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.
Feb 12 16 9:00am - Aug 12 16 5:00pm
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Jul 07 16 8:00am
A picture of Professor Rosalind Picard
25th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Jul 07 16 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Host/Chair:
Hiroshi Ishii

This thesis introduces and examines methods for the capture and reproduction of music on the piano that maintains a tight coupling between the body and the physical instrument. Music playing originates in the body, which plays a central role in both performance and pedagogy. However, technology for the capture and reproduction of music has largely ignored the intricate relationship between the sound, the body and the instrument in the making and appreciation of music.

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Jul 08 16 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Host/Chair:
Mitchel Resnick

The ability to create, design, and express oneself with technology is an important fluency for full participation and engagement in today’s digitally mediated society. Social support can play a major role in engaging and deepening what young people can learn and do with technology. In particular, parents can play many roles, such as being collaborators, resource providers, and co-learners with their children.

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Jul 21 16 8:00am - 5:30pm

Forbidden Research
MIT Media Lab
July 21, 2016
By invitation only

In a world where seemingly anything is possible, there are still lines of inquiry and research that—for a host of reasons—remain forbidden. Exploring restricted scientific and cultural topics in the face of social and moral constraints requires a willingness to buck the rules; to disobey them conscientiously. You don't win a Nobel prize by doing what you're told, but there is a fuzzy line—sometimes obvious only in retrospect—between disobedience that helps society and disobedience that doesn't.

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Aug 04 16 8:30am - Aug 06 16 2:00pm
Host/Chair:
Lifelong Kindergarten

The Scratch community keeps growing and growing. Young people around the world have shared more than 14 million projects in the Scratch online community—with 20,000 new projects every day.

But what excites us most is not the number of projects but the diversity of projects. Take a look at the Scratch website, and you’ll find an incredible variety of projects: musical animations, virtual tours, science simulations, interactive tutorials, and much more.

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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 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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