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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Jul 30 14

Designing systems in a service-oriented manner, in which application features are decoupled and run as independently executing services over a network, is becoming more commonplace and popular. Service-oriented programming provides a natural way to model and manage many types of systems and allows software development teams to achieve operational flexibility, scalability and reliability in a cost-effective manner. In particular, it has been used quite successfully for Web and mobile applications.

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Jul 18 14
Host/Chair:
Joseph A. Paradiso

Lighting, and its emergence as a digital and networked medium, represents an ideal platform for conducting research on both sensor and human-derived methods of control. Notably, solid-state lighting makes possible the control of the intensity, spatial, and color attributes of lighting in real-time. This technology provides an excellent opportunity to conduct new experiments designed to study how we perceive, judge, and subsequently control illumination.

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Jul 17 14
Online
Jul 15 14

Lab alum Marc Downie will be showing and talking about a selection of his recent stereoscopic experimental films that combine non-photorealistic rendering, computer vision and algorithmic editing to take viewers from an abandoned street in Detroit to a museum in Boston.

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Jul 15 14
Host/Chair:
Tod Machover

Performing artists have frequently used technology to sense and extend the body’s natural expressivity via live control of multimedia. However, the sophistication, emotional content, and variety of expression possible through the original physical channels of voice and movement are generally not captured or represented by these technologies, and thus cannot be intuitively transferred from body to digital media.

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Jul 11 14
Host/Chair:
Henry Holtzman

It is not so far-fetched that in the near future, a student will work through a difficult vector calculus problem by using his hands to manipulate a 3D visualization that floats above his desk. A doctor will prepare for heart surgery by practicing on a photo-real replica of his patient's organ. A visitor to the British Museum in London will sketch a golden Pharaoh’s headdress, illuminated by sunlight that pours in the window, never aware that the artifact is still in Egypt.

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Jul 09 14
Online
Jun 27 14
Dr. Katy Croff Bell

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

Expedition Leader, National Geographic Nautilus Live
Vice President & Chief Scientist, Ocean Exploration Trust

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Jun 12 14

Judith Donath synthesizes knowledge from urban design, evolutionary biology, and cognitive science to design innovative interfaces for online communities and virtual identities. A Harvard Berkman Faculty Fellow and formerly director of the MIT Media Lab's Sociable Media Group, she is known internationally for her writing on identity, interface design, and social communication. She is the creator of many pioneering online social applications; her work and that of the Sociable Media Group have been shown in museums and galleries worldwide.

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Jun 10 14