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    • 3D backscatter localization for fine-grained robotics 

      Luo, Zhihong,S.M.Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      This thesis presents the design and implementation of TurboTrack, a 3D localization system for fine-grained robotic tasks. TurboTrack's unique capability is that it can localize backscatter nodes with sub-centimeter accuracy ...
    • The aesthetics of absence : awareness in the age of neural networks 

      Groh, Matthew(Matthew Robert) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      In this hurtling technological age, the world seems more lost than ever before. When we optimize only for what can be observe, we can lose sight of the mysteries that help to define us. This thesis begins with the premise ...
    • Affective computing and crowdsourcing : subjective labels and sequential effects 

      Shen, Judy Hanwen. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      Online platforms displaying long streams of examples are often employed to gather labels from both experts and crowd workers. While previous work in crowdsourcing has focused on objective tasks and estimating error parameters ...
    • BioResonant interfaces : tangible, subliminal biofeedback to regulate physiological states 

      Choi, Kyung Yun. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      This thesis introduces BioResonant interfaces, which bidirectionally communicate with the user's body to provide information on their physiological state. This facilitates regulation of their stress levels and ultimately ...
    • Bricoleur : creative learning through video and computation 

      Hickey, Sean(Sean Michael) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      In his theory of constructionism, Seymour Papert asserted the importance of bricolage in the learning process. Papert defined bricolage as "a style of organizing work that can be described as negotiational rather than ...
    • Cheap talk and costly consequences 

      Loaiza Saa, Isabella. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      In this thesis, we use data on political interactions between country pairs to predict changes in trade. We implemented and applied a new feature selection algorithm called Boruta to build a compact set of predictor variables ...
    • Collective debate 

      Yuan, An,S.M.Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      Participating in online debate can expose people to diverse viewpoints, and thereby reduce polarization of opinion over controversial issues. However a lot of online debate is hostile and further dividing -we need tools ...
    • A computational model of moral learning for autonomous vehicles 

      Kim, Richard,S.M.Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      We face a future of delegating many important decision making tasks to artificial intelligence (AI) systems as we anticipate widespread adoption of autonomous systems such as autonomous vehicles (AV). However, recent string ...
    • Coordination of lower limb movement utilizing the agonist-antagonist myoneural interface 

      Shu, Tony,S.M.Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      The agonist-antagonist myoneural interface is a novel surgical construct that shows promise as a method of providing persons with amputation proprioceptive sensation of movement and force. This thesis aims to quantify the ...
    • Countering source bias in news 

      Anderton-Yang, David Wesley. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      Facts don't speak for themselves. What we accept as fact and the truth we derive from it are strongly dependent on both our opinion of the source and the agent of recommendation; how we encountered the information. In an ...
    • Cybernetic maintenance : exploring infrastructure legibility of waste systems at MIT 

      Cameron, Agnes Fury. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      If Waste is Information, what can be learned from an understanding of waste management at MIT as a complex information system? Through engaging people with their role within a waste system, can relations to and practices ...
    • Deep embedding approach to classify purpose of trips between cities from GPS data 

      Alhazzani, May,S.M.Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      I present a computational framework to identify purpose of trips between cities from GPS traces using a deep embedding approach. I extracted statistical features that captures trips characteristics that includes: temporal ...
    • Design and control of a Two-Degree-of-Freedom powered ankle-foot prosthesis 

      Hsieh, Tsung-Han,S.M.Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      Powered ankle prostheses have been proven to improve the walking economy of transtibial amputees although these powered systems are usually much heavier in weight than conventional prostheses. All commercial powered ankle ...
    • Design of an advanced sEMG processor for wearable robotics applications 

      Yeon, Seong Ho. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      This thesis presents the design and evaluation of a surface electromyography(sEMG) acquisition platform specialized for wearable robotic applications. While sEMG is one of the best ways to interpret human muscle and neural ...
    • Directed biogenic fabrication : programming cells and their ecosystems to grow civil infrastructure 

      Van Zak, Joshua. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      This thesis introduces and evaluates directed biogenic fabrication: a philosophical approach and technical framework for co-fabricating ecologically active civil infrastructure with living cells. I propose that imbuing our ...
    • Drivers of healthy online conversations about loneliness and depression 

      Fratamico, Lauren(Lauren Nicole) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      Loneliness is becoming a global epidemic. As many as 33% of Americans report being chronically lonely, with similar percentages reported in countries around the world. Additionally, this is a percentage that has risen by ...
    • Flexible-stretchable woven electronic textile system : a tailored multi-modal bodysuit for spatiotemporal physiological and physical activity monitoring 

      Wicaksono, Irmandy. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      The rapid advance of electronic devices and fabrication technologies have further promoted the field of wearables and smart textiles. Several challenges remain, as most of the current efforts in textile electronics focus ...
    • Funnel Vision : low-cost auto-stereoscopic 360-degree display with conical reflection and radial lenticular + contextual artificially intelligent character with procedural animation 

      Salvador, Emily M. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      Every year, we progress towards a new reality where digital content blends seamlessly with our physical world. Augmented reality (AR) headsets and volumetric displays afford us the ability to create worlds that are as rich ...
    • Gamma and the senses : explorations of multisensory cognitive approaches in Alzheimer's disease 

      Rieger, Alexandra,S.M.Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      We experience the world through our senses. Our consciousness is the culmination of our recalled perceptual associations. Stimulating the senses can yield remarkable biological effects for cognitive recovery; this is the ...
    • Genetic circuits for functional screens of Cas12a guide RNA libraries 

      Strait, Elizabeth Ashton. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      The discovery of CRISPR RNA-guided endonucleases have catalyzed huge technological advancements in the field of synthetic biology, such as the creation of gene drives: genomically encoded CRISPR systems capable of spreading ...