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
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
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
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
PI: Published papers/talks/classes: please email Kathleen Sullivan any info
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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
Administrative items
 Resolutions: management meeting 3 days ago
CBMM Web site 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...
October 7, 2013 - 4:45 pm
MIT center, backed by $25m federal grant, learning from infant brain research. CAMBRIDGE — The bold quest to build intelligent machines has, after more than half a century, brought us to this point: Scientists can build a “Jeopardy!” champion, but a child can handily outperform a computer when it comes to deciphering social situations, learning, or pretty much any activity outside the machine’s narrow band of expertise. To change that, a group...
October 4, 2013 - 8:30 pm
Harvard University: William James Hall, 7th Floor
Nakayama Lab , Kanwisher Lab
Harvard will be hosting this week’s CBMM Research meeting.
There will be informal presentations from the Nakayama and Kanwisher labs.
We hope you will be able to join us.
September 27, 2013 - 8:30 pm
MIT: McGovern Institute Reading Room, 46-5165
Tomaso Poggio

CBMM vision
Meeting with Farnam Jahanian
Education+outreach decisions
Core project: discussion
Community building

Summary, Director Poggio:
Last week we had the first of a series of weekly meetings which have the purposes

 of community building
of sharing the CBMM vision and
September 10, 2013 - 4:30 pm
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a $25 million award over 5 years to a new Science and Technology Center (STC) called the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines. This STC will be a multi-institution collaboration, with a partnership between MIT and Harvard at its heart. The startling triumphs of Deep Blue in chess and Watson in Jeopardy, coupled with news of driverless cars and drones making automated landings on aircraft carriers...
September 9, 2013 - 4:30 pm
A new interdisciplinary research center at MIT, funded by the National Science Foundation, aims at nothing less than unraveling the mystery of intelligence. Read the Press Release from Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office >
New center to better understand human intelligence, build smarter machines
September 9, 2013 - 4:30 pm
NSF awards $25 million to MIT-based center to advance brain understanding Siri and Watson may seem brainy in certain situations, but to build truly smart, world-changing machines, researchers must understand how human intelligence emerges from brain activity. Such an awesome challenge requires that scientists and engineers across key fields work together to learn how the brain performs complex computations, from social interactions to visual...