This talk will provide an overview of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), which is the largest interdepartmental laboratory at MIT with over 850 members, including nearly 100 faculty from 8 departments. CSAIL takes a computational approach to finding solutions to many of the most challenging problems of our world. We employ a long-term lens in order to unlock the secrets of human intelligence, extend the functional capabilities of machines, and explore human/machine interactions. CSAIL consists of approximately 50 research groups, each working on a multitude of diverse projects, a few of them will be described in this talk.
This talk is my attempt at encouraging Tsinghua students to consider a graduate career at MIT, and I would be happy to answer any and all questions concerning graduate admission.
Victor Zue received his ScD from MIT in 1976, and has been at MIT ever since. He is the Delta Electronics Professor of Electrical Engineering and and Computer Science, and the Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). In the early part of his career, Victor conducted research in acoustic-phonetic and phonological analyses of American English. Subsequently, his research interest shifted to the development of spoken language interfaces to make human-computer interactions easier and more natural. Between 1989 and 2001, he headed the Spoken Language Systems Group at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science, which has pioneered the development of many systems that enable a user to interact with computers using spoken language.
Outside of MIT, Victor has served on many planning, advisory, and review committees for the U.S. federal government and for many multinational corporations. Victor is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, and a Fellow of the International Speech Communication Association. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and an Academician of Academia Sinica in Taiwan.