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.
Aug 29 16 12:00am - Sep 02 16 12:00am

Cities are rising at a fast pace. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has seen this with Dubai, and shortly after, Masdar City.

In the meantime, millions of refugees are being displaced within cities throughout the UK, Europe, Middle East, and beyond, with nowhere to live and no infrastructure to support basic daily needs.

How do we rebuild and redesign an ancient city like Damascus, while maintaining and honoring its history?

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Aug 30 16 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Professor Rosalind Picard
Santa Fe Institute

How will our future computers, robots and smartphones get the emotional intelligence they need to be truly useful? This talk highlights the adventures behind some of the world's first technologies that recognize human emotion. Researcher and author Rosalind W. Picard will share surprises from her team’s journey, including discovering that webcams can be used to track heart-rate; enabling smartphones -- even without sensors -- to read heart-rate and respiration; and finding electrical signals on the wrist that can help us understand deep brain activity.

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Aug 31 16 9:00am - 5:00pm

Because of their potential to assist and entertain children, social robots are increasingly being developed and studied as companions for children in education, therapy, entertainment, healthcare, and more. In most of these domains, a single interaction between a robot and a child is insufficient to achieve the desired goal (e.g., to increase learning gains or promote behavior change). Therefore, researchers in the field are faced with the challenge of developing robust and autonomous robots capable of interacting with children over weeks, months, or even years.

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Sep 08 16 9:00am - Sep 12 16 5:00pm
Linz, Austria

In close cooperation with Professor Hiroshi Ishii and the Tangible Media group, the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival will be focusing on the theme of radical atoms: the work of amalgamating the disembodied world of digital data with the physical world of our bodies.

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Sep 12 16 8:00am - Sep 16 16 7:00pm
Heidelberg, Germany

The 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2016) will be held in Heidelberg, Germany from September 12-16.

Rosalind Picard will deliver the keynote address.

Joe Paradiso, Chris Schmandt, Katia Vega, Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao, Rébecca Kleinberger, Xin Liu, Jie Qi, and collaborators from Microsoft Research, Harvard Medical School, and Saarland University will lead a workshop titled “(UnderWare) Aesthetic, Expressive, and Functional On-Skin Technologies.”

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Sep 24 16 9:45am - 10:45am
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT Alumni Association

MIT continues to evolve—allowing more opportunities to help create a better world. And the Institute’s dedicated alumni volunteers remain the core of that success. All MIT alumni are invited back to campus and re-engage with MIT at this year’s Alumni Leadership Conference.

The 2016 ALC takes place September 23–25 and will bring together MIT’s most dedicated volunteers who will work together with Institute leaders, faculty, students, and alumni to plan brainstorm ideas and determine how best to share MIT’s impact around the world.

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Nov 03 16 7:30am - 6:30pm
A picture of Neri Oxman

Neri Oxman will present the opening keynote at the 2016 Zero Waste Conference in Vancouver, Canada.

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Nov 04 16 3:00pm - Nov 06 16 2:00pm
The Culinary Institute of America and MIT Media Lab

reThink Food, a unique collaboration between The Culinary Institute of America and MIT Media Lab, brings together a diverse group of thought leaders and innovators at the intersection of technology, behavior, design, and food. Our mission: to explore how areas such as big data, social networking, mobile computing, behavioral economics, marketing, neuroscience, agriculture, and culinary insight and strategy are radically changing food markets, systems, and our understanding of consumer choices.

We are designing our future.

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Nov 19 16 8:00am - Nov 20 16 6:00pm

César Hidalgo, director of the Macro Connection research group, and Media Lab students Ani Liu Guy Satat will speak at the fifth edition of TEDxBeaconStreet.

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