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Media Arts and Sciences

Professor Hiroshi Ishii's musicBottles work as containers and controls for digital information - the 'sounds' of the violin, the cello and the piano in Edouard Lalo's Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 7.
Photo courtesy NCC
Professor Hiroshi Ishii's musicBottles work as containers and controls for digital information - the 'sounds' of the violin, the cello and the piano in Edouard Lalo's Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 7.

If anything can be certain about the future, it is that the influence of technology, especially digital technology, will continue to grow and to profoundly change how we express ourselves, how we communicate with each other and how we perceive, think about and interact with our world. These "mediating technologies" are only in the first stages of their modern evolution; they are still crude, unwieldy, unpersonalized and poorly matched to the human needs of their users. Their fullest development in those terms is emerging as one of the principal technical and design challenges of the emerging information age.

At MIT, the phrase Media Arts and Sciences signifies the study, invention and creative use of enabling technologies for understanding and expression by people and machines. The field is rooted in modern communication, computer and human sciences, and the academic program is intimately linked with research programs within the Media Laboratory. Computers and computation are the most prominent common denominators of this multi-disciplinary merger of previously separate domains. For underlying the explosive advances of the various technologies involved, we are discovering and cultivating a new set of shared intellectual and practical concerns that are becoming the foundations of a new academic discipline. In its simplest form, the field of Media Arts and Sciences can be thought of as exploring the technical, cognitive and aesthetic bases of satisfying human interaction as mediated by technology. In more forward-looking terms, it addresses the quality of life in the information-rich environment of the future.

For more information, go to http://www.media.mit.edu/mas/.

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MIT Course #Course Title
MAS.630 Affective Computing, Spring 2002
MAS.961 Ambient Intelligence, Spring 2005
MAS.963 Ambient Intelligence, Spring 2004
MAS.962 Common Sense Reasoning for Interactive Applications, Fall 2006
MAS.964 Common Sense Reasoning for Interactive Applications, Fall 2002
MAS.964 Common Sense Reasoning for Interactive Applications, Fall 2006
MAS.961 Designing Sociable Media, Spring 2001
MAS.666 Developmental Entrepreneurship, Fall 2003
MAS.966 Digital Anthropology, Spring 2003
MAS.962 Digital Typography, Fall 1997
MAS.110 Fundamentals of Computational Media Design, Spring 2003
MAS.450 Holographic Imaging, Spring 2003
MAS.712 How to Learn (Almost) Anything, Spring 2001
MAS.863 How to Make (Almost) Anything, Fall 2002
MAS.742 Industrial Design Intelligence: A Cognitive Approach to Engineering, Fall 2003
MAS.961 Numeric Photography, Fall 1998
MAS.857J Optical Engineering, Spring 2002
MAS.963 Out of Context: A Course on Computer Systems That Adapt To, and Learn From, Context, Fall 2001
MAS.622 Pattern Recognition & Analysis, Fall 2000
MAS.865J Quantum Information Science, Spring 2006
MAS.965 Relational Machines, Spring 2005
MAS.961 Seminar on Deep Engagement, Fall 2004
MAS.160 Signals, Systems, and Information for Media Technology, Fall 2001
MAS.965 Social Visualization, Fall 2004
MAS.845 Special Topics in Cinematic Storytelling, Spring 2004
MAS.962 Special Topics in Media Technology: Computational Semantics, Fall 2002
MAS.965 Special Topics in Media Technology: Cooperative Machines, Fall 2003
MAS.878 Special Topics in Multimedia Production: Experiences in Interactive Art, Fall 2003
MAS.478 Special Topics in Multimedia Production: Experiences in Interactive Art, Fall 2003
MAS.963 Techno-identity: Who we are and how we perceive ourselves and others, Spring 2002
MAS.963 Technological Tools for School Reform, Fall 2005
MAS.714J Technologies for Creative Learning, Fall 2004
MAS.962 The Nature of Constructionist Learning, Spring 2003