Photo of Jeff Hawkins
December 15, 2017 - 4:00 pm
Jeff Hawkins, Co-Founder, Numenta
Talk title and abstract to be announced.
Speaker Biography:  Jeff is an engineer, serial entrepreneur, scientist, inventor and author. His life-long interest in neuroscience and theories of the neocortex has driven his passion for building a technology based on neocortical theory. Previously, he...
Wei Ding & Akram Bayat
December 1, 2017 - 4:00 pm
Akram Bayat (UMass Boston, Visual Attention Lab) , Wei Ding (UMass Boston, Knowledge Discovery Lab)
Host: Mandana Sassanfar
Akram Bayat: From Motor Control to Scene Perception: Using Machine Learning to Study Human Behavior and Cognition
Abstract:
In this talk we will go over the projects that I have conducted at the Visual Attention Lab at UMass Boston.
Human activity understanding is an...
Klaus-Robert Müller
November 17, 2017 - 2:00 pm
Klaus-Robert Müller, Technische Universität Berlin
Abstract: In recent years, machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) methods have begun to play a more and more enabling role in the sciences and in industry. In particular, the advent of large and/or complex data corpora has given rise to new technological challenges and possibilities...
November 7, 2017 - 3:00 pm
Autonomous cars and Go-playing computers are impressive, but we’re no closer to machines that can think like people, says neuroscientist Tomaso Poggio.
by Antonio Regalado
Intelligent Machines | MIT Technology Review
Excerpt:  "Recent advances that let computers play board games and drive cars haven’t brought the world any closer to true artificial intelligence.
That’s according to Thomas Poggio, a professor at the McGovern Institute for Brain...
Ryan Cotterell
November 3, 2017 - 4:00 pm
McGovern Seminar Room (46-3189)
Ryan Cotterell
Title: Probabilistic Typology: Deep Generative Models of Vowel Inventories
Abstract: Linguistic typology studies the range of structures present in human language. The main goal of the field is to discover which sets of possible phenomena are universal, and which are merely frequent. For example,...
Niko Kriegeskorte
October 27, 2017 - 4:00 pm
Niko Kriegeskorte , Host/Moderator: Josh Tenenbaum , Panelists (CBMM faculty): Tomaso Poggio, Nancy Kanwisher, James DiCarlo, Josh McDermott, Sam Gershman, ...
Questions that the panel will focus on include:
 
- What does it mean to "understand" the brain, and especially the ventral stream, in the era of deep networks?  Can we come up with better, richer ways of comparing representations in models and brains, which are more revealing of how brains...
Photo of award presentation.
October 24, 2017 - 9:00 am
Prof. Tomaso Poggio was presented with the sixth PAMI Azriel Rosenfeld Lifetime Achievement Award, at the ICCV 2017, in Venice, Italy. This award was established at ICCV 2007 to honor outstanding researchers who are recognized as making significant contributions to the field of Computer Vision over longtime careers. This award is in memory of the late computer scientist and mathematician Prof. Azriel Rosenfeld.
Past Recipients:
Olivier Faugeras...
Alison Gopnik
October 20, 2017 - 4:00 pm
MIT 46-5165 (MIBR Reading Room)
Alison Gopnik, University of California at Berkeley
Abstract: Gopnik will speak for 20-30 minutes about how the study of cognitive development in babies and older children can inform the development of AI systems, and also how ideas from engineering might further our understanding of cognitive development across the lifespan. This short talk will be...
AlphaGo Zero: Learning from scratch
October 18, 2017 - 9:30 am
"Artificial intelligence research has made rapid progress in a wide variety of domains from speech recognition and image classification to genomics and drug discovery. In many cases, these are specialist systems that leverage enormous amounts of human expertise and data.
However, for some problems this human knowledge may be too expensive, too unreliable or simply unavailable. As a result, a long-standing ambition of AI research is to bypass...
Graphic of someone tracking the motion of billiard balls
October 17, 2017 - 4:00 pm
Before assigning responsibility, our minds simulate alternative outcomes, study shows.
Anne Trafton | MIT News Office
October 17, 2017
“What’s really cool about eye tracking is it lets you see things that you’re not consciously aware of,” Professor Josh Tenenbaum says. “When psychologists and philosophers have proposed the idea of counterfactual simulation, they haven’t necessarily meant that you do this consciously. It’s something going on...
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October 13, 2017 - 4:00 pm
Prof. Alan Yuille, John Hopkins University
Abstract: This talk will update progress on a research program which was presented in “Deep Networks and Beyond” at the CBMM AI workshop at Stanford. The goal is to develop hierarchical architectures with the same strong performance abilities as deep networks but which are also able to model the...
October 8, 2017 - 1:30 pm
"Many leading AI researchers think that in a matter of decades, artificial intelligence will be able to do not merely some of our jobs, but all of our jobs, forever transforming life on Earth.
The reason that many dismiss this as science fiction is that we've traditionally thought of intelligence as something mysterious that can only exist in biological organisms, especially humans. But such carbon chauvinism is unscientific.
From my perspective...
October 6, 2017 - 4:00 pm
CBMM PIs
We will introduce the 4 proposed modules for CBMM's renewal. CBMM PIs will present and disucss their research plans and goals at CBMM for the next 5 years. The talks session will be followed by a reception/party (6pm-8pm) to celebrate the renewal by NSF.
Contact for details: Guy Ben-Yosef, gby@mit....
Photo of ten MIT and the Broad Institute researchers.
October 5, 2017 - 4:30 pm
MIT News
By Julie Pryor | McGovern Institute for Brain Research
October 5, 2017
"The High-Risk, High-Reward Research (HRHR) program, supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Common Fund, has awarded 86 grants to scientists with unconventional approaches to major challenges in biomedical and behavioral research. Ten of the awardees are affiliated with MIT and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard."
... "Ed Boyden, an associate...
Photo of Prof. Ed Boyden
October 5, 2017 - 4:15 pm
Prof. Ed Boyden has received the 2017 NIH Director's Transformative Research Award. This award promotes “cross-cutting, interdisciplinary approaches that could potentially create or challenge existing paradigms.”
Project Title: High-Performance Imaging Through Scattering Living Tissue
Grant ID: R01-DA-045549
Public Health Relevance Statement:
Imaging extended volumes of brain tissue, at rates that keep up with fast events like action potentials...