Fall 2016

Semester Start Date: 
Monday, March 14, 2016

TREEPEDIA measures and compares green canopy in cities

The green canopy is an important and integral part of urban life. Trees help mitigate extreme temperatures, provide a natural respite from traffic, noise, and congestion, and improve the quality of life for those living in urban environments. However, the average citizen is often removed from understanding the individual features of their unique environmental habitats. How, then, can citizens be better engaged in this process so that they can play a more integral role in helping to shape the green canopies in their neighborhoods?

Novel optics for ultrafast cameras create new possibilities for imaging

Technique can capture a scene at multiple depths with one shutter click — no zoom lens needed.

MIT researchers have developed novel photography optics that capture images based on the timing of reflecting light inside the optics, instead of the traditional approach that relies on the arrangement of optical components. These new principles, the researchers say, open doors to new capabilities for time- or depth-sensitive cameras, which are not possible with conventional photography optics.

Artificial intelligence model “learns” from patient data to make cancer treatment less toxic

Machine-learning system determines the fewest, smallest doses that could still shrink brain tumors.

MIT researchers are employing novel machine-learning techniques to improve the quality of life for patients by reducing toxic chemotherapy and radiotherapy dosing for glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer.

Mass timber: Thinking big about sustainable construction

MIT class designs a prototype building to demonstrate that even huge buildings can be built primarily with wood.

The construction and operation of all kinds of buildings uses vast amounts of energy and natural resources. Researchers around the world have therefore been seeking ways to make buildings more efficient and less dependent on emissions-intensive materials.

SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of August 13

New life for an Olmsted gem at Charlesgate
Could we be more faithful to Olmsted's vision of green, public space in Boston? The Landing Studio, the practice of Architecture alumna Marie Law Adams MArch ’04 has plans to improve green infrastructure, aid riparian systems, and provide community spaces. The Boston Globe.

Helping computers perceive human emotions

Personalized machine-learning models capture subtle variations in facial expressions to better gauge how we feel.

MIT Media Lab researchers have developed a machine-learning model that takes computers a step closer to interpreting our emotions as naturally as humans do.

Environmental regulation in a polarized culture

Doctoral student Parrish Bergquist investigates how politics affects environmental decision-making.

With an affinity for environmental issues and a knack for analysis, MIT doctoral student Parrish Bergquist aims to clarify the ways in which changing political landscapes influence environmental policy outcomes.  

Reveling in a complex, unknowable future

MIT Media Lab and MIT Press announce winners of the Journal of Design and Science essay competition.

SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of July 23

Proptalk: 5Q with Steve Weikal
DUSP alum Steve Weikal MCP '08, SM '08, head of Industry Relations at CRE talks to Headquarters Optimized about the real estate trends he’s watching for such as convergence, intelligence, and fracking. HqO.