MIT, Intel unveil new initiatives addressing ‘big data’ – MIT News Office

Sam Madden, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and co-leader of the 'bigdata@CSAIL' initiative, addresses the crowd at the initiative's launch on Wednesday. In the foreground, from left to right, are Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) Director Daniela Rus, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, MIT President Susan Hockfield and Intel Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner. 
Photo: Jason Dorfman/CSAIL

An Intel research center based at MIT will be the cornerstone of a new research project dubbed ‘bigdata@CSAIL.’

via MIT, Intel unveil new initiatives addressing ‘big data’ – MIT News Office.

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.

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