Photo of Henry Evrard
October 26, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Henry Evrard , Head of Research Group CIN Functional and Comparative Neuroanatomy, Werner Reichardt Center...
Abstract:  Interoception substantiate embodied feelings and shape cognitive processes including perceptual awareness.  My lab combines architectonics, tract-tracing, electrophysiology, direct electrical stimulation fMRI (DES-fMRI), neural event triggered fMRI (NET-fMRI) and optogenetics in the...
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October 19, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Prof. Daniel J. Kersten, University of Minnesota
Abstract: The existence of feedforward and feedback neural connections between areas in the primate visual cortical hierarchy is well known.  While there is a general consensus for how feedforward connections support the sequential stages of visual processing for tasks such as object recognition,...
Photo of Prof. Samory Kpotufe, Princeton University
October 12, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Prof. Samory Kpotufe, Princeton University
Abstract:  Estimating the mode or modal-sets (i.e. extrema points or surfaces) of an unknown density from sample is a basic problem in data analysis. Such estimation is relevant to other problems such as clustering, outlier detection, or can simply serve to identify low-dimensional structures in...
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October 5, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Dr. Marilene Pavan, Boston University
Abstract: A fledgling biofoundry is taking shape within the new Biological Design Center at Boston University. The mission of the DAMP (Design, Automation, Manufacturing, and Prototyping) Laboratory is to develop novel biological systems using formal representations of protocols and experiments for...
September 21, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Eric Shea-Brown, University of Washington
Abstract:  There is an avalanche of new data on the brain’s activity, revealing the collective dynamics of vast numbers of neurons.  In principle, these collective dynamics can be of almost arbitrarily high dimension, with many independent degrees of freedom — and this may reflect...
AI Dialogue between CEO of Cheetah Mobile and MIT professor Max Tegmark [Pandaily]
September 19, 2018 - 3:00 pm
“This is the most important conversation of our time, and Tegmark’s thought-provoking book will help you join it.” As Stephen Hawking comments on the book Life 3.0: Being Human in the age of Artificial Intelligence, an AI masterpiece by MIT professor Max Tegmark, also the founder of the Future of Life Institute. On September 19th, Professor Tegmark paid a visit to the headquarters of Cheetah Mobile, China’s second-largest internet security...
  Researchers showed humans, monkeys, and computer models an odd assortment of objects and scenes.  Jonas Kubilius/DiCarlo Lab
September 17, 2018 - 1:00 pm
By Kelly Servick "PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA—While artificial intelligence (AI) has been busy trouncing humans at Go and spawning eerily personable Alexas, some neuroscientists have harbored a different hope: that the types of algorithms driving those technologies can also yield some insight into the squishy, wet computers in our skulls. At the Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience here this month, researchers presented new tools...
Robot AI
September 15, 2018 - 1:45 pm
by Phil Rowley "I’ve just finished reading the book Life 3.0 by physicist & AI philosopher Max Tegmark, where he sets out a series of possible scenarios and outcomes for humankind sharing the planet with artificial intelligence. But because you’re busy installing PowerPoint fonts or finding meeting rooms, I’m going to summarise it here. And because you’re double-busy I’m going to use a series of sci-fi films as a ‘mental...
Josh Tenenbaum on stage at EmTech
September 15, 2018 - 1:00 pm
We have lot of AI technologies, but no real artificial intelligence. MIT's Josh Tenenbaum leads a moonshot effort to close this gap by reverse engineering how children learn. By John Morris for Between the Lines "The world has seen remarkable progress in artificial intelligence in recent years, but general AI remains science fiction. One of the keys to making this leap could be the human brain. In a talk at the EmTech MIT conference this week,...
human and monkey brain comparison
September 14, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Julia Sliwa, The Rockefeller University
Our brain continuously decodes the complex visual scenes unwinding in front of us: both the nature of material entities, such as individuals and objects, and their immaterial interactions. I will briefly talk about individual recognition in monkeys and next turn to interaction processing....
digitized Waldo in a human eye
September 14, 2018 - 3:00 pm
Biologically inspired computational model can efficiently and invariantly search for natural objects in complex scenes by Kris Brewer Since 1987, people have been searching for the elusive red and white adorned “Waldo” in the visually crafted books of Martin Handford. This entertaining and challenging endeavor to find the bespectacled character illustrates a task that humans embark upon regularly in their daily routines. With a pan on the stove...
baby using laptop
September 13, 2018 - 12:45 pm
by Nicole Laskowski Senior News Writer Advances in AI have spurred high interest in the technology, but the road to making machines intelligent remains a long one, said MIT's Josh Tenenbaum at the EmTech conference. CAMBRIDGE -- Current progress in machine intelligence is newsworthy, but it's often talked about out of context. MIT's Josh Tenenbaum described it this way: Advances in deep learning are powering machines to accurately recognize...
Prof. Josh Tenenbaum
September 12, 2018 - 12:15 pm
Cognitive science and neuroscience could inspire the next big innovations in artificial intelligence, says the head of an ambitious new MIT-led research project. by Will Knight The next big breakthroughs in artificial intelligence may depend on exploring our own minds. So says Josh Tenenbaum, who leads the Computational Cognitive Science lab at MIT and is the head of a major new AI project called the MIT Quest for Intelligence. The project...
engineer with signs of "born" or "made"
August 27, 2018 - 1:15 pm
by Leland Teschler "YOU MIGHT THINK the way to make better engineers is to improve engineering education. Although there may be something to that idea, it is becoming apparent that factors outside the formal learning process may outweigh anything done on a campus. For example, it increasingly looks as though the engineering mindset is a function of preschool experiences. Consider this fun fact: For every 15 minutes of play, kids tend to use a...
figures describing the research on occluded objects
August 15, 2018 - 3:00 pm
Machines inspired by physiological and anatomical constraints to improve pattern completion by Kris Brewer When we open our eyes in the morning and take in that first scene of the day, we don’t give much thought to our surroundings and the fact that our brain is processing the objects within our field of view with such efficiency and lack of information to allow us to go about our daily functions. The glass of water you left on the nightstand...