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Life with AI | Designing the future of smart systems to improve the human experience
Inventing, building, and deploying wireless sensor technologies to address complex problems in society, industry, and ecology
Advancing justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space
Future Worlds | Design and action for the future we want to live in
In recent years, there has been an increase in low-cost and open-source electronic and chemical sensors that hobbyists, concerned citizens,…
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…
Our Oceans IoT technologies enable new applications in climate and ecological monitoring, aquaculture, energy, and robotic navigation. …
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…
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
Katija, K., Orenstein, E., Schlining, B. et al. FathomNet: A global image database for enabling artificial intelligence in the ocean. Sci Rep 12, 15914 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-19939-2
New generative AI technologies (such as the Generative Adversarial Network, or GAN) can allow us to imagine new species. Hidden within the …
The Signal Kinetics lab's underwater camera project was chosen as a research highlight in the current issue of Nature Electronics
Engineering at the limits of complexity with molecular-scale parts
The device could help scientists explore unknown regions of the ocean, track pollution, or monitor the effects of climate change.
Creating technology for social change
Changing storytelling, communication, and everyday life through sensing, understanding, and new interface technologies
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…
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.
Charlene Xia is a Media Lab alum now pursuing a PhD in MIT Mechanical Engineering, combining her passions for food and sustainability.
Most of the underwater world remains far off the map. For many of the most exciting exploration challenges—from Maya cenotes to urban aquif…
The LEGO Wayfinder project combines LEGO, robotics, and seawater into a playground of project-based learning and citizen science for buddin…
Seventy percent of nations have deep-sea environments within their maritime Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs), yet only 16 percent of them ar…
"Maka" - Eye, "Niu" - CoconutMaka Niu, aka the "CocoCam," is a low-cost oceanographic camera and sensor platform that enables th…
LILLI is an immersive, volumetric, reflective lightfield display using a hybrid of video and laser projection to visualize marine wildlife …
Biological Carbon Pump (BCP), which refers to the transport of particulate organic carbon (POC) from the ocean’s surface to the bottom, dir…
The Māori of Aotearoa (New Zealand) have a long and deep connection to their island and ocean ecosystem. Concepts such as rā…
Awards honor young professors in the Media Lab and departments of Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Chemical Engineering, EECS, + Math
Can we build a battery-free underwater GPS? While underwater localization is a long-studied problem, we seek to bring it to batt…
We present Piezo-Acoustic Backscatter (PAB), the first technology that enables backscatter networking in underwater environments. PAB relie…
To oceanographer Katy Croff Bell, the seas’ uncharted depths are full of opportunities to engage women and people of color in science.
New approach could spark an era of battery-free ocean exploration, with applications ranging from marine conservation to aquaculture.
We present the design, implementation, and evaluation of 𝑈2𝐵, a technology that enables scalable ad ultra-low power ocean IoT. At the…
A new device extracts energy from ambient noise
MIT received two Convergence Accelerator grants from the NSF—one of which is for the Smart Oceans 2020 conference co-hosted by the Media Lab
Did you know that submarines today still cannot wirelessly communicate with airplanes? For decades, communicating between underwater and th…
TransparenSea is an AI system that uses video from tuna longline vessels as input to identify dangerous fishing practices while at sea.Comm…
In February 2020, four members of Open Ocean were invited to travel to Hawai'i to undergo training...
Sound and space are fundamentally intertwined, at both a physical and perceptual level. Sound radiates from vibrating materials, filling …
Microbes are the foundation upon which life on Earth depends: they set the boundaries of habitability for all plants and animals and create…
A novel acoustic-based backscatter design offers an innovative scheme for underwater energy harvesting and data transmission.
Connected Coral integrates physical and digital elements in a visualization of the environmental impacts on reefs. This complex projection …
An underwater internet of things monitoring the effects of climate change or sampling waters on distant planets
Submerged system uses the vibration of “piezoelectric” materials to generate power and send and receive data.
At Otherlab, inventors build cutting-edge tech from exoskeletons and flexible undersea robots to clean energy devices.
Throughout the ages bioluminescence has inspired myths. Long ago, sailors in the Indian Ocean encountered massive bioluminescent blooms as …
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. …
TurboTrack is a 3D localization system for fine-grained robotic tasks, with unique capability to localize backscatter nodes with sub-centim…
Besides the interactive projection, the exhibit at the 'All Hands on Deck' event displayed microscopic imagery and artwork inspired by satel
In-Vivo Networking (IVN) is the new technology that can wirelessly power and communicate with tiny devices implanted deep within the h…
Descending into the dark sea is like exploring deep space.
Fadel Adib is one of 25 recipients of the Office of Naval Research's 2019 Young Investigator Awards, and the only awardee from MIT.
The deep sea is the common heritage of all of humankind and we must all share in the responsibility to be good stewards of it.
The New England Aquarium was proud to collaborate with the MIT Media Lab and National Geographic on the latest Open Ocean initiative event.…
MIT students, faculty, and collaborators gave Lightning Talks during Here be Dragons 2018
A new Media Lab initiative seeks to connect humanity with ocean exploration