News

"Putting heads together New study: groups demonstrate distinctive 'collective intelligence' when facing difficult tasks."

When it comes to intelligence, the whole can indeed be greater than the sum of its parts.  ...

MIT News, by Peter Dizikes

 


I² Seed Grant Awards

Thanks to the help and generosity of Dean Marc Kastner, and the other MIT deans, I² is now glad to announce the support of eleven I² Seed Projects. Several worthwhile projects could not be funded at this time but hopefully they will be funded at a later date.


Illuminating the brain: Neuroscientists’ new technique can stimulate brain cells, then reveal how those neurons influence the rest of the brain.

There are about 100 billion neurons in the human brain, and each one belongs to elaborate networks that control our behavior, thoughts and emotions. ...

MIT News Office, by Anne Trafton


I² Tea: Informal Discussion Series

The I2 is a weekly event at which students, post-docs and faculty involved with I2 can get together for refreshments, a short talk and a chance to discuss their work in an informal setting. It is generally held at 4:30 pm on Fridays in room 46-5189.


"Computing Intelligence", Brain Scan, Winter 2011, Issue no. 19

In this issue we highlight the eclectic career of Tomaso Poggio, one of the world's leading computational neuroscientists and a founding member of the McGovern Institute.

 

 


Science at MIT: The Intelligence Initiative (I²): It is time to try again

Science@MIT
MIT School of Science
by Prof. Tomaso Poggio


The Intelligence Initiative @ MIT supports the Genova Science Festival 2011

Genoa Science Festival
October 21, 2011 - November 2, 2011


Technology Review: "Unthinking Machines"

By Stephen Cass, Wednesday


Scientific American: Artificial Intelligence: If at First You Don't Succeed...

by By Gary Stix


MIT News: Of Minds and Machines.

Final installment of MIT’s 150th anniversary symposia explores intelligence — both human and artificial.

 


Gates and Google: Nods to MIT's 150th

Gates and Google: Nods to MIT's 150th. Special Boston Globe magazine on MIT at 150 coming this Sunday; search-engine giant posts blog entry about the Institute's impact

MIT’s 150th anniversary is getting considerable attention this weekend.

MIT News, News Office


GoogleBlog: Celebrating 150 years of MIT

2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, founded to speed along America’s industrial progress through scientific innovation. ...
And finally, as part of their 150th anniversary celebration, MIT announced a major Intelligence Initiative (I²) that we’re helping to support. Beyond the pure scientific goals, it’s hoped that this research will lead to practical applications in the form of more intelligent systems and software that will benefit society broadly.


Boston Globe Magazine: MIT150. 150 ideas, inventions and innovators that helped shape our world.

Founded in 1861, Massachusetts Institute of Technology is celebrating its 150th anniversary. The Boston Globe has published a special magazine recognizing 150 valuable contributions MIT has made in the worlds of technology, science, health care, culture, transportation, economics, and more.


TED Talks: Ed Boyden: A light switch for neurons

Ed Boyden shows how, by inserting genes for light-sensitive proteins into brain cells, he can selectively activate or de-activate specific neurons with fiber-optic implants. With this unprecedented level of control, he's managed to cure mice of analogs of PTSD and certain forms of blindness. On the horizon: neural prosthetics. Session host Juan Enriquez leads a brief post-talk Q&A.


Resolved: U.S. Senate congratulates MIT Senate resolution cites 'the commitment of MIT to innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit.'

The U.S. Senate passed a resolution Monday evening (May 23) commemorating and honoring MIT on its 150th anniversary.

MIT News, News Office


MIT150 Symposium: Brains, Minds and Machines - Videos

Several of the videos have been posted on MIT TechTV - MIT150 Events Collection.
The remaining videos should be added to TechTV and to the symposium website shortly.

 


MIT150 Symposium: Brains, Minds and Machines - Videos Update

All videos from the MIT150 Symposium: Brains, Minds and Machines are now available on MIT TechTV - MIT150 Events Collection.
The videos will be added to the symposium website shortly.


9th Annual Festival della Scienza, Genoa, Italy, October 21st - November 2, 2011

The MIT Intelligence Initiative supports the Festival della Scienza 2011, Genoa, Italy

Event website: http://www.festivalscienza.eu/site/en/home.html


Course 9.S915: "What is Intelligence?" Fall 2011

Class Times: Friday 11:00-2:00 pm
Units: 3-0-9
Location: 46-5193
Instructors: Shimon Ullman and Tomaso Poggio


Unlocking The Key To Human Intelligence

What if machines could think like us - comprehending social cues, visual prompts and spoken words just like a human would? For CSAIL Professor Patrick Winston, the Ford Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science and leader of the Genesis Group at CSAIL, uncovering the true nature of human intelligence is the next grand challenge.


MIT Intelligence Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowships

We are now accepting applications for the MIT Intelligence Initiative (I2) Postdoctoral Fellowships. This program is designed to enhance and showcase interdisciplinary research on intelligence at MIT. The fellowship will be awarded only to candidates with strong scientific accomplishments and who propose innovative research bridging at least two different MIT labs. Current postdoctoral fellows/associates may apply as well as any recent PhD graduates (PhD program requirements must be completed prior to start of postdoctoral fellowship.)


MIT Intelligence Initiative (I^2) Postdoctoral Fellowships Awards 2012

The MIT Intelligence Initiative (I2) Steering Committee is please to announce that Vikash Mansinghka, Martin Rohrmeier and Timothy J. O'Donnell have been awarded the first one year I2  fellowships.


Course 9.S912: "What is Intelligence?" Fall 2012

Class Times: Friday 11:00-2:00 pm
Units: 3-0-9
Location: 46-5193 (will move to 46-3310 if a larger room is required)
Instructors: Shimon Ullman and Tomaso Poggio

Kindly note correction of the course number.

Please be advised that the first class on Friday, Sept. 7th, will end early (at approximately 1pm) to accommodate students attending the BCS Dept. cruise. Pizza will be served at the end of the class.


MIT Intelligence Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowships

We are now accepting applications for the second round of MIT Intelligence Initiative (I2) Postdoctoral Fellowships. This program is designed to enhance and showcase interdisciplinary research on intelligence at MIT. The fellowship will be awarded only to candidates with an established independent research programs and who propose innovative research bridging at least two different MIT labs. Each Fellow will be required to organize at least one synergistic activity, such as a workshop or symposium.


New collaboration: "The VerbCorner Project"

MIT Intelligence Initiative Fellow Tim O'Donnell is part of a new collabroative project, "The VerbCorner Project," hosted by GamesWithWords.org (host of a number of large-scale Web-based research projects.)

 
Collaborators: Timothy O'Donnell (MIT), Joshua Hartshorne (MIT), Martha Palmer (CU-Boulder), Daniel Peterson (CU-Boulder). MIT undergratuate student Gabriel Frattallone provided the website design. 

Course 9.S912: Vision and learning - computers and brains Fall 2013

Class Times: Friday 11:00-2:00pm
Units: 3-0-9
Location: 46-3189
Instructors: Shimon Ullman and Tomaso Poggio (TA Ethan Meyers)
Office Hours: TBA
Email Contact: emeyers@mit.edu
Previous Class: FALL 2012


NSF has awarded the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines with a Science and Technology Center grant

Click here to read MIT News Story

Click Here to read NSF press release


Computational (Psycho)linguistics Reading Group

Announcing  a new reading group focused on mathematical and computational models of language representation, learning, and processing. Topics will be organized into modules and based on the research interests of attendees.


Past Events

Talk: What is the information content of an algorithm?
Nov. 7, 2013, 3 p.m.

Brains, Minds & Machines Seminar Series presents
Porf. Joachim M. Buhmann, ETH Zurich

 


Talk: Understanding the building blocks of neural computation: Insights from connectomics and theory
Oct. 10, 2013, 11:30 a.m.

Brains, Minds & Machines Seminar Series presents
Dr. Dmitri "Mitya" Chklovskii , Janelia Farm, HHMI


Lecture: Course 9.S912, Larry Abbott
Sept. 27, 2013, 11 a.m.

Larry Abbott will be speaking this Friday in 9.S912. If you would like to receive speaker announcements please subscribe to the mailing list at: http://mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/vision_and_learning


Computational (Psycho)linguistics Reading Group
Sept. 25, 2013, 6 p.m.

A reading group focused on mathematical and computational models of language representation, learning, and processing. Topics will be organized into modules and based on the research interests of attendees. 


Lecture: Course 9.S912 "Why some deep learning architectures work: the computational magic of the ventral stream"
Sept. 13, 2013, 11 a.m.

Tomaso Poggio will be speaking this Friday in 9.S912 (see abstract below). If you would like to receive speaker announcements please subscribe to the mailing list at: http://mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/vision_and_learning


Talk: How to reason: compile, relax, and learn!
Sept. 5, 2013, 5:30 p.m.

MIT Intelligence Initiative Seminar Series
presents Noah D. Goodman, Stanford University


Talk: Language, reasoning, and commonsense knowledge
Sept. 3, 2013, 4 p.m.

MIT Intelligence Initiative Seminar Series
presents Noah D. Goodman, Stanford University


Towards a theory of neural computation for computing symbolic functions
April 4, 2013, 6 p.m.

 

 

 


I^2 Fellow: Martin Rohrmeier to give Ling-Lunch
March 21, 2013, 12:30 p.m.

Title: Introduction to musical syntax


MIT IAP 2013: Methods for analyzing neural data
Jan. 28, 2013, 3 p.m.

Course will cover several useful methods for analyzing neural data including conventional statistics, mutual information, point process models and decoding analyses.

Dates: Mon. Jan 28th, Wed. Jan. 30th and Fri. Feb. 1st
Time: 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Room: 46-5056

Open to MIT Community


*Canceled* Models and Architecture for Intelligent Computation
Nov. 29, 2012, 4 p.m.

We apologize, this workshop has been canceled. MIT I^2 is currenlty working to reschedule this workshop for next year. Please check back next semester for updates.

 


Intelligence and Neurons: can we begin to build a bridge?
Aug. 20, 2012, 2 p.m.

MIT I2 presents a mini-workshop "Intelligence and Neurons: can we begin to build a bridge?"

 

 

 


MIT Intelligence Initiative (I²) Workshop
Jan. 13, 2012, 9 a.m.

An all day workshop to be held at the American Academy of Arts and Science, Norton Woods Conference Center.

By invitation only.


Image Classification using Super-Vector Coding
Sept. 7, 2011, noon

MIT Intelligence Initiative Seminar Series
Speaker: Kai Yu, NEC Labs
Location: MIT 46-3189

 


I² Tea will return in Fall Semester
Aug. 26, 2011, 4:30 p.m.

The informal discussion series will return in September, 2011.

 


MIT150 Symposia: Brains, Minds and Machines
May 3, 2011, 9 p.m.

MIT will celebrate its 150th anniversary during the spring semester of 2011. In addition to a variety of other programs that will celebrate the past and envision the future, the MIT150 will sponsor a series of five symposia. Three core members of the MIT Intelligence Initiative - Josh Tenenbaum, Irene Heim and Tomaso Poggio - have been awarded the task of organizing a symposium entitled Brains, Minds and Machines which is scheduled for May 3-5, 2011.


I² Tea: Informal Discussion Series
April 22, 2011, 4:30 p.m.

Topic: "Design, Modeling, and Learning Control with a Robotic Wind Turbine."


I² Tea: Informal Discussion Series
April 15, 2011, 4:30 p.m.

Topic: The Cognitive Science of Musca Domestica


I² Tea: Informal Discussion Series
March 18, 2011, 4:30 p.m.

 


 


I² Tea: Informal Discussion Series
March 4, 2011, 4:30 p.m.


Talk: Evolution of cooperation
Oct. 20, 2010, 9 p.m.

Prof. Martin Nowak, Director of Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, Harvard University


Social Intelligence Working Group: Inaugural Talks
Sept. 15, 2010, 9:15 p.m.


Talk: Classification by Invariant Scattering
Sept. 10, 2010, 7 p.m.

I² Seminar Series presents

Dr. Stephane Mallat, Applied Mathematics, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris


Talk: A new dimension in Drosophila neurobiology and behavior: altitude
April 23, 2010, 9 p.m.

Andrew Straw, Senior Postdoctoral Scholar
California Institute of Technology, Bioengineering


Talk: Deep learning with multiplicative interactions
April 20, 2010, 9 p.m.

Geoffrey Hinton, University Professor
University of Toronto, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research


Talk: On-line, Voluntary Control of Grandmother Neurons by Human Thought
March 3, 2010, 10 p.m.

Speaker: Christof Koch
California Institute of Technology


MIT Intelligence Initiative Workshop
Dec. 4, 2009, 2 p.m.

Workshop Agenda: Download PDF
Abstracts: Download PDF


Special I² Lecture Series: Classification and Beyond
Oct. 6, 2009, 10:15 p.m.

The first two talks will be on 'classification', the next two on 'beyond'. The first part will examine visual recognition at different levels: natural classes, individual objects, as well as their parts and sub-parts at multiple levels. Related issues will include object segmentation, and the integration of bottom-up with top-down processing in recognition. The second part will discuss the use of vision to understand the world beyond the recognition of single objects, for example, people's actions and goals. Current methods for object classification are insufficient for dealing with broader aspects of visual interpretations. These limitations will be examined, and some extensions and future directions will be outlined.