Photo of Kerrie Greene
November 18, 2018 - 11:15 am
Double major Kerrie Greene builds connections in her research and her community. by Brittany Flaherty | School of Science Looking up at the sun-filled atrium of the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Complex, MIT senior Kerrie Greene smiles. “I love this building,” she says about the place that houses the lab where she first became interested in the inner workings of the human brain. Greene juggles many roles on campus and in her personal life —...
Left to right: MIT professors Emilio Baglietto, Rebecca Saxe, and Matthew Shoulders were nominated by their graduate students and are now honored by the Committed to Caring program as model mentors.  Image: Joseph Lee
November 14, 2018 - 11:15 am
For three Committed to Caring honorees, mentorship is demonstrated through generosity and making connections. by Courtney Lesoon | Office of Graduate Education The journey through graduate school is rarely straight and smooth. There are challenges and setbacks, students experience varying degrees of doubt and struggle, and many redefine their goals along the way. On this winding path, the guidance of a mentor can make all the difference to a...
Prof. Sasha Rakhlin
November 14, 2018 - 4:30 am
Stata Blgd, 32-155
Sasha Rakhlin, MIT, LIDS, CBMM
Prof. Rakhlin will be presenting the ML seminar talk next week in CSAIL, MIT Bldg 32.
Abstract: We revisit the basic question: can a learning method be successful if it perfectly fits (interpolates/memorizes) the data? The question is motivated by the good out-of-sample performance of ``...
Prof. Tomaso Poggio
November 12, 2018 - 9:15 am
[Google translated] Tomaso Poggio, director of the Center for Brains, Minds & Machines of MIT of Boston, studies the relationships between computer science and neuroscience. "The cars are better than us since the 50s, but we do not have to fear artificial intelligence".   View the PDF of the Italian article.  
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November 9, 2018 - 4:00 pm
MIT 46-5165
Dr. Marilene Pavan, Boston University
Abstract: A fledgling biofoundry is taking shape within the new Biological Design Center at Boston University. The mission of the DAMP (Design, Automation, Manufacturing, and Prototyping) Laboratory is to develop novel biological systems using formal representations of protocols and experiments for...
Einstein robot at chalkboard with equations
November 1, 2018 - 12:15 pm
Teaching an AI system the tricks physicists use to understand the real world produces an extraordinarily powerful machine. As a student, Galileo famously observed a lamp swinging in Pisa Cathedral and timed its swing against his pulse. He concluded that the period was constant and independent of its amplitude. Galileo went on to suggest that a pendulum could control a clock and later designed such a machine, although the first clock of this type...
MIT researchers have developed a “semantic parser” that learns through observation to more closely mimic a child’s language-acquisition process, which could greatly extend computing’s capabilities.
October 31, 2018 - 11:15 am
Computer model could improve human-machine interaction, provide insight into how children learn language. by Rob Matheson | MIT News Office "Children learn language by observing their environment, listening to the people around them, and connecting the dots between what they see and hear. Among other things, this helps children establish their language’s word order, such as where subjects and verbs fall in a sentence. In computing, learning...
October 30, 2018 - 9:30 am
By Matt Simon Boston Dynamics’ videos aren’t just famous, at this point they are almost a staple of the internet—typical stuff like robots doing backflips and opening doors for their friends. But the machines only became a YouTube phenomenon because someone grabbed the first video from Boston Dynamics’ website and uploaded it themselves. “We just had it on our website and someone stole it and posted it,” Marc Raibert, founder of Boston Dynamics...
Photo of Henry Evrard
October 26, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Henry Evrard , Head of Research Group CIN Functional and Comparative Neuroanatomy, Werner Reichardt Center...
Abstract:  Interoception substantiate embodied feelings and shape cognitive processes including perceptual awareness.  My lab combines architectonics, tract-tracing, electrophysiology, direct electrical stimulation fMRI (DES-fMRI), neural event triggered fMRI (NET-fMRI) and optogenetics in the...
The Schmidt Futures Challenges Project
October 22, 2018 - 11:30 am
The Schmidt Futures Challenges Project harnesses the power of technology, science, and people working together to take on 20 of the biggest challenges facing humanity over the next 20 years. To accelerate progress against these challenges, Schmidt Futures discovers the best work being done around the world and the best people doing that work. They then supply resources (research, expertise, ideas), invest early stage financial capital, foster...
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!...