Past Projects

WikiDo: Large-Scale Automation of Computer Tasks

2010 | Team: Dina Katabi with Regina Barzilay, Satchuthanan R., et al.

A software platform that will reduce the cost and time for computer support and maintenance – by automatically capturing best practices and solutions... Read more

Dislocation Density Reduction in Multicrystalline...

2010 | Team: Tonio Buonassisi with Sergio Castellanos, et al.

This project aims to demonstrate a scalable method to eliminate bulk defects in commercial solar cell materials (including silicon blocks or wafers... Read more

A Robotically Steered Electrode for Tumor Ablation

2010 | Team: Alexander Slocum with Rajiv Gupta, Nobuhiko Hata, et al.

Conventional thermal ablation for treating cancer is limited in precision and configurability as straight needle-like electrodes are manually... Read more

A Low-cost Mobile Diagnostic Tool for Self-...

2010 | Team: Ramesh Raskar with Chika Ekeji and Vitor Pamplona

Hundreds of millions of people, especially in developing countries have uncorrected refractive errors affecting their daily livelihood and leads to... Read more

On-Chip Diagnostic Device

2010 | Team: Geoffrey Beach with Elizabeth Rapoport

Functionalized superparamagnetic beads are the biomedical industry workhorse for tagging, manipulating, and detecting chemical and biological species... Read more

Tissue-Specific Adhesive Materials

2010 | Team: Elazer Edelman with Natalie Artzi, Joel Goldberg, et al.

A big problem after internal surgeries is leakage at the surgical site, leading to complications and inhibiting recovery. This project developed a... Read more

Device for Treatment of Cerebral Edema

2009 | Team: Michael Cima with Robert Carter, Fred Hochberch, et al.

Patients with brain tumors, radiation therapy, or brain surgery often have edema (accumulation of fluid) arising from inflammation in the brain. This... Read more

Nano-engineered Surfaces for Ultra High Power...

2009 | Team: Kripa Varanasi with HyukMin Kwon, Christopher J., et al.

As electronics become denser and consume higher power they generate considerable heat. This heat must be removed rapidly for the devices to function... Read more

Chemical Production of Functionalized Graphene for...

2009 | Timothy Swager

Graphene, a sheet of carbon one atom thick, is the thinnest and strongest known material. There are many commercial applications where graphene could... Read more

A Wearable Sensor for Continuous Glucose Monitoring...

2009 | Team: Michael Strano with Jin-Ho Ahn, Paul Barone, et al.

Diabetes patients require frequent monitoring of blood glucose so they can take action to avoid complications due to frequent hyper- and hypoglycemia... Read more

MEMS for Large Area and Flexible Applications

2009 | Vladimir Bulovic

There are many applications for (MEMS) in large area applications for sensing and actuation that are cost prohibitive with current silicon wafer... Read more

New Antibiotic Target

2008 | Team: Graham Walker with Bryan Davies, Asha Jacob, et al.

There is an urgent need for new classes of broad-spectrum antibiotics. Only three new classes of antibiotics have been discovered since 1962... Read more

A Novel Device for Label-free Cell Rolling...

2008 | Team: Rohit Karnik and Jeffrey Karp with Suman Bose, et al.

This project will demonstrate the feasibility of a label-free, non-invasive technique of continuous-flow cell separation requiring minimal sample... Read more

Digital Ear Canal Scanner

2008 | Douglas Hart

Hearing loss affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide. The performance of hearing aids is directly related to how closely they fit the ear... Read more

Stable Inorganic-organic Hybrid Light Emitting...

2008 | Karen Gleason

Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) currently employed in portable displays such as cellular phone and digital music player displays are sensitive... Read more

A New Architecture for Highly Efficient, Broadband...

2008 | Team: Joel Dawson and David Perreault with Sungwon, et al.

There is an increasing demand for the transmission of wireless data. However transmitting more data wirelessly uses more energy, reducing the battery... Read more

Supervalent Battery

2008 | Donald Sadoway

In the rechargeable battery field, the quest for higher energy density at lower cost will require radical innovation if we are to get beyond today's... Read more

Developing Novel Strategies to Arrest Biofilms

2008 | Susan Lindquist

Biofilm infections account for several billion dollars in health care costs every year. To establish successful infection, bacteria encase themselves... Read more

Quantitative Diagnostic for Allergies Using Single-...

2008 | J. Christopher Love

Allergies are now the 5th leading cause of chronic disease. This growing epidemic currently affects more than 50 million Americans at a cost of ~$18B... Read more

Integrating the Deep Web with the Shallow Web

2008 | Michael Stonebraker

This project will provide sophisticated search capability for the “deep web” of pages dynamically generated from data entered into forms. The... Read more