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.  
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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...
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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...
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October 19, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Prof. Daniel J. Kersten, University of Minnesota
Abstract: The existence of feedforward and feedback neural connections between areas in the primate visual cortical hierarchy is well known.  While there is a general consensus for how feedforward connections support the sequential stages of visual processing for tasks such as object recognition,...
Paul G. Allen
October 16, 2018 - 2:15 pm
Technology and life sciences leaders say they’ll remember Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist, and investor who passed away Monday at age 65, as an “inspiration” whose work will impact the fields he worked in for years to come. Allen died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to a statement from Vulcan, the Seattle-based philanthropy and investment firm he led. Allen was in Seattle at the time of his passing,...
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October 12, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Prof. Samory Kpotufe, Princeton University
Abstract:  Estimating the mode or modal-sets (i.e. extrema points or surfaces) of an unknown density from sample is a basic problem in data analysis. Such estimation is relevant to other problems such as clustering, outlier detection, or can simply serve to identify low-dimensional structures in...
brain shaped out of different currency symbols
October 10, 2018 - 4:45 pm
Micron Ventures announced it will invest up to $100 million in venture funding targeted at technology startups focused on artificial intelligence (AI), with twenty percent aimed at startups led by women and other underrepresented groups. -- The inaugural Micron Insight 2018 event gathered industry leaders from Amazon, BMW, Google, Qualcomm, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and Visteon, along with author, cosmic explorer and MIT professor of physics, Max...
Prof. Tomaso Poggio
October 5, 2018 - 1:00 pm
CBMM Director Tomaso Poggio will be giving the plenary talk at Fujitsu Laboratories Advanced Technology Symposium 2018 (FLATS 2018), on October 9, 2018, in the Santa Clara Convention Center. Fujitsu Laboratories hosts the annual invitation-only event bringing together the best minds from industry, academia, and government to discuss future developments in technology and their impact. The theme of this year’s symposium is "Make AI Trustworthy!...
BMM Summer Course 2018 students working together
October 5, 2018 - 11:00 am
New investment supports intelligence research, student fellowships Julie Pryor | McGovern Institute for Brain Research | MIT News October 4, 2018 Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. and MIT's Center for Brains, Minds and Machines (CBMM) today announced a multi-year philanthropic partnership focused on advancing the science and engineering of intelligence while supporting the next generation of researchers in this emerging field. The new commitment...
MIT researchers have devised a way to help robots navigate environments more like humans do.
October 4, 2018 - 10:30 am
In simulations, robots move through new environments by exploring, observing, and drawing from learned experiences. by Rob Matheson | MIT News Office When moving through a crowd to reach some end goal, humans can usually navigate the space safely without thinking too much. They can learn from the behavior of others and note any obstacles to avoid. Robots, on the other hand, struggle with such navigational concepts. MIT researchers have now...