Past Talks and Colloquia
Aug 23 16 11:00am - 12:30pm
Vienna, Austria
Aug 22 16 1:00pm - 2:00pm
reddit
Aug 12 16 10:30am - 12:30pm
Host/Chair:
Edward Boyden

A major hurdle to understanding how neural activity leads to behavior is determining which spikes originated from which neurons, a problem known to electrophysiologists as spike sorting. This problem becomes easier when sensors of neural spikes are small and more numerous than neurons in their recordable volume. This fact motivated the recent design of “ultra-dense” multi-electrode arrays (MEA) with many close-packed sensors (e.g. 10um x 10um recording sites spaced 1.5um apart with 256 to a shank).

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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 02 16 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Host/Chair:
Mitchel Resnick

Data is a powerful lens for learning about the world. Driven by advances in computational technologies and methods that make it easier to collect, store, and analyze vast amounts of data about our world, data science has emerged as a new discipline with immense possibilities for discovery and learning. However, these possibilities are primarily accessible for adult experts -- in this thesis, Dasgupta develops and examines new pathways to support children as data scientists.

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Jul 27 16 11:00am - 1:00pm
Host/Chair:
Edward Boyden

In order to map the dynamics of neural circuits in mammalian brains, we need tools that can record activity over large volumes of tissue and correctly attribute the recorded signals to the individual neurons that generated them. High-resolution neural activity maps will be critical for the discovery of new principles of neural coding and neural computation, and to test computational models of neural circuits.

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Jul 25 16 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Host/Chair:
Neil A. Gershenfeld

Rapid prototyping has been in the limelight for the past decade. 3D printers have an evocative name that promises production of complex parts on demand. However, current practice doesn't quite deliver on these promises of advanced manufacturing.

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Jul 22 16 11:00am - 1:00pm
Host/Chair:
Joseph A. Paradiso

The experience of wonder imbues the ordinary world around us with a magical sense of possibility that was not there before. When technology is seamlessly integrated into the commonplace, it can evoke a sense of wonder.

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

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

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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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