August 19, 2020 - 11:45 am
New book from the MIT Press explains how to 'Speak and Write to Persuade and Inform' The MIT Press Announcement from the MIT Press: Make it Clear by legendary MIT professor Patrick Henry Wilson to publish September 22nd "He had an uncanny ability to synthesize seemingly disparate ideas into clear, concise, didactic, and impactful statements, combined with an original and distinct way of thinking." - Gabriel Kreiman, Harvard University "At the...
August 14, 2020 - 8:45 am
New statistical model may help scientists understand how animals infer whether surroundings are novel or haven’t changed enough to be a new context. by David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory Among the many things rodents have taught neuroscientists is that, in a region called the hippocampus, the brain creates a new map for every unique spatial context — for instance, a different room or maze. But scientists have so far...
August 7, 2020 - 11:30 am
The Herbert A. Simon Prize recognizes scientists who have made important and sustained contributions to understanding human and machine intelligence through the design, creation, and study of computational artifacts that exhibit high-level cognition. The Cognitive Systems Foundation and the Herbert Simon Society co-sponsor the Prize, which comes with a cash award of $10,000. Last year, after considering some excellent...
August 4, 2020 - 10:00 am
Part of the visual cortex dedicated to recognizing objects appears predisposed to identifying words and letters, a study finds. Anne Trafton | MIT News Office Humans began to develop systems of reading and writing only within the past few thousand years. Our reading abilities set us apart from other animal species, but a few thousand years is much too short a timeframe for our brains to have evolved new areas specifically devoted to reading. To...
August 2, 2020 - 1:45 pm
MIT researchers’ new theory illuminates machine learning’s black box. by Cami Rosso The resurgence of artificial intelligence (AI) is largely due to advances in pattern-recognition due to deep learning, a form of machine learning that does not require explicit hard-coding. The architecture of deep neural networks is somewhat inspired by the biological brain and neuroscience. Like the biological brain, the inner workings of exactly why deep...
July 21, 2020 - 10:45 am
Recent advances give theoretical insight into why deep learning networks are successful By Sabbi Lall, McGovern Institute Deep learning systems are revolutionizing technology around us, from voice recognition that pairs you with your phone to autonomous vehicles that are increasingly able to see and recognize obstacles ahead. But much of this success involves trial and error when it comes to the deep learning networks themselves. A group of MIT...
July 14, 2020 - 8:45 am
The following article is about a science outreach programs organized by the CBMM Outreach Coordinator Mandana Sassanfar with the participation of our Nancy Kanwisher. The science program for local high school students is remote this year, as MIT instructors create at-home lab experiences. by Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology A kickoff event on June 24 commenced a summer of science for local high school students. Established in 2017 as a...
July 1, 2020 - 12:15 pm
Acoustic and biological constraints shape how we hear harmony across cultures. Watch Video Sabbi Lall | McGovern Institute for Brain Research Many forms of Western music make use of harmony, or the sound created by certain pairs of notes. A longstanding question is why some combinations of notes are perceived as pleasant while others sound jarring to the ear. Are the combinations we favor a universal phenomenon? Or are they specific to Western...
June 25, 2020 - 1:15 pm
The following story contains direct information on research efforts by CBMM PIs Antonio Torralba and Joshua Tenenbaum released in a jointly authored paper - https://arxiv.org/abs/2004.09476 Music gesture artificial intelligence tool developed at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab uses body movements to isolate the sounds of individual instruments. Kim Martineau | MIT Quest for Intelligence We listen to music with our ears, but also our eyes,...
June 23, 2020 - 2:00 pm
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Marco Baroni, Facebook AI Research (Paris) and Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies (Barcelona...
Title:
Is compositionality over-rated? A view from emergent neural network language analysis
Abstract:
Compositionality is the property whereby linguistic expressions that denote new composite meanings are derived by a rule-based combination of expressions denoting their parts. Linguists agree that...
June 22, 2020 - 1:15 pm
The following story contains information on infant research conducted by CBMM PI Rebecca Saxe. The Netflix series discussed also features CBMM PI Laura Schulz and her research with toddlers - https://www.netflix.com/babies. Babies' brains light up when they see someone they love – plus more lessons learned from the show's second season By Victoria Richards ...Babies’ brains are the same as adult brains. Rebecca Saxe, Professor of Neuroscience at...
June 9, 2020 - 2:00 pm
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Hossein Mobahi, Google Research
TITLE:
Improving Generalization Performance by Self-Training and Self-Distillation
 
ABSTRACT:
In supervised learning we often seek a model which minimizes (to epsilon optimality) a loss function over a training set, possibly subject to some (implicit or explicit) regularization. Suppose you train...
June 9, 2020 - 1:30 pm
The following story contains direct information on research efforts by CBMM PI Laura Schulz, CBMM Research Collaborator and Alumnus Julian Jara-Ettinger and a platform that multiple CBMM sponsored research projects participate in. Children Helping Science, co-led by Professor Laura Schulz, brings research to families, and families to research. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on mobility and contact has prompted a group of researchers to...
May 19, 2020 - 2:30 pm
We’ve built machines that are capable of incredible feats, yet still they have nothing on a baby. By Will Knight Elizabeth Spelke, a cognitive psychologist at Harvard, has spent her career testing the world’s most sophisticated learning system—the mind of a baby. Gurgling infants might seem like no match for artificial intelligence. They are terrible at labeling images, hopeless at mining text, and awful at videogames. Then again, babies can do...
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May 19, 2020 - 2:00 pm
Noga Zaslavsky
 
Title: Efficient compression and linguistic meaning in humans and machines
 
Abstract: In this talk, I will argue that efficient compression may provide a fundamental principle underlying the human capacity to communicate and reason about meaning, and may help to inform machines with similar...

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