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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Apr 18 14

The human brain is made up of neurons, highly sophisticated and stable cellular structures. However, neurons are engaged in dynamically changing networks that provide a most energy efficient, spatially compact, and precise means to process input signals and generate adaptable responses to a changing environment. These networks can be characterized in humans using neurophysiologic and neuroimaging techniques.

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Apr 18 14
Host/Chair:
Cynthia Breazeal

As robots move out of factory floors and into human environments, out from safe barricaded workstations to operating in close proximity with people, they will increasingly be expected to understand and coordinate with basic aspects of human behavior. If they are to become useful and productive participants in human-robot teams, they will require effective methods of modeling their human counterparts in order to better coordinate and cooperate with them.

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Apr 17 14
Swissnex Boston, Consulate of Switzerland
Apr 14 14
Host/Chair:
Rosalind W. Picard

Over the course of six years, Elliott Hedman brought ambulatory psychophysiology into a variety of industries as a means of conducting design research. He looked at the stress of children in occupational therapy, the frustration of playing Hasbro board games, the thrill of driving a Google Self Driving Car, the confidence of shopping at Best Buy and Lowes, the excitement of playing LEGO Technic for the first time, the tension of watching one’s first symphony, and the anxiety of talking about birth control.

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Apr 11 14
E15 Bartos Auditorium

Why do we reach for a cookie when we know an apple is better for us, even if we’re trying to lose weight? And, more to the point: What does it take to get us to reach for the apple instead? Find out what the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is learning about what it really takes to change people’s behavior. Drawing on ideas from the worlds of science, advertising, economics, social networking and design, Dr. Melichar will review major influence strategies and emerging research. At the end of her talk, she’d like to hear from you: What influences your behavior?

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Apr 11 14
Host/Chair:
Joseph A. Paradiso

This talk will provide an overview of the Intel Science and Technology Center for Pervasive Computing (ISTC-PC) and will highlight some of the research that will help drive the next generation of pervasive and ubiquitous computing. For the past 20 years, the pervasive and ubiquitous computing community has developed technology that allows sensing, computing, and wireless communication to be embedded in everyday objects, enabling a range of context-aware applications.

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Apr 10 14
Host/Chair:
Pattie Maes

Essential Self Technologies connect us with our essential nature through the sensing and feeling self. These technologies are often passive, ambient, and non-invasive. They involve the use of light, vibration, sound, and music to support us in discovering and sustaining flow-like states and contributing to a sense of embodiment. While quantified self technologies offer value by contributing to awareness (of steps, pulse ox, HRV, etc.), Essential Self Technologies support us in tapping into the wisdom of the body. Quantified Self is to Essential Self as syntax is to semantics. See:

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Apr 09 14 - Apr 13 14
Salone Del Mobile, Milan

Lexus International will unveil the Tangible Media Group's exhibit, "TRANSFORM," as part of their Design Amazing 2014 showcase at Milan Design Week.

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Apr 03 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

Technology Driving Global Media and Finance

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Apr 02 14 - Apr 03 14
Trento, Italy

Telecom Italia, in association with EIT ICT Labs, MIT Media Lab, Milan Polytechnic and Trento RISE, has launched the Big Data Challenge, an online call for developers, researchers and designers from all over the world to come up with brand-new big data services and applications. Under the project, a big data package is given to participants, be they professionals, enterprises or bodies. Participants can choose between applications for mobile or web devices, model trend analysis, and data visualization through infographics.

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