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Social Computing

We build software that shapes our cities. More specifically, (1) we create micro-institutions in physical space, (2) we design social ...

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Broadercasting

looks at broadcasting in a broader way, as all aspects of the media business�from content capture to delivery�become digital, and as a ne...

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Counter Intelligence

is focused on developing a digitally connected, self-aware kitchen with knowledge and memory of its activities. The program explores new ...

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Gray Matters

explores how computation and communication can enrich the lives of older persons now and in the decades ahead. It focuses on making the t...

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Personal Fabrication

is about making things, and about the future of how things are made, from nano- to macroscale. It has two basic goals: first, to involve ...

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Toys of Tomorrow

explores ways that the digital revolution will transform the world of toys and play: old toys will become smarter; new toys will become p...

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e-markets

is focused on understanding devices, technology, and humans as they interface in a market setting; the new forms that transactions may ta...

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CC++

looks at cars in the digital world. It explores the implications and applications of human-machine interface research, advances in person...

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Health

combines research in the areas of nanotechnology, biosensors, body networks and smart homes to give consumers the tools to take control o...

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Silicon Biology

explores how micro- and nanoscale fabrication technologies offer fundamentally new ways to probe, to understand, and ultimately to contro...

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IPID

looks beyond low-cost tags to ask how billions of inexpensive communicating objects can be tied together into coherent systems.

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Future Storytelling

The Future Storytelling working group at the Media Lab is rethinking storytelling for the 21st century. The group takes a new and dynamic...

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Code Next

Cultural Resonation is the underlying philosophy and energy that informs all aspects of our work. Code Next (CN) is a Media Lab collabora...

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Emerging Worlds

The Emerging Worlds SIG is focused on emerging opportunities to address pressing challenges, and leapfrog existing solutions. Emerging Wo...

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Consumer Electronics Laboratory

The Consumer Electronics Laboratory provides a unique research environment to explore ideas, make things, and innovate in new directions...

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Autism & Communication Technology Initiative

The Autism & Communication Technology Initiative utilizes the unique features of the Media Lab to foster the development of innovativ...

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CE 2.0

Most of us are awash in consumer electronics (CE) devices: from cellphones, to TVs, to dishwashers. They provide us with information, ent...

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Living Labs

Living Labs is a new program that brings end users into the process of inventing a better future. The goal is to understand the adoption,...

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Future Storytelling

The Future Storytelling working group at the Media Lab is rethinking storytelling for the 21st century. The group takes a new and dynamic...

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Social Health Living Laboratory

Instead of building on a reactive health-care system centered around treating disease rather than preventing it, the Lab's Social Health ...

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Connection Science and Engineering

Our lives have been transformed by networks that combine people and computers in new ways. They have revolutionized the nature of the eco...

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Ultimate Media

Visual Media is going through fundamental changes. It has irretrievability lost its lock on the audience but has gained unprecedented opp...

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Center for Terrestrial Sensing

The deeply symbiotic relationship between our planet and ourselves is increasingly mediated by technology. Ubiquitous, networked sensing ...

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Things That Think

Things That Think is inventing the future of digitally augmented objects and environments. Toward this end, Things That Think researchers...

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Center for Mobile Learning

The Center for Mobile Learning invents and studies new mobile technologies to promote learning anywhere anytime for anyone. The Center fo...

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Living Mobile

We want to increase the value of computing for the times when we are away from conventional screen and keyboard computers. To this end, w...

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Software Agents

The Software Agents group investigates a new paradigm for software that acts like an assistant to a user of an interactive interface rath...

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Center for Civic Media

Communities need information to make decisions and take action: to provide aid to neighbors in need, to purchase an environmentally susta...

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Electronic Publishing

Our research is exploring a "constructionist" approach to the development of personal and community publishing tools in order to help inc...

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Playful Systems

In a world mediated through computing, our everyday lives are increasingly affected by complex and invisible systems. Some of these are a...

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Media Fabrics

Human society is thoroughly immersed in a vast network of communicated information, consisting of media artifacts and procedural structur...

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Media and Networks

A broadband network can in concept bring every telephone conversation in America directly to every telephone; one could join any conversa...

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Gesture and Narrative Language

The Gesture and Narrative Language group designs technology to enable and enhance natural forms of communication and linguistic expressi...

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eRationality

In the eRationality group we study how people behave and make day-to-day decisions, particularly in electronic environments. We investiga...

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Digital Intuition

Language is central to how people reason about and understand their world. As computers increasingly pervade human lives and decision-mak...

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High-Low Tech

The High-Low Tech group integrates high and low technological materials, processes, and cultures. Our primary aim is to engage diverse au...

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Design Ecology

We define Design Ecology as the study of malleable design that is aware of and can seamlessly react to changing environments. This new ap...

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Ecology Media

The Ecology Media Group explores the potential of computational media as access point to natural systems and global ecology. We work to i...

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Critical Computing

The Critical Computing group explores ways that static and moving images can become primary tools for reflection and explanation. we dev...

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Grassroots Invention

The Grassroots Invention group (GIG) is developing a suite of low-cost, powerful personal computation and fabrication technologies along ...

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Society of Mind

The Society of Mind research group focuses on imparting to machines the human capacity for commonsense reasoning. We account for many as...

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Future of Learning

While most agree that learning in the twenty-first century needs to change drastically, few go so far as to question the basic conceptual...

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Physics and Media

The Physics and Media group studies the relationship between the content of information and its physical representation, from molecular q...

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Pet Projects

This work has a double focus. First, considerable research has centered on designing computer tools and interfaces, "smart rooms," and co...

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Center for Bits and Atoms

The Center for Bits and Atoms is a campus-wide program involving faculty from the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Electri...

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Sociable Media

The Sociable Media group investigates issues concerning identity and society in the networked world. We address such questions as how do ...

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Next Billion Network

Within the next several years, another billion people will make regular use of cell phones, continuing the fastest adoption of a new tech...

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Nomadic Displays

The display is now limiting the functionality of on-the-go human-computer interaction, from both form-factor and power-consumption perspe...

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Personal Information Architecture

We are creating the infrastructure to network people and everyday things: the synapses of "Things That Think."

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Smart Cities

The research of the Smart Cities group focuses on intelligent, sustainable buildings, mobility systems, and cities. It explores the appli...

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Spatial Imaging

The Spatial Imaging group develops new technology and interfaces for high-quality 3-D displays. Their research includes hardcopy holograp...

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Nanomedia

The Nanomedia group is developing a suite of technologies and chemistries to establish the field of printing functional devices and mate...

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Aesthetics + Computation

The Aesthetics + Computation group works toward the design of advanced system architectures and thought processes to enable the creation ...

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Computing Culture

We are an art, activist, and political technology group, based on the premise that artists and engineers can rectify the imbalances of po...

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SIMPLICITY

SIMPLICITY is an experimental research program focused on developing technologies for designs that are simpler to understand, easier to u...

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Digital Nations

Digital Nations (DN) aims to address major social challenges (improving education, enhancing health care, supporting community developmen...

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Visible Language Workshop

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Nanoscale Sensing

The Nanoscale Sensing group applies micro- and nanofabrication technologies towards the development of novel methods for probing biologic...

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Interactive Cinema

What is cinema becoming? All around us--in the laboratory, in theme parks and museums, on optical media and home computers, across the W...

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Context-Aware Computing

The Context-Aware Computing group uses "context knowledge" such as where we are, how we feel and what we have done to drive machines to ...

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eDevelopment

The eDevelopment group invents systems that empower, enrich, and inter-connect developing communities. In particular, we study new e-com...

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Commonsense Computing

Computing devices have become indispensable to modern life, yet they remain largely ignorant about the people they serve and the world th...

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X-Reality Working Group

The Lab's X-Reality Working Group explores the fluid merger of "real" and "virtual" worlds, looking broadly at "cross reality" at several...

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Physical Language Workshop

The Physical Language Workshop designs tools for creating digital content in a networked environment, and the means by which the content ...

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NEXT

The NEXT consortium is a collaboration among Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), several Taiwanese companies with v...

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Information Ecology

We have become reliant on digital information for communication, commerce, and entertainment. This information needs to be always availab...