December 9, 2014 - 3:00 pm
Harvard University
The Road to Intelligence
December 4, 2014 - 6:00 pm
MIT: McGovern Institute Singleton Auditorium, 46-3002
A panel discussion with Geoffrey E. Hinton, Bob Desimone, Laura Schulz, Josh Tenenbaum and Patrick H Winston...
Prof. Jun Zhang
December 2, 2014 - 9:00 pm
Prof. Jun Zhang, Department of Psychology and Department of Mathematics University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Theory-of-mind (ToM) is the modeling of mental states (such as belief, desire, knowledge, perception) through recursive (“I think you think I think …”) type reasoning in order to plan one’s action or anticipate others’ action. Such reasoning forms the core of strategic analysis in the game-...
December 2, 2014 - 8:00 pm
MIT: McGovern Institute Seminar Room, 46-5193
Scott Linderman (Harvard U.) 
Topic: Discovering interpretable structure in neural spike trains with negative binomial generalized linear models
Abstract: The steady expansion of neural recording capability provides exciting opportunities to discover unexpected patterns and gain new insights into neural computation.  Realizing...
November 18, 2014 - 9:00 pm
Goren Gordon Personal Robots Group Media Lab, MIT
Curiosity is one of the major human drives. Can we model curiosity in biological agents? Can we implement these models in artificial systems? What happens when a curious child meets a curious robot? In this talk I present recent work on the study of curiosity. First, studies of curiosity-driven...
November 11, 2014 - 3:15 pm
Society for Neuroscience
November 7, 2014 - 5:15 pm
SfN Press Release, 11/7/2014  WASHINGTON, DC — The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) will award the Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience to Tomaso Poggio, PhD, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The $25,000 prize, supported by The Swartz Foundation, recognizes an individual who has produced a significant cumulative contribution to theoretical models or computational methods in neuroscience. The award will be...
Tomaso Poggio
November 7, 2014 (All day)
Tomaso Poggio receives Swartz Prize for theoretical and computational neuroscience Director of NSF-funded Center for Brains, Minds and Machines recognized for his work developing computational models of the human visual system The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) will award the Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience to Tomaso Poggio of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Poggio is the director of the Center for...
November 4, 2014 - 4:00 pm
Andrew Saxe
Humans and other organisms show an incredibly sophisticated ability to learn about their environments during their lifetimes. This learning is thought to alter the strength of connections between neurons in the brain, but we still do not understand the principles linking synaptic changes...
Brian Nosek, University of Virginia
October 28, 2014 - 4:00 pm
MIT: McGovern Institute Singleton Auditorium, 46-3002
Brian Nosek, University of Virginia Professor in the Department of Psychology and co-founder of Project...
An academic scientist’s professional success depends on publishing.
Publishing norms emphasize novel, positive results. As such, disciplinary incentives encourage design, analysis, and reporting decisions that elicit positive results and ignore negative results.
These incentives inflate...
October 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm
Dr. Dan Yamins
The ventral visual stream underlies key human visual object recognition abilities. However, neural encoding in the higher areas of the ventral stream remains poorly understood. Here, we describe a modeling approach that yields a quantitatively accurate model of inferior temporal (IT)...
October 14, 2014 - 5:15 pm
Prof. Tomaso Poggio was quoted in a recent Science article: Helping robots see the big picture: A computational approach called deep learning has transformed machine vision By John Bohannon, Science, October 10, 2014 • VOL 346 ISSUE 6206 “We have a long way to go before machines can see as well as humans,” says Tomaso Poggio, who studies both machine and biological vision at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. The U.S....
October 14, 2014 - 4:00 pm
Ilker Yildirim and Tejas Kulkarni
Research Thrust: Development of Intelligence, CBMM Thrust 1
In recent years, there has been remarkable progress in the field of Computational Vision due to powerful feed-forward architectures that build classifiers for individual scene elements and learn features automatically from data....
October 14, 2014 - 3:15 pm
MIT: McGovern Institute Seminar Room, 46-5193
Agenda: TBD
October 10, 2014 - 5:15 pm
by JAMES GORMAN September 30, 2014 The New York Times today covered the White House’s continuing  commitment to and update on the Brain Initiative: “The Obama administration plans to announce Tuesday that it has recruited new federal agencies and a number of universities, foundations and businesses to help pursue the goals of the Brain Initiative, which the president started in 2013. Tom Kalil, deputy director for technology and...