Research Stories

“Blind” Cheetah 3 robot can climb stairs littered with obstacles

Improved design may be used for exploring disaster zones and other dangerous or inaccessible environments.

MIT engineers configure RFID tags to work as sensors

Platform may enable continuous, low-cost, reliable devices that detect chemicals in the environment.

Artificial intelligence senses people through walls

Wireless smart-home system from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory could monitor diseases and help the elderly “age in place.”

A better device for measuring electromagnetic radiation

New bolometer is faster, simpler, and covers more wavelengths.

The quantum choreographer

Using diamond dust and laser light to control atomic spin, Ashok Ajoy PhD ’16 pursues alternatives to costly conventional imaging technologies.

Wireless system can power devices inside the body

New technology could enable remote control of drug delivery, sensing, and other medical applications.

Engineers design color-changing compression bandage

Bandage is threaded with photonic fibers that change color to signal pressure level.

Ingestible “bacteria on a chip” could help diagnose disease

Ultra-low-power sensors carrying genetically engineered bacteria can detect gastric bleeding.

Fleet of autonomous boats could service some cities, reducing road traffic

Researchers design 3-D-printed, driverless boats that can provide transport and self-assemble into other floating structures.

Making driverless cars change lanes more like human drivers do

Algorithm computes “buffer zones” around autonomous vehicles and reassess them on the fly.