IIT iCub
October 7, 2014 - 4:00 pm
Dr. Carlo Ciliberto, LCSL MIT
CBMM Thrust 5 – Theories for Intelligence
For more information regarding the iCub, please visit  http://www.icub.org/
October 7, 2014 - 3:15 pm
Organizing the IBM visit event
Arranging the forthcoming CBMM Thrust talks.
Photo credit: James Duncan Davidson
October 3, 2014 - 5:15 pm
A neural portrait of the human mind. TED2014, Filmed Mar 2014 Brain imaging pioneer Nancy Kanwisher, who uses fMRI scans to see activity in brain regions (often her own), shares what she and her colleagues have learned: The brain is made up of both highly specialized components and general-purpose “machinery.” Another surprise: There’s so much left to learn. Click here to see video on TED2014 website >
“Watch Nancy’s Brain get Zapped with TMS” This video demonstrates Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, with Prof. Kanwisher as the subject.
October 3, 2014 - 5:15 pm
Prof. Nancy Kanwisher has created a great website, entitled “Nancy’s Brain Talks“,  with short educational videos demonstrating a variety of scientific methods employed by neuroscientists. Videos cover a wide array of topics, including: What Kinds of Minds and Brains Do We Have? How Can You Study the Human Mind and Brain Face Perception fMRI: Imaging of the Human Brain at Work Viewers do not need any background in neuroscience to understand the...
Tom M. Mitchell: E. Fredkin University Professor and Chair of the Machine Learning Department School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University
September 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
MIT: McGovern Institute Singleton Auditorium, 46-3002
Tom M. Mitchell: E. Fredkin University Professor and Chair of the Machine Learning Department, School of...
How does the human brain use neural activity to create and represent meanings of words, sentences and stories?  One way to study this question is to give people text to read, while scanning their brain, then develop machine learning methods to discover the mapping between language...
Dr. Christof Koch, Chief Scientific Officer - Allen Institute for Brain Science
September 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
MIT: McGovern Institute Singleton Auditorium, 46-3002
Dr. Christof Koch, Chief Scientific Officer - Allen Institute for Brain Science
The science of consciousness has made great strides by focusing on the behavioral and neuronal correlates of experience. However, such correlates are not enough if we are to understand even basic facts, for example, why the cerebral cortex gives rise to consciousness but the cerebellum...
Prof. Shimon Ullman
September 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
Prof. Shimon Ullman
The human visual system makes highly effective use of limited information: it can recognize not only objects, but severely reduced sub-configurations in terms of size or resolution. Minimal images are useful for the interpretation of complex scenes but they are also challenging because by...
September 16, 2014 - 3:00 pm
Open to: CBMM postdocs, CBMM graduate students
Co-organizing the CBMM meetings
Topics for CBMM Postdoc Meetings
September 9, 2014 - 4:00 pm
Meeting Notes:
● New (?) members
● 25 postdocs (affiliated or participating)
○ announce in labs/PIs
● Mailing List
● Separate grad student list (use both lists for postdoc meetings)
● Meetings: 1 meeting every 3 weeks (MIT or Harvard)
● Organization for this year (Content)
● Role of...
September 9, 2014 - 3:00 pm
MIT: McGovern Institute Seminar Room, 46-5193
The 2014-2015 CBMM postdoc meetings will resume this Tuesday at MIT. The meeting schedule will be similar to last year’s: there will one meeting every three weeks, aligned with the regular CBMM weekly research meetings, and with the meeting location alternating between MIT and Harvard.
Open to:...
August 28, 2014 - 9:00 am
Woods Hole
CBMM Research Thrust Leaders will discuss continuing and new projects for NSF STC Award Year 2.
This meeting is by invitation only.
Engineering and Reverse Engineering Reinforcement Learning
July 18, 2014 - 10:00 am
MIT: McGovern Institute Singleton Auditorium, 46-3002
Summary: Psychologists and neuroscientists routinely borrow ideas from machine learning to understand and model reinforcement learning in humans and animals. Likewise, ideas from psychology and neuroscience filter into machine learning in a variety of ways. The goal of the workshop is to highlight...
Italian Riviera
June 30, 2014 - 9:00 am

CBMM Partners the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) and the University of Genova are organizing a machine learning course this summer in Genoa, Italy.
Regularization Methods for Machine Learning (RegML)
Instructors: Francesca Odone (francesca.odone [at] unige.it ); Lorenzo Rosasco (lorenzo....
Portrait by Leonard Greco
June 17, 2014 - 5:00 pm
Searching for the “Free Will” Neuron Gabriel Kreiman’s single-neuron measurements of unconscious decision-making may not topple Descartes, but they could someday point to ways we can learn to control ourselves. By David Talbot on June 17, 2014 “A variety of imaging studies in humans have revealed that brain activity related to decision-making tends to precede conscious action. Implants in macaques and other animals have examined brain circuits...
June 8, 2014 - 9:00 am
The CBMM offers an intensive 10-week summer research internship for advanced undergraduates from our partner institutions and other institutions with limited research opportunities to introduce women, students from under-represented minority groups, first-generation college students, students with...