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September 21, 2021 - 4:00 pm
Singleton Auditorium (46-3002)
Prof. Aude Oliva, Senior Research Scientist, CSAIL; MIT Director MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab; Director MIT Quest...
Abstract: The human brain is a time machine; We are constantly remembering our past, and projecting ourselves into the future. Capturing the brain’s response as these moments unfold could yield valuable insights into both how the brain works and how to better design human-centered AI systems. In...
September 20, 2021 - 11:15 am
Sanmay has worked with the US Treasury department on machine learning approaches to credit risk analysis, and occasionally consults in the areas of technology and finance. “Avoid incrementalism and the desire to measure the value of your research by competitive benchmarks and metrics.” Sanmay Das For this week’s ML practitioner’s series, Analytics India Magazine (AIM) got in touch with Sanmay Das, whose research interests are in designing...
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September 14, 2021 - 4:00 pm
Singleton Auditorium (46-3002)
Prof. Ila Fiete, MIBR, BCS Dept., MIT
The Fall 2021 Brains, Minds, and Machines (BMM) Seminar Series will be hosted in a hybrid format.
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Abstract: Episodic memory involves fragmenting the continuous stream of...
August 19, 2021 - 10:00 am
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July 22, 2021 - 2:30 pm
AlphaFold neural network produced a ‘totally transformative’ database of more than 350,000 structures from Homo sapiens and 20 model organisms. Ewen Callaway The human genome holds the instructions for more than 20,000 proteins. But only about one-third of those have had their 3D structures determined experimentally. And in many cases, those structures are only partially known. Now, a transformative artificial intelligence (AI) tool called...
Stuart Russell and Tomaso Poggio
July 9, 2021 - 11:45 am
Do we need to understand the brain to make progress in artificial intelligence? In the first podcast in the series, Stuart Russell and Tomaso Poggio contrast “deep learning” with our own organic neural networks. In an age of great demonstrations by the likes of Deep Mind and OpenAI, our guests make the case for focusing on controlled experimentation, and question the wisdom of using AI in science before it is fully understood. The mystery of...
people watching a virtual lecture in a conference room
July 9, 2021 - 11:15 am
by Hu Min World Artificial Intelligence Conference More than 100 scholars, professors and experts in artificial intelligence fields brainstormed the development trends of cognitive intelligence and the Conscious Turing Machine at a forum in Shanghai on Friday. Topics covered at the "Cognitive Intelligence – Change the World" forum included the science and engineering of artificial intelligence, prospects for classical AI, interactive teaching...
July 1, 2021 - 11:30 am
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. But the proposed "grandmother neuron"--a single cell at the crossroads of sensory perception and memory, capable of prioritizing an important face over the rabble--remained elusive. Now, new research reveals a class of neurons in the brain's temporal...
June 29, 2021 - 11:00 am
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. by Rachel Fritts, SM ’20 It‘s Ursula’s third time in the functional MRI machine. Heather Kosakowski, a PhD student in cognitive neuroscience, is hoping to get just two precious minutes of data from her session. Even though Ursula has been booked to have her brain scanned for two hours, it’s...
Mandana Sassanfar
June 24, 2021 - 10:15 am
by Raleigh McElvery A lifelong interest in teaching brought Mandana Sassanfar to MIT, where she has established programs to engage diverse students and forged partnerships with institutes across the country. Of all the offices in Building 68, Mandana Sassanfar’s is perhaps the most colorful. Her walls are lined with photos of students past and present, each of whom completed one or more of the six outreach programs she heads as the Department of...
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June 15, 2021 - 2:00 pm
This seminar talk will be hosted remotely via Zoom.
Guangyu Robert Yang, Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS),  EECS Dept., Schwarzman College of...
Abstract:  Recurrent Neural Networks (RNNs) trained with machine learning techniques on cognitive tasks have become a widely accepted tool for neuroscientists. In comparison to traditional computational models in neuroscience, RNNs can offer substantial advantages at explaining complex behavior and...
June 9, 2021 - 7:30 pm
ISSNAF, 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, in recognition of their significant and innovative contributions to their field of research. ISSNAF is very pleased to announce the Young Investigator Awards of 2021 and is grateful to their sponsors for their...
Photo of Prof. Robert D. Nowak
June 8, 2021 - 2:00 pm
This seminar talk will be hosted remotely via Zoom.
Prof. Robert D. Nowak, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Abstract: This talk presents a variational framework to understand the properties of functions learned by neural networks fit to data. The framework is based on total variation semi-norms defined in the Radon domain, which is naturally suited to the analysis of neural activation functions (ridge...
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May 24, 2021 - 10:30 am
The correct answer is: squishiness Story by Ben Dickson Since the early years of artificial intelligence, scientists have dreamed of creating computers that can “see” the world. As vision plays a key role in many things we do every day, cracking the code of computer vision seemed to be one of the major steps toward developing artificial general intelligence. But like many other goals in AI, computer vision has proven to be easier said than done...
Photo of Prof. Earl Miller (PILM, MIT)
May 11, 2021 - 4:00 pm
Prof. Earl K. Miller, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, BCS Dept., MIT
Host: Prof. Matt Wilson (MIT)
Abstract: Working memory is the sketchpad of consciousness, the fundamental mechanism the brain uses to gain volitional control over its thoughts and actions. For the past 50 years, working memory has been thought to rely on cortical neurons that fire continuous...

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