambient noise
As of August 2020, Ring has active partnerships with over 1400 law enforcement agencies across the US. These partnerships allow law enforce…
In “normal” times, the process of voting can be confusing enough for many Americans -- from whether and where they’re registered, to absent…
PubPub reinvents publication to align with the way the web was designed: collaborative, evolving, and open. PubPub uses a graphical format …
How radical new collaborations will catalyze a revolution in health.
Predicting Urban Performance through Behavioral Patterns in Temporal Telecom DataThis study explores a novel method to analyze diverse beha…
Measuring Cooperation at Scale
Did you know that submarines today still cannot wirelessly communicate with airplanes? For decades, communicating between underwater and th…
Tidmarsh is a 600-acre former cranberry farm near Plymouth, MA that has undergone a restoration to wetland. We have instrumented the site w…
A. L. Alfeo et al., "Urban Swarms: A new approach for autonomous waste management," 2019 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Montreal, QC, Canada, 2019, pp. 4233-4240.
A novel acoustic-based backscatter design offers an innovative scheme for underwater energy harvesting and data transmission.
By Dell Cameron and Dhruv MehrotraAs reporters raced this summer to bring new details of Ring’s law enforcement contracts to…
INSPIRE: Intelligence Never Seeks Perfection, Instead Requires Effort.Stories help us expand our sense of what's possible: by hearing from …
The RadioTalk corpus includes speech recognition transcripts sampled from talk radio broadcasts in the United States between October of 201…
How to build intelligent music systems out of interacting audio-processing agents.
Burning Man is a magical place that gets the best of human creativity and collaboration to flourish. To further understand what makes this …
A learning framework for secure, decentralized, computationally efficient data and model sharing among multiple robot units installed at m…
This project aims to show a different picture of the data behind the news, looking at how we analyze, represent, and interact with it. …
Data Fusion for Dynamic Traffic PredictionTraffic congestion has huge negative impacts on the productivity, health and personal lives …
Modern cities have to respond to the growing demands of more efficient and sustainable urban development, as well as an increased quality o…
We’re in a modern Cambrian era, sorting through an explosion of technologies enabled by the Internet.
We asked futurists, tech execs, academics, researchers, and a sci-fi writer to imagine our tech-driven society in 20 years.