2021-2022 Grant Cycle

Disaster Response Optimization Using Aerial Assets

  • Hamsa Balakrishnan, Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Adriana Andreeva-Mori, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Toward the holistic digital touch experience: Revealing spatio-temporal processing for multisensory feedback in cutaneous displays    

  • Lynette Jones, Senior Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering 
  • Hsin-Ni Ho, Kyushu University

Planning for Aging Societies via Smart Shrinkage in the US and Japan

  • Brent Ryan, Head of the City Design and Development Group, Urban Studies and Planning
  • Takefumi Kurose, Kyushu University

Low-cost sensing for air quality, heat, and noise in the city. Exploring quantitative methods and citizen engagement strategies towards exposure estimation and mitigation.

  • Paolo Santi, Principal Research Scientist, Urban Studies and Planning
  • Yuji Yoshimura, University of Tokyo

New nanotechnologies for solar fuels production

  • Moungi Bawendi, Lester Wolfe Professor in Chemistry, Chemistry
  • Francesca Freyria, Politecnico di Torino

Controlling and imaging chirality and topology in magnetic heterostructures

  • Geoffrey Beach, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Gisela Schütz, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Identifying cellular regulatory pathways by integrating high-throughput screening transcriptomics and imaging using AI

  • Ernest Fraenkel, Professor, Biological Engineering
  • Peter Heutink, DZNE

Microbial Electrochemical Technologies for Pesticide Remediation

  • Ariel Furst, Raymond (1921) & Helen St. Laurent Career Development Professor of Chemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering
  • Ola Gomaa, Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority

Imaging Emergent Quantum Phenomena at Nano-meter Scales

  • Long Ju, Assistant Professor, Physics
  • David Ritchie, University of Cambridge

Graphene-heterostructured devices for integrated quantum photonics

  • Jeehwan Kim, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Dorian Gangloff, University of Oxford

Exploring Argentinian lake deposits as analogues of early Earth and Mars

  • David McGee, Associate Professor, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
  • Fernando Gomez, CICTERRA + Universidad Nacional de Córdoba

in silico and in vitro lung simulators for an implantable ventilator

  • Ellen Roche, W.M Keck Career Development Professor, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science
  • Daniel Hurtado, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Non-Destructive Detection of Spinodal Decomposition and Long-Term Thermal Degradation of Light Water Reactor Structural Materials using SCP/TGS Techniques

  • Michael Short, Professor, Nuclear Science and Engineering
  • Ayman Abughazal, Jordan Atomic Energy Commission

Early human arrivals to Greenland

  • Roger Summons, Schlumberger Professor of Geobiology, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
  • Mikkel Pedersen, University of Copenhagen

Digging Deeper - enhancing the gravitational-wave dataset

  • Salvatore Vitale, Assistant Professor, Physics
  • Gregory Ashton, Royal Holloway, University of London

Leveraging US Damage Data to Estimate AI-Based Hurricane Damage in Korea

  • Siqi Zheng, STL Champion Professor of Urban and Real Estate Sustainability, Urban Studies and Planning
  • Hyunjoo Yang, Sogang University

Tunable Topological Physics in Two-Dimensional Material Heterostructures

  • Long Ju, Assistant Professor, Physics
  • Xiaobo Lu, Peking University

Monitoring plant drought survival strategies from space

  • Dara Entekhabi, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Gabrielle De Lannoy, KU Leuven

Development of a quantitative methodology for assessment of novel anesthetic regimens

  • Emery Brown, Professor, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
  • Rafael Barra, Universidad de Santiago de Chile

prediction model using machine learning for postoperative outcomes for patients with preoperative anemia undergoing major non-cardiac surgery

  • Emery Brown, Professor, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
  • Susana Medina Gordillo, Universidad de San Buenaventura Cali

Subduction of the Caribbean tectonic plate revealed by atypical earthquakes

  • William Frank, Assistant Professor, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
  • Germán Prieto, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Biodiversity, Natural Climate Solutions and Cities in Colombia

  • John Fernandez, Director MIT ESI, Architecture
  • Juan Pablo Rodriguez, Universidad de los Andes

Predicting Function of Terpene Synthases with Machine Learning

  • Regina BarzilaySchool of Engineering Distinguished Professor for AI and Health, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • TOMÁŠP LUSKAL, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Clean Energy Applications with Mixed-Matrix Membranes of 2D MOFs

  • Mircea Dinca, W. M. Keck Professor of Energy, Chemistry
  • Karel Friess, University of Chemistry and Technology (UCT) Prague

Institutional Data Shaping Digital History

  • Kurt Fendt, Senior Lecturer, Comparative Media Studies/Writing
  • Jan Vondracek, Masaryk Institute and Archive of the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS)


  • Aram Harrow, Associate Professor, Physics (Course 8)
  • Martin Friák, Institute of Physics of Materials, Czech Academy of Sciences

Engineering cytokine receptor signaling for next-generation cell therapy

  • Michael Birnbaum, Associate Professor, Biological Engineering
  • Suman Mitra, OncoLille cancer Institutem CANTHER

Blending together seismology and geodesy to unravel slow slip's impact on the earthquake cycle

  • William Frank, Assistant Professor, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
  • Mathilde Radiguet, Université Grenoble Alpes

Wind tunnel experiments of lightning arcs

  • Carmen Guerra-Garcia, Atlantic Richfield Career Development Professor in Energy Studies, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Rafael Sousa Martins, Office National d’Etudes et Recherches Aérospatiales (ONERA)

The Mechanistic Cascade of Anosognosia in Alzheimer's Disease

  • Dimitrios Pantazis, Principal Research Scientist,Brain and Cognitive Sciences
  • Katia Andrade, Institut de la Mémoire et de la Maladie d’Alzheimer (IM2A), Pitié-Salpêtrière’s hospital

Experimental constrains on the origin of the first continental crust

  • Matej Pec, Assistant ProfessorEarth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
  • Anastassia,Borisova, CNRS

Unveiling a central regulatory mechanism of Nature’s most abundant enzyme

  • Matthew Shoulders, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Chemistry
  • Angela Falciatore, Sorbonne Universite

ComPunc. Comparative Punctuation

  • Kai von Fintel, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Linguistics, Linguistics and Philosophy
  • Paul Rössler, University of Regensburg

Humans in the Loop: An MIT-Fraunhofer IPA Collaboration on Collaborative Robots and Digitization

  • Amy Glasmeier, Professor of Economic Geography and Regional Planning, Urban Studies and Planning
  • Simon Schumacher, Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA

Enabling the Scale-Up of Metal Additive Manufacturing by Data-Based Synthesis of Simulation and Experimentation

  • A. JohnHart, ProfessorMechanical Engineering 
  • Christoph Meier, Technical University of Munich

Autonomous docking with tumbling space junk using gecko-inspired adhesives

  • Richard Linares, Assistant Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics 
  • Mohamed Khalil Ben-Larbi, TU Berlin

Does heavy metal pollution accelerate bone ageing and fracture?

  • Markus Buehler, McAfee Professor of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Richard Abel, Imperial College London

Towards Zero-Pollution Infrastructure Through Structural Optimization

  • Josephine Carstensen, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering 
  • Christian Malaga-Chuquitaype, Imperial College London

Energy-Efficient Carbon Capture and Chemical Separations using Porous Boron Nitride Adsorbents

  • John Lienhard, Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Water, Mechanical Engineering 
  • Camille Petit, Imperial College London

Coupling thermodynamics and AI to design durable and sustainable concrete

  • Elsa Olivetti, Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering 
  • Rupert Myers, Imperial College London

Megahertz Magnetics for High Density and Efficient IPT Receivers

  • David Perreault, Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 
  • Paul Mitcheson, Imperial College Londo

    Automatic 3D Design and Editing

    • Justin Solomon, Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 
    • Raja Giryes, Tel Aviv University

    Understanding the behavioral decision making behind chemical discoveries

    • Heather Kulik, Professor, Chemical Engineering 
    • Ori Plonsky, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

    Israel’s community-based healthcare, urbanization and environment as a basis for developing indicators for pandemic resiliency and planning healthy cities

    • Mariana Arcaya, Associate Professor, Urban Studies and Planning 
    • Noam Shomron, Tel Aviv University

    Non-invasive Acoustic Hyperthermia and Local Immunotherapy for the Treatment of Brain Tumors

    • Natalie Artzi, Assistant Professor at BWH, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science
    • Haim Azhari, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

    Integrating Machine Learning Methods and Discrete Choice Models

    • Moshe Ben-Akiva, Edmund K. Turner Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Tomer Toledo, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

    Vibrational engineering of ferroic order in van der Waals materials

    • Nuh Gedik, Professor, Physics
    • Dominik Juraschek, Tel Aviv University

    How abstract is phonology

    • Donca Steriade, Class of 1941 Professor of Linguistics, Linguistics and Philosophy 
    • Roni Katzir, Tel Aviv University

    Time Reversal of Nonlinear Hamiltonians for Quantum Enhanced Metrology

    • Vladan Vuletic, Lester Wolfe Professor of Physics, Physics 
    • Michael Rosenbluh, Bar-Ilan University

    GAP: image-Guided computational and experimental Analysis of fractured Patients

    • Markus Buehler, McAfee Professor of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering 
    • Laura Maria Vergani, Politecnico di Milano

    Advanced Safety Assessment of Nuclear Batteries for a Novel Paradigm of Low-Carbon Energy

    • Jacopo Buongiorno, Professor, Nuclear Science and Engineering 
    • Enrico Zio, Politecnico di Milano

    Learning-Symbolic Programming

    • Dimitris Bertsimas, Professor, Mathematics
    • Antonio Frangioni, Università di Pisa

    Hybrid Metamaterials for Enhanced Diagnosis and dIsease Treatment

    • Luca Daniel, Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 
    • Simone Genovesi, Universita di Pisa

    New genetic tools to study the role of serotonin in neuropsychiatric disorders

    • Guoping Feng, Professor, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
    • Massimo Pasqualetti, University of Pisa

    Carving spaces for energy efficient urban micro-farms using visualAI and IoT

    • Carlo Ratti, Professor, Urban Studies and Planning
    • Aldo Bischi, University of Pisa

    Advancing Responsible State Behavior in Outer Space

    • Danielle Wood, Professor, Media Arts and Sciences
    • Claudia Cinelli, University of Pisa

    Living Streets for Livable Cities

    • Kent Larson, Director of The City Science Group, Media Arts and Sciences 
    • Ilse Cervantes, Instituto Politécnico Nacional

    Crowd-AI Teams for Engineering Product Design

    • Faez Ahmed, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering 
    • Ioanna Lykourentzou, Utrecht University

    Unlocking the Potential of Cast Glass Structures through Additive Design

    • Josephine Carstensen, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering 
    •  Faidra Oikonomopoulou, TU Delft

    Digital Systems Engineering for Networked Infrastructure Transitions

    • Olivier de Weck, Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics and Engineering SystemsAeronautics and Astronautics 
    • Maarten Bonnema, University of Twente

    Metal (Oxy)Nitride Electrocatalysts for Sustainable Ammonia Production

    • Bilge Yildiz, Professor, Nuclear Science and Engineering 
    • Vasileios Kyriakou, University of Groningen

    Programmable biomaterials for Bioremediation in Peru using synthetic biology tools

    • Angela Belcher, Professor, Biological Engineering
    • Alberto Donayre, UTEC (Peru)

    Structural oddities

    • Nikta Fakhri, Associate Professor, Physics 
    • Piotr Surówka, Wrocław University of Science and Technology

    Self-Optimizing Additive Manufacturing

    • Wojciech Matusik, Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    • Tomasz Kurzynowski, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology

    Magnetic Nanocomposites for Power Conversion

    • Caroline Ross, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering 
    • Andrzej Janutka, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology

    Labor Market Implications of Automation in the United States and the EU

    • Daron Acemoglu, Professor, Economics
    • Martin Lábaj, University of Economics in Bratislava

    Wastewater monitoring – advanced source of public health information and possible approach for epidemics prediction

    • Leo Anthony Celi, Principal Research Scientist, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science
    • Tomas Mackulak, Slovak University of Technology

    Improving the Lifetime of the Next Generation Solid-State Batteries

    • Ju Li, Professor, Nuclear Science and Engineering 
    • Peter Siffalovic, Institute of Physics, Slovak Academy of Sciences

    Novel approaches and tools for fractional-order modeling of complex multiscale materials

    • Gareth McKinley, School of Engineering Professor of Teaching Innovation, Mechanical Engineering 
    • Igor Podlubny, Technical University of Kosice

    Senseable Matter

    • Andreas Merhsin, Senior Research Scientist, Media Arts and Sciences 
    • Vlasta Kubušová, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava

    SE(3)-Equivariant Descriptors for Structural Phase Transitions

    • Tess Smidt, Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 
    • Roman Martoňák, Comenius University, Bratislava

    New generation of 2D-material-based sensors for wearable applications and textile integration

    • Tomas Palacios, Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    • Fernando Calle Gomez, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

    High Temperature Applications for Sustainable Energy Conversion and Storage

    • Asegun Henry, Professor, Mechanical Engineering
    • Alejandro Datas, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

    Quantification of cause-and-effect interactions in turbulent flows

    • Adrian Lozano-Duran, Assistant Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics 
    • Javier Jimenez, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

    Cross-Cultural Innovations for Gender Equity in Public Transport

    • Anson Stewart, Research Scientist, Urban Studies and Planning
    • Ines Sanchez de Madariaga, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid