banking and finance
internet of things
neural interfacing and control
point of care
natural language processing
sports and fitness
Looking beyond smart cities
Beyond the Cradle
Space Exploration Initiative
Extending human and computer abilities in sensing, communication, and actuation through signals and networks
Designing systems for cognitive enhancement
Envisioning the future (and challenges) of designing affordable technology-enabled mobility devices.
Systems of tiny robots may someday build high-performance structures, from airplanes to space settlements.
Inventing disruptive technologies for nanoelectronic devices and creating new paradigms for life-machine symbiosis
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
Promoting deeper learning and understanding in human networks
Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg)
This project aims to create a modular platform for exploring micro-kitchens that are culture specific. Cooking is a personal experi...
Humanity is facing thorny problems on all fronts. These folks are working to solve them—and trying to avoid the unintended consequences.
Urban populations around the world are rapidly growing. To improve livability, urban residents must reduce dependency on fossil fuels and...
Children’s creativity—the ability to come up with novel, surprising, and valuable ideas—has been known to contribute to their learning ou...
C. R. Taylor, H. G. Abramson, and H. M. Herr, “Low-Latency Tracking of Multiple
Permanent Magnets,” IEEE Sensors Journal, pp. 1–11, 2019.
Creating long-term interpersonal interaction and shared experiences with social robots Many of our current projects explore the use ...
Emotionally supportive robots improve overall team functioning!
Kate Darling and other experts consider how our interactions with robots may change the way we engage not only with robots, but also people.
Overview: How will we build the coming generations of Space Architecture—the modules, space ships, and space stations that will ensc...
The LEGO Wayfinder project combines LEGO, robotics, and seawater into a playground of project-based learning and citizen science for budd...
The design of next-generation bionic ankles and knees aims to improve bionic actuators on all metrics: range of motion, power density, ba...
Changing storytelling, communication, and everyday life through sensing, understanding, and new interface technologies
Seamlessly coupling the worlds of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation
Advance human wellbeing by developing new ways to communicate, understand, and respond to emotion
This is a joint proposal from graduate students Vik Parthiban (Media Lab) and Andrew Spielberg (MIT CSAIL, Distributed Robotics Laborator...
Three-dimensional Digital Image Correlation (3D-DIC) is a non-contact optical-numerical technique for evaluating the dynamic mechani...
Understanding social-emotional behaviors in storytelling interactions plays a critical role in the development of interactive and educati...
Exploring how social networks can influence our lives in business, health, governance, and technology adoption and diffusion
Enhancing human physical capability
S. S. Srinivasan, M. J. Carty, P. W. Calvaresi, T. R. Clites, B. E. Maimon, C. R. Taylor, A. N. Zorzos, H. Herr, On prosthetic control : A regenerative agonist-antagonist myoneural interface, 2, eaan2971 (2017).
This mission included participation from several departments at MIT and outside collaborators from across the globe.
Building socially engaging robots and interactive technologies to help people live healthier lives, connect with others, and learn better
Although there have been great advances in the control of lower extremity prostheses, transitioning between terrains such as ramps or sta...
How to build intelligent music systems out of interacting audio-processing agents.
Exploring robotic sound generation mixed with human movements on the guitar. Guitar Machine II is a robotic guitar that responds to human...
We often imagine a future world filled with robots and artificial intelligence agents, where humans share their civilization with sentie...
An affective robotic ring which allows users to interact with multiple robots using finger gestures.- Runs on Robotic Operating System (R...
Core77 reports on the Fluid Interfaces group’s work in cyborg botany.
Elowan is a cybernetic lifeform, a plant in direct dialogue with a machine. Using its own internal electrical signals, the plant is inter...
“A plant absorbing water acts as a natural motor, their photosynthesis as optoelectronics, their growth as a 3D printer, and so on.”
Living Distance is a mission and a fantasy realized, in which a wisdom tooth is sent to outer space and back down to Earth again. Carried...
The OpenAg™ Personal Food Computer is a tabletop-sized, controlled environment agriculture technology platform that uses robotic systems ...
Affective Computing head Rosalind Picard talks to IEEE Computer Society for their series on careers in computing.
Maiden Flight is an autonomous biological laboratory environment designed for studying the impact of space flight on the sole reproductiv...
Most countries are projected to see the number of people ages 65 and older surpass the population under the age of 15 by 2050. The limita...
Plants can sense the environment, other living entities and regenerate, actuate or grow in response. Our interaction and communicati...
On May 2nd, 2019 we launched three TESSERAE v2 hardware tiles into space and back! They rode to just over 100km (past the Karman line) on...
Center for Extreme Bionics
Recent advances in artificial limbs have resulted in the provision of powered ankle and knee function for lower extremity amputees and po...
The human ankle provides a significant amount of net positive work during the stance period of walking, especially at moderate to fast wa...
Optogenetic techniques have recently been applied to peripheral nerves as a scientific tool with the translatable go...
Nerve-Muscle Graft Chamber and micro-channel arrays tor interface to peripheral nerves for prosthesis control. This research effort ...
Mechanical, electrical, and dynamic control systems recreate biological behavior with synthetic hardware.
Robots today can be made of various materials; we are no longer limited to heavy metal parts and assemblies. This project explores "...
Castello Ferrer, E., Hardjono, T., Pentland, Alex ('Sandy'). (2019, April 22). Secure and secret cooperation of robotic swarms by using Merkle trees. Retrieved from https://arxiv.org/pdf/1904.09266
SPRING is a custom-built hardware and software platform for children with neuro-differences. The system automates data acquisition, optim...
A learning framework for secure, decentralized, computationally efficient data and model sharing among multiple robot units installed at...
Swarms of robots will revolutionize many applications, from targeted material delivery to farming. However, the characteristics that make...
We introduce SkinBot: a lightweight robot that moves over the skin's surface with a two-legged suction-based locomotion mechanism and cap...
This collection of Tod Machover’s music focuses on chamber and orchestral music composed during the last decade, both with and without el...
Printflatables is a design and fabrication system for human-scale, functional and dynamic inflatable objects. The user begins with specif...
Integrating sensors and actuators using flexible electronicsCurrently, the manufacturing of self-actuating and self-sensing robots requir...
Early literacy plays an important role in a child's future. However, the reality is that over 57 million children have no access to a sch...
The brain is a three-dimensional, densely-wired circuit that computes via large sets of widely distributed neurons interacting at fast ti...
Did you know that submarines today still cannot wirelessly communicate with airplanes? For decades, communicating between underwater and ...
TurboTrack is a 3D localization system for fine-grained robotic tasks, with unique capability to localize backscatter nodes with sub-cent...