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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Institute is a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant university, with an urban campus that extends more than a mile (1.6 km) alongside the Charles River. The Institute also encompasses a number of major off-campus facilities such as the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, the Bates Center, and the Haystack Observatory, as well as affiliated laboratories such as the Broad and Whitehead Institutes. Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, MIT adopted a European polytechnic university model and stressed laboratory instruction in applied science and engineering. It has since played a key role in the development of many aspects of modern science, engineering, mathematics, and technology, and is widely known for its innovation and academic strength, making it one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world.

Engineers create 3D-printed objects that sense how a user is interacting with them

“Advance incorporates sensing directly into an object’s material, with applications for assistive technology and “intelligent” furniture. MIT researchers have developed a new method to 3D print mechanisms that detect how force is being applied to an object. The structures …

Making self-driving cars safer through keener robot perception

“PhD student Heng Yang is developing algorithms to help driverless vehicles quickly and accurately assess their surroundings. Aviation became a reality in the early 20th century, but it took 20 years before the proper safety precautions enabled widespread adoption of …

Physicists engineer ferroelectricity in boron nitride

“New property in an ultrathin cousin of graphene could allow for much denser computer memory. Ultrathin materials made of a single layer of atoms have riveted scientists’ attention since the isolation of the first such material — graphene — about 17 years …

Vinny Fry: Wired for success

“MIT engineer oversees design and testing of key magnet components for the Institute’s SPARC fusion project. Vinny Fry had only a rudimentary understanding of fusion energy, gleaned in part from “Iron Man” films, when he made the Google search …

A universal system for decoding any type of data sent across a network

“New chip eliminates the need for specific decoding hardware, could boost efficiency of gaming systems, 5G networks, the internet of things, and more. Every piece of data that travels over the internet — from paragraphs in an email to 3D graphics …

MIT-designed project achieves major advance toward fusion energy

“New superconducting magnet breaks magnetic field strength records, paving the way for practical, commercial, carbon-free power. It was a moment three years in the making, based on intensive research and design work: On Sept. 5, for the first time, a …

Nanoscribe GT2 adds to MIT.nano fabrication capabilities

“3D lithography tool will provide ultra-precise creation of complex 3D structures at the micro- and nanoscale. MIT.nano has added the Nanoscribe Photonic Professional GT2, a high-speed, three-dimensional microfabrication instrument, to its fabrication capabilities. The GT2 will provide MIT.nano …

Physicists engineer new property out of “white” graphene

“Ferroelectricity in ultrathin material could have applications in computer memory, more Ultrathin materials made of a single layer of atoms have riveted scientists’ attention since the discovery of the first such material—graphene—about 17 years ago. Among other advances …

360-degree transparency for construction sites made simple

“Jeevan Kalanithi SM ’07 is CEO of OpenSpace, a company founded by three Media Lab graduates using computer vision to benefit the construction industry. MIT spinoff OpenSpace invented automated 360-degree video jobsite capture and mapping. “It’s not exactly an …

Using adversarial attacks to refine molecular energy predictions

“MIT researchers find a new way to quantify the uncertainty in molecular energies predicted by neural networks. Neural networks (NNs) are increasingly being used to predict new materials, the rate and yield of chemical reactions, and drug-target interactions, among others …