Brains, Minds and Machines 2018/2019

The purpose of the seminar series is to bring together students and faculty at CBCL and CSAIL who aim to understand the problem of intelligence in terms of its realization in the mind and the brain. One important focus of the series is on the problem of learning which is emerging as the gateway to understanding and reproducing intelligence, both biological and artificial.


Prof. Jonathan Miller, Physics and Biology Unit, OIST
CBMM Special Seminar: Psychophysics of Cephalopod Camouflage: Life as GIM in a GAN.
Speaker(s): Prof. Jonathan Miller
Date: Monday, May 21, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: 46-3002
Contact: Kathleen Sullivan, kdsulliv@csail.mit.edu

Prof. Lior Wolf, Tel Aviv University and Facebook AI Research
CBMM Special Seminar: Transformative Generative Models
Speaker(s): Prof. Lior Wolf
Date: Monday, July 02, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Singleton Auditorium
Contact: Kathleen Sullivan, kdsulliv@csail.mit.edu

Dr. Joseph T. Lizier, The University of Sydney
CBMM Special Seminar: What information dynamics can tell us about ... brains
Speaker(s): Dr. Joseph T. Lizier
Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: 46-3002
Contact: Kathleen Sullivan, kdsulliv@csail.mit.edu

Eric Shea-Brown, University of Washington
Linking the statistics of network activity and network connectivity
Speaker(s): Eric Shea-Brown
Date: Friday, September 21, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: 46-3002
Contact: Kathleen Sullivan, kdsulliv@csail.mit.edu

Prof. Samory Kpotufe, Princeton University
Modal-Set Estimation using kNN graphs, and Applications to Clustering
Speaker(s): Prof. Samory Kpotufe
Date: Friday, October 12, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: 46-3002
Contact: Kathleen Sullivan, kdsulliv@csail.mit.edu

Prof. Daniel J. Kersten, University of Minnesota
What are the computational functions of feedback to early visual cortex?
Speaker(s): Prof. Daniel J. Kersten
Date: Friday, October 19, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: 46-3002
Contact: Kathleen Sullivan, kdsulliv@csail.mit.edu

Henry Evrard, Head of Research Group, CIN Functional and Comparative Neuroanatomy, Werner Reichardt Center for Integrative Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics
Body-Brain Interface: Neuroanatomical and Functional Insights from the Primate Insular Cortex
Speaker(s): Henry Evrard
Date: Friday, October 26, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: 46-3002
Contact: Kathleen Sullivan, kdsulliv@csail.mit.edu

Multiple speakers, MIT
Quest Symposium on Robust, Interpretable AI
Speaker(s): Multiple speakers
Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Building 46 Atrium and Auditorium
Contact: Kim Martineau, 617-253-8023, kimmarti@mit.edu

Prof. Ari Rosenberg, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Perceiving what we cannot sense: Insights from 3D vision
Speaker(s): Prof. Ari Rosenberg
Date: Friday, November 30, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: 46-3002
Contact: Kathleen Sullivan, kdsulliv@csail.mit.edu

Dr. Amnon Shashua, President and CEO Mobileye, an Intel company; Senior Vice President, Intel Corporation; Sachs Professor of Computer Science | Hebrew University
CBMM Special Seminar: The State of Autonomous Driving
Speaker(s): Dr. Amnon Shashua
Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Time: 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Location: 10-250
Contact: Kathleen Sullivan, kdsulliv@csail.mit.edu

Dr. Demis Hassabis,
CBMM Special Seminar: Self-Learning Systems
Speaker(s): Dr. Demis Hassabis
Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: 34-101
Contact: Kathleen Sullivan, kdsulliv@csail.mit.edu

Julio Martinez-Trujillo, Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory, Western University
Brains, Minds + Machines Seminar Series: Probing memory circuits in the primate brain: from single neurons to neural networks
Speaker(s): Julio Martinez-Trujillo
Date: Friday, March 22, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: 46-3002
Contact: Kathleen Sullivan, kdsulliv@csail.mit.edu

Dr. Jon Bloom, Broad Institute
The topology of representation teleportation, regularized Oja's rule, and weight symmetry
Speaker(s): Dr. Jon Bloom
Date: Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: 46-3002
Contact: Kathleen Sullivan, kdsulliv@csail.mit.edu

Blake Richards, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)
Communicating gradients for learning using activity dynamics
Speaker(s): Blake Richards
Date: Friday, April 26, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Singleton Auditorium (46-3002)
Contact: Kathleen Sullivan, kdsulliv@csail.mit.edu