banking and finance
internet of things
neural interfacing and control
point of care
sports and fitness
natural language processing
Looking beyond smart cities
Space Exploration Initiative
Designing systems for cognitive enhancement
Enhancing human physical capability
Revealing insights into the human condition and repairing brain disorders via novel tools for mapping and fixing brain computations
Cultivating wisdom through evolutionary and ecological engineering
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
Converting the patterns of nature and the human body into beneficial signals and energy
Center for Extreme Bionics
Living Bits : Opportunities and Challenges for Integrating Living Microorganisms in Human-Computer InteractionThere are trillions of livi...
The design of next-generation bionic ankles and knees aims to improve bionic actuators on all metrics: range of motion, power density, ba...
Carney, Matthew E. “Design and Evaluation of a Reaction-Force Series Elastic Actuator Configurable as Biomimetic Powered Ankle and Knee Prostheses By.” Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2020.
K. Angelino, D. A. Edlund, P. Shah. Near-Infrared Imaging for Detecting Caries and Structural Deformities in Teeth. Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine (2017). PMID: 28507826
Staining of tissues sections using chemical and biological dyes has been used for over a century for visualizing various tissue types and...
Engineering at the limits of complexity with molecular-scale parts
City Science researchers are developing a slew of tangible and digital platforms dedicated to solving spatial design and urban planning c...
Applied computational biology discoveries vastly expand the range of CRISPR’s access to DNA sequences.
Kevin Esvelt and other experts talk to Axios about the risk of, and potential defenses against, engineered pathogens.
MIT lab offers a model for cost savings, productivity, and safety; principles may also facilitate efficient reopening in the future.
Academic research groups, especially the ones directed by new junior faculty, are under pressure to produce high-quality work timely whil...
Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg)
There are 20 chemokine receptors that bind their respective chemokines. It is not currently understood how these structurally similar rec...
Inventing disruptive technologies for nanoelectronic devices and creating new paradigms for life-machine symbiosis
Making the invisible visible–inside our bodies, around us, and beyond–for health, work, and connection
Beyond the Cradle
We have significant expertise and motivation to bring problems from the clinic and society into the laboratory to develop novel bioengine...
Designing for, with, and by nature
Humans can accurately sense the position, speed, and torque of their limbs, even with their eyes shut. This sense, known as proprioceptio...
Changing storytelling, communication, and everyday life through sensing, understanding, and new interface technologies
Biplanar fluoroscopy (BiFlo) enables three-dimensional bone kinematics analysis using x-ray videos and bone geometry from segmented CT. H...
"Our device-driven research is directly inspired by the diseases of our family members and dear friends...indirectly by humanity at large."
Fluorescent probe could allow scientists to watch circuits within the brain and link their activity to specific behaviors.
Complex biological systems such as brain circuits are extended 3-D structures made out of nanoscale building blocks such as proteins, RNA...
Sparking discussion about the social, cultural, and ethical implications of emerging technologies through design and storytelling
Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne infection in North America. People are infected when bitten by ticks; ticks are typically in...
Arielle Duhaime-Ross talks to biohacker Josiah Zayner, Alex Pearlman, and Ling Ling Chang about norms, ethics, and regulation.
Virtual and augmented reality headsets are unique as they have access to our facial area, an area that presents an excellent opportunity ...
This research track focuses on the use of computational (and experimental) techniques to understand the biomechanical behavior of human t...
Building socially engaging robots and interactive technologies to help people live healthier lives, connect with others, and learn better
How to build intelligent music systems out of interacting audio-processing agents.
The MAS.808 course perspective article published in Foresight was chosen as a winner by the editorial team, as it is one of the most exce...
Nearly all classes of wearable and implantable biomedical devices depend on battery power for continuous operation. However, the life spa...
The past two decades have seen unprecedented progress in the development of novel materials, form factors, and functionalities in neuroi...
We present a review paper that analyzes how early design decisions can affect the regulatory approval process downstream.
Maiden Flight is an autonomous biological laboratory environment designed for studying the impact of space flight on the sole reproductiv...
Lower-extremity amputees face a series of potentially serious post-operative complications. Among these are increased risk of further amp...
Recent advances in artificial limbs have resulted in the provision of powered ankle and knee function for lower extremity amputees and po...
The human ankle provides a significant amount of net positive work during the stance period of walking, especially at moderate to fast wa...
Recent advancements in orthopedic implants have made way for a new generation of bionic limbs that attach directly to the skeleton. Lever...
Lower-extremity amputation surgery has not seen significant change since the Civil War. This research is focused on the development of no...
During the gait cycle, the human ankle complex serves as a primary power generator while simultaneously stabilizing the entire limb. Thes...
Can a person look at a portable display, click on a few buttons, and recover his or her refractive condition? Our optometry solution comb...
In the United States, there are an estimated 1.7 million people living with amputation, with that number expected to double by 2050. Com...
How will gene drive systems evolve once released into the wild? Can they be reliably overwritten and blocked by immunizing reversal drive...
We are providing our tools to the community, and also using them within our lab, to analyze how specific brain mechanisms (molecular, cel...
The brain is a three-dimensional, densely-wired circuit that computes via large sets of widely distributed neurons interacting at fast ti...
We have pioneered the development of fully genetically encoded reagents that, when targeted to specific cells, enable their physiology to...
New technologies for recording neural activity, controlling neural activity, or building brain circuits, may be capable someday of servin...