learning + teaching
neural interfacing and control
banking and finance
natural language processing
internet of things
sports and fitness
Designing Systems for Cognitive Support
Ultrasound-induced transdermal drug delivery (sonophoresis) has long lingered in the by-lanes of academic and industrial research, and has …
Facemasks are used to reduce exposure to viruses and other environmental hazards such as air pollution, and integrating wearable electronic…
Advancing justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space
There are currently UROP openings for this project. AttentivU is a device, in the form factor of a pair of gla…
Converting the patterns of nature and the human body into beneficial signals and energy
Making the invisible visible–inside our bodies, around us, and beyond–for health, work, and connection
Looking beyond smart cities
Enhancing human physical capability
The environmental conditions of prolonged spaceflight pose significant psychological risks for astronauts. In particular, crews of future …
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
Advancing human wellbeing by developing new ways to communicate, understand, and respond to emotion
Engaging people in creative learning experiences
Engineering at the limits of complexity with molecular-scale parts
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
Cultivating wisdom through evolutionary and ecological engineering
Connected Mind + Body | Revolutionizing the future of mental and physical wellbeing
Living in space could have significant physical and mental impacts on astronauts. Wearables have the potential to play a critical role in m…
Exploring how social networks can influence our lives in business, health, governance, and technology adoption and diffusion
InspirationSleep is a forgotten country of the mind. A vast majority of our technologies are built for our waking state, even though a thir…
Extending expression, learning, and health through innovations in musical composition, performance, and participation
Decentralized Society | Architecting the new internet for the good of the people
The Space Sustainability RatingThe Space Sustainability Rating design team—comprised of the World Economic Forum, the European Space Agency…
Life with AI | Designing the future of smart systems to improve the human experience
Prolonged exposure to microgravity is known to cause various acute health risks, including muscle atrophy, bone loss, cardiovascular decon…
On "The Loh Down on Science," host Sandra Tsing Loh reports on research from the Conformable Decoders group.
With Ghost in the Machine, alum Misha Sra and collaborator Purav Bhardwaj invite participants to consider the anthropomorphization of AI,
Recent advances in medications for neurodegenerative disorders are expanding opportunities for improving the debilitating symptoms suffered…
Wax-based hybrid rocket propellants, including paraffin (common candlewax) and beeswax show promise as high-performing hybrid rocket propel…
We build technologies that interface with the sleeping mind. We track different sleep-stages using brain activity, muscle tensio…
Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne infection in North America. People are infected when bitten by ticks; ticks are typically infe…
In recent years, there has been an increase in low-cost and open-source electronic and chemical sensors that hobbyists, concerned citizens,…
Overview: The outermost skin of a space-based structure is designed using materials known to protect against the harsh elements of space. S…
SEI Analog Environments StudyProject OverviewThe way humans engage with space has changed rapidly over the past 60 years, moving from a mod…
Building an open, shared, and collaborative future of lunar exploration.Explore the Lunar Open Architecture (LOA) at loa.mit.edu. …
The Interplanetary Gastronomy research aims to address the unique challenges and opportunities associated with eating in s…
When imagining human life in space, how will we express our humanity and creativity in an alien environment? Can the art we make both refle…
By Larissa Zhou and Adam ZacharFood is crucial to maintaining the physical and psychological health of humans in space. Eating food pr…
Rapid prototyping platforms such as 3D printers used for digital fabrication are today able to manufacture custom objects for specific task…
On Earth, morning, noon, and night have their own specific meanings. The feeling of a second or a minute passing by, the shortening of the …
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 As…
By Po-Hao ChiHow could microgravity/hypergravity shape our perceptual experience of listening with weightlessness? How can we seek to explo…
The Miniature Optical Steered Antenna for Intersatellite Communications (MOSAIC)By Shreeyam KackerThe Miniature Optical Steered Antenn…
Solid-state microfrabricated devices are in development to replace contemporary heavy mechanical components for use in spacecraft propellan…
How did life originate? Nobody knows. Life might not even be native to our Earth - it might have come from asteroids or the interstellar me…
By Somayajulu Dhulipala and Manwei ChanAs humanity explores deeper into space, long-duration missions will require horticulture activities …
By Nancy Valladares and Rae Yuping HsuThis project is an art performance that seeks to rethink imaginaries of multispecies surviv…
In an interview recorded at VivaTech, Media Lab Director Dava Newman talks about the Media Lab's mission to enhance the human experience.
SpaceHuman is a soft robotics device designed to facilitate the exploration of environments with reduced gravity in a view of democratizati…
Life on Mars, if it exists, could have been transferred between Earth and Mars due to meteorite impacts. The Search for Extra-Terrestrial G…
A multi-course tasting menu was flown on a zero gravity flight in August 2019. Five specially crafted dishes were consumed…
A molecular gastronomy experiment was flown on a zero gravity flight in August 2019, using spherification techniques to create recipes in z…
Today, the environments that humans occupy in space are designed for survival. Humans are carefully shuttled to and from space, and during …
These five women at the MIT Media Lab are advancing aerospace science and research, driven by a love of our home planet.
In a new study, researchers from the Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces group & Harvard Medical School find that brief naps can enhance creativity
Using ultrasonic waves that propel drug molecules into the skin, the patch could be used to treat a variety of skin conditions.
On the ACM ByteCast podcast, Fluid Interfaces head Pattie Maes talks to host Rashmi Mohan about the passion that has shaped her career.
Researchers from the Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces group and Harvard Medical School find that brief naps appear to enhance creativity.
Media Lab alum Judith Amores talks to Scientific American about a lightweight, wireless interface to deliver scents to VR users.
Joanne Leong. 2023. Using Generative AI to Cultivate Positive Emotions and Mindsets for Self-Development and Learning. XRDS 29, 3 (Spring 2023), 52–56. https://doi.org/10.1145/3589659
A new study suggests that experiencing aesthetic chills, or goosebumps, during stimuli like music and films can lead to increased emotions.