banking and finance
internet of things
neural interfacing and control
natural language processing
point of care
sports and fitness
Making the invisible visible–inside our bodies, around us, and beyond–for health, work, and connection
Exploring the essence of code as a creative medium
Exploring new forms of social justice through art
Advancing justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space
Space Exploration Initiative
Charlene Xia is a Media Lab alum now pursuing a PhD in MIT Mechanical Engineering, combining her passions for food and sustainability.
Artificial intelligence is top-of-mind as Governor Baker, President Reif encourage students to “see yourself in STEM.”
“Us” aims to help people develop their sense of empathy. It uses machine learning to analyze interlocutors’ signals (e.g., tone of voice,...
A lightweight research platform to develop autonomous technology Designed to transform bicycle-sharing systems into an on-demand mob...
Looking beyond smart cities
Advancing human wellbeing by developing new ways to communicate, understand, and respond to emotion
We are working to build technology that interfaces with the sleeping mind. As the dreamer descends into sleep, we track different sl...
Our body and mind relate in ways which are extraordinarily enigmatic and seemingly incomprehensible. Recent findings exemplify this by sh...
Inventing, building, and deploying wireless sensor technologies to address complex problems in society, industry, and ecology
In recent years, there has been an increase in low-cost and open-source electronic and chemical sensors that hobbyists, concerned citizen...
On Earth, morning, noon, and night have their own specific meanings. The feeling of a second or a minute passing by, the shortening of th...
Humans can accurately sense the position, speed, and torque of their limbs, even with their eyes shut. This sense, known as proprioceptio...
Seamlessly coupling the worlds of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation
Gravity Proof is a performance and mission to prepare and cook bread in space. Inspired by ancient recipes and archaeological bread ...
Digital Currency Initiative
Promoting deeper learning and understanding in human networks
Converting the patterns of nature and the human body into beneficial signals and energy
Research finds Covid-19-related lockdowns led to a marked reduction in walking in lower-income areas of major metropolises.
By leveraging algorithms and unorthodox data sources, an MIT researcher has made Valencia a Covid-19 data pioneer
Opera of the Future PhD candidate Nicole L'Huillier discusses her multimedia artwork with WBUR.
A new multidisciplinary field of public health technology should be established to modernize the nation’s health system.
It is known that prolonged exposure to micro and hyper-gravity induces various acute health risks, such as osteoporosis, skeletal muscle ...
Vegas, A., et al. Combinatorial hydrogel library enables identification of materials that mitigate the foreign body response in primates., Nature Biotechnology, 34: 345-352, 2016. PMCID: PMC4904301
The design of next-generation bionic ankles and knees aims to improve bionic actuators on all metrics: range of motion, power density, ba...
When imagining human life in space, how will we express our humanity and creativity in an alien environment? Can the art we make both ref...
The 2021 event, held in Kresge Auditorium and streamed live, was an unmistakable sign that MIT’s campus is up and running.
A proof of concept demonstration for a voxel-based reconfigurable space structure based on electromagnetically actuated picosatellites. I...
Sandy Pentland discusses national digital currencies and trade platforms, and how they could upend today's geopolitical hierarchies.
The MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, MIT Media Lab’s Community Biotechnology Initiative, and MilliporeSigma—the lif...
When you’re blind, you can’t hear when someone smiles, much less figure out whether that smile is genuine or polite. But I’m learning.
The Interplanetary Gastronomy research aims to address the unique challenges and opportunities associated with eating in...
Engaging people in creative learning experiences
Read (in Japanese) about "Machinoia: Machine of Multiple Me,” an art project created by Fluid Interfaces student Pat Pataranutaporn.
Fluid Interfaces head Pattie Maes and researcher Pat Pataranutaporn discuss the ethical implications of deepfake technology.
We are leveraging current Wireless Sensor Network technology to develop an easily deployable, and inexpensive wireless sensor (LunarWSN) ...
Pattie Maes talks about optimizing technology to be used by people, through fluid, interactive, immersive, and wearable systems.
Spinoff Tulip, an E14 Fund company founded by alumni Natan Linder and Rony Kubat, has received a new round of investment financing.
Spinoff Elroy Air, an E14 Fund company founded by alum David Merrill and Clint Cope, has announced a $40 million Series A funding round.
Cultivating wisdom through evolutionary and ecological engineering
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
Enhancing human physical capability
Living in space could have significant physical and mental impacts on astronauts. Wearables have the potential to play a critical role in...
Wax-based hybrid rocket propellants, including paraffin (common candlewax) and beeswax show promise as high-performing hybrid rocket prop...
The Space Exploration Initiative supports research across and beyond MIT in two microgravity flights this spring.
Ever wish you could toss your folded up tent and have it self-assemble mid-air? Well...you can. In a zero gravity environment.Self ...
Traditional additive manufacturing processes, especially those that make use of liquid resin as the feedstock, are constrained by the gra...
By Larissa Zhou and Adam ZacharFood is crucial to maintaining the physical and psychological health of humans in space. Eating food ...
By Nancy Valladares and Rae Yuping HsuThis project is an art performance that seeks to rethink imaginaries of multispecies surv...
The Miniature Optical Steered Antenna for Intersatellite Communications (MOSAIC)By Shreeyam KackerThe Miniature Optical Steered Ante...
Solid-state microfrabricated devices are in development to replace contemporary heavy mechanical components for use in spacecraft propell...
How did life originate? Nobody knows. Life might not even be native to our Earth - it might have come from asteroids or the interstellar ...
By Somayajulu Dhulipala and Manwei ChanAs humanity explores deeper into space, long-duration missions will require horticulture activitie...
By Rachel BellisleThe Gravity Loading Countermeasure Skinsuit (or “Skinsuit”) is an intravehicular activity suit for astronauts that has ...
By Po-Hao ChiHow could microgravity/hypergravity shape our perceptual experience of listening with weightlessness? How can we seek to exp...
The Space Sustainability RatingNews Updates!The Space Sustainability Rating design team—comprised of the World Economic Forum, the Europe...
Space Enabled director Danielle Wood talks about applying space technologies to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
Supported by the Space Exploration Initiative, the student-run HUMANS project aims to increase global representation in space.
Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence
Ariel Ekblaw spoke at the Chautauqua Institution about her novel space architecture ideas and a call for more dialogue on space ethics.
The Tidmarsh Living Observatory Portal is a research project that focuses on the design and fabrication of a pavilion that will gene...
Designing for, with, and by nature
MIT researchers are co-leading the design of a global Space Sustainability Rating system that will soon be operational.
Forbes highlights spinoff Figur8 and its most recent funding round, which raised $12 million.
Knitting is an established textile manufacturing technique that has been pervasive in the garment and technical fabrics industry. In comp...