Mobility and transportation are at the dawn of the most profound changes with an unprecedented combination of new technologies (autonomy, computation, and AI) meeting new and evolving priorities and objectives (decarbonization, public health, and social justice). And the timeframe for these changes – decarbonization in particular – is short in a system with massive amounts of fixed, long-life assets and entrenched behaviors and cultures. It’s this combination of new technologies, new purposes, and urgent timeframes that makes an MIT-led Mobility Initiative critical at this moment.
The MIT Mobility Initiative (MMI) is designed to effect fundamental changes in the longterm trajectory of sustainable mobility development. It serves to coalesce all mobility and transportation activities at MIT, knitting together our efforts on research, education, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement at the Institute into a greater whole. This series of webinars will highlight just a few of the key research areas to be explored. We will also discuss how industry can participate in the MMI as a research partner through the MIT Mobility Initiative Consortium.
Following the same paradigm shift that integrated circuits has brought to microelectronics, photonic integration is starting to transform almost every aspects of optics by enabling chip-scale microphotonic systems with performances rivaling their conventional bulk counterparts. New materials, device architectures and system integration approaches combined are defining and expediting the upcoming microphotonic revolution.
There is no doubt that technology is developing at breakneck speeds. More specifically, artificial intelligence (AI) has propelled us from information technology to transformation technology, aiming to bring us from operational efficiency to scalable predictability. Whilst there are many notable differentiators, one thing Industry 4.0 has in common with prior industrial revolutions is the clear impact on economics and society. Many of us can agree that technology has both the ability to bring us together and to widen the gaps between us. Once again, we are called to the challenge of protecting fundamentals, such as privacy and human rights, to ensure that the resulting decision trees and outcomes uphold ethical virtues.
We invite you to join this conversation with Dr. Hafrey and Prof. Trout, two esteemed MIT faculty practicing and teaching ethics in different yet integral ways. Together, we'll look at professional ethics in history, where we stand today, and our current trajectory. They will tackle questions, such as: How do you practice ethics at work? How can your company practice and model ethics? What are the pitfalls, and in what ways does technology help resolve or enhance them? What can we do to ensure we use AI for summum bonum - supreme good?
Over the past decade, research on the development of multi-cellular engineered living systems has produced technologies and capabilities that are now positioned to facilitate a fundamental understanding of disease processes and can help to identify innovative therapeutic strategies. Globally, while many labs are engaged in the development of new and more sophisticated organ models for drug discovery and screening, there is an urgent need to disrupt the way drugs are currently developed. Our vision is to humanize drug development based on a new approach that integrates microphysiological system models of disease and enhanced model control/interrogation, with modern systems biology and systems immunology. This is the focus of Living Machines, one of five threads in the New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET) program to reimagine engineering education at MIT in which sophomores, juniors and seniors, under the guidance of faculty mentors and instructors, learn, discover, build and engineer living systems for broad applications in biotechnology and medical devices. This webinar will share the perspectives of 3 MIT faculty, their research capabilities and interests in which NEET students can participate, and that of several NEET students and what they can or hope to achieve.
Join the MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) this fall for our second digital transformation webinar series. In this series, we will continue to explore key digital transformation topics of corporate interest, including digital strategies, operational agility, customer experience, and new technologies.
The digital future is here, and the threat of disruption looms large. The COVID-19 crisis has contributed to this disruption and notably accelerated the transition to a digital future. In our current rapidly expanding digital marketplace, what does digital transformation mean for your company and your business model? How can you stay on top, and even ahead, of these rapid changes? What challenges will your company face, and how can you prepare to successfully tackle what’s ahead? Please join MIT ILP alongside MIT faculty [and startups] to discuss and address these key issues in facing our digital future.
The design, testing, and processing of metals is becoming increasingly driven by computation and automation—for instance, gaps in physical models are addressed by machine learning, and additive manufacturing is crossing from prototyping to production. These developments foreshadow a digital transformation in the manufacturing of metal components and structures, optimizing performance across scales, from atoms to meters.
State-of-the-art information and communication technologies have become absolutely essential for all industries as the world is becoming more and more interconnected and data-driven. This trend has been further accelerated by the COVID pandemic. Where is the digital frontier today and what lies ahead? The annual MIT Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) event explores the latest research from across the Institute and its potential impact across industries. The webinar series will feature three sessions by six MIT faculty on the following topics: wireless communications, low power/edge computing and urban infrastructure. Additionally, a fourth session will feature MIT-connected startups presenting on the same topics.
As the world is going through an unprecedented challenging time, MIT’s industrial liaison program (ILP) will present, in collaboration with ZGC, a special symposium in Beijing themed “Emerging Technology, Resilient Business” to share insights in new technological innovations, showcase MIT-related startup enterprises, and further enhance MIT’s links with partners in China and around the globe.
Join the MIT Industrial Liaison Program for a four-part webinar series on Manufacturing 4.0, presenting the latest research and technology in advanced manufacturing at MIT. Each session includes a talk and Q&A with expert faculty in the field, startup presentations from founders affecting industry, and panel discussions.