Prof. Josh Tenenbaum
December 14, 2018 - 9:00 am
R&D Magazine is proud to announce Josh Tenenbaum, PhD, a computational cognitive scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as the 2018 Innovator of the Year. Tenenbaum was honored for his work studying the nature and origins of intelligence in the human mind and brain and applying that knowledge to build more human-like intelligence in machines. A full feature on Tenenbaum’s accomplishments will be featured in the December...
Ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Photo: Kris Brewer
December 11, 2018 - 3:30 pm
by Sam Shead, Contributor Tech billionaire Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google, is optimistic that humans will be able to shut down dangerous machines should they start to appear. Speaking last week on an artificial intelligence podcast hosted by MIT research scientist Lex Fridman, Schmidt said that he didn't share the same concerns as people like Elon Musk, MIT professor Max Tegmark, or Nick Bostrom, a Swedish philosopher at Oxford...
December 3, 2018 - 1:15 pm
by Natasha Lomas Google-owned AI specialist, DeepMind, has claimed a “significant milestone” in being able to demonstrate the usefulness of artificial intelligence to help with the complex task of predicting 3D structures of proteins based solely on their genetic sequence. Understanding protein structures is important in disease diagnosis and treatment, and could improve scientists’ understanding of the human body — as well as potentially...
Photo of Dr. Ari Rosenberg
November 30, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Singleton Auditorium(46-3002)
Ari Rosenberg, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Abstract: Our sensory systems are unable to directly sense all the aspects of the world we perceive. For example, our perception of the world as three-dimensional (3D) is compelling, but our eyes only detect two-dimensional (2D) projections of our surroundings. Creating accurate and precise 3D...
November 20, 2018 - 2:15 pm
THE AI RESIDENCY PROGRAM AT X, THE MOONSHOT FACTORY At Alphabet (formerly Google) X, we create breakthrough technologies to help solve some of the world’s hardest problems. AI is ushering in a new generation of moonshots and moonshot-takers at X. Our residency program is geared towards those who want to apply their AI abilities in experimental yet highly practical ways to make meaningful progress...
Photo of Kerrie Greene
November 18, 2018 - 11:15 am
Double major Kerrie Greene builds connections in her research and her community. by Brittany Flaherty | School of Science Looking up at the sun-filled atrium of the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Complex, MIT senior Kerrie Greene smiles. “I love this building,” she says about the place that houses the lab where she first became interested in the inner workings of the human brain. Greene juggles many roles on campus and in her personal life —...
Left to right: MIT professors Emilio Baglietto, Rebecca Saxe, and Matthew Shoulders were nominated by their graduate students and are now honored by the Committed to Caring program as model mentors.  Image: Joseph Lee
November 14, 2018 - 11:15 am
For three Committed to Caring honorees, mentorship is demonstrated through generosity and making connections. by Courtney Lesoon | Office of Graduate Education The journey through graduate school is rarely straight and smooth. There are challenges and setbacks, students experience varying degrees of doubt and struggle, and many redefine their goals along the way. On this winding path, the guidance of a mentor can make all the difference to a...
Prof. Sasha Rakhlin
November 14, 2018 - 4:30 am
Stata Blgd, 32-155
Sasha Rakhlin, MIT, LIDS, CBMM
Prof. Rakhlin will be presenting the ML seminar talk next week in CSAIL, MIT Bldg 32.
Abstract: We revisit the basic question: can a learning method be successful if it perfectly fits (interpolates/memorizes) the data? The question is motivated by the good out-of-sample performance of ``...
Prof. Tomaso Poggio
November 12, 2018 - 9:15 am
[Google translated] Tomaso Poggio, director of the Center for Brains, Minds & Machines of MIT of Boston, studies the relationships between computer science and neuroscience. "The cars are better than us since the 50s, but we do not have to fear artificial intelligence".   View the PDF of the Italian article.  
Photo of Dr. Marilene Pavan
November 9, 2018 - 4:00 pm
MIT 46-5165
Dr. Marilene Pavan, Boston University
Abstract: A fledgling biofoundry is taking shape within the new Biological Design Center at Boston University. The mission of the DAMP (Design, Automation, Manufacturing, and Prototyping) Laboratory is to develop novel biological systems using formal representations of protocols and experiments for...
Einstein robot at chalkboard with equations
November 1, 2018 - 12:15 pm
Teaching an AI system the tricks physicists use to understand the real world produces an extraordinarily powerful machine. As a student, Galileo famously observed a lamp swinging in Pisa Cathedral and timed its swing against his pulse. He concluded that the period was constant and independent of its amplitude. Galileo went on to suggest that a pendulum could control a clock and later designed such a machine, although the first clock of this type...
MIT researchers have developed a “semantic parser” that learns through observation to more closely mimic a child’s language-acquisition process, which could greatly extend computing’s capabilities.
October 31, 2018 - 11:15 am
Computer model could improve human-machine interaction, provide insight into how children learn language. by Rob Matheson | MIT News Office "Children learn language by observing their environment, listening to the people around them, and connecting the dots between what they see and hear. Among other things, this helps children establish their language’s word order, such as where subjects and verbs fall in a sentence. In computing, learning...
October 30, 2018 - 9:30 am
By Matt Simon Boston Dynamics’ videos aren’t just famous, at this point they are almost a staple of the internet—typical stuff like robots doing backflips and opening doors for their friends. But the machines only became a YouTube phenomenon because someone grabbed the first video from Boston Dynamics’ website and uploaded it themselves. “We just had it on our website and someone stole it and posted it,” Marc Raibert, founder of Boston Dynamics...
Photo of Henry Evrard
October 26, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Henry Evrard , Head of Research Group CIN Functional and Comparative Neuroanatomy, Werner Reichardt Center...
Abstract:  Interoception substantiate embodied feelings and shape cognitive processes including perceptual awareness.  My lab combines architectonics, tract-tracing, electrophysiology, direct electrical stimulation fMRI (DES-fMRI), neural event triggered fMRI (NET-fMRI) and optogenetics in the...
The Schmidt Futures Challenges Project
October 22, 2018 - 11:30 am
The Schmidt Futures Challenges Project harnesses the power of technology, science, and people working together to take on 20 of the biggest challenges facing humanity over the next 20 years. To accelerate progress against these challenges, Schmidt Futures discovers the best work being done around the world and the best people doing that work. They then supply resources (research, expertise, ideas), invest early stage financial capital, foster...