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Prof. Saxe is best known for her discovery of a brain region that is specialized for "theory of mind," people's ability to think about the thoughts, beliefs, plans, hopes and emotions of other people.
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Prof. Antonio Torralba has been named the inaugural director of the MIT Quest for Intelligence, effective immediately. Additional Quest leadership members, of both The Core and The Bridge, were also announced.
Mrs. Margaret McDermott
On May 3, 2018, Mrs. Margaret McDermott passed away at the age of 106. There are very few who have contributed to MIT as much as Margaret and her family did...
Patrick Winston at his desk
"Patrick Winston’s computer is learning about revenge, ambition, and murder. It knows that victory can make you happy. But it also knows you can’t be happy if you’re dead."
A striking feature of modern supervised machine learning is its pervasive over-parametrization. Deep networks contain millions of parameters, often exceeding the number of data points by orders of magnitude. These networks are trained to nearly ...
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Study tracks eye movement to determine how well people understand English as a foreign language. | MIT News Office
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The Cognitive Neuroscience Society presents the George A. Miller Award! to "recognize an individual whose distinguished research is at the cutting-edge of their discipline with realized or future potential, to revolutionize cognitive neuroscience."
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Prof. Kanwisher has received the The Heineken Prize "for her highly original, meticulous and cogent research on the functional organization of the human brain” and will be presented at an award ceremony on Sept. 27, 2018, in Amsterdam.
Candace Ross is a graduate student in the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines at the McGovern Institute. Photo: Kris Brewer
AI advances by industry giants like Google and Tesla, are based on engineering and computation, and little work in humans. Algorithms behind this tech come out of neuroscience research, so one of the next breakthroughs will likely come from here as well.
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This course explores the problem of intelligence-its nature, how it is produced by the brain and how it could be replicated in machines—using an approach that integrates cognitive science, neuroscience, computer science, and artificial intelligence.
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“Ed’s body of work has already transformed neuroscience and biomedicine, and this chair will help his team to further develop revolutionary tools that will have a profound impact on research worldwide.” - Robert Desimone, Director McGovern Institute
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The VSS Davida Teller Award was established in 2013 and is given to "an outstanding woman vision scientist with a strong history of mentoring."
Tomaso Poggio, the Eugene McDermott Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and director of the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines. Photo: Jason Grow
On a quest to demystify deep learning, Tomaso Poggio glimpses tantalizing implications for human intelligence.
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Award is in recognition of Prof. McDermott's "groundbreaking research into how humans hear and interpret sound." Award will be presented at the NAS's 155th Annual Meeting on April 29, 2018.
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Dr. Hermundstad discussed how the central visual system, operating with different goals and under different constraints, makes efficient use of resources to extract meaningful features from complex visual stimuli.