Past Talks and Colloquia
Dec 09 16 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Head of the Opera of the Future group Tod Machover has been a co-curator of “Generation Elsewhere: Art in the Age of Distraction," a national series of events investigating the impact of 21st-century technologies on artists, arts institutions, and arts audiences. The final event in the series will be a debate about art and technology, co-hosted by Tod at the Media Lab with Michael Kaiser’s DeVos Institute for Arts Management and the University of Maryland.

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Dec 08 16 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Aeronaut Brewing Co., Somerville, MA

Alum Jeffrey Warren, in collaboration with the MIT Alumni Association, is hosting an event to invite attendees to hack and help scale his fledgling nonprofit, Public Lab. Jeffrey will moderate a panel that includes J. Nathan Matias, Catherine D'Ignazio, and Parts and Crafts founder Will MacFarlane; lead a hands-on demo of his nonprofit's work; and organize breakout sessions.

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Dec 06 16 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Esra'a Al Shafei
The MIT Media Lab Director's Fellows Program

Join us for a conversation with human rights activist Esra'a Al Shafei and Ethan Zuckerman, Director of the MIT Media Lab Center for Civic Media, as they talk about activism in the Middle East, some of the civic tech initiatives coming out of the region, how they expand beyond just government transparency projects (music, LGBT applications, etc.), and the relevance of fostering homegrown initiatives vs. adopting external influences.

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Dec 02 16 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Cynthia Breazeal

In this thesis, DePalma presents an interactive robotic agent that follows pointing gestures and gaze cues and, through a bidirectional exchange of referential gesture, directs its internal indexing system toward both well-known recognizable objects as well as novel configurations of stimuli. This research investigates phenomena in two major domains of human-robot joint attention: 1) an analysis of gesture toward foreground shaping in static scenes and 2) an analysis of the sustainability of joint attention as a behavioral phenomenon over time.

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Nov 29 16 5:00pm - 6:30pm
MIT Media Lab — E15-341

Excessive power consumption and dissipation by the information technology industry is a serious threat to the information society as well as to the environment. In this talk, Deblina Sarkar will discuss a novel electronic device, that she developed, which defies the fundamental limits in voltage scalability of state-of-the-art devices and achieves unprecedented energy efficiency.

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Nov 28 16 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Ramesh Raskar

This thesis introduces computer vision techniques that make use of a large-scale corpus of street-level imagery to conduct automated surveys of the built environment. These techniques allow us to study research questions in urban science at street-level resolution and global scale, dramatically increasing the size and scope of this line of research.

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Nov 25 16 1:00pm - 4:00pm
MIT Museum

This year is the XIXth Friday After Thanksgiving chain reaction event at the MIT Museum, so the theme is … symmetry!

Watch participants link their chain reaction devices together to form one mega chain reaction, meet kinetic artists Arthur Ganson and Jeff Lieberman (Media Lab alum) who emcee the program, and cheer on the builders when all of the contraptions are triggered as the event's thrilling culmination!

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Nov 22 16 9:00am - 6:00pm
Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City

Edwina Portocarrero and David Cranor, a.k.a. Pablo y Maria, and other artists proposed an exhibition based on the play between light and perception to address the phenomenon of transformation undergone by Mexico City, from its origin to the present, without neglecting the visualization of future scenarios.

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Nov 21 16 3:45pm - 5:15pm
MIT Media Lab, E14-633
Advancing Wellbeing

Inventing Yourself at MIT

Speaker: David Nino, Ph.D.
Speaker Affiliation: Senior Lecturer, Bernard M. Gordon – MIT Engineering Leadership Program
Date: Monday, November 21, 2016
Time: 4pm - 5.15 pm (Refreshments at 3:45)
Venue: E14-633


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Nov 19 16 9:00am - Nov 20 16 6:00pm

Speakers from the Media Lab community include:

Matt Carroll, former Civic Media researcher
Charles Fracchia, alum
César Hidalgo, Macro Connections
Viirj Kan, Mediated Matter
Ani Liu, Design Fiction
Guy Satat, Camera Culture
Eric Schilling, Lifelong Kindergarten
Marco Tempest, Director's Fellow alum
Joy Buolamwini, Civic Media
Deblina Sarkar, Synthetic Neurobiology post-doc
Lisa Nip, alum

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