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Matthew Rabinowitz, 32

Giving GPS a sharper image


Inside buildings and the urban valleys of large cities, Global Positioning System technology is often inaccurate or unusable. Matthew Rabinowitz has sharpened GPS precision by exploiting the synchronization codes embedded in broadcast television signals. These codes allow a TV receiver to compile numerous signals into a single harmonious output. Rabinowitz, who cofounded Rosum and now serves as chief technology officer, has developed a handheld device that uses sync codes to calculate how far the user is from the source of the signals and thus determine his or her location. The Rosum technology refines GPS position readings to within a meter or two, even indoors and in cities.

2005 TR35 Winners

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Sharpening a computers listening skills

Vladimir Aksyuk

Making tiny mirrors for laser beams

Regina Barzilay

Teaching computers to read and write

Helen Blackwell

"Talking" bacteria out of causing infections

Thijn Brummelkamp

Silencing the genes that cause cancer

Martha Bulyk

Discovering how genes are regulated

Stewart Butterfield

Building communities through photos

George Candea

Protecting software from crashes

Bryan Cantrill

Tracing software in real time

Andy Carvin

Bringing Internet power to the have-nots

Narashima Chari

Setting the mesh networking standard

Jia Chen

Looking past silicon to carbon nanotubes

Bram Cohen

Upending the file-sharing world, bit by bit

Dennis Crowley

Moving online socializing into the streets

Matthew DeLisa

Delivering more medicine from microbes

Kevin Eggan

Using cloning to study degenerative diseases

Anita Goel

Building novel pathogen detectors

Saul Griffith

Following inspiration for inventing

Paul Hergenrother

Discovering drugs that defy convention

Katrine Hilmen

Getting the most out of oil rigs

Tracey Ho

Scrambling bits for a more efficient Internet

Trey Ideker

Defining and advancing systems biology

Hang Lu

Designing microfluidic chips to study cells

Samuel Madden

Simplifying wireless sensor nets

Yael Maguire

Inventing across disciplines

Melissa Mahoney

Making materials to treat brain damage

Rajit Manohar

Taking the clocks out of computer chips

David Pennock

Predicting the future of markets

Matthew Rabinowitz

Giving GPS a sharper image

Adam Rasheed

Pulsing the way to efficient aircraft engines

Daniel Riskin

Developing devices for wound closure and early heart-attack intervention.

Shiladitya Sengupta

Delivering drugs to cancer cells

Francesco Stellacci

Fabricating microarrays faster

Adam Stubblefield

Unlocking digital doors

Haitao Zheng

Tuning in "cognitive radios"


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