CSAIL: a Hotbed for Innovation

545 Technology Square, aka Building NE43, the original home, from 1970, of the Artificial Intelligence Lab and the Laboratory for Computer Science.

In 1970, the seven year old MIT Project MAC fissioned into what would become two of the world’s premier computer science research laboratories, the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Laboratory for Computer Science.

For thirty-three years these labs co-existed (sometimes harmoniously and sometimes less harmoniously) in 545 Technology Square (aka Building NE43, pictured left). The two labs were slated to move into the Ray and Maria Stata Center in January 2004. Instead, only one computer science laboratory will be moving into the Stata Center.

Vicotr Zue, Director of the Lab for Computer Science and Rodney Brooks, Director of the Artificial Intelligence Lab announcing the merger of their respective labs to form the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) on May 23, 2003.i

Vicotr Zue, Director of the Lab for Computer Science and Rodney Brooks, Director of the Artificial Intelligence Lab announcing the merger of their respective labs to form the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) on May 23, 2003.i

In May, Professors Rodney Brooks, director of AI, and Victor Zue, Director of LCS, announced that the two labs would merge as of July 1. Rod was named the Director and Victor the Co-Director of CSAIL (the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory). In making the announcement, Rod pledged that the combined lab would continue to be “a hotbed for innovation.”

CSAIL is MIT’s largest on-campus research lab, home to more than 750 students, faculty and staff. In January 2004, members of the new lab will relocate to the new Ray and Maria Stata Center including part of the Alexander Dreyfoos building and all of the William H. Gates building. In addition to providing more and better space than the lab currently occupies, relocating will, for the first time, bring computer science to the heart of the MIT campus. CSAIL will find itself in the same building as the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) and right down the corridor from many other electrical engineering EECS colleagues.

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