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September 9, 2016 - 3:00 pm
By Jeremy Kahn for Bloomberg.com DeepMind system generates soundwaves to mimic human voices Performed 50 percent better than existing technology Google’s DeepMind unit, which is working to develop super-intelligent computers, has created a system for machine-generated speech that it says outperforms existing technology by 50 percent. U.K.-based DeepMind, which Google acquired for about 400 million pounds ($533 million) in 2014, developed...
Photo of sailboats on the Charles River.
September 8, 2016 - 12:30 pm
Anne Trafton | MIT News Office September 8, 2016 Excerpt: “Our understanding of our environment is largely shaped by our memory for what’s currently out of sight,” says Caroline Robertson, a postdoc at MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research and a junior fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows. “What we were looking for are hubs in the brain where your memories for the panoramic environment are integrated with your current field of view....
Future Directions of Visual Common Sense & Recognition: A Summation of Workshop Findings
September 6, 2016 - 2:45 pm
The Future Directions of Visual Common Sense & Recognition: A Summation of Workshop Findings has been released for the public. This report is the product of a workshop held November 12–13, 2015 in Arlington, VA on the future of Computer Vision research. It is intended as a resource to the S&T community including the broader federal funding community, federal laboratories, domestic industrial base, and academia. "Over the past century,...
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August 31, 2016 - 10:00 am
Neuroscientists decrypt the sleeping brain to reveal hidden memories. by Joshua Sariñana  NIT News, August 30, 2016 "Researchers in the laboratory of MIT Professor Matthew Wilson at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory study how activity of a brain region called the hippocampus — which is critical for spatial memories and memories of specific events — relates to memory formation and problem solving. In a new paper released today in the...
A student holds a Portuguese- English dictionary.
August 23, 2016 - 9:45 am
by Kevin Hartnet  The Boston Globe, August 23, 2016 Excerpt: "At the end of July, researchers from the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines at MIT released a major new resource for the study of an often overlooked variety of language: English spoken by non-native speakers. It comes in the form of a database called the Treebank of Learner English that catalogues all the grammatical idiosyncrasies found in 5,000 English-language sentences written...
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August 15, 2016 - 9:00 am
Brains, Minds and Machines
The Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA
Course Dates: August 15 - September 5, 2016
Application deadline: March 14, 2016
See Course websites for schedule and course details: https://cbmm.mit.edu/summer-school/2016
Directors: Gabriel Kreiman, Children’s Hospital,...
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August 5, 2016 - 11:45 am
MIT Bldg. 46 atrium
Dear CBMM and MIT BCS Communities,
You are invited to attend a poster session on Friday Aug 5 from 11:45 to 2 PM to celebrate the end of the CBMM - MIT BCS joint summer program.
24 very talented and hard working summer students, who have worked in over 22 CBMM & MIT BCS laboratories this summer...
August 3, 2016 - 10:00 am
by Riccardo Oldani August 1, 2016   Le Scienze interviewed Prof. Tomaso Poggio during the Brains, Minds and Machines Workshop held, from June 20-22, 2016, in Sestri Levante, Italy. Click on image to read pdf of article. Please note that the article s written in Italian.    
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July 29, 2016 - 1:30 pm
Resource could yield linguistic insights, practical applications for non-native English speakers. Larry Hardesty | MIT News Office July 29, 2016 "After thousands of hours of work, MIT researchers have released the first major database of fully annotated English sentences written by non-native speakers. The researchers who led the project had already shown that the grammatical quirks of non-native speakers writing in English could be a source of...
June 30, 2016 - 11:15 am
from LASTAMPA TUTTOSCIENZE (Italian) Gli studi di Poggio, uno dei padri dell’AI, al confine tra cervelli biologici e sintetici Sappiamo più cose sulla superficie di Marte che dei meccanismi che accendono il cervello: questo grumo di misteri ha fatto incontrare 24 specialisti da Europa e Stati Uniti a Sestri Levante, dove hanno trascorso tre giorni a interrogarsi, a confrontare ricerche e a ipotizzare soluzioni. Uno dei 24 era Tomaso Poggio,...
June 27, 2016 - 9:00 am
CBMM is co-coordinating the PhD summer course Regularization Methods for Machine Learning (RegML), scheduled for June 27, 2016 - July 1, 2016, Genoa, Italy.
RegML is an advanced machine learning course, including theory classes and practical laboratory sessions, RegML 2016 covers foundations as...
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June 20, 2016 - 9:00 am
Sestri Levante, Italy
June 20-22, 2016 (Tentative) | Sestri Levante, Italy
The Center for Brains, Minds and Machines, the Italian Institute for Technology, and the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics are organizing a workshop on the science and engineering of intelligence on June 20-22, 2016 in Sestri...
ed boyden
June 17, 2016 - 12:15 pm
We would like to congratulate Ed Boyden for receiving The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Biomedicine.  The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Biomedicine went to Ed as well as neuroscientists Karl Deisseroth and Gero Miesenböck, for the development of optogenetics, a method to study brain function with unprecedented resolution.   Excerpt from BBVA press release: "In a bare five years,...
Cover image from Special Issue: Deep Learning | Information and Inference
June 16, 2016 - 1:15 pm
Special Issue Editors: F. Bach and T. Poggio Abstract from Introduction: "Faced with large amounts of data, the aim of machine learning is to make predictions. It applies to many types of data, such as images, sounds, biological data, etc. A key difficulty is to find relevant vectorial representations. While this problem had been often handled in a ad-hoc way by domain experts, it has recently proved useful to learn these representations...
June 10, 2016 - 9:00 am
See event page for full list of speakers.
The workshop aims at bringing together leading scientists in deep learning and related areas within machine learning, artificial intelligence, mathematics, statistics, and neuroscience. No formal submission is required and participation is by invitation only. Participants are invited to present...

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