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Photo of a brain slice.
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, fr
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Scientific American - Neuroscience | Bret Stetka | May 18, 2017
Symmetry Regularization
The properties of a representation, such as smoothness, adaptability, generality, equivari- ance/invariance, depend on restrictions imposed during learning. In this paper, we propose using data symmetries, in the sense of equivalences under transforma...
Figure No. 1 from scientific paper.
A dedicated network for social interaction processing in the primate brain, Science,  May 19, 2017
Today: Kevin Murphy (Google Research) will discuss recent work related to visual scene understanding and "grounded" language understanding. Talk: 4pm, May 26th, MIT Singleton Auditorium (46-3002)
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In this talk David S. Vogel, an award-winning predictive modeling scientist, discusses state-of-the-art machine learning techniques and the application of the these techniques to healthcare, recommendation systems, and finance.
Figure No. 10 from CBMM Memo No. 067
In Theory III we characterize with a mix of theory and experiments the generalization properties of Stochastic Gradient Descent in overparametrized deep convolutional networks. We show that Stochastic Gradient Descent (SGD) selects with high probability..
Figures No. 1 & 2 from CBMM Memo No. 065
Deep convolutional neural networks are generally regarded as robust function approximators. So far, this intuition is based on perturbations to external stimuli such as the images to be classified.
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In this talk, Prof Feldman discussed a Bayesian approach to grouping, formulating it as an inverse inference problem in which the goal it to estimate the organization that best explains the observed configuration of visual elements.
A DNA double helix is seen in an artist's illustration released by the National Human Genome Research Institute. (Handout/Reuters)
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...
Figure No. 2 from CBMM Memo No. 064
While great strides have been made in using deep learning algorithms to solve supervised learning tasks, the problem of unsupervised learning—leveraging unlabeled examples to learn about the structure of a domain — remains a difficult unsolved challenge.
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On Friday, May 5, 2017, Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson (MIT Sloan School) will discuss a preliminary framework and approach for understanding the potential effects of machine learning (ML) on tasks, occupations and industries.
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".
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The complexity of a learning task is increased by transformations in the input space that preserve class identity. Visual object recognition for example is affected by changes in viewpoint, scale, illumination or planar transformations. ...
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Amnon Shashua PhD ’93, co-founder of Mobileye, discusses challenges associated with autonomous vehicles in MIT visit. | MIT News - Around Campus | April 13, 2017