Photo of Prof. Daniel J. Kersten
October 19, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Prof. Daniel J. Kersten, University of Minnesota
Abstract: The existence of feedforward and feedback neural connections between areas in the primate visual cortical hierarchy is well known.  While there is a general consensus for how feedforward connections support the sequential stages of visual processing for tasks such as object recognition,...
Paul G. Allen
October 16, 2018 - 2:15 pm
Technology and life sciences leaders say they’ll remember Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist, and investor who passed away Monday at age 65, as an “inspiration” whose work will impact the fields he worked in for years to come. Allen died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to a statement from Vulcan, the Seattle-based philanthropy and investment firm he led. Allen was in Seattle at the time of his passing,...
Photo of Prof. Samory Kpotufe, Princeton University
October 12, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Prof. Samory Kpotufe, Princeton University
Abstract:  Estimating the mode or modal-sets (i.e. extrema points or surfaces) of an unknown density from sample is a basic problem in data analysis. Such estimation is relevant to other problems such as clustering, outlier detection, or can simply serve to identify low-dimensional structures in...
brain shaped out of different currency symbols
October 10, 2018 - 4:45 pm
Micron Ventures announced it will invest up to $100 million in venture funding targeted at technology startups focused on artificial intelligence (AI), with twenty percent aimed at startups led by women and other underrepresented groups. -- The inaugural Micron Insight 2018 event gathered industry leaders from Amazon, BMW, Google, Qualcomm, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and Visteon, along with author, cosmic explorer and MIT professor of physics, Max...
Prof. Tomaso Poggio
October 5, 2018 - 1:00 pm
CBMM Director Tomaso Poggio will be giving the plenary talk at Fujitsu Laboratories Advanced Technology Symposium 2018 (FLATS 2018), on October 9, 2018, in the Santa Clara Convention Center. Fujitsu Laboratories hosts the annual invitation-only event bringing together the best minds from industry, academia, and government to discuss future developments in technology and their impact. The theme of this year’s symposium is "Make AI Trustworthy!...
BMM Summer Course 2018 students working together
October 5, 2018 - 11:00 am
New investment supports intelligence research, student fellowships Julie Pryor | McGovern Institute for Brain Research | MIT News October 4, 2018 Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. and MIT's Center for Brains, Minds and Machines (CBMM) today announced a multi-year philanthropic partnership focused on advancing the science and engineering of intelligence while supporting the next generation of researchers in this emerging field. The new commitment...
MIT researchers have devised a way to help robots navigate environments more like humans do.
October 4, 2018 - 10:30 am
In simulations, robots move through new environments by exploring, observing, and drawing from learned experiences. by Rob Matheson | MIT News Office When moving through a crowd to reach some end goal, humans can usually navigate the space safely without thinking too much. They can learn from the behavior of others and note any obstacles to avoid. Robots, on the other hand, struggle with such navigational concepts. MIT researchers have now...
September 28, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Profs. Kreiman and Poggio will lead a discussion of this year’s Brains  Minds and Machines Summer course, summer course alumni and Teaching Assistants will then give short presentations of the recent student projects.
Prof. Ethan Meyers
September 24, 2018 - 10:45 am
Meyers will analyze animal brain activity in real time using algorithms he has created By Abigail Meisel An interdisciplinary team of researchers from UMass and Hampshire, among them Assistant Professor of Statistics Ethan Meyers, was recently awarded a four-year, $953,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of a nationwide initiative to study deep-brain function for new insights into neural and cognitive systems....
September 21, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Eric Shea-Brown, University of Washington
Abstract:  There is an avalanche of new data on the brain’s activity, revealing the collective dynamics of vast numbers of neurons.  In principle, these collective dynamics can be of almost arbitrarily high dimension, with many independent degrees of freedom — and this may reflect...
Antonio Torralba - Photo: Lillie Paquette/School of Engineering
September 21, 2018 - 11:45 am
Inaugural director of The Quest discusses what's been accomplished since last spring's launch and what is on the horizon. It’s hard to name a field that artificial intelligence hasn’t impacted already. From mobile devices with facial recognition to self-driving cars, we are still experiencing waves of innovative technology that can be traced back to major breakthroughs in our understanding of intelligence, like machine learning. But the truth is...
AI Dialogue between CEO of Cheetah Mobile and MIT professor Max Tegmark [Pandaily]
September 19, 2018 - 3:00 pm
“This is the most important conversation of our time, and Tegmark’s thought-provoking book will help you join it.” As Stephen Hawking comments on the book Life 3.0: Being Human in the age of Artificial Intelligence, an AI masterpiece by MIT professor Max Tegmark, also the founder of the Future of Life Institute. On September 19th, Professor Tegmark paid a visit to the headquarters of Cheetah Mobile, China’s second-largest internet security...
  Researchers showed humans, monkeys, and computer models an odd assortment of objects and scenes.  Jonas Kubilius/DiCarlo Lab
September 17, 2018 - 1:00 pm
By Kelly Servick "PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA—While artificial intelligence (AI) has been busy trouncing humans at Go and spawning eerily personable Alexas, some neuroscientists have harbored a different hope: that the types of algorithms driving those technologies can also yield some insight into the squishy, wet computers in our skulls. At the Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience here this month, researchers presented new tools...
Robot AI
September 15, 2018 - 1:45 pm
by Phil Rowley "I’ve just finished reading the book Life 3.0 by physicist & AI philosopher Max Tegmark, where he sets out a series of possible scenarios and outcomes for humankind sharing the planet with artificial intelligence. But because you’re busy installing PowerPoint fonts or finding meeting rooms, I’m going to summarise it here. And because you’re double-busy I’m going to use a series of sci-fi films as a ‘mental...
Josh Tenenbaum on stage at EmTech
September 15, 2018 - 1:00 pm
We have lot of AI technologies, but no real artificial intelligence. MIT's Josh Tenenbaum leads a moonshot effort to close this gap by reverse engineering how children learn. By John Morris for Between the Lines "The world has seen remarkable progress in artificial intelligence in recent years, but general AI remains science fiction. One of the keys to making this leap could be the human brain. In a talk at the EmTech MIT conference this week,...