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Teaching artificial intelligence to connect senses like vision and touch

New AI system gives robots ability to visualize objects using touch

We, the human beings, can easily tell how an object looks like by simply touching it, all thanks to our sense of touch, which...
Electrified water droplets take on a variety of distorted shapes just before bursting, based on the strength of the electric field. The profiles of different distorted droplet shapes are shown, overlaid on an image of one particular distorted droplet for comparison.

A droplet walks into an electric field

In many physical processes, including cloud electrification, electrospray, and demulsification, droplets and bubbles are exposed to electric fields and may either remain whole or...
Algorithm tells robots where nearby humans are headed

A new algorithm can accurately predict a person’s trajectory, in real-time

MIT researchers developed an algorithm that tells robots where the humans around them are headed. The trajectory-prediction tool may help humans and robots work...
The physics of evaporation explained

The physics of evaporation explained

Evaporation is the process by which water changes from a liquid to a gas or vapor. the process is the primary path for water...
Image taken using the MIT researchers' system shows the fibers of the filter membrane in red, and the oily droplets accumulating on it in green. The colors results from fluorescent dyes added to the materials.

Separating oil out of water completely

The mechanisms for removing emulsified oil from water are complex because of the deformability and potential for coalescence and break-up of the oil droplets....
MIT neuroscientists have found that neural extensions called dendrites, which act as antennae to help neurons listen to their neighbors, play a more active role in neural computation than previously thought.

Dendrites: Neurons’ antennae are unexpectedly active in neural computation

The nervous system serves as the manager of the body since it controls the functions of every other system. It communicates with bodily systems...
Image: AMS Institute/MIT

Self-piloting ‘Roboats’ can automatically target and clasp onto each other

Several years ago, MIT and the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute) teamed up on the “Roboat” project. The actual idea was...
Researchers from MIT and elsewhere have developed an interactive tool that, for the first time, lets users see and control how increasingly popular automated machine-learning (AutoML) systems work. Image: Chelsea Turner, MIT

Cracking open the black box of automated machine learning

For the first time, MIT scientists have developed an interactive tool that allows users to see and control how automated machine-learning systems work. Dubbed...
MIT researchers have developed a system, called Marko, that leverages radio-frequency (RF) signal reflections off human bodies to wirelessly monitor people’s movement inside their homes to provide insight for behavioral research and to help caretakers keep an eye on patients in assisted-living facilities.

Wireless movement-tracking system could collect health and behavioral data

MIT scientists have taken a step forward to leverage wireless signal's (that flows around us and bouncing off our bodies) reflections with the aim...