October 29, 2019 - 4:00 pm
Thomas Icard, Stanford
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October 28, 2019 - 4:00 pm
Singleton Auditorium
Mikhail Belkin, Professor, The Ohio State UniversityDepartment of Computer Science and Engineering,...
Beyond Empirical Risk Minimization: the lessons of deep learning
"A model with zero training error is  overfit to the training data and  will typically generalize poorly"  goes statistical textbook wisdom.  Yet, in modern practice, over-parametrized deep networks with   near ...
October 8, 2019 - 4:00 pm
Kreiman Lab
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October 2, 2019 - 11:00 am
Singleton Auditorium
Jack Hidary, Alphabet X, formerly Google X , Abstract: Jack Hidary will take us through the nascent, but promising field of quantum computing and his new..., Bio: Jack D. Hidary is a research scientist in quantum computing and in AI at Alphabet X, formerly Google X. ...
October 1, 2019 - 4:00 pm
Andrzej Banburski, Poggio Lab
September 24, 2019 - 4:00 pm
MIT 46-5165
Kohitij Kar, DiCarlo Lab , Title:  Probing the functional role of by-pass (skip) connections in the primate ventral stream.    Brief...
September 19, 2019 - 11:15 am
How people interpret musical notes depends on the types of music they have listened to, researchers find. Anne Trafton | MIT News Office People who are accustomed to listening to Western music, which is based on a system of notes organized in octaves, can usually perceive the similarity between notes that are same but played in different registers — say, high C and middle C. However, a longstanding question is whether this a universal phenomenon...
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September 17, 2019 - 4:00 pm
MIT Building 46-3002 (Singleton Auditorium)
Maia Fraser, Assistant Professor University of Ottawa , Title: A distributional point of view on hierarchy
Abstract: Hierarchical learning is found widely in biological organisms. There are several compelling arguments for advantages of this structure. Modularity (reusable components) and function approximation are two where theoretical support is readily available. Other, more statistical, arguments...
September 10, 2019 - 11:30 am
By Chrissy Sexton Earth.com staff writer In a new study published by the Society for Research in Child Development, experts have found that children are taking notice of how adults face challenges and the amount of effort they are willing to put into reaching their goals. The research suggests that these actions, along with the words of encouragement adults may use, have a significant effect on persistence among children.  “Our work shows that...
September 9, 2019 - 10:15 am
Study reveals brain regions that respond differently to the presence of background noise, suggesting the brain progressively hones in on and isolates sounds. by Sabbi Lall | McGovern Institute for Brain Research In a busy coffee shop, our eardrums are inundated with sound waves — people chatting, the clatter of cups, music playing — yet our brains somehow manage to untangle relevant sounds, like a barista announcing that our “coffee is ready,”...
August 30, 2019 - 10:00 am
Marine Biological Laboratories
10am-10:30am        State of CBMM
                                    Presented by Tomaso Poggio
10:30am-11am         CBMM  beyond 2023
                                     Presented by Tomaso Poggio
11am-11:15am          Learning Hub review...
infant in seat watching video of woman picking up ball
August 21, 2019 - 10:15 am
We view ourselves and others as causal agents who pursue goals and act efficiently to make things happen, but where do these intuitions come from? In a new paper funded by the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines and published in PNAS, Harvard University researchers and co-authors Shari Liu, Neon Brooks, and Elizabeth Spelke show that three-month-old human infants, who do not yet reach for objects, nevertheless understand that when other people...
July 24, 2019 - 9:45 am
Bringing together artificial intelligence and neuroscience promises to yield benefits for both fields. Chethan Pandarinath wants to enable people with paralysed limbs to reach out and grasp with a robotic arm as naturally as they would their own. To help him meet this goal, he has collected recordings of brain activity in people with paralysis. His hope, which is shared by many other researchers, is that he will be able to identify the patterns...
July 21, 2019 - 9:00 am
“We have all heard that Patrick died yesterday in his sleep. I am writing with tears in my eyes. This is a sad day for me and also for MIT and for CBMM. For me, Patrick and MIT have always been together. When I arrived at MIT from Germany in 1981, he was the director of the AI Lab where my office was.  In the last decade, Patrick was for me one of the most important people at MIT, somebody I always trusted and relied upon for advice and...
July 18, 2019 - 4:00 pm
MIT 46-5165
Gemma Roig
Task-specific Vision DNN Models and Their Relation for Explaining Different Areas of the Visual Cortex
Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) are state-of-the-art models for many vision tasks. We propose an approach to assess the relationship between visual tasks and their task-specific...