engineer with signs of "born" or "made"
August 27, 2018 - 1:15 pm
by Leland Teschler "YOU MIGHT THINK the way to make better engineers is to improve engineering education. Although there may be something to that idea, it is becoming apparent that factors outside the formal learning process may outweigh anything done on a campus. For example, it increasingly looks as though the engineering mindset is a function of preschool experiences. Consider this fun fact: For every 15 minutes of play, kids tend to use a...
figures describing the research on occluded objects
August 15, 2018 - 3:00 pm
Machines inspired by physiological and anatomical constraints to improve pattern completion by Kris Brewer When we open our eyes in the morning and take in that first scene of the day, we don’t give much thought to our surroundings and the fact that our brain is processing the objects within our field of view with such efficiency and lack of information to allow us to go about our daily functions. The glass of water you left on the nightstand...
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August 6, 2018 - 10:30 am
Collaboration between MIT and Weizmann Institute of Science supports new avenues of scientific research. Sagol family grant will enable MIT and Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science to work together on multidisciplinary projects. MIT News | MIT Resource Development August 2, 2018 MIT and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel have announced a new research collaboration, made possible by a gift from the Sagol family, that will support a...
July 24, 2018 - 4:45 pm
On Mon., July 23, 2018, the MIT School of Science announced eight faculty members to named professorship. These positions afford the faculty members additional support to pursue their research and develop their careers. In this announcemt,  CBMM Investigator Prof. Rebecca Saxe was named as the inaugural John W. Jarve (1978) Professor in Brain and Cognitive Sciences: Rebecca Saxe, the inaugural John W. Jarve (1978) Professor in Brain and...
Photo of Dr. Joseph Lizier
July 24, 2018 - 11:00 am
Dr. Joseph T. Lizier, The University of Sydney
Abstract: 
The space-time dynamics of interactions in neural systems are often described using terminology of information processing, or computation, in particular with reference to information being stored, transferred and modified in these systems. In this talk, we describe an information-...
photo of monkey
July 23, 2018 - 10:45 am
"Most animals, including our primate cousins, communicate: they gesture, grimace, grunt, and sing. As a rule, however, they do not speak. So how, exactly, did humans acquire their unique talent for verbal discourse? And how do our brains manage this complex bit of communicative magic? Scientists in the lab of Winrich Freiwald have shed new light on the underpinnings of human speech by identifying neural circuitry in the brains of monkeys that...
photo of Winrich Freiwald
July 16, 2018 - 12:00 pm
Following an enthusiastic endorsement by the Committee on Scientific Affairs, three Rockefeller scientists have been promoted to professor, effective July 1. Receiving promotions are Sean Brady, head of the Laboratory of Genetically Encoded Small Molecules; Winrich Freiwald, head of the Laboratory of Neural Systems; and Luciano Marraffini, head of the Laboratory of Bacteriology. Winrich Freiwald Freiwald studies how the brain analyzes the visual...
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July 13, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Dr. Leyla Isik, Kanwisher Lab (MIT) and Kreiman Lab (Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical)
Abstract:
Social interaction perception is a crucial part of the human visual experience that develops early in infancy and is shared with other primates. However, it remains largely unknown how humans compute information about others’ social interactions from visual input. In the first part of my...
July 13, 2018 - 9:45 am
BY DR. LOUIS ALPERT Ombudsman "…..BREAKING NEWS FROM MIT….. Your humble author of the Ombudsman Alert, who taught Mathematics at MIT during 1957-60, was honored  to also be a junior member of a research team in the emerging science of Artificial Intelligence established in those years by MIT Professors John McCarthy and Marvin Minsky, currently known as the “Fathers of Artificial Intelligence” as well as Professor Claude Shannon, widely...
An illustration portrays a brain with a biological left hemisphere and a digital right hemisphere
July 12, 2018 - 11:45 am
"MIT recently announced the “Intelligence Quest.” President Rafael Reif said the campuswide initiative will pursue two key questions: “How does human intelligence work, in engineering terms? And how can we use that deep grasp of human intelligence to build wiser and more useful machines, to the benefit of society?” As associate director of the Center for Brains Minds and Machines (CBMM), Matt Wilson, Sherman Fairchild Professor in Neurobiology,...
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July 2, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Prof. Lior Wolf, Tel Aviv University and Facebook AI Research
Abstract: Generative models are constantly improving, thanks to recent contributions in adversarial training, unsupervised learning, and autoregressive models. In this talk, I will describe new generative models in computer vision, voice synthesis, and music.

In music – I will...
Carlos Ponce
June 25, 2018 - 11:15 am
(Carlos R. Ponce is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Washington University School of Medicine. The opinions expressed are his own.) By Carlos R. Ponce "While preparing for a recent move to St. Louis, Missouri, the first item I packed was my dearest possession, an old faded picture of a cow grazing in a sloping field in Mexico. This was the only cow my grandparents owned and they sold it to pay a smuggler to bring me...
old robotic arm
June 18, 2018 - 2:45 pm
How does human intelligence work, in engineering terms? And how can we use that deep grasp of human intelligence to build wiser and more useful machines? This year MIT launched the MIT Intelligence Quest, an initiative to discover the foundations of human intelligence and drive the development of technological tools that can positively influence virtually every aspect of society. And to help ensure that the effects of these advances will, in...
lightbulb with a brain inside
June 17, 2018 - 3:45 pm
By Akshaiyaa V S And God said, “Let there be light”. Figuratively, this bible verse points towards light as the foundation of life; the driving force behind our psyche. Bright light is always associated with joy and victory. But sometimes, the best ideas come only in subtle darkness. In this case, it was in the form of algae. A Unicellular alga known as Chlamydomonas, produces proteins called opsins which can convert light into an electrical...
rotating colorful shapes
June 14, 2018 - 3:30 pm
DeepMind’s advance could lead to machines that can make better sense of a scene. by Will Knight Machines will need to get a lot better at making sense of the world on their own if they are ever going to become truly intelligent. DeepMind, the AI-focused subsidiary of Alphabet, has taken a step in that direction by making a computer program that builds a mental picture of the world all by itself. You might say that it learns to imagine the world...

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