EECS Research: Transforming the Future – Now

From revolutionary new ways of designing chips or making use of living cells’ electronic properties for developing clinical applications to designing a new scheme for quantum money (and doing away with cash altogether) or gaining understanding of human languages through statistical language learning, research in the EECS Department is producing transformative knowledge that will affect our lives in the near and distant time to come. Read about seven exciting research projects currently pursued by EECS faculty members. For further coverage, visit the EECS website and the MIT News Office.

Optical micrograph of the first graphene frequency multiplier fabricated on an Si substrate.Si Electronics: The Next Frontier
Tomas Palacios, Microsystems Technology Laboratories

“Electrical engineering is at a crossroads. For the last fifty years, Si electronics has been driving the development of information technology,”

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New softcast video transmission quality as receiver moves away from sender. Dina Katabi, CSAIL.One-Size-Fits-All Wireless Video
Dina Katabi, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

“Wireless video is increasingly important, driven by user demand for mobile TV, media sharing…”

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Electrical properties of cells used in separation device developed by Voldman and Vahey.Microfluidics for measuring electrical properties of cells
Joel Voldman, Research Laboratory of Electronics

“When people get sick, many physiological changes occur in the body, …increasing interest has focused on how electrical properties of cells in particular are altered due to disease.”

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Joint morphological segmentation, part-of-speech tagging and parsing for three languages.Climbing the Tower of Babel: Advances in Unsupervised Multilingual Learning
Regina Barzilay, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence

“For a computer to automatically perform language-oriented tasks, e.g., summarizing articles, and translating between languages…”

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Comparison of MRI conventional and parallel excitation techniques on the brain. Adalsteinsson.Parallel Transmission Methods for High-Field MRI
Elfar Adalsteinsson, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Group, RLE

“Engineering in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is constantly striving for higher resolution images and shorter imaging times for improved diagnostic ability and better patient comfort…”

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Lizhong Zheng's work addressing dynamic network communications.Information Theory for Dynamic Networks
Lizhong Zheng, Communications and Networking Group, RLE

“Information theory has been a main driving force for the development of the digital communication industry. The new era of industrial development is, however, focused on applications over dynamic wireless networks…”

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Discussion of quantum money theories by Scott Aaronson.Quantum Money
Scott Aaronson, Theory of Computation, CSAIL

“Ever since there’s been money, there have been people trying to counterfeit it…”

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