Micah Brodsky's quick & dirty homepage

(1 + (int) (now – Sept 2005))-th year graduate student at CSAIL, affiliated with the MAC and PDOS groups and advised by Gerry Sussman (formerly by Robert Morris). Also resident NT hacker and pro-proprietary gadfly.


(Left: No, actually, my office isn’t in a cave, it’s in the Stata Center. But, a tangle of secluded caverns and twisty passageways furnished with crooked walls, drippy ceilings, mysterious mineral formations… they’re easy to confuse, right?)



Primary research areas: Amorphous computing; Systems & networking

Research interests:

·        Application compatibility

·        Software & systems reliability

·        Operating system security

·        Multi-hop wireless networking

·        Wireless capacity and medium access control

·        Natural computation and natural systems

·        Spatial computing and pattern formation

·        Control of deformable surfaces

·        Abstracted models of developmental biology


Contact: micahbro at mit dot edu



·        N. Kushman, M. Brodsky, S.R.K. Branavan, D. Katabi, R. Barzilay, M. Rinard. WikiDo. 8th ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networking (HotNets-VIII), October 2009.

·        M. Brodsky and R. Morris. In Defense of Wireless Carrier Sense. Proceedings of ACM SIGCOMM 2009, Barcelona, Spain, August 2009. (author’s version w/minor corrections; presentation slides)

·        M. Brodsky. In Defense of Wireless Carrier Sense. Master’s thesis, MIT, February 2009.

·        M. Krohn, A. Yip. M. Brodsky, R. Morris, M. Walfish. A World Wide Web Without Walls. 6th ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networking (HotNets-VI), November 2007.

·        M. Krohn, A. Yip, M. Brodsky, N. Cliffer, M. F. Kaashoek, E. Kohler, R. Morris. Information Flow Control For Standard OS Abstractions. Proceedings of the 21st Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP 2007), Stevenson, WA, October 2007.

·        M. Brodsky, P. Efstathopoulos, M. F. Kaashoek, E. Kohler, M. Krohn, D. Mazieres, R. Morris, S. VanDeBogart, A. Yip. Toward Secure Services from Untrusted Developers. MIT CSAIL TR-2007-041.

·        M. Brodsky and E. Kochhar. Nooks for NT. Undergraduate honors thesis, University of Washington, 2006.



·        M. Brodsky, G. Sussman. White Lies about Biology: Programming Deformable Surfaces. 8th International Conference on Complex Systems, June 2011. (slides)


Projects, past and present:

Deformable Amorphous Computing


Mining Application Dependency Data

Understanding Carrier Sense






MiniScroller – a navigation and selection tool for Tablet PCs (which really merits its own webpage!)



Spring ’11 – 6.945 Adventures in Symbolic Programming TA

Autumn ’10 – 6.946 Classical Mechanics: A Computational Approach TA

Spring ’10 – 6.945 Adventures in Symbolic Programming half-TA

Autumn ’09 – 6.004 Computation Structures TA / recitation instructor

Autumn ’07 – 6.02 Intro to EECS II TA



Fun stuff:

Silverlight Kaleidoscope – a kaleidoscope simulator I wrote in Silverlight / C#

Ripple simulator – a raindrop ripples effect, based on a Silverlight sample from nokola.com, but rewritten with more physically accurate mechanics using a hexagonal waveguide mesh with dispersion compensation


Requisite random list of interesting things else-web:

Computer science:

A Note on Distributed Computing (The Waldo rant)

Bad Linux Advocacy FAQ

Browser Security Handbook

Grieve with me, blue master chickenz (an XML rant)

The PC Guide

Unix Haters’ Handbook (an essential companion to The Art of Unix Programming)

UW/Berkeley/UCSD History of Computing lectures

Windows Research Kernel (get yourself a legal, buildable copy of the source to NTOSKRNL)



Algorithmic Botany

John Baez’s General Relativity Tutorial

Kimball's Biology Pages

The Macrogalleria - a cyberwonderland of polymer fun

Paul Falstad’s math and physics applets

Physical Audio Signal Processing for Virtual Musical Instruments and Audio Effects

Richard Hamming: You and Your Research



Last updated 6/28/2011.

Yes, I did compose this in MS Word. Life’s too short for HTML. =P