November 22, 2019 - 11:45 am
It’s not something most Harvard faculty spend much time contemplating, but Tomer Ullman likes to think about magic. In particular, he likes to think about whether it would be harder to levitate a frog or turn it to stone. And if you’re thinking the answer is obvious (turning it to stone, right?), Ullman says that’s the point. The reason the answer seems clear, the assistant professor of psychology said, has to do with what researchers call “...
November 19, 2019 - 4:00 pm
MIT 46-5165
Shimon Ullman
Topic: Combining vision and cognition by BU-TD visual routines ​
November 19, 2019 - 12:45 pm
Using deductive reasoning, the bot identifies friend or foe to ensure victory over humans in certain online games. Rob Matheson | MIT News Office MIT researchers have developed a bot equipped with artificial intelligence that can beat human players in tricky online multiplayer games where player roles and motives are kept secret. Many gaming bots have been built to keep up with human players. Earlier this year, a team from Carnegie Mellon...
November 12, 2019 - 4:00 pm
MIT 46-5165
Katharina Dobs(Kanwisher Lab)
Using task-optimized neural networks to understand why brains have specialized processing for faces
Previous research has identified multiple functionally specialized regions of the human visual cortex and has started to characterize the precise function of these regions. But why do brains have...
November 12, 2019 - 12:15 pm
isee, an autonomous driving startup for trucks, announced $15 million in Series A funding from Founders Fund on Monday. Unlike other autonomous driving and logistics startups, isee uses proprietary deep learning and cognitive AI technology to try to give its trucks "common sense," an area that other technologies struggle to replicate.  The startup is Founders Fund's first investment in the red-hot logistics sector. Still, partner Scott...
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November 5, 2019 - 4:00 pm
Singleton Auditorium
Thomas Serre, Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences Department, Carney Institute for Brain...
Title: Feedforward and feedback processes in visual recognition
Abstract: Progress in deep learning has spawned great successes in many engineering applications. As a prime example, convolutional neural networks, a type of feedforward neural networks, are now approaching – and sometimes even...
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October 29, 2019 - 4:00 pm
Star Seminar Room (Stata D463)
Thomas Icard, Stanford
Abstract: How might we assess the expressive capacity of different classes of probabilistic generative models? The subject of this talk is an approach that appeals to machines of increasing strength (finite-state, recursive, etc.), or equivalently, by probabilistic grammars of increasing complexity...
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October 28, 2019 - 4:00 pm
Singleton Auditorium
Mikhail Belkin, Professor, The Ohio State University - Department of Computer Science and Engineering,...
Title: Beyond Empirical Risk Minimization: the lessons of deep learning
Abstract: "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
MIT 46-5165
Mengmi Zhang and Jie Zheng, 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 book, Quantum Computing: An Applied Approach
Bio: Jack D. Hidary is a research scientist in quantum computing and in AI at Alphabet X, formerly Google X. He and his group develop and...
October 1, 2019 - 4:00 pm
MIT 46-5165
Andrzej Banburski, Poggio Lab , Title: Biologically-inspired defenses against adversarial attacks   Abstract: Adversarial examples are a...
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September 25, 2019 - 9:30 am
Brain and cognitive sciences professor studies how the human mind is able to learn so rapidly. Anne Trafton | MIT News Office September 25, 2019 Excerpt: Josh Tenenbaum, a professor in MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences who studies human cognition, has been named a recipient of a 2019 MacArthur Fellowship. The fellowships, often referred to as “genius grants,” come with a five-year, $625,000 prize, which recipients are free to use...
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
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...