learning + teaching
banking and finance
neural interfacing and control
internet of things
natural language processing
sports and fitness
Enhancing human physical capability
Advancing justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space
Looking beyond smart cities
Media Lab Director Dava Newman, who previously led the MIT Portugal program, still serves as a principal investigator for flagship projects.
Space Exploration Initiative
Future Worlds | Design and action for the future we want to live in
MIT City Science has developed an international network of cooperative City Science LabsWe are developing concepts and key technology that …
In an interview recorded at VivaTech, Media Lab Director Dava Newman talks about the Media Lab's mission to enhance the human experience.
MIT spinoff C16 Biosciences, whose founders met in the Media Lab's Revolutionary Ventures course, has developed an alternative to palm oil,
More than 95% of the ocean has never been observed by humans, even though the ocean plays the largest role in the world's climate system, h…
The system could be used for battery-free underwater communication across kilometer-scale distances to help monitor climate + coastal change
Van-Atta Acoustic Backscatter (VAB) is the first technology for ultra-low-power underwater networking and communication, which can transmit…
FuseBot is a robotic system that can efficiently find and retrieve both RFID tagged and untagged target objects in line-of-sight, non-line-…
Inventing, building, and deploying wireless sensor technologies to address complex problems in society, industry, and ecology
On the Gridlocked Podcast, Media Lab Director Dava Newman and other guests discuss the climate emergency, collaboration, and adaptation.
Inventing disruptive technologies for nanoelectronic devices and creating new paradigms for life-machine symbiosis
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
Cultivating wisdom through evolutionary and ecological engineering
Shara Ticku, CEO of MIT spinoff C16 Biosciences, whose founders met in the Media Lab's Revolutionary Ventures class, talks to Fast Company.
Kent Larson, head of the Media Lab’s City Science group, and PhD student Naroa Coretti Sánchez talk about the group's work and philosophy.
Exploring how social networks can influence our lives in business, health, governance, and technology adoption and diffusion
Representatives from the City Science Lab @ Shanghai (Tongji University) visited the MIT Media Lab to sign a continuation of their cooperat…
Slice of MIT profiles David Heller, co-founder of C16 Biosciences and producer of an environmentally friendly palm oil substitute.
Fadel Adib uses wireless technologies to sense the world in new ways, addressing sweeping problems such as food insecurity + climate change
What will be the impact of shared autonomous micro-mobility systems? Will autonomy make the micro-mobility systems even more attractive?&nb…
Lab alum David Moinina Sengeh and others speak on TED Radio Hour about friction in its many uses and forms.
City Science researchers Naroa Coretti, Iñigo Martinez, Luis Alonso, and Kent Larson discuss their research on autonomous shared bicycles.
The device could help scientists explore unknown regions of the ocean, track pollution, or monitor the effects of climate change.
In a recent MISTI course, students engaged on collaborative solutions to climate, health care, and economic development in the Middle East.
Reimagining human cooperation in the age of social media and artificial intelligence
Creating technology for social change
Neil Gaikwad, a PhD student in the Space Enabled research group, has been selected as one of the 2019 Facebook Fellows.
In July 2020, Eugene Kirpichov + Media Lab alum Cassandra Xia started a Slack workspace called Work On Climate—today, it has 8,500+ members.
Faculty leaders highlight innovations that can close longstanding knowledge gaps and reimagine how the world responds to the climate crisis.
MIT scientists hope to deploy a fleet of drones to get a better sense of how much carbon the ocean is absorbing, + how much more it can take
Faculty leaders discuss the opportunities and obstacles in developing, scaling, and implementing their work rapidly.
Discussion at MIT explores ways the music industry can help in the battle to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.
A lightweight research platform to develop autonomous technology Designed to transform bicycle-sharing systems into an on-demand mobil…
Regenerative agriculture, or “carbon farming,” is the use of agricultural practices and crops that draw down excess atmospheric carbon thro…
The LEGO Wayfinder project combines LEGO, robotics, and seawater into a playground of project-based learning and citizen science for buddin…
CIS research affiliate describes his goals in creating a webinar series exploring sustainable development in Africa.
Prof Dava Newman fields listeners' questions about climate change and introduces EarthDNA, a platform for climate advocacy and action.
Climate change is going to alter the environments that we depend on in myriad ways. We're using data to identify and quantify these potenti…
Tidmarsh is a 600-acre former cranberry farm near Plymouth, MA that has undergone a restoration to wetland. We have instrumented the site w…
Sound and space are fundamentally intertwined, at both a physical and perceptual level. Sound radiates from vibrating materials, filling …
We already have all the tools we need to fix climate change. We just need to use them.
Humanity is facing thorny problems on all fronts. These folks are working to solve them—and trying to avoid the unintended consequences.
Often, we neglect to see the city as living, complex, and dynamic. However, shrouded by its masses of concrete and steel lie unique ecosyst…
The Intertidal Experimentation Workshop will take place September 29 and 30 (9am to 2pm) at the MIT Media Lab, open to students ages 8-14. …
Avery Normandin and Devora Najjar are on a mission to build literacy and appreciation for urban ecology.
The metaphor of the frog in water that is heated slowly has long been used to describe the potential risk of climate change.
EEEeb Spring 2019: Urban OceansMarch 24, April 7 and 21, May 19, June 2 To register, please visit this link.…
We now have more challenging choices to make than simply whether to be vegan, pescatarian or carnivore, thanks to technology.
Global climate change is projected to change our planet this century and beyond.
Thoughts from the Media Lab's Space Enabled group and Space Exploration Initiative
Small rises in temperature and dramatic weather events resulting from warming can affect mental health.
Obradovich, N., Migliorini, R., Paulus, M. P., & Rahwan, I. (2018). Empirical evidence of mental health risks posed by climate change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1801528115
Climate change presents a grave threat to overall human well-being, including mental health.
Add deadly car crashes and food safety risks — and the officials overseeing them — to the list of things affected by climate change.
Effects of environmental stressors on daily governance, Nick Obradovich, Dustin Tingley, Iyad Rahwan
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Aug 2018, 201803765; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1803765115
On excessively hot days, there are more likely to be fatal car accidents and food safety problems, and police officers and government food …
First, climate change was blamed for coastal flooding and wildfires. The links seemed intuitive and the effects observable. But more r…
If we are unable to adapt to climate change, it may amplify the marginal gap between citizen need and government assistance.
Weather really can affect our mood—or at least the way we express our emotions on social media, according to a study published Wednesday in…