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

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:

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.

Past Events

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.