June 23, 2017 - 2:00 pm
Andrei Barbu
Title: On the road to understanding human and machine performance in object recognition
Abstract: According to current benchmarks machine performance on common object detection tasks approaches or even surpasses that of humans. Yet everyone's experience running object detectors indicates this is...
Photo of brain slice.
June 1, 2017 - 7:00 pm
The New York Times
"Pulses of electricity delivered to the brain can help patients with Parkinson’s disease, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and possibly other conditions. But the available methods all have shortcomings: They either involve the risks of surgery, from implanting electrodes deep within the brain, or they stimulate from the skull’s surface, limiting the ability to target electricity to the right brain...
Image from MIT News article
June 1, 2017 - 1:15 pm
Anne Trafton | MIT News Office
Excerpt: "Delivering an electrical current to a part of the brain involved in movement control has proven successful in treating many Parkinson’s disease patients. This approach, known as deep brain stimulation, requires implanting electrodes in the brain — a complex procedure that carries some risk to the patient.
Now, MIT researchers, collaborating with investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (...
May 30, 2017 - 4:00 pm
Noam Chomsky (MIT)  
Title: Language and Evolution
In their latest book, Why Only Us: Language and Evolution, Berwick and Chomsky discuss the biolinguistic perspective on language, which views language as a particular object of the biological world; the computational efficiency of language as a system of thought and...
May 26, 2017 - 4:00 pm
Kevin Murphy (Google Research) Host: Josh Tenenbaum
Abstract: In this talk, I summarize some recent work in my group related to visual scene understanding and "grounded" language understanding. In particular, I discuss the following topics:
Our DeepLab system for semantic segmentation (PAMI'17, https://arxiv.org/abs/1606.00915).
Our object detection...
Screenshot from Movie S1 - supplementaty materials, SicenceMag.org
May 26, 2017 - 3:45 pm
Bret Stetka | Scientific American - Neuroscience
May 18, 2017
"For many hours a day they pluck dirt, debris and bugs from each other’s fur. Between grooming sessions they travel in troops to search for food. When ignored by mom, they throw tantrums; when not ignored by zoo-goers, they throw feces.
Through these behaviors, monkeys demonstrate they understand the meaning of social interactions with other monkeys. They recognize when their peers...
NSF logo
May 15, 2017 - 8:00 am
This meeting is invitation only.
A DNA double helix is seen in an artist's illustration released by the National Human Genome Research Institute. (Handout/Reuters)
May 8, 2017 - 1:15 pm
By Eric S. Lander and Eric E. Schmidt May 5
Eric S. Lander is president and founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University. Eric E. Schmidt is the executive chairman of Alphabet, the parent company of Google.
For more than a half century, the United States has operated what might be called a “Miracle Machine.” Powered by federal investment in science and technology, the machine regularly churns out breathtaking advances....
May 5, 2017 - 4:00 pm
Erik Brynjolfsson (MIT)
Title: What Can Machines Learn, and What Does It Mean for Occupations and Industries?
Abstract: This talk will present a preliminary framework and approach for understanding the potential effects of machine learning (ML) on tasks, occupations and industries. Digital technologies have already had a...
April 21, 2017 - 4:00 pm
Jacob Feldman (Rutgers)
Title: Perceptual Organization From a Bayesian Point of View
Abstract: Perceptual organization is the process by which the visual system groups the visual image into distinct clusters or units. In this talk I'll sketch a Bayesian approach to grouping, formulating it as an inverse inference problem...
Image: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT
April 19, 2017 - 1:45 pm
Larry Hardesty | MIT News Office
April 14, 2017
"In the past 10 years, the best-performing artificial-intelligence systems — such as the speech recognizers on smartphones or Google’s latest automatic translator — have resulted from a technique called 'deep learning.'
Deep learning is in fact a new name for an approach to artificial intelligence called neural networks, which have been going in and out of fashion for more than 70 years. Neural...
Photo of Prof. Amnon Shashua and the audience during his talk.
April 14, 2017 - 3:45 pm
Amnon Shashua PhD ’93, co-founder of Mobileye, discusses challenges associated with autonomous vehicles in MIT visit.
MIT News | Around Campus
by Julie Pryor | McGovern Institute for Brain Research
April 13, 2017
"The field of transportation is undergoing a seismic shift with the introduction of autonomous driving — or computer-driven cars. Computer vision scientist and Mobileye co-founder Amnon Shashua PhD ’93 described the challenges...
David Vogel
April 12, 2017 - 2:00 pm
David Vogel, Trustee (Voloridge Investment Management, LLC)
Abstract: The introductory portion of this talk will review some state-of-the-art machine learning techniques. We will discuss concepts of ensembles and popular methodologies within this category. We’ll touch upon collaborative filtering techniques used for recommendation systems, and we’ll present...
Dr. Matt Peterson talking with Edgar B. Herwick III from WGBH
April 5, 2017 - 2:00 pm
The Curiosity Desk, a radio program on WGBH hosted by Edgar B. Herwick III, interviewed CBMM Postdoc Dr. Matt Peterson for a segment answering listener submitted questions. For the second part of the broadcast, Matt helped answer the question of "What are you looking at?". Listen in to find out the answer [starting at 2:13].
March 27, 2017 - 9:00 am
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Understanding intelligence -how we may be able to replicate intelligence in machines, and how the brain produces intelligent behavior- is one of the greatest challenges in science and technology.
There are many aspects of human intelligence which have been impossible so far to replicate in...