Research Stories

Researchers pioneer a new way to detect microbial contamination in cell cultures

An anomaly-detection model developed by SMART utilizes machine learning to quickly detect microbial contamination.

Robot overcomes uncertainty to retrieve buried objects

This robotic system uses radio frequency signals, computer vision, and complex reasoning to efficiently find items hidden under a pile.

Taking the guesswork out of dental care with artificial intelligence

MIT alumni-founded Overjet analyzes and annotates dental X-rays to help dentists offer more comprehensive care.

Robots play with play dough

A new system lets robots manipulate soft, deformable material into various shapes from visual inputs, which could one day enable better home assistants.

Robotic lightning bugs take flight

Inspired by fireflies, researchers create insect-scale robots that can emit light when they fly, which enables motion tracking and communication.

Quantum sensor can detect electromagnetic signals of any frequency

MIT engineers expand the capabilities of these ultrasensitive nanoscale detectors, with potential uses for quantum computing and biological sensing.

New model helps identify mutations that drive cancer

The system rapidly scans the genome of cancer cells, could help researchers find targets for new drugs.

Seeing the whole from some of the parts

A new technique in computer vision may enhance our three-dimensional understanding of two-dimensional images.

Nanoparticle sensor can distinguish between viral and bacterial pneumonia

Using this diagnostic, doctors could avoid prescribing antibiotics in cases where they won’t be effective.

Engineers build LEGO-like artificial intelligence chip

The new design is stackable and reconfigurable, for swapping out and building on existing sensors and neural network processors.