Past Talks and Colloquia
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.
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Sep 11 14

All talks at the Media Lab, unless otherwise noted, are open to the public.
This talk will be webcast. Join the conversation on Twitter: #MLTalks

Sarah Parcak is an associate professor of anthropology and director of the Laboratory for Global Observation at the University of Alabama. She is an archaeologist, space archaeologist, and Egyptologist, who uses satellite imaging to identify potential archaeological sites.

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Sep 10 14

Free screening of Breasmilk: The Movie in Bartos theater, followed by a gathering anticipating the "Make the Breast Pump Not Suck" hackathon on September 20-21 at the Media Lab. This event is free and open to the public.

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Sep 08 14
Rosalind W. Picard

More than 30 million adults in the United States suffer from depression. Many more meet the diagnostic criteria for an anxiety disorder. Psychotherapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy can be effective for conditions such as anxiety and depression, but the demand for these treatments exceeds the resources available. To reach the widest possible audience, mental health interventions need to be inexpensive, anonymous, always available, and, ideally, delivered in a way that delights and engages the user.

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Sep 04 14
Alex 'Sandy' Pentland

This dissertation’s main contribution is a new methodology, Reality Hedging, to use big-data driven approaches and tools from computational social science for understanding, monitoring and designing financial social systems. The center idea in this approach is to treat economic and financial systems as systems of connected people.

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Sep 04 14 - Sep 08 14
Linz, Austria

Hiroshi Ishii will mentor the Future Innovators Summit during the Ars Electronica Festival with Robert Madelin, director general of DG-Connect in Brussels, Joachim Sauter of Art + Com in Berlin, and Golan Levin, an American artist and professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

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Aug 28 14

Join 10 Media Lab students to learn more about their work and the work of their different research groups. After a short welcome, the session will break out into small group conversations where participants can ask questions and share ideas.

Each conversation will be hosted by current MIT Media Lab students, who will talk about their research, the philosophy of their groups, and what goes on at the Lab in general. The event will be hosted on the Unhangout platform, a new way of conducting large, online conversations that was developed at the Media Lab.

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Aug 21 14
Henry A. Lieberman

Dr. Maria Karam received her doctorate in computer science from the University of Southampton, UK, with a specialist degree in human computer interactions from the University of Toronto, Canada. As a post-doctoral fellow at Ryerson University, Karam developed the technology known as the model human cochlea as part of the Emoti-Chair project with co-inventors Professor Deborah Fels and Professor Frank Russo. Karam has started two other successful businesses over the past two years, including the Sideshow Café and the Coffee Lab, a public usability evaluation lab in Toronto.

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Aug 11 14
Mitchel Resnick


"By the means of Telescopes, there is nothing so far distant but may be represented to our view; and by the help of Microscopes, there is nothing so small, as to escape our inquiry; hence there is a new visible World discovered to the understanding." ~Hooke

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Aug 07 14 - Aug 09 14

This is a ticketed event. Follow on Twitter using #ScratchMIT2014.

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Aug 06 14
Natura Campus, São Paulo, Brazil

How will innovation and technology transform our lifestyle and consumer experience? A conference hosted by Natura in collaboration with the Media Lab and IDEO will include keynotes from Joi Ito, director of the Media Lab; Ari Adler, location director for IDEO's Boston studio; and Heloisa Neves, director of the Fab Lab Brazil Network; as well as a panel discussion with the Media Lab's Michael Bove, Joe Paradiso, and Marcelo Coelho, and moderated by Ronaldo Lemos, director of the Institute of Technology and Society of Rio de Janeiro.

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