Group photo of the 2015 CBMM Undergraduate Summer Research Interns
March 18, 2016 - 5:45 am
CBMM offers an intensive 10-week summer research internship, in collaboration with the MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences (MIT BCS), for advanced undergraduates from institutions with limited research opportunities to introduce women, students from underrepresented minority groups, first-generation college students, students with disabilities, and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to the fields of computational and...
March 14, 2016 - 6:30 pm
 Joey will be working in Prof. Josh Tenenbaum's lab this summer, under the supervision of Mark Siegel and Julian Jara-Ettinger.   
March 9, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Harvard NW Bldg.
Patrick Winston 
I describe the Genesis story understanding system, and I explain why I believe Genesis sheds light on aspects of  intelligence that are uniquely human.  I show how Genesis exhibits aspects of common sense reasoning, conceptual understanding, cultural bias, hypothetical reflection, mental-...
Google's AlphaGo defeats South Korean Go master Lee Sedol
March 9, 2016 - 2:15 pm
Google's DeepMind group, and CBMM Industrial Partner, developed an artificial intelligence to master the traditional Chinese game "Go". Combining the machine learning methodologies of deep neural networks and reinforcement learning, AlphaGo defeated South Korean Go master Lee Sedol in a best-out-of-five match.   Read more from the following sources: New York Times - Master of Go Board Game Is Walloped by Google Computer Program Wired: Google’s...
Photo of Prof. Jeremy Wolfe
March 2, 2016 - 4:00 pm
MIT Bldg. 46 Room 5165
Jeremy M Wolfe, PhD Professor of Ophthalmology & Radiology,  Harvard Medical School Director -Visual...
Abstract: In a typical visual search task, you look for a target object amongst some non-target, distractor objects. In the real world, however, you often look for more than one thing at one time. In the supermarket, you might be holding a shopping list of 10 items in your memory. We will call this...
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March 2, 2016 - 3:00 pm
MIT, Bldg 46 Room 5193
Discussing the limitations of current object detection tasks, evaluations and datasets and trying to suggest alternatives aligned with the goals of CBMM. The aim is to propose and formulate frameworks through CBMM for datasets, tasks, metrics, evaluation strategies etc.
February 29, 2016 - 9:45 am
Organizers: Costas Anastassiou, Gabriel Kreiman and Stephanie Jones 
Oscillatory activities such as theta (~4-8 Hz), alpha (~7-14Hz), beta (~12-30 Hz) or gamma (~30-80 Hz) have been hypothesized to coordinate neural functioning within and across brain areas. Flexible cooperation among local...
Google DeepMind
February 23, 2016 - 12:45 am
"Google and Korean Baduk (Chinese Go) Association (KBA) today held the “Google Deepmind Challenge Match Press Briefing” to announce the details on the upcoming Go games between Sedol Lee (9-dan) and AlphaGo, a computer AI by Google DeepMind. Vice Secretary of KBA, Cheemun Park, and Sedol Lee attended the briefing, and Demis Hassabis, the CEO of Google DeepMind joined on live video to announce the match location, time, rules, and broadcasting...
Fig. S2. from PNAS paper: Atoms of recognition in human and computer vision, Ullman, et al, PNAS 2016
February 18, 2016 - 6:15 am
By Jeremy Hsu Posted 15 Feb 2016 A recent IEEE article covers Prof. Shimon Ullman's research on the digital baby project. Excerpt: "Can artificial intelligence evolve as human baby does, learning about the world by seeing and interacting with its surroundings? That’s one of the questions driving a huge cognitive psychology experiment that has revealed crucial differences in how humans and computers see images. The study has tested the limits of ...
Photo of Prof. Haim Sompolinsky
February 17, 2016 - 4:00 pm
MIT Building 46, Room 3189
Haim Sompolinsky
Abstract: What are the computational principles underlying the transformation of sensory representations along brain sensory hierarchies? I will discuss recent theoretical results addressing: (1) the role of sparsity, expansion and noise in signal propagation in deep networks;  (2) the potential...
Photo of Prof. Boyden
February 13, 2016 - 12:00 pm
A Conversation With Ed Boyden February 12, 2016 Excerpt: "How can we truly understand how the brain is computing the mind? Over the last 100 years, neuroscience has made a lot of progress. We have learned that there are neurons in the brain, we have learned a lot about psychology, but connecting those two worlds, understanding how these computational circuits in the brain in coordinated fashion are generating decisions and thoughts and...
Photo of Prof. Rebecca Saxe
February 3, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Rebecca Saxe
In healthy human adults, cortical representations of the visual world are spatially and functionally organized at multiple scales. High level, behaviourally relevant categories (e.g. faces, scenes) elicit systematic responses across wide regions of cortex. While the adult state has been described...
Photo of two people playing Go, a game of strategy. Photograph: Cheryl Hatch/AP
January 28, 2016 - 6:00 pm
Mark Zuckerberg tried to steal DeepMind’s Go-playing computer thunder. It didn’t really work out the way he had intended by HAL 90210, The Guardian | Technology Spamfilter, January 28, 2016   Excerpt: "On Wednesday morning, Zuckerberg posted a link on Facebook to a scientific paper from a group of AI researchers at his company." ... "The academic paper confirmed that the Facebook research team had successfully built a Go program that took third...
Photo of Marvin Minsky and Noam Chomsky; photo credit
January 28, 2016 - 8:15 am
We are saddened by the passing of Prof. Marvin Minsky, this past Sunday, January 24, 2016. Our thoughts are with his family and friends as this time. In the very beginning of the development of our Center, during the MIT Intelligence Initiative days, we were very fortunate to have Prof.  Minsky agree to participate in the MIT 150 Brains, Minds and Machines Symposium's “Golden Age” panel discussion, moderated by Steven Pinker (Harvard), May 2011...
January 27, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Nancy Kanwisher
Thrust 4 Projects
Speakers: Prof. Nancy Kanwisher - Introduction; Matt Peterson - "Real World Eye Movements for Acquiring Social Information"; Maryam Vaziri Pashkam - "Understanding action reading and social vision from simple interactions"; Leyla Isik - "Studying social interactions with...