Celebrating the impact of IDSS

The “interdisciplinary approach” is something that has been lauded for decades for its ability to break down silos and create new integrated approaches to research.

For Munther Dahleh, founding director of the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS), …

Deep-learning system explores materials’ interiors from the outside

Maybe you can’t tell a book from its cover, but according to researchers at MIT you may now be able to do the equivalent for materials of all sorts, from an airplane part to a medical implant. Their new approach

AI system can generate novel proteins that meet structural design targets

MIT researchers are using artificial intelligence to design new proteins that go beyond those found in nature.

They developed machine-learning algorithms that can generate proteins with specific structural features, which could be used to make materials that have certain mechanical …

Detailed images from space offer clearer picture of drought effects on plants

“MIT is a place where dreams come true,” says César Terrer, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Here at MIT, Terrer says he’s given the resources needed to explore ideas he finds most exciting, and …

Integrating humans with AI in structural design

Modern fabrication tools such as 3D printers can make structural materials in shapes that would have been difficult or impossible using conventional tools. Meanwhile, new generative design systems can take great advantage of this flexibility to create innovative designs for

Wiggling toward bio-inspired machine intelligence

Juncal Arbelaiz Mugica is a native of Spain, where octopus is a common menu item. However, Arbelaiz appreciates octopus and similar creatures in a different way, with her research into soft-robotics theory. 

More than half of an octopus’ nerves are …

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