July 1, 2020 - 12:15 pm
Acoustic and biological constraints shape how we hear harmony across cultures. Watch Video Sabbi Lall | McGovern Institute for Brain Research Many forms of Western music make use of harmony, or the sound created by certain pairs of notes. A longstanding question is why some combinations of notes are perceived as pleasant while others sound jarring to the ear. Are the combinations we favor a universal phenomenon? Or are they specific to Western...
June 25, 2020 - 1:15 pm
The following story contains direct information on research efforts by CBMM PIs Antonio Torralba and Joshua Tenenbaum released in a jointly authored paper - https://arxiv.org/abs/2004.09476 Music gesture artificial intelligence tool developed at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab uses body movements to isolate the sounds of individual instruments. Kim Martineau | MIT Quest for Intelligence We listen to music with our ears, but also our eyes,...
June 23, 2020 - 2:00 pm
Marco Baroni, Facebook AI Research (Paris) and Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies (Barcelona...
Is compositionality over-rated? A view from emergent neural network language analysis
Compositionality is the property whereby linguistic expressions that denote new composite meanings are derived by a rule-based combination of expressions denoting their parts. Linguists agree that...
June 22, 2020 - 1:15 pm
The following story contains information on infant research conducted by CBMM PI Rebecca Saxe. The Netflix series discussed also features CBMM PI Laura Schulz and her research with toddlers - https://www.netflix.com/babies. Babies' brains light up when they see someone they love – plus more lessons learned from the show's second season By Victoria Richards ...Babies’ brains are the same as adult brains. Rebecca Saxe, Professor of Neuroscience at...
June 9, 2020 - 2:00 pm
Hossein Mobahi, Google Research
Improving Generalization Performance by Self-Training and Self-Distillation
In supervised learning we often seek a model which minimizes (to epsilon optimality) a loss function over a training set, possibly subject to some (implicit or explicit) regularization. Suppose you train...
June 9, 2020 - 1:30 pm
The following story contains direct information on research efforts by CBMM PI Laura Schulz, CBMM Research Collaborator and Alumnus Julian Jara-Ettinger and a platform that multiple CBMM sponsored research projects participate in. Children Helping Science, co-led by Professor Laura Schulz, brings research to families, and families to research. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on mobility and contact has prompted a group of researchers to...
May 19, 2020 - 2:30 pm
We’ve built machines that are capable of incredible feats, yet still they have nothing on a baby. By Will Knight Elizabeth Spelke, a cognitive psychologist at Harvard, has spent her career testing the world’s most sophisticated learning system—the mind of a baby. Gurgling infants might seem like no match for artificial intelligence. They are terrible at labeling images, hopeless at mining text, and awful at videogames. Then again, babies can do...
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May 19, 2020 - 2:00 pm
Noga Zaslavsky
Title: Efficient compression and linguistic meaning in humans and machines
Abstract: In this talk, I will argue that efficient compression may provide a fundamental principle underlying the human capacity to communicate and reason about meaning, and may help to inform machines with similar...
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May 5, 2020 - 4:00 pm
Max Tegmark, MIT
Title: AI for physics & physics for AI
Abstract: After briefly reviewing how machine learning is becoming ever-more widely used in physics, I explore how ideas and methods from physics can help improve machine learning, focusing on automated discovery of mathematical formulas from data. I...
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April 28, 2020 - 2:00 pm
Youssef Mroueh, MIT-IBM Watson AI lab
Title of the talk: Sobolev Independence Criterion: Non-Linear Feature Selection with False Discovery Control.    
Abstract: In this talk I will show how learning gradients help us designing new non-linear algorithms for feature selection, black box sampling and also, in understanding neural...
April 21, 2020 - 4:00 pm
Luca Carlone
Spatial perception has witnessed an unprecedented progress in the last decade. Robots are now able to detect objects and create large-scale maps of an unknown environment, which are crucial capabilities for navigation and manipulation. Despite these advances, both researchers and...
April 21, 2020 - 12:15 pm
Survey from the Saxe Lab aims to measure the toll of social isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic. Julie Pryor | McGovern Institute for Brain Research After being forced to relocate from their MIT dorms during the Covid19 crisis, two members of Professor Rebecca Saxe's lab at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research are now applying their psychology skills to study the impact of mandatory relocation and social isolation on mental health. “When...
April 18, 2020 - 9:45 am
Are we really going to bet that we can go back to life as normal without proper coronavirus tracking in place? By Thomas L. Friedman “LIBERATE MINNESOTA!” “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!” “LIBERATE VIRGINIA.” With these three short tweets last week, President Trump attempted to kick off the post-lockdown phase of America’s coronavirus crisis. It should be called: “American Russian roulette: The Covid-19 version.’’ What Trump was saying with those tweets was...
April 16, 2020 - 11:00 am
Altruism toward strangers grows out of the emotional attachment between babies and their caregivers. By Alison Gopnik The last few weeks have seen extraordinary displays of altruism. Ordinary people have transformed their lives—partly to protect themselves and the people they love from the Covid-19 pandemic, but also to help other people they don’t even know. But where does altruism come from? How could evolution by natural selection produce...
April 14, 2020 - 2:00 pm
Tomaso Poggio (CBMM), Mikhail Belkin (Ohio State University), Constantinos Daskalakis (CSAIL), Gil Strang (...
Developing theoretical foundations for learning is a key step towards understanding intelligence. Supervised learning is a paradigm in which natural or artificial networks learn a functional relationship from a set of n input-output training examples. A main challenge for the theory is...