April 28, 2017 - 4:00 pm
McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT Bldg. 46 Room 5165
Noam Chomsky (MIT)  
Title: Why Only Us - 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...
December 16, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Max Tegmark, Josh Tenenbaum, Tomaso Poggio
November 4, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Ilker Yildirim (CBMM, MIT), Goker Erdogan (U. Rochester); followed by a discussion with Josh Tenenbaum and...
Generative models and deep networks in brain/mind modeling (two 25 min talks + discussion/debate to follow).
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October 21, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Alan Yuille (CBMM, Johns Hopkins University)
Abstract: This talk describes work on detecting and parsing humans into joints and semantic parts. It combines deep networks with graphical models for reasoning about the spatial relations between joints. We discuss methods for dealing with occlusion and scale variations. Finally we describe...
October 7, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Pedro Tsividis and Josh Tenenbaum 
NOTE - *Please bring a laptop, as this will be a participatory session. We will actually be playing video games for much of it. We encourage everyone to bring their laptop and actively participate.*
September 16, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Tomaso Poggio
Topic: CBMM state and updates  
- State of CBMM (Tomaso Poggio)
- BMM summer school recap (Gemma Roig)
- Engineering of Intelligence Teams (Greg Hale)
- Technology and resources for CBMM (Kris Brewer)
- NSF renewal proposal updates (Kathleen Sullivan)
- Upcoming meetings
May 11, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Harvard NW Bldg. Room 243
CBMM postdocs will lead a discussion on Object detection performance
May 4, 2016 - 4:00 pm
McGovern Reading Room (45-5165)
Speaker: Robert Gütig (Max Planck Institute of Experimental Biology, Goettingen)
Robert Gütig is a group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Experimental Biology in Goettingen where he researches spike-based learning and information processing in neural networks. He was trained in Physics at the Free University of Berlin (Germany) and the University of Cambridge (UK). He did...
April 13, 2016 - 4:00 pm
McGovern Reading Room, MIT 46-5165
Dr. Erik Blaser, Dr. Marc Pomplun, Dr. Jin Ho Park, UMass Boston
Abstract: Dr. Blaser (Psychology) and Dr. Pomplun (Computer Science) will give an introduction to ongoing research both in their labs, and more broadly at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  Dr. Blaser’s area is visual psychophysics (including work on visual attention and ocular dominance...
April 6, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Moderator: Max Tegmark Panelists: Adam Marblestone, Boris Katz, Josh Tenenbaum, Gabriel Kreiman, Seth Lloyd...
Main topic: What similarities/differences should we expect between the brain and AI-systems?
On one hand, one might expect evolution and engineering to discover similar solutions to similar computational problems. On the other hand, the two are optimizing under very different constraints: evolution...
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March 30, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Harvard NW Bldg. Room 243
L. Mahadevan, SEAS, Physics and OEB, Harvard University
Abstract: Geometry is typically associated with simultaneous processing of the relationship between objects, while probability is typically associated with the sequential processing of events.   I will  discuss some of our preliminary work on combining these subjects in two contexts: (i)...
March 9, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Harvard NW Bldg.
Patrick Winston 
I describe the Genesis story understanding system, and I explain why I believe Genesis sheds light on aspects of  intelligence that are uniquely human.  I show how Genesis exhibits aspects of common sense reasoning, conceptual understanding, cultural bias, hypothetical reflection, mental-...
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March 2, 2016 - 4:00 pm
MIT Bldg. 46 Room 5165
Jeremy M Wolfe, PhD Professor of Ophthalmology & Radiology,  Harvard Medical School Director -Visual...
Abstract: In a typical visual search task, you look for a target object amongst some non-target, distractor objects. In the real world, however, you often look for more than one thing at one time. In the supermarket, you might be holding a shopping list of 10 items in your memory. We will call this...
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February 17, 2016 - 4:00 pm
MIT Building 46, Room 3189
Haim Sompolinsky
Abstract: What are the computational principles underlying the transformation of sensory representations along brain sensory hierarchies? I will discuss recent theoretical results addressing: (1) the role of sparsity, expansion and noise in signal propagation in deep networks;  (2) the potential...