Project Category Author Description
Analysis of Historic Structures Architecture Jennifer Thompson An analysis of historical structures is presented themed sections based around construction materials. Structures from all periods of history are analyzed.
Language Processing Linguistic Russell Jacobs This project considers models of sentence and discourse comprehension from the linguistic, psychology, and artificial intelligence literature, including symbolic and connectionist models.
Conversational Mandarin Chinese Linguistic Dorothy Austin Learn how to converse in Mandarin Chinese!
Linguistic Theory and the Japanese Language Linguistic Teresa Tan This project is a detailed examination of the grammar of Japanese and its structure which is significantly different from English, with special emphasis on problems of interest in the study of linguistic universals.
Form-Finding and Structural Optimization Architecture Irene Perry Inspired by the work of the architect Antoni Gaudi, this research workshop will explore three-dimensional problems in the static equilibrium of structural systems.
Building Technology Laboratory Architecture Jennifer Thompson Experimental methods focus on measurement and analysis of thermally driven and wind-driven airflows, lighting intensity and glare, and heat flow and thermal storage.
Introduction to Building Technology Architecture Earl Gonzales The course aims at providing a fundamental understanding of the physics related to buildings and to propose an overview of the various issues that have to be adequately combined to offer the occupants a physical, functional and psychological well-being.
Drawings & Numbers: Five Centuries of Digital Design Architecture Larry Morgan The aim of this course is to highlight some technical aspects of the classical tradition in architecture that have so far received only sporadic attention.
Ecologies of Construction Architecture Chris Riley Ecologies of Construction examines the resource requirements for the making and maintenance of the contemporary built environment.
Investments Accounting and Finance Gary Kelley This project is on how to make sound investment decisions through in-depth knowledge of the financial markets, rigorous analytical thinking and precise mathematical derivation.
Behavioral Economics and Finance Accounting and Finance Stephanie Rivera Topics include: prospect theory, biases in probabilistic judgment, self-control and mental accounting with implications for consumption and savings, fairness, altruism, and public goods contributions, financial market anomalies and theories, impact of markets, learning, and incentives, and memory, attention, categorization, and the thinking process.
Financing Economic Development Accounting and Finance Andrea Romero This project includes an overview of private capital markets and financing sources to understand capital market imperfections that constrain economic development; business accounting; financial statement analysis; federal economic development programs; and public finance tools.
Advanced Topics in Real Estate Finance Accounting and Finance Andrea Romero Introduces and surveys a selection of cutting-edge topics in the field of real estate finance and investments.
Engineering Design and Rapid Prototyping Aerospace Engineering James Marshall This course provides students with an opportunity to design, optimize, manufacture, and validate a physical system component. The projects from the course are included here. This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.
Internal Flows in Turbomachines Accounting and Finance Ruby Dixon This project address fluid dynamic phenomena of interest in internal flow situations. The emphasis tends to be on problems that arise in air breathing propulsion, but the application of the concepts covered is more general, and the course is wider in scope, than turbomachines (in spite of the title).
Aerodynamics of Viscous Fluids Aerospace Engineering Ruby Dixon The major focus of is on boundary layers, and boundary layer theory subject to various flow assumptions, such as compressibility, turbulence, dimensionality, and heat transfer. Parameters influencing aerodynamic flows and transition and influence of boundary layers on outer potential flow are presented, along with associated stall and drag mechanisms. Numerical solution techniques and exercises are included.
Structural Analysis and Control Civil Engineering Jeffrey George This course uses computer-based methods for the analysis of large-scale structural systems. Topics covered include: modeling strategies for complex structures; application to tall buildings, cable-stayed bridges, and tension structures; introduction to the theory of active structural control; design of classical feedback control systems for civil structures; and simulation studies using customized computer software.
Soil Behavior Civil Engineering Jeffrey George Topics to be covered include: consolidation and secondary compression; basic strength principles; stress-strain strength behavior of clays, emphasizing effects of sample disturbance, anisotropy, and strain rate; strength and compression of granular soils
Data Mining Computer Science Robin Murray Data that has relevance for managerial decisions is accumulating at an incredible rate due to a host of technological advances. Electronic data capture has become inexpensive and ubiquitous as a by-product of innovations such as the internet, e-commerce, electronic banking, point-of-sale devices, bar-code readers, and intelligent machines. Such data is often stored in data warehouses and data marts specifically intended for management decision support. Data mining is a rapidly growing field that is concerned with developing techniques to assist managers to make intelligent use of these repositories.
Knowledge-Based Applications Systems Computer Science Andrew Garza This course covers the development of programs containing a significant amount of knowledge about their application domain. The course includes a brief review of relevant AI techniques; case studies from a number of application domains, chosen to illustrate principles of system development; a discussion of technical issues encountered in building a system, including selection of knowledge representation, knowledge acquisition, etc.; and a discussion of current and future research.
Quantum Computation Computer Science Jason Arnold This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of quantum computation. Topics covered include: physics of information processing, quantum logic, quantum algorithms including Shor's factoring algorithm and Grover's search algorithm, quantum error correction, quantum communication, and cryptography.
Common Sense Reasoning for Interactive Applications Computer Science Dorothy Garcia This course will explore the state of the art in common sense knowledge, and class projects will design and build interfaces that can exploit this knowledge to make more usable and helpful interfaces.
Ambient Intelligence Computer Science Dorothy Garcia This course will provide an overview of a new vision for Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) in which people are surrounded by intelligent and intuitive interfaces embedded in the everyday objects around them.
Dynamics Mechanical Engineering Matthew Kelley This course reviews momentum and energy principles, and then covers the following topics: Hamilton's principle and Lagrange's equations; three-dimensional kinematics and dynamics of rigid bodies; steady motions and small deviations therefrom, gyroscopic effects, and causes of instability; free and forced vibrations of lumped-parameter and continuous systems; nonlinear oscillations and the phase plane; nonholonomic systems; and an introduction to wave propagation in continuous systems.
Advanced Chemical Experimentation and Instrumentation Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science Kathryn Watkins Focuses on advanced experimentation, with particular emphasis on chemical synthesis and the fundamentals of quantum chemistry, illustrated through molecular spectroscopy. The written and oral presentation of experimental results is also emphasized in the course.
Turbulent Flow and Transport Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science Kathryn Watkins Turbulence: its production, dissipation, and scaling laws. Reynolds averaged equations for momentum, energy, and species transfer. Simple closure approaches for free and bounded turbulent shear flows. Applications to jets, pipe and channel flows, boundary layers, buoyant plumes and thermals, and Taylor dispersion, etc., including heat and species transport as well as flow fields. Introduction to more complex closure schemes, including the k-epsilon, and statistical methods in turbulence.
Myth, Ritual, and Symbolism Religions and Theology Keith Garza Human beings are symbol-making as well as tool-making animals. We understand our world and shape our lives in large part by assigning meanings to objects, beings, and persons; by connecting things together in symbolic patterns; and by creating elaborate forms of symbolic action and narrative. In this introductory subject we consider how symbols are created and structured; how they draw on and give meaning to different domains of the human world; how they are woven into politics, family life, and the life cycle; and how we can interpret them.
China, Russia, and Central Eurasia Art History and Visual Studies Annie Martin This subject examines interactions across the Eurasian continent between Russians, Chinese, Mongolian nomads, and Turkic oasis dwellers during the last millennium and a half. As empires rose and fell, religions, trade, and war flowed back and forth continuously across this vast space. Today, the fall of the Soviet Union and China's reforms have opened up new opportunities for cultural interaction.
Japan in the Age of the Samurai Art History and Visual Studies Annie Martin This course covers medieval Japanese society and culture from the twelfth to the nineteenth centuries, when political power rested largely in the hands of feudal warriors. Topics include religion (especially Zen Buddhism); changing concepts of "the way of the warrior;" women under feudalism; popular culture; and protest and rebellion. Presentations include weekly feature films. Assigned readings include many literary writings in translation.
Statistical Learning Theory and Applications Computer Science Annie Martin Focuses on the problem of supervised learning from the perspective of modern statistical learning theory starting with the theory of multivariate function approximation from sparse data. Develops basic tools such as Regularization including Support Vector Machines for regression and classification.
Advanced Natural Language Processing Computer Science Raymond Ruiz This is a laboratory-oriented course on the theory and practice of building computer systems for human language processing, with an emphasis on the linguistic, cognitive, and engineering foundations for understanding their design.
Techniques in Artificial Intelligence Computer Science Raymond Ruiz This is a graduate-level introduction to artificial intelligence. Topics covered include: representation and inference in first-order logic, modern deterministic and decision-theoretic planning techniques, basic supervised learning methods, and Bayesian network inference and learning.
Machine Vision Computer Science Ryzal Yusoff Machine Vision provides an intensive introduction to the process of generating a symbolic description of an environment from an image. Lectures describe the physics of image formation, motion vision, and recovering shapes from shading. Binary image processing and filtering are presented as preprocessing steps. Further topics include photogrammetry, object representation alignment, analog VLSI and computational vision. Applications to robotics and intelligent machine interaction are discussed.
Agile & Test Driven Development Computer Science Ryzal Yusoff Theory – Learning about agile principles – Understanding how organizaFonal factors affect the development process – Looking at evidence for the efficacy of agile and testdriven development • PracFce – Applying agile principles in team project – Using test-driven development and scrum – Developing an agile mindset
Pattern Based Software Development Accounting and Finance Ryzal Yusoff The course aim is to introduce three types of software pattern:process patterns, analysis patterns and design patterns and to provide a systematic understanding of these patterns through the lectures and coursework.
Semi Structured Data and The Web Computer Science Ryzal Yusoff Semi-structured data is a form of structured data that does not conform with the formal structure of data models associated with relational databases or other forms of data tables, but nonetheless contains tags or other markers to separate semantic elements and enforce hierarchies of records and fields within the data. Therefore, it is also known as self-describing structure. In semi-structured data, the entities belonging to the same class may have different attributes even though they are grouped together, and the attributes' order is not important.