January 30, 2014 - 5:00 pm
Two of the Center’s industrial partners have been in the news this week. Congratulations to Demis Hassabis on the recent acquisition of DeepMind by Google.   Links to some of the recent articles: Google buys UK artificial intelligence startup Deepmind for £400m Google makes its biggest EU purchase yet with the technology that aims to make computers think like humans by Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian, January 27, 2014  Read full...
January 10, 2014 - 4:45 pm
Brains, Minds and Machines
A Special Topics Course at MBL, Woods Hole, MA
Directors: L. Mahadevan, Harvard University; and Tomaso Poggio, MI
Course Date: May 29 – June 12, 2014
Application Deadline: February 14, 2014
This intensive two-week course will give advanced students a “deep end”...
January 8, 2014 - 9:00 am
Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT
Free
Registration by invitation only
Agenda:
Wednesday:
Participants arrive in Cambridge
5:30-7:30 PM, Room 46-3015

Introductions:
Welcoming remarks: Tommy Poggio
Overview: Mandana Sassanfar
Research presentation: Ed Boyden

Thursday:     EDUCATION PROGRAMS – Moderator: Ellen Hildreth
Morning: 9:...
December 13, 2013 - 4:30 pm
Host: Prof. Gabriel Kreiman
Presentation: “Developing Complex Visual Concepts from Unlabeled Natural Videos” by Daniel Harari
CBS Holiday Party
December 6, 2013 - 4:00 pm
The Center for Brain Science (CBS) has kindly invited all CBMM participants to their Holiday Party.
November 22, 2013 - 9:00 am
McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT (Bldg. 46)

The workshop “Learning Data Representation: Hierarchies and Invariance” was held at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT (Bldg. 46), from November 22-24, 2013.
The goal of the meeting is to investigate advances and challenges in learning “good representations” from data, in particular...
Workshop on Learning Data Representation: Hierarchies and Invariance
November 22, 2013 - 5:00 am

The goal of the meeting is to investigate advances and challenges in learning “good representations” from data, in particular representations that can reduce the complexity of later supervised learning stages. The meeting will gather experts in the field to discuss current and future challenges...
November 15, 2013 - 4:30 pm
MIT: McGovern Institute Reading Room, 46-5165
Agenda
Admin items
Presentation: Lorenzo Rosasco and Josh Tenenbaum will guide a discussion on “learning with n –>1″
November 8, 2013 - 4:30 pm
Harvard University: Northwest Bldg, Room 243
There will be a presentation on the Research Thrust 5 “Theories for Intelligence.”
T. Poggio:
Thrust 5:  Theory is the common language between thrusts but it is not a goal in itself.  The CBMM challenge question what is there and m-theory
Theory: Invariances reduce sample complexity
Algorithm: how...
Joachim M. Buhman
November 7, 2013 - 3:00 pm
MIT: Ray and Maria Stata Center - Star Conference Room, 32-D463
Joachim M. Buhman, Machine Learning Laboratory in the Department of Computer Science at ETH Zurich
Abstract:
Algorithms are exposed to randomness in the input or noise during the computation. How well can they preserve the information in the data w.r.t. the output space? Algorithms especially in Machine Learning are required to generalize over input fluctuations or randomization during execution...
November 1, 2013 - 8:30 pm
MIT: McGovern Institute Reading Room, 46-5165
Agenda:
Admin items
Presentation: Research Thrust 3 “Visual Understanding”:
Speakers: Prof. Shimon Ullman, Prof. Patrick Winston, Prof. Boris Katz, Qianli Liao, and Leyla Isik
October 25, 2013 - 7:30 pm
MIT: McGovern Institute Singleton Auditorium, 46-3002
We invite you to join us on Friday October 25th for a few brief talks and reception to introduce the new Center for Brains, Minds and Machines, based in the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT.
The 90-minute program will begin at 3:30pm in the Singleton Auditorium (46-3002), with...
October 18, 2013 - 8:30 pm
Harvard University: Northwest Bldg, Room 353
Agenda
PI: Published papers/talks/classes: please email Kathleen Sullivan any info
Interested in CBMM weekly meetings? Please sign up through http://mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/cbmm-weekly
Presentations: Thrust 2 (Circuits of Intelligence)
Gabriel Kreiman will introduce Thrust 2.
Hanlin Tang,...
October 11, 2013 - 8:30 pm
MIT: McGovern Institute Reading Room, 46-5165
Agenda:
Administrative items
 Resolutions: management meeting 3 days ago
CBMM Web site http://cbmm.mit.edu/ has  news and information
PI: Published papers/talks/classes: please let Kathleen know

Presentation: Research Thrust 1: Josh Tenenbaum and Liz Spelke’s labs
Dmitri “Mitya” Chklovskii
October 10, 2013 - 3:30 pm
MIT: McGovern Institute Singleton Auditorium, 46-3002
Dmitri “Mitya” Chklovskii, Janelia Farm, HHMI
Animal behaviour arises from computations in neuronal circuits, but our understanding of these computations has been frustrated by the lack of detailed synaptic connection maps, or connectomes. For example, despite intensive investigations over half a century, the neuronal implementation of local...

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