banking and finance
internet of things
point of care
sports and fitness
Advancing wellbeing by using new ways to communicate, understand, and respond to emotion
Converting the patterns of nature and the human body into beneficial signals and energy
Space Exploration Initiative
Designing for, with, and by nature
Building socially engaging robots and interactive technologies to help people live healthier lives, connect with others, and learn better
Batteries wear out, but breathing, sweat and body heat might provide alternative fuel.
Center for Extreme Bionics
New study describes first human implementation of novel approach to limb amputation.
The brain is a three-dimensional, densely-wired circuit that computes via large sets of widely distributed neurons interacting at fast ti...
This project seeks to examine the effects of altered gravity on an individual’s physiology during parabolic flight. Specifically, we will...
Making the invisible visible–inside our bodies, around us, and beyond–for health, work, and connection
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
Sparking discussion about the social, cultural, and ethical implications of emerging technologies through design and storytelling
Recent advancements in orthopedic implants have made way for a new generation of bionic limbs that attach directly to the skeleton. Lever...
Continuous localized tissue monitoring and disease treatmentThe ability to continuously monitor physical patterns, such as pH in the...
Two-dimensional radiographs are commonly used for evaluating sub-surface hard structures of teeth, but they have low sensitivity for earl...
Paper diagnostics can be used for affordable and scalable biomarker detection. We propose new methods for stabilizing cellulose-based imm...
Creating scalable technologies that evolve with user inventiveness
Enhancing human physical capability
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. 10.1109/JTEHM.2017.2695194
"Without urgent, coordinated action by many stakeholders, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and m...
The development of biotechnologies since the era of recombinant DNA in the 1970s has occurred largely via the interaction of academic, in...
New technologies for recording neural activity, controlling neural activity, or building brain circuits, may be capable someday of servin...
We are providing our tools to the community, and also using them within our lab, to analyze how specific brain mechanisms (molecular, cel...
We have pioneered the development of fully genetically encoded reagents that, when targeted to specific cells, enable their physiology to...
Complex biological systems such as brain circuits are extended 3-D structures made out of nanoscale building blocks such as proteins, RNA...
Nearly all classes of wearable and implantable biomedical devices depend on battery power for continuous operation. However, the life spa...
This research track focuses on the use of computational (and experimental) techniques to understand the biomechanical behavior of human t...
How to distill meaning from complex everyday experiences.
Scientists have created a hair-thin implant that can drip medications deep into the brain by remote control and with pinpoint precision.
Recent advances in medications for neurodegenerative disorders are expanding opportunities for improving the debilitating symptoms suffer...
Engineering at the limits of complexity with molecular-scale parts
Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne infection in North America. People are infected when bitten by ticks; ticks are typically in...
How Canan Dagdeviren is going about setting up a new research group at the Media Lab.
The Conformable Decoders group is now home to a state-of-the-art cleanroom called the "YellowBox."
Piezoelectric sensors have many applications including as vibration sensors, accelerometers, energy harvesters, and even electronic drum pad
Getting in Touch with Your Inner Stomach: An ingestible and flexible piezoelectric device enables sensing of changes in the GI tract.
Revealing insights into the human condition and repairing brain disorders via novel tools for mapping and fixing brain computations
Lower-extremity amputation surgery has not seen significant change since the Civil War. This research is focused on the development of no...
Recent advances in artificial limbs have resulted in the provision of powered ankle and knee function for lower extremity amputees and po...
The Synthetic Apiary proposes a new kind of environment, bridging urban and organismic scales by exploring one of the most important orga...
Nothing triggers memories like smell. Momentary, fleeting, and at times unexpected, one scent can conjure up the warmth of a grandparent...
I am currently creating perfumes that capture the smell of individuals who have emotional significance to me. An exploration in the use ...
The reproductive organs of the female body have long been a site of contention, where opposing ideologies in religion, politics, and cult...
Improvements in ingestible electronics with the capacity to sense physiological and pathophysiological states have transformed the standa...
We are currently developing novel DNA editing technologies to broaden the scope of genome engineering. Our strategy is based on identifyi...
Exploring evolutionary and ecological engineering
There are many mysteries of human biology. Among those perhaps least considered, what do our bodies sound like?This was the question on t...
Today’s health sensors (which monitor breathing, heartbeats, steps, etc.) require their users to wear them on their bodies. In contrast, ...
Residents are invited to weigh in on a plan to release genetically-modified mice on Nantucket to combat tick-borne diseases
Kevin Esvelt leads the Sculpting Evolution Group at MIT. Their work explores “evolutionary and ecological engineering and responsive science
We collaborated with NIAS (National Institute of Agricultural Science) to genetically engineer silkworms to develop new kinds of silk for...
In the United States, there are an estimated 1.7 million people living with amputation, with that number expected to double by 2050. Comp...
How we can understand human behavior (rationality, semi-rationality, bounded rationality, and just plain irrationality) in day-to-day behaviors, and in particular in electronic environments.
How to engineer and disseminate powerful, low-cost design and fabrication technologies at a grassroots level.