Upcoming Events
Frequent and varied events—such as lectures, colloquia, symposia, and workshops—play an active role in the continuing vitality and momentum of the Media Lab.
Oct 15 16 9:00am - Sep 04 17 5:00pm
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

As Earth's closest celestial body and only natural satellite, the moon has engaged our curiosity and imagination over millennia and across cultures. Contemporary artists use the moon as both a source of inspiration and investigation. Lunar Attraction features artworks and interactives that explore our longstanding fascination and connection with the moon, ranging from myths about the connection between werewolves and the full moon to the gravitational pull that controls Earth's tides to the 21st-century international race to build a base on the moon.

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Dec 12 16 8:00am - 9:30am
500 17th Street Miami Beach, FL 33139
New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS)

On December 12, join the New World Symphony (NWS) for the public launch of Project 305. Just as Tod Machover's Symphony in D captured the essence of Detroit, Project 305 will use community-provided audio and video to create an orchestral work that reflects the experience of Miami residents.

The NWS will collect audiovisual materials for 100 days, beginning January 1, 2017.

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Dec 14 16 11:00am - 12:30pm
MIT Media Lab, E14-633

Andy Walshe, Director of the High Performance group at Red Bull, will describe his work to test an elite group of athletes and their physical and mental responses to challenges such as going head to head with massive pythons, laughing and crying on command and underwater breath-hold exercises. His team collected data on each participant with the intent of developing personalized strategies for overcoming anxieties in their respective disciplines. The camp was created with a vision in mind: how do you optimize yourself when the pressure is high.

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Dec 15 16 11:15am - 12:15pm
Hiroshi Ishii

TRANSFORM: Beyond Pixels, Towards Radical Atoms

Whereas today's mainstream Human Computer Interaction (HCI) research addresses functional concerns – the needs of users, practical applications, and usability evaluation – Tangible Bits and Radical Atoms are driven by vision. This is because today's technologies will become obsolete in one year, and today's applications will be replaced in 10 years, but true visions – we believe – can last longer than 100 years.

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Jan 13 17 6:30pm - 9:30pm
The MIT Campaign for a Better World

You are invited to save the date for an evening in celebration of MIT, our vibrant community in the London area, and our mission to build a better world. We hope you will join us to connect with friends old and new and to hear from President L. Rafael Reif as he shares his vision for the future of MIT.

Additional details to follow.

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Jan 21 17 8:00am - 9:00am
Las Vegas, Nevada

Years ago, Rosalind Picard's research group at the Media Lab set out to give computers skills of emotional intelligence, and built the first wearable technology to automatically recognize changes in human emotion. As they shrunk the sensors and made them able to be worn 24/7, they started to discover surprising findings. For example, their data indicated that “autonomic activity” measured through a sweat response was more specific than researchers thought, with patterns related to different kinds of brain activity.

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Jan 31 17 8:40am - 3:00pm
The Moscone Center, San Francisco, California

8:40am: Near-to-eye electroholography via guided-wave acousto-optics for augmented reality
This paper depicts a fully monolithic, integrated optical platform for transparent near-to-eye holographic display requiring no supporting optics. The solution employs a guided-wave acousto-optic spatial light modulator implemented in lithium niobate in conjunction with an integrated Bragg-regime reflection volume hologram.

11:00am: Progress in fabrication of waveguide spatial light modulators via femtosecond laser micromachining

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