An Intel research center based at MIT will be the cornerstone of a new research project dubbed ‘bigdata@CSAIL.’
Madden himself is involved in a host of big-data projects, including the CarTel initiative, which he co-leads with Hari Balakrishnan, the Fujitsu Professor in EECS, and Daniela Rus, the newly appointed director of CSAIL, who also spoke at the event. Madden explained that the CarTel project has equipped a fleet of Boston-area cabs with sensors and developed innovative algorithms to process the data they collect. One application he described was an algorithm for computing the most reliable route between any two points; another was a map of potholes.
Intel has committed $2.5 million a year to the center for at least the next three years, with an additional two-year commitment possible if the center passes a three-year review.
Exciting stuff. Future Mobility @ SMART is certainly a big-data project as well.