banking and finance
neural interfacing and control
internet of things
natural language processing
sports and fitness
point of care
Space Exploration Initiative
Inventing, building, and deploying wireless sensor technologies to address complex problems in society, industry, and ecology
Putting people and intelligent machines in a creative, symbiotic loop
Advancing justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space
Designing Systems for Cognitive Support
Building intelligent personified technologies that collaborate with people to help them learn, thrive, and flourish.
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
Our Oceans IoT technologies enable new applications in climate and ecological monitoring, aquaculture, energy, and robotic navigation. …
Project Captivate have been designed to serve as an easy and reliable platform to measure physiology in the real world. We've desig…
SensorNets: Towards Reconfigurable Multifunctional Fine-grained Soft and Stretchable Electronic Skins.SensorNets is a bioin…
Overview: The outermost skin of a space-based structure is designed using materials known to protect against the harsh elements of space. S…
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…
Enhancing human physical capability
Orbital debris consists of human-made objects orbiting Earth that no longer serve a purpose.
SEI Analog Environments StudyProject OverviewThe way humans engage with space has changed rapidly over the past 60 years, moving from a mod…
Extending expression, learning, and health through innovations in musical composition, performance, and participation
Seamlessly coupling the worlds of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation
Cultivating wisdom through evolutionary and ecological engineering
Two Mobility Futures 0∞ is a research project that encompasses storytelling, a democratic decision making platform, a city model, and an im…
Looking beyond smart cities
Situated VR: Towards a Congruent Hybrid RealityThe vision of Extended Reality (XR) systems is living in a hybrid reality or "Metaverse" wh…
The Space Sustainability RatingThe Space Sustainability Rating design team—comprised of the World Economic Forum, the European Space Agency…
Reimagining human cooperation in the age of social media and artificial intelligence
Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg)
Creating technology for social change
Changing storytelling, communication, and everyday life through sensing, understanding, and new interface technologies
Designing for, with, and by nature
Ancient textiles have played a major role in the social, economic, and religious structures of communities around the world. Iconic, indige…
More ocean data has been collected in the last two years than in all previous years combined, and we are on a path to continue to break tha…
Neil Gaikwad, a PhD student at the Media Lab, has received the GSC Graduate Teaching Award, an Institute Award presented annually to one MI…
In MIT Spectrum, Gladys Ngetich of the Space Enabled research group discusses her passion for math and physics and her road to MIT.
ArtBoat is a tool for communities to make collaborative light paintings in public spaces and reimagine the future of their cities. &n…
Two of the most important traits of environmental hazards today are their invisibility and the fact that they are experienced by communitie…
The glowing lily is one of Harpreet Sareen’s botanical “cyborgs”—vegetation he biohacks to serve as environmental watchdogs.
In July 2020, Eugene Kirpichov + Media Lab alum Cassandra Xia started a Slack workspace called Work On Climate—today, it has 8,500+ members.
What will be the impact of shared autonomous micro-mobility systems? Will autonomy make the micro-mobility systems even more attractive?&nb…
A discussion of the future of public transportation, with a highlight of the Autonomous Bicycle project led by PhD student Naroa Coretti.
The environmental conditions of prolonged spaceflight pose significant psychological risks for astronauts. In particular, crews of future …
Spanning from the early Musical Telegraph and Electronic Sackbut, to the late EMS Synthi AKS and Moog Synthesizers, electronic music and mu…
Beyond the Cradle
How will new mobility patterns shape the built environment?
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
Team Pulse of the Ocean becomes an Explorer Prize winner in the DISCOVER Competition—the first stage of the Ocean Observing Prize.
Explore a few of the clean tech startups begun by MIT researchers and alumni, including Media Lab spinoffs Graviky Labs and Stable Auto.
The Synthetic Apiary proposes a new kind of environment, bridging urban and organismic scales by exploring one of the most important organi…
Faculty leaders discuss the opportunities and obstacles in developing, scaling, and implementing their work rapidly.
Our traditional manufacturing, fabrication, and electronics have been centered around synthetic and completely artificial techniques. Comin…
Alum Harpreet Sareen writes about how humans might form a type of symbiosis with the plant kingdom in the future.
The SLAS Innovation Award is a $10,000 cash prize recognizing the work behind one exceptional podium presentation.
Humanity has harnessed evolution to sculpt domesticated animals, crops, and molecules, but the process remains a black box. Which combinati…
Using a new robotic platform, researchers can simultaneously track hundreds of microbial populations as they evolve new proteins.
Living Observatory is an initiative for documenting and interpreting ecological change that will allow people, individually and collectivel…
Butlr's people-sensing platform uses body heat to provide actionable spatial insights for the built environment.
A conversation recently aired on Planetary Radio, hosted by Mat Kaplan of the Planetary Society, featuring SEI director Ariel Ekblaw.
Discussion at MIT explores ways the music industry can help in the battle to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.
Alum Charles Holbrow talks about his work and shares his views on the past, present, and future of music and technology.
The Power of WITHOUT is a research theme in the City Science group. The theme proposes that heavy infrastructure solutions are not financia…
New generative AI technologies (such as the Generative Adversarial Network, or GAN) can allow us to imagine new species. Hidden within the …
Charlene Xia is a Media Lab alum now pursuing a PhD in MIT Mechanical Engineering, combining her passions for food and sustainability.
A lightweight research platform to develop autonomous technology Designed to transform bicycle-sharing systems into an on-demand mobil…
In recent years, there has been an increase in low-cost and open-source electronic and chemical sensors that hobbyists, concerned citizens,…
Andorra and the City Science research group at the MIT Media Lab are taking on the challenge of turning Andorra into an “Internationally Re…
We are leveraging current Wireless Sensor Network technology to develop an easily deployable, and inexpensive wireless sensor (LunarWSN) ne…
Regenerative agriculture, or “carbon farming,” is the use of agricultural practices and crops that draw down excess atmospheric carbon thro…