December 6, 2022 - 4:00 pm
McGovern Seminar Room (46-3189)
Diego Mendoza-Halliday, Research Scientist, McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT
In person and open to the MIT Community.
Abstract:
Visual attention and working memory are two different cognitive functions. However, because of their close relationship and interactions, it is often claimed that they share the same underlying neuronal mechanisms. Here, I will first describe...
November 22, 2022 - 4:00 pm
Virtual
Margaret Livingstone, Harvard Medical School
Margaret Livingstone is the Takeda Professor of Neurobiology in the Blavatnik Institute of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. Livingstone has long been interested in how tuning properties of individual neurons can be clustered at a gross level in the brain. The lab began by looking at the...
November 17, 2022 - 12:30 pm
Society for Neuroscience honors BCS professor for breakthrough research modeling a component of the brain’s navigational system. The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) has awarded the Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience to Ila Fiete, professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, associate member of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, and director of the K. Lisa Yang Integrative Computational Neuroscience...
headshot of Winrich Freiwald in a suit.
November 8, 2022 - 4:00 pm
Singleton Auditorium (46-3002)
Prof. Winrich Freiwald, The Rockefeller University
Current understanding of the neural mechanisms of face processing, and the computational principles they employ, is based, primarily, on studies of a set of fMRI-identified face areas inside macaque inferotemporal cortex. These face areas contain very high fractions of face cells, occur at...
November 4, 2022 - 8:30 am
Singleton Auditorium (46-3002)
James DiCarlo, Tomaso Poggio, Joshua Tenenbaum, Nancy Kanwisher, Leslie Kaelbling, Ila Fiete, Evelina...
MIT's Quest for Intelligence aims to understand intelligence by tightly coupling scientific enquiry and rigorous engineering to address real-world problems that are beyond current machine capabilities but within the ability of natural intelligence. To achieve this vision, the study of natural...
November 1, 2022 - 12:45 pm
This machine-learning system can simulate how a listener would hear a sound from any point in a room. Adam Zewe | MIT News Office Imagine the booming chords from a pipe organ echoing through the cavernous sanctuary of a massive, stone cathedral. The sound a cathedral-goer will hear is affected by many factors, including the location of the organ, where the listener is standing, whether any columns, pews, or other obstacles stand between them,...
October 18, 2022 - 4:15 pm
PhD candidate Raúl Mojica Soto-Albors seeks to understand the rules of plasticity that underlie neuronal behavior. Olivia Young | Office of Graduate Education When he matriculated in 2019 as a graduate student, Raúl Mojica Soto-Albors was no stranger to MIT. He’d spent time here on multiple occasions as an undergraduate at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, including eight months in 2018 as a displaced student after Hurricane Maria in...
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October 18, 2022 - 4:00 pm
Singleton Auditorium (46-3002)
Prof. George Konidaris, Brown University
Abstract: AI is, at once, an immensely successful field---generating remarkable  ongoing innovation that powers whole industries---and a complete failure. Despite more than 50 years of study, the field has never  settled on a widely accepted, or even well-formulated, definition of its...
October 11, 2022 - 4:00 pm
MIBR Reading Room 45-5165
Phillip Isola and Brian Cheung.
This is meant to be an informal discussion in which Phillip and Brian will give an overview of transformer networks and then we will open the floor for questions and discussion. It is likely that we will have another meeting at a later time discussing what transformers may contribute to...
September 25, 2022 - 9:45 am
Neuroscience PhD student Fernanda De La Torre uses complex algorithms to investigate philosophical questions about perception and reality. Leah Campbell | School of Science Although Fernanda De La Torre still has several years left in her graduate studies, she’s already dreaming big when it comes to what the future has in store for her. “I dream of opening up a school one day where I could bring this world of understanding of cognition and...
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September 19, 2022 - 4:45 pm
Dear General Vision Sciences & Engineering communities, The goal of the Fourth Workshop on Shared Visual Representations in Human and Machine Intelligence (SVRHM) at NeurIPS 2022 is to discuss and disseminate relevant findings and parallels between the computational neuro/cognitive science and machine learning/artificial intelligence communities. In the past few years, machine learning tools — especially deep neural networks — have...
September 13, 2022 - 4:00 pm
McGovern Reading Room (fallback Singleton Auditorium 46-3002)
Profs. Jim DiCarlo (Director, MIT Quest) and Tomaso Poggio (Director, CBMM)
Topic: New Home: CBMM is now part of the MIT Quest for Intelligence Initiative
We will have a combined CBMM | Quest research meeting to discuss CBMM’s recent move to the MIT Quest for Intelligence Initiative (MIT Quest.) A reception will be held immediately following the meeting. Hope you will be...
August 30, 2022 - 2:15 pm
On its own, a new machine-learning model discovers linguistic rules that often match up with those created by human experts. Adam Zewe | MIT News Office Human languages are notoriously complex, and linguists have long thought it would be impossible to teach a machine how to analyze speech sounds and word structures in the way human investigators do. But researchers at MIT, Cornell University, and McGill University have taken a step in this...
August 25, 2022 - 6:30 am
MIT scientists have discovered a population of neurons that light up whenever we see images of food. Anne Trafton | MIT News Office A gooey slice of pizza. A pile of crispy French fries. Ice cream dripping down a cone on a hot summer day. When you look at any of these foods, a specialized part of your visual cortex lights up, according to a new study from MIT neuroscientists. This newly discovered population of food-responsive neurons is located...
August 12, 2022 - 12:45 pm
By Kim Hyun-bin Hyundai Motor Group announced Friday the launch of the Boston Dynamics AI Institute with the goal of making fundamental advances in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and intelligent machines. Hyundai and Boston Dynamics will make an initial investment of more than $400 million in the new institute, which will be led by Marc Raibert, founder of Boston Dynamics. As a research-first organization, the institute will work on...

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