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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Aug 21 14
Host/Chair:
Henry A. Lieberman

Dr. Maria Karam received her doctorate in computer science from the University of Southampton, UK, with a specialist degree in human computer interactions from the University of Toronto, Canada. As a post-doctoral fellow at Ryerson University, Karam developed the technology known as the model human cochlea as part of the Emoti-Chair project with co-inventors Professor Deborah Fels and Professor Frank Russo. Karam has started two other successful businesses over the past two years, including the Sideshow Café and the Coffee Lab, a public usability evaluation lab in Toronto.

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Aug 11 14
Host/Chair:
Mitchel Resnick

Lens

"By the means of Telescopes, there is nothing so far distant but may be represented to our view; and by the help of Microscopes, there is nothing so small, as to escape our inquiry; hence there is a new visible World discovered to the understanding." ~Hooke
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Aug 07 14 - Aug 09 14

This is a ticketed event. Follow on Twitter using #ScratchMIT2014.

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Aug 06 14
Natura Campus, São Paulo, Brazil

How will innovation and technology transform our lifestyle and consumer experience? A conference hosted by Natura in collaboration with the Media Lab and IDEO will include keynotes from Joi Ito, director of the Media Lab; Ari Adler, location director for IDEO's Boston studio; and Heloisa Neves, director of the Fab Lab Brazil Network; as well as a panel discussion with the Media Lab's Michael Bove, Joe Paradiso, and Marcelo Coelho, and moderated by Ronaldo Lemos, director of the Institute of Technology and Society of Rio de Janeiro.

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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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