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Finally! I've been waiting for an introduction to use my human brain forever! Mine came without any manual! - quote from an OCW Learner
"I have no idea how that happened, but it's a thrill to share cool things about the brain with people all over the world. I am so proud of MIT for starting the online learning revolution 20 years ago with OCW!" ~Nancy Kanwisher
A new machine-learning system helps robots understand and perform certain social interactions - from CBMM research in the MIT InfoLab Group headed by Boris Katz.
A new paper by DeepMind scientists and CBMM EAC Member Demis Hassabis on their solution to the 'protein folding problem' using their AI system Alphafold.
The 2021 CBMM Annual Retreat and tentative schedule has been announced!
AlphaFold neural network produced a ‘totally transformative’ database of more than 350,000 structures from Homo sapiens and 20 model organisms.
Scientists have long searched in vain for a class of brain cells that could explain the visceral flash of recognition that we feel when we see a very familiar face, like that of our grandmothers. CBMM's Winfrich Friewald and colleagues have discovered...
The challenges of tackling this question are so daunting that few have tried. But Heather Kosakowski, a PhD candidate at MIT, is determined to find answers.
A lifelong interest in teaching brought CBMM's Mandana Sassanfar to MIT, where she has established programs to engage diverse students and forged partnerships with institutes across the country.
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The Italian Scientists and Scholars in North America Foundation annually awards the Young Investigator Awards in various disciplines to outstanding, early-career Italian researchers working in the United States or Canada.
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The correct answer is: squishiness! Since the early years of artificial intelligence, scientists have dreamed of creating computers that can “see” the world...
Simultaneous measurement of neural rhythms and spikes across five brain areas reveals how propofol induces unconsciousness. Read the eLife publication about this discovery with authors including CBMM Research Collaborator Prof. Emery N. Brown.
Please help us welcome our newest Investigator Guangyu Robert Yang - who will be arriving at the MIT campus in July - coming from the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience of Columbia University.
Computer models that mimic humans’ extraordinary hearing abilities could improve treatments for hearing loss. MIT neuroscientist Josh McDermott hopes to develop computational models that can perform sophisticated auditory tasks as well as the human brain.
Prof. Poggio will give a talk at the Bower Award for Neural Networks for Machine Learning symposium honoring Kunihiko Fukushima on April 28, 2021 at 9:00AM ET. Click to see full list of speakers and register for the webinar.
Memory permits the reuse of past cognitive computations. Work by CBMM's Dasgupta and Gershman have suggested that memory may be much more ubiquitous, permeating many other computational systems.