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 30 14

Anand Kumar is an Indian mathematician and the founder of Super30 program. Super30 is an initiative that provides free coaching to students from low-income and minority communities and helps them crack IIT-JEE, the engineering entrance examination for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

Kumar will discuss his work and take questions. If you wish to attend the event, RSVP by filling out this short form:

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Sep 20 14 - Sep 21 14
Sep 18 14

MIT Media Lab researchers bring the radiO_o project to the Peabody Essex! Wear one of their battery-powered, button-like speakers to contribute to the music of the night. Make your own mini speakers in the Maker Lounge and see an impressive collection of vintage radios courtesy of the New England Antique Radio Club.

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Sep 17 14

Two of the main components of wellbeing are engagement and positive affect. Stress is often derided as harmful, but it can also be helpful for motivating achievement and for enhancing performance. Our lab has pioneered a number of ways to measure these kinds of affective states, with emphasis on making non-obtrusive measures that are objective, such as wearable sensing of physiology, camera-based measures of facial expressions, vocal expressions, and more. This talk will show live demonstrations of some technologies and discuss what they can and can't (yet) do.

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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 at Birmingham. 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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