March 3, 2017 - 3:00 pm
We will be meeting to discuss our center’s upcoming External Advisory Committee (EAC) Meeting (March 23rd & 24th) and NSF STC Site Visit (May 15th-17th.) CBMM Research Thrust Leaders will discuss overall goals for these events, as well as coordinate the respective poster sessions.
February 24, 2017 - 4:00 pm
Nathan Wilson Ph.D., Co-founder and CTO of Nara Logics
Title: Practical Approaches to Industry AI Inspired by Principles of Synaptic Computation
Abstract: Artificial cognitive systems are beginning to arise in organizations with an emerging nature and structure.  Neuroscientific principles are poised to transform this landscape for reasons that we will...
Ilya Nemenman
February 21, 2017 - 4:00 pm
Ilya Nemenman (Emory College)
Abstract: Last two-three decades have convinced the computational neuroscience community that sensory neurons encode information about the world not just in their firing rate, but also in the precise timing of their action potentials. However, whether this information is used by animals to actually...
Marine Biology Lab, Woods Hole, MA
February 14, 2017 - 3:30 pm
Update: the application deadline for the BMM Summer Course has been extended until Friday, April 7, 2017. Brains, Minds and Machines Summer Course 2017 A Special Topics Course at MBL Woods Hole, MA Directors: Gabriel Kreiman, Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School; and Tomaso Poggio, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Course Date: August 13 – September 3, 2017 Application Deadline: April 7, 2017 More information:
February 13, 2017 - 10:45 am
Over the past couple of decades, researchers like Saxe have used functional MRI to study brain activity in adults and children. But fMRI, like a 19th-century daguerreotype, requires subjects to lie perfectly still lest the image become hopelessly blurred. Babies are jittering bundles of motion when not asleep, and they can’t be cajoled or bribed into stillness. The few fMRI studies done on babies to date mostly focused on playing sounds to them...
February 10, 2017 - 4:00 pm
Dr. Brian Subirana  , Dr. Bror Saxberg
In this talk, Brian Subirana will first review research conducted over the last 120 years since Ebbinghaus's seminal work in 1885 on the forgetting curve. This review (joint work in progress with Aikaterini Bagiati and Sanjay Sarma) aims to understand whether, and to what extent, what is learned in...
Lung-on-a-chip, a product of Convergence research, quickly screens drugs for effectiveness and safety.
February 10, 2017 - 12:45 pm
Written by: Phil Sharp 1,2 Susan Hockfield 3,4,† Author Affiliations 1Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA. 2President of AAAS, 2014-2015. 3President Emerita, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA. 4AAAS President. † Corresponding author. Email:   Science  10 Feb 2017: Vol. 355, Issue 6325, pp. 589 DOI: 10.1126/science.aam8563   "THE...
February 2, 2017 - 8:00 am
The two-day workshop on "Speech representation, perception and recognition" is organized by the NSF-funded, MIT-based, Center for Brains Minds and Machines (CBMM), on February 2-3, 2017 at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT, Cambridge, MA.
The workshop will feature invited talks from...
February 1, 2017 - 1:00 pm
[From the January 2017 newsletter of the Future of Life Institute] "Two years ago, after an exciting conference in Puerto Rico that included many of the top minds in AI, we produced two open letters -- one on beneficial AI and one on autonomous weapons -- which were signed and supported by tens of thousands of people. But that was just one step along the path to creating artificial intelligence that will benefit us all.  This month, we...
January 17, 2017 - 10:45 am
A recent study from MIT found that people who are asked to repeat random series of beats tend to reorganize them according to familiar patterns — even if they don’t know they’re doing it. The findings, published in the Jan. 5 issue of Current Biology, could pave the way to a better understanding of the how people perceive and retain what they hear.    (CBMM related work)
Photo: Caitlin Cunningham
January 11, 2017 - 4:15 pm
Neuroscientists at MIT have adapted their MRI scanner to make it easier to scan infants’ brains as the babies watch movies featuring different types of visual input. With the new technique, the team found that in some ways, the organization of infants’ brains is surprisingly similar to that of adults. Specifically, brain regions that respond to faces in adults do the same in babies, as do regions that respond to scenes. Read the full story from...
Hands beating drum
January 5, 2017 - 3:45 pm
"Study finds the brain is biased toward rhythms based on simple integer ratios. Anne Trafton | MIT News Office January 5, 2017 When it comes to perceiving music, the human brain is much more tuned in to certain types of rhythms than others, according to a new study from MIT. A team of neuroscientists has found that people are biased toward hearing and producing rhythms composed of simple integer ratios — for example, a series of four beats...
Gadi Geiger
December 20, 2016 - 4:15 pm
"Not having a college degree didn’t stop Gadi Geiger from becoming a neuroscientist—or serving as the go-to guy for career advice in the Poggio Lab. by Christina Couch, SM ’15 In 2011, Leyla Isik, a brand-new PhD student, delivered a short presentation to her new colleagues in Tomaso Poggio’s lab in what is now the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines. She outlined her upcoming research on peripheral vision with great enthusiasm and fully...
December 16, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Max Tegmark, Josh Tenenbaum, Tomaso Poggio
December 16, 2016 - 3:00 pm
Kelsey Allen, Kevin Smith
People are incredibly proficient and flexibly tool users -- for instance, if we need to hammer a nail in but do not have access to a hammer, we can easily choose another object to strike the nail with while ignoring items that are inappropriate due to their size and/or material.
Kelsey and Kevin ...