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 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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Aug 01 16 9:00am - 10:00am
FDA

Dr. Rosalind Picard will present the keynote address at an interactive, in-person workshop entitled “Partnering with Patients on CDRH’s Research Agenda for Assistive and/or Neurostimulation Devices."

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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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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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